Book: The Journey ‘From Jakarta to Himalaya’ – Gola Gong

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Got to thank Wego Indonesia for introducing me to this book!

The Journey — From Jakarta To Himalaya by Gola Gong

  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Maximalis-an imprint of Salamadani
  • Who doesn’t want an adventure?

    Well, tell me if there is any person who actually doesn’t want—no, scratch that verb—dream an adventure of their own. I myself do dream about it one too many times. Everyone in my circle already knows my obsession to have one in India—Kerala to be specific (just don’t ask why, the history is kind of long and what you need to know of it is that a fiction has done its best in kicking my ass and opening my eyes about the place). So well, that’s an adventure for me.

    This book is an adventure itself. It tells about a trip attempted by a man who wanted to fulfill his dream of traveling around the world. Continue reading

    Book: The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

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    The smudge and poor condition of the cover scan were proofs of my passion in reading the book. d:

    The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

  • Original Language: English
  • Version: Bahasa Indonesia
  • Translator: Rosemary Kesauly
  • Year Published: 2010 (originally 2008)
  • Publisher: Sheila-an imprint from CV ANDI Offset
  • A glimpse on Aravind Adiga
    Born on 1974 in Madras and grew up in Australia, Aravind Adiga is an Indian writer and journalist. The White Tiger is his debut novel which won the 2008 Man Booker Prize. He previously studied in Columbia University and Oxford University. He worked as South East Asian correspondent for Time magazine for three years before going freelance. During this freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. Now he lives in Mumbai, India.

    How I found this book?
    My friend Agizta had introduced me this book when she knew about my passion to have an adventure in India. I remembered she talked about it in my dorm room, then when we were out at a bookstore, she actually found the book, and by luck (or fate?), I had enough money to buy the discounted-by-70% novel. That was on March 11, 2013. To prevent myself from getting bored, I decided to read the novel only when I was on my way to somewhere. Words by words, pages after pages were consumed in many trips to many places, ta-da, I finished the book on May 16, 2013, 10.58 AM.

    Who knew then that this novel by Aravind Adiga would get me hook, line, and sinker? Instead of getting repulsive and traumatic after reading the horrendous and satirical description of poor and corrupt India, I got even more excited to go there.
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    Book: After Dark – Haruki Murakami

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    After pondering for awhile, I bought this on April 26, 2013.

    After Dark by Haruki Murakami

  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Version: English
  • Translator: Jay Rubin
  • Year Published: 2007 (originally 2004)
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • This is the first book—of many to come, I believe—of Haruki Murakami that I have ever read. I have always been curious about Murakami ever since I heard about his books quite years ago.

    Am not going to spoil the whole plot of the story here. Since I am not spoilsport and I loath it when I read spoiler without some kind of warn, this is my warning: the review below may contain sort of spoiler, please proceed at your own risk.

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