i’ve been an avid reader since i was a scrawny kid. started to read when i was 5 and been hooked with books since then. i could read utmost achievement was finishing a book within few hours (was not a pictorial book haha). enid blyton was my fav author (still is). i remember the time my dad had bought a massive encyclopedia collection which includes the paintings by van gogh that got me thinking a lot about doomsday. somehow his starry night painting reflected doomsday through my eyes at that time. i was a weird kid i know. i think i was dyslexic but my parents failed to diagnose it haha. 

then i was most lucky at school where my friends were avid readers as well. my bff at that time could read faster than me and had read more books that i could ever compete with. silly game that we played. on top of enid blyton we read ahadiat akashah and sweet valley series. and i as the weird one, read tamar jalis as well. books were expensive and relatively limited in our small town, where the were only two bookstores that i know, popular bookstore and pustaka union. oh i remembered going to penang when i was 11 and i bought dracula by bram stoker. was so happy back then.

of the writers that i love most now are john grisham, michael connelly, stieg larsson (translated to english of course), robert ludlum, stephen king, sidney sheldon (the doomsday conspiracy is the best), to name a few. i of course read chick lits too, the most fitting ones are sheila o’flanagan and sophie kinsella. and of course dan brown. i love all thriller fiction actually.

and i will then try to visit the libraries in new york, alexandria, and many more if i have the chance to.

i think i made a wrong career choice..should have become a book critic or a librarian.




Moldova National Library – Photograph by Daniel Zollinger


These pillars of higher learning are also home to some of the world’s most incredible architecture. Below is a small collection of stunning libraries around the globe. From the historical to the modern, these centres of knowledge and learning also preserve the history and culture of their respective periods. Personally, I would find it hard to concentrate in some of these places, they are too beautiful for the eye not to wander.


1. University Club Library – New York City, United States

Photograph by Peter Bond


Photograph by Peter Bond


2. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada

Photograph by James Gillard


Photograph by James Gillard


3. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut

Photograph by Lauren Manning


Photograph by KAALpurush


4. Iowa State Capital Law Library – United…

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on why I think abortion should be legalised

I am a practising Muslim and this is me being at risk of blasphemy accusation. But before anyone jumps at this and shoots bullet to my head, there is no mention of blasphemy in the Holy Book. So hear me out first.

This, is my personal view.

Don’t get me wrong, I love babies, kids and the joy they bring to the world. I too would love to have them in future. In future, yes, not now. Why? Because I am physically and mentally not ready to have them. Love is all that matters, you say? My baby would need more than parental love  to survive I think. I am not eating right, god knows the kind of junks I digest daily. Slowly but surely I want to have the best of food (non-toxic, organic matters) to nurture my body into the best of health it can be for it to grow a child inside. Among many other matters, yes I don’t think I’m ready yet. But that’s just me.

What about these people? You think they deserve to bear children?

“A mother and stepfather who confined their teenage son to a bedroom for years with little food were each sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to cruelty to children and false imprisonment charges….Mitch Comer stood 5-foot-1 and weighed 87 pounds when he raised the suspicion of a guard at the bus station. He told police his stepfather put him on a bus on his 18th birthday with a few hundred dollars cash and a list of homeless shelters.”

(source : yahoo news)

“The woman accused of smothering her newborn boy is now getting medical treatment at the Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital…It was reported yesterday that a 24-year-old a salesgirl allegedly smothered the baby when she hid him under a mattress at a house in Jalan Meru, Klang.”

(source : The Star)

These scum worth of parents, should they have gotten abortion? Yes, please. rather than bringing an unwanted child into this world and having him suffer, if not dead. It’s just so heartbreaking to read these kind of news on daily basis. 

My point is, if you don’t want to get pregnant but still want to enjoy regular sex, please by all means, buy condoms. wear two at once if you must. and if you’re married and need to have a child just because everyone else’s does, then please think about it. Before you commit to anything, ask yourself these; are you mentally / physically / financially ready? Does you husband or wife has what it takes to support you in this process? Would you be able to provide your child a comfortable (not much can we do on the current crime filled society anyway) for him or her to live? Would you promise yourself to give your child the best education that he/she deserves? I’m not referring to monetary value, the best is referred to in terms of value wise and quality wise. A small home filled with love is heavenly while a mansion with no love can be the opposite. It is your choice, really.

Some thoughts to ponder..

I deeply hope that people are not having kids to make sure someone takes care of them when they are senile.