Fundamentally, A Man and His Wallet & other stories reaffirms lessons learnt by the writer from a lifetime of observations. The potent and touching story-lessons are those observed of old couples and those around the partaking of food. In many instances, they present in a nutshell, age-old wisdoms and insights. These are analysed and endorsed through anecdotes, which are condensed for easy reading in efficient bytes, replete with sound advice.
From the construction worker with a priceless wallet, the mystery woman who found inner peace with an unselfish act to an enlightened corporate man who decided to forgive yet never to forget, are myriad characters that you will encounter in The Man and His Wallet & other stories. ln these stories, the author attempts to capture the precious yet unforgettable moments in life in the most distinctive way. A thought-provoking journey in life while grappling with a maze of possibilities that explores the all-encompassing themes of unconditional love, strength of family bonds, righteous moral values, respect for the elderly, passion for life and the inherent potential of self-belief.
There is almost an evangelical manner in which the black, white and grey areas of life situations are enacted in detail for us with the ‘morale of the story’ almost in point forms, as a gentle reminder for us to digest and ponder. – Datuk Ramli Ibrahim
He has opened up a heart full of memories to share simple yet unforgettable anecdotes with us. These little vignettes are drawn out into almost lyrical prose so we too can walk through the some experiences with him. – Datin Sunita Rajakumar
Bok Hooi’s book is packed with countless nuggets of wisdom, displayed through the telling of these characters‘ stories. – Dr. Elizabeth Lee
After reading this book, you may feel you want to call up your dad or mum, as I did. – Junko Motoyama