Civil Engineer | PhD student | based in Melbourne, Australia
As the saying goes, the only real failure is not trying.
Pass the sekanjabin
Summer in our household meant thirst-quenching watermelons for dinner and impromptu late-night excursions with my grandfather. On most nights, these meant long drives to the portside to devour in the bustling scene over at the mina, the local market for fresh fruits and vegetables. While many frequented the market in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the heated, afternoon crowd, or meet the fishermen as they unloaded the days catch, my grandfather opted for a night-time cruise up the port instead. On one of these nights, as I lay motionless on the carpeted floor of my grandparents' talar, or veranda, staring at the pitch-black sky above and soaking in the calm, summer heat, my grandfather walked through the house gate and called me over:
Favourite picks from Murakami’s short story collection: After the Quake
In this collection of short stories, Murakami offers six gripping tales about the aftereffects of living in Japan after the 1995 Kobe earthquake. The stories take place in February, the month between the Kobe earthquake and the gas attack in Tokyo that year. A very common theme is present in all the stories: the feeling of emptiness and loneliness. Every story concludes with an odd sense of hope that perhaps the emptiness is not that vast after all. If I had to pick, my favourites from this collection would be:
Book Review: No One Writes Back by Jang Eun-Jin
On a cold Sunday afternoon, I sat on a bench by the river and read this book from cover to cover. I was overwhelmed by the sea of emotions that consumed me. Book in hand, I felt all the loneliness in the world take refuge in my mind. How is it that a combination of 26 simple letters stitched together in perfect sequence leave one so distressed and alone?
Short Story Review: Tomorrow, Summer by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you start reading, please note that this article includes some spoilers from the book There Is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye. Instead of reviewing the entire book however, I will be talking about one of my favourite picks from this collection, titled “Tomorrow, Summer.”