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    Handmade in India: Crafts of India – Edited by Aditi Ranjan & M P Ranjan http://arecabooks.com/product/handmade-india-crafts-india/ Handmade in India: Crafts of India is a unique compendium that probes into all aspects of handicrafts – historical,…

Biography – Memoirs are the backstairs of history

Gowri http://arecabooks.com/product/gowri/ This book is a biographical tale based on the life of a women simply known as Gowri. Subtitled A Biographical Tale about a Spirited Resilient Malaysian Indian Women, it is a narrative of her…

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10 Jun 2017: Rehman Rashid ― a raconteur for the ages

Rehman Rashid, writer, raconteur, traveller and naturalist is no more. He was more than just a journalist. Rehman was a storyteller. In a country where the dominant narrative since Merdeka – nearly sixty years…

The Exile and The Promise

A personal reflection by E V Ratnam. Somewhere in his book, A Malaysian Journey, a conversation arises between Rehman Rashid and a friend regarding an individual’s destiny. Each person, according to Azman, an ex-soldier Rehman…

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12 May 2017: I, KKK ― The Autobiography of a Historian

I have never strayed from the belief that the foundations of history lie in empirical evidence. I have spent a lifetime gathering facts, making sense of them, piecing them together, so that I may…

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07 May 2017: Penang Hill – A Journey Through Time

Mike Gibby has captured – for the first time – not only the fascinating ‘journey through time‘ of Penang Hill but also what it means to visitors, residents, Penang and the world, including a…

Celebrating genius loci – Discover the ‘spirit’ of places with our featured books this month

    The Towns of Malaya http://arecabooks.com/product/the-towns-of-malaya/ An overview of Malaya’s progress and development, as seen from the perspective of its towns circa late19th century to 1957. A total of 35 towns selected, representing three main categories: royal,…

Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment

If there’s a key lesson in conservation, it’s this: you need to keep at it. So says Gurmit Singh, a veteran Malaysian environmentalist who has just published his Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist. “Everyone thinks planting trees is…

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