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16 August 2014: The Anglo-Indians – a history November 6, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

The Anglo-Indians played a major role in several areas and the history of India is dotted with their contribution — railways, education, government services to name a few. Trivia: What do Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell and Mulligatawny soup have in common? Answer: They are synonymous with the definition ‘Anglo-Indian’. Down the years, the Anglo-Indian community in India has attracted the attention of historians and academics, novelists and film-makers. Chronicling the history of the 500 year-old…

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08 August 2014: Culture of Indigo – that curious dye – Posted in: Newsletters

Service to humanity is one of the strengths of the colour indigo. It symbolises a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-masteryt, and spiritual realisation. This year, George Town Festival takes inspiration from Indigo – “the blue that binds” – to present a month-long showcase of artworks, textiles, ceramics and objects from across the world, linked by the colour blue. This month also sees the release of a book celebrating the Indigo, a plant which holds pride…

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25 July 2014: Winged Wonders in Malaysia – Posted in: Newsletters

There is nothing in which the birds differs more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. — Robert Lynd In this day and age, where hours spent in front of a bright screen has somehow become the norm, people seem to have forgotten the joys of spending time outdoors. Being tied down by jobs that require more and more time outside the typical constraints…

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17 July 2014: One Man’s Will – Posted in: Newsletters

We have heard the cries for freedom before … to want freedom is a natural tendency, but acquiring real freedom is not easy — Dato’ Onn Jaafar In a nutshell, the name Dato’ Onn Jaafar is indelibly linked to the creation of Malaysia’s present ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation, formed to oppose the British-dominated Malayan Union.  As the years passed, Onn became increasingly disillusioned with UMNO’s race-based policies and attempted to open the party…

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12 June 2014: The Rumah Book Launch – Posted in: Newsletters

The Malay rumah kampung is a cultural icon, and we should remember and hold on to the tradition that makes up our identity. — Lat Areca Books is happy to share with you the video of the Rumah book launch in Kuala Lumpur recently. Malaysian cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, was guest of honour at the launch held at the Kuala Lumpur Gallery in March. In his speech Lat described the traditional…

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03 June 2014: The Chulia in Penang November 3, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

Provides a fascinating persepctive on Chulias in Penang…with evocative images that sharply capture their Indianness and Islamic cosmopolitanism. Areca Books is happy to announce a new publication The Chulia in Penang, a cornerstone study on the history of a significant South Indian community. The book is on sale at Areca Books, and for a very limited time, in Kuala Lumpur at the International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences at ESTCON 2014, Kuala Lumpur Convention…

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30 April 2014: Penang – The Fourth Presidency of India – Posted in: Newsletters

An in-depth and compelling narrative of a fascinating period in Penang’s history Langdon has accomplished a book that no person interested in Penang’s past can do without. It is finely produced with an impressive array of illustrations, and is clearly one of the finest books on the first decades of the island’s history. — Ooi Kee Beng, Penang Monthly Marcus Langdon’s Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India — a flagship title from our catalogue —…

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12 April 2014: Plague Fighter – Posted in: Newsletters

A legacy that will continue to make a real difference to lives all over the world We are happy to present the latest addition to our ‘Reprints’ catalogue – Plague Fighter: The Autobiography of a Modern Chinese Physician. First published in 1959, it is now available again for your reading pleasure. To order or purchase the book, please visit our website or drop by our bookstore. Thank you! The pages of history are scattered with the…

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31 March 2014: My Father in His Suitcase – Posted in: Newsletters

An engaging and frank autobiography of a renowned scientist Much more than a biography of one of the titans of tropical botany. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, riveting. Perhaps The Fates had a hand in it – a boy who rediscovers a father he thought he had lost in, of all places, a well-travelled suitcase intriguingly marked For Kay, wherever he might be. In 1960, John (Kay) Corner left home at age 19 and would never…

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11 March 2014: Rumah – Ode to the Malay House – Posted in: Newsletters

The Malay house represents the wisdom of traditional ways of building Where else would we find a place to shelter that is more peaceful, than in an abode such as this… – Lat Tenas Effendy once said that a house is not only a place to live, but it should also serve as a microcosm of the perfection of life. The Malay house, poetically depicted in his poem, represents the wisdom of traditional ways of…

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