Fifty books to read before you reach 50

Each of these books contains some wisdom to life you could use for your own benefit. Some of these stories are enjoyable reads while others push your limits of reading and toleration. These books cover various subjects including religion, philosophy, ethics, world, and history. There are actually a few more than 50 books here. Some books are part of volumes that should not be separated and were counted as one. Could have just called it “55 Books To Read Before….” but it didn’t sound as good! Consider it extra wisdom and pleasure-reading. These books may change your life and the …

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Kenyataan Sasterawan Negara Tentang Kes Interlok

[Editor: Posting the original press statement from four Sasterawan Negara (Malaysian National Laureates) on the issue of Interlok. If I have the time, I will translate it into English as soon as I can.] Sudah banyak perbincangan dan debat yang telah diadakan tentang buku Interlok oleh Abdullah Hussein — di akhbar, majalah, di tv dan dunia siber. Dalam wacana ini ada yang jernih di samping banyak juga yang keruh pada sungai perbincangannya. Akan tetapi yang agak dikesalkan ialah hakikat bahawa sangat sedikit golongan, terutama partai politik yang menjadikan pembelaan nasib dan martabat kaum Melayu sebagai landasannya, tampil memberi sokongan moral …

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Interlok revisited, again

Now it seems that there is a new round of calls for the book by SN Abdullah Hussain to be banned, this time by the Chinese community. Just when I thought the issue was resolved after the Ministry of Education compromised and decided to edit out a certain word from the text which allegedly “demeans” the Indian community (personally I don’t feel there is anything wrong with the word at all, its just people being overtly emotional over literature), Chinese NGOs are pressing their luck and making calls for the book to be banned.

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Google’s digital library stalled again

I was a bit disappointed when I came across the news regarding a judge’s judgement to reject Google’s plan to release millions of scanned digitised books to the world. As an avid book-lover and self-confessed “bibliaholic”, I really think that Google’s plan to do so is a really great idea that will be beneficial to everyone. Never mind the critics who accuse Google of getting a “significant competitive advantage”. It is not like these same critics are unable to do what Google is planning to do and ready to start implementing when it is possible.

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So many e-Readers to choose from!

I bought a new Acer laptop two days ago, but until today I still cannot make up my mind on which e-book reader to buy. With so many choices in the market today, I am frankly at loss on which e-reader to plunk my money into. The ideal e-book reader for me would be one that can read PDF files, as well as having tons of space to store my e-book files. Wifi support and all that shebang isn’t really necessary, but since we are talking about a lot of money here, those things are definitely something which are value …

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