I had a pleasant surprise today when I received the package. I immediately tore the envelope open, knowing they are my favourite things – books! Not just any books, but two sent from my favourite publisher – Lori Lee of ZI Publications. Oh, I do love you!

As a birthday gift, Lori sent me Found in Malaysia Vol 2 (The Nut Graph). And today, she sent me The Rest of Your Life (O Thiam Chin) and The Road Home (Kassim Ahmad).

Kassim’s book will have a special place in my heart. The man was a famous Malay socialist – very rare in our part of the world in the early days – and later was controversially known as part of the anti-hadith group. Whatever he was/is, I know him best as one of my first employers. I used to work with him as a translator at his little office down in Beach Street called “Syarikat Terjemahan Nusantara”. Those were the days we struggled with typewriters, and since I didn’t have one, not yet, I did the translation work in writing. Unforgettable!

I fell in love with the books Lori sent me even before reading them because ZI comes up with really nice front covers. You’ll really have to purchase them – hey, support local/asian talent, ok!

Thanks for the early Christmas gifts, Lori. For you know I love books, I love them madly, next only to my Bobby. I have a stack of them next to my bed, yet to be read 🙂 – the titles are adding and the list is getting longer. So far I have these to complete reading by this year, other than the three I received from Lori:

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) – TQ Joselyn!
2. The Book of Night Women (Marlon James) – TQ Joselyn!
3. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) – TQ to me!
4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover (DH Lawrence) – TQ to me!
5. Arte Latino: Treaures from the Smithsonian American Museum – TQ to Karen!

Looking at these lovely books, I promised myself to set aside time this November and December to complete my list. I think I can do it. I will cease my other loves for now – like painting and try to focus on reading.

Wish me luck! Wish me love.


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