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December 19 , 2007

Glimpses of Memories Through Amin’s Eyes


This book is special in that it is a memoir filled with anecdotes depicting the events in Amin’s day-to-day life throughout his ‘incredible’ year of 2011, when he was 13 years old. Narrated in his typically familiar, warm and inimitable Malaysian style, Amin weaves in some awe-inspiring and amusing experiences and discoveries, set against a backdrop that is peculiar and unique to his native country, Malaysia. In his journal, he divulges lessons of wisdom which can be shared by his own peers, not only by Malaysians but by others globally as well. For those who belong to a more seasoned generation, Amin’s chronicle adds to the reservoir of reflections of their rich, beautiful and nostalgic past. The inter-relationship and inter-connection with relatives, neighbours, teachers and friends – the values that are so important to the Malaysian and Asian persona are dealt with through gentle tips, advice and words of wisdom. As Amin progressed through his young life along with his sister Siti, various “answers” to questions pertaining to the various multi-cultural, multi religious, multi-racial and multi-lingual beliefs, peculiarities and sensitivities come to the surface. Questions like “How are Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali actually celebrated?”, “What is the history behind the traditional costumes like the saree and cheongsam?”, “What could possibly happen if one dares to point a finger at a glowing rainbow?” All these and more ‘surprising revelations’ are found in Amin’s jottings, as he cruised through the year , 2011. The set of values that we owe to our parents out of love and gratitude – which some tend to regard as old-fashioned and unimportant – like the significance of being respectful, caring and kind to our elders and the elderly, are also emphasised and portrayed through Amin’s daily interaction with them.
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