READ! Singapore campaign is a nationwide reading initiative which aims to promote a culture of reading fiction among Singaporeans. A key component of the initiative is the promotion of cross-translated short stories.
The protagonist and her nephew witnessed how the exhumers dug out her late mother’s grave to retrieve her disinterred remains for cremation. The jade bangle that had been on Mother’s wrist when she was buried, was still intact and had not lost its shine. The jade bangle rekindled fond memories of Mother.
To Mr Li, Tanjong Rhu was a special place where he spent his childhood. Now a successful businessman in the shipping sector, he has to cope with the loss of his mother. Tanjong Rhu gives an insight into Chinese norms, values, religious beliefs and family practices as Mr Li recalls the time spent with his mother and the events that took place before her demise.
Govindan telah meninggal dunia. Dia dan aku bekerja untuk akhbar yang sama. Aku merupakan seorang penyunting. Dia adalah satu-satunya jurukamera di situ. Dia lebih mesra dipanggil “pakar fotografi” oleh kami.
This story is like a modern version of the Greek legend poet Orpheus and his wife Eurydice. It examines the choice Orpheus had to make about redeeming his wife’s soul when she accidentally passed away and in this comical modern version, Orpheus wondered if he did the right thing as Eurydice proved to be annoying.
“Grasshoppers” is a story about a 12-year-old boy who has no father, and is brought up by his mother, a popiah seller. The young boy learns more about his family’s history from his neighbours and is inspired by the forward jumping grasshopper.
A mother faces the pressure of losing control over her children when she decides to re-join the work force. After many years of building up trust and solidifying her relationship with her children, her trust is somehow challenged by hearsays from neighbours, testifying that her children are going astray, particularly in the absence of their mother. Whom should she trust? Her teenage children whom she seldom now meets or the neighbours who keeps her update of her children’s latest whereabouts?
Cekal-Tekal-Mekar: Karya Sepanjang Zaman merupakan sebuah antologi yang mengandungi 20 cerpen dan dua sajak hasil karya penulis tempatan dan dari luar negeri.nKoleksi unik ini diterbitkan untuk meraikan ulangtahun kempen Baca! Singapura anjuran Lembaga Perpustakaan Negara yang ke-10, dengan menyatukan cerpen-cerpen yang pernah diterbitkan dalam antologi-antologi Baca! Singapura yang lepas. Cerpen-cerpen dalam Bahasa Melayu, berserta terjemahan cerpen yang asalnya ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris, Mandarin dan Tamil dimuatkan untuk meraikan kepelbagaian bahasa dan budaya kita. Cekal-Tekal-Mekar adalah sebuah antologi yang memperingatkan kita akan kuasa dan daya ketahanan penulisan bermutu – mari bersama-sama meraih ilham dari Karya Sepanjang Zaman.
Selected by the Youth Book Selection Committee, the stories reflect the social values such as being grateful, of giving and having love in our lives. Having showcased tales from other parts of the Asian continent in the previous 2 years’ publications, 2014 sees us featuring stories from East Asia. The first story, Kaza Jizo, tells of the delight and timelessness of unconditional giving. The second story, The Ungrateful Tiger, is a Korean folktale that teaches us the dire consequences of greed and ingratitude. Finally, The Weaving Maid and the Cowherd is a tale of enduring love from China.
A thought provoking story that revolves around a four year girl name Jaani. She is chided by her Math teacher for providing an alternate answer to an assigned question. When queried by the grandfather the school advises that student should not challenge the teaching method and simply follow what is taught to them.
“The Stars” is a story which considers the issue of superstition. Uncle Ram, a strong believer in astrology, refuses to give up his belief even though his astrological miscalculations make a fool out of him. Is he really right in his belief?
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