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My Reading List – Part 4b: Lessons from Soe Hok Gie, Catatan Seorang Demonstran

These are amongst the lessons that I have learnt from Catatan Seorang Demonstran. Of course, these are basic teachings in Islam, but seeing the proofs would make us more driven to follow the teachings more closely and to call others... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 4a: Soe Hok Gie, Catatan Seorang Demonstran

This is not a novel, and not a biography. This book is a compilation of his diary entries which began on 4th March 1957, when he was 15, and ended with an entry dated 8th December 1969, just 8 days... Continue Reading →

The Roadside Booksellers of Jakarta

I did not go to Jakarta to shop, but I thought, if I were to buy anything, I would buy a few books by Hamka, Soe Hok Gie or Chairil Anwar. I absolutely love Hamka, I fell in love with... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 3

1. Jakarta: 25 Excursions by Andrew Whitmarsh and Melanie Wood I found this book while planning for my weekend trip to Jakarta. I wanted to travel with my little sister, so we only have weekends free. I searched the net... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 2

1. Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern This is a story about a beautiful yet mysterious young woman who lives alone in the hills near Cork, with a special talent of mimicry matching that of a lyrebird. The story moves with the... Continue Reading →

Mendalami Jiwa Seorang Gie

Malam ini aku dapat mendalami melankoli kehidupan seorang Soe Hok Gie. Penuh pengharapan bahawa pemimpin negara yang dilihat semakin menekan bangsanya sendiri agar digantikan dengan seorang pemimpin yang adil dan bertanggungjawab. Pergantian itu akhirnya berlaku tetapi keadilan yang diimpikan tidak... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 1

Late last year, I was blessed to have been inspired by the Indonesian actress Dian Sastrowardoyo, who spoke about being told by her mother to read one book per week when she was in school. It was not supposed to... Continue Reading →

Prophetic Parenting – A Book Review

This is a book written by Dr Nur Muhammad Abdul Hafizh Suwaid, originally in Arabic titled "Manhaj at-Tarbiyyah an-Nabawiyyah lith Thifl". It was written in 1983, and translated into formal Indonesian in 2010 that is rather easy to understand, except... Continue Reading →

The Miniaturist – A Short Book Review

I'm sorry. This is not a normal book review. This review has no real structure, or actual comments. It contains only a few things that I could really say about this book. First, let me say this: AAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!! That is... Continue Reading →

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