This blogspot is a medium to share my thoughts and adventures apart from promoting my books. Below are the books which have been written or authored and published by myself.

"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti".

ISBN 983-42031-0-1, Jun 2006

"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Membela Syiar yang Asal"

ISBN 983-42031-1-x, May 2007

"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007

It is interesting to note that while these books were written in Malay it has gained enough attention to merit being part of the collections of the American Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. Look here and here.

While the first three books were published by my own company, the fourth titled "Rumah Azan" was published in April 2009 by a company called Karnadya with the help of the Malaysian national literary body Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. It features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays alongside the formation of the Malaysian nation. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan".

My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates", an English translation and adaptation of the Malay book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman was published early 2010. Look here... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... . For more information check out my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.

Like my fourth book "Rumah Azan", the sixth book "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" is also a coffee-table book which is published by the company Karnadya with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (the main Malay literary body in Malaysia). Coming out January 2011 it features pictures and stories on the adventure travelling by train to all of Peninsular Malaysia along with the interesting places which could be reached this way.

My seventh book "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" in turn is a coffee-table book which is written, editted, designed and has pictures taken by me. Coming out of the factory October 2011, this book which combines family history with history of places such as Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar and in fact the history of the island of Java and England has been reviewed with me interviewed live in the program Selamat Pagi Malaysia at RTM1. Look at the article Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Some selected contents have been featured in Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".


The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could be obtained in e-book form. Enter http://www.e-sentral.com/, click general novel and go to page 4. You can also type the word "Aceh" at the search box. Or click straight Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3.

Friday, September 21, 2012

'Escape' from Pudu Jail

Continued from A visit to Pudu Jail.

Having spent some time inside the room painted with some sort of Arabic calligraphy I walked towards the end of the open corridor.

From the window I could see another wing of Pudu Jail.

Looking to the right is a staircase which should lead to the wing... I think.

But I don't have time to explore all the nooks and crannies here. I decided to take the staircase besides which leads down.

Time to go back to the open...

And back to civilisation.

As I walked  towards the main entrance (I came in from an opening in the rear, remember?) I could see remains of what could be the jail's recreational buildings and offices...

The main entrance. That's the point from where inmates, offenders and visitors had to enter. Properly, that is.

A look behind. This is the sight that should greet people if they came in from the right way.

Now, the main gates are chained and lock. But I do notice the small door which could be opened.

Ah. 'Escape' from Pudu Jail...

'Escape' from a more than a century-old establishment which I learned later was built on a Chinese burial ground, adding more to its haunted factor!

As I looked at the walls from outside memory of the 1980s when the walls were still fresh with sceneries of the serenity of jungle and beach painted by the inmates came to mind.

Well, goodbye Pudu Jail. After three decades or so looking at it from outside I finally got to see a bit what's inside. After this I will show pictures from places up high...

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