Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Today, fifty years ago, Yukio Mishima committed suicide by hara-kiri

On 25 November 1970, celebrated author Yukio Mishima took his own life at the Ichigaya Camp in Tokyo by hara-kiri (Samurai ritual self-embowelment). He was only 45 years old.

In an interview, he once said, “The Western concept of suicide is defeat, in Japanese hara-kiri, sometimes, you win.”

A law graduate of Tokyo Imperial University, Mishima wrote full-time from the age of 24. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times in 1963, 1964 and 1965. His volume of works included about 35 novels, about 50 plays, about 25 books of short stories and 35 books of essays.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Saigon Undercover will be released in February 2021!

Alas, Monsoon Books Ltd of Leicester, UK, has informed me that Saigon Undercover will be published in February 2021.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Master G. Suresh is a fantastic astrologer!

Master G Suresh is an astrologer based in Petaling Jaya whose horoscope readings about your past can make your jaw drop!

He hails from Kerala and is not my personal friend. Therefore, he has neither requested me to promote his services nor sponsored this posting.

This posting is on my own initiative. Why? Because he’s highly accurate in his predictions about your future. And he deserves a shout-out.

Over a span of almost 10 years, I’ve consulted him several times and his accuracy level has been consistently around 80%.    

In 2019, Master Suresh was awarded the  JJS Kohinoor Astrologer Of Millennium at 12th International Astro-Vastu Convention in Bali, Indonesia.

For details of his services, please check out his website.


Friday, July 3, 2020

This front cover is a desecration of Malaysia’s coat-of-arms!

I’ve been an editor for travel, business, lifestyle and motoring publications for over 20 years. I think that makes me qualified to comment on the front cover of   Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia. The front cover is indeed a desecration of Malaysia’s coat of arms! There’s no need to delve on the legal reasons.  A country’s national flag, national anthem and coat-of-arms should not be subject to creative interpretations.

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As a side story, when I took over the editorship of Visitors’ Guide to Bali decades ago, my superior advised me to avoid using religion and national symbols in front-cover designs. His previous editor, a Westerner, depicted Lord Ganesh with a couple of golf balls at the deity’s feet on the front cover of Visitors’ Guide to Bali. As Hinduism is the dominant religion in Bali, it was considered a desecration of the deity.  The editor’s work permit was revoked. He was kicked out of Indonesia. All copies of the travel guide had to be destroyed.   


Tuesday, May 5, 2020