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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In Putrajaya to look for the seat of an ancient kingdom

Monday, 27th October, the Indian holy day of Deepavali, a national holiday in Malaysia. While most people would celebrate by visiting folks and friends (as it turned out, it was also the last few days of the Muslim festive month of Syawal), I felt like going to the federal capital of Putrajaya to look for the seat of an ancient kingdom...

I first learned about the kingdom after watching a segment on the night-news on TV3 sometime half a year ago, if I remember correctly. Since then, I thought I would have a look but it's only that day that I actually tried to look for the place said to be somewhere in Presint 4.

That's when I arrived at this parts of Putrajaya for the first time ever. For the record, I've been to the new federal administrative capital several times including from its physical inception more than 10 years ago, when I was first invited as a journalist to have a look at its progress...

Hmm... Now I know there's some sort of waterfall down there...

This is the hill nearby which fits the picture and description about the existence of the seat of an ancient kingdom as seen on TV3 sometime ago.

This is a picture of parts of central Putrajaya as seen from in front of the hill. So is this really the seat (or site? both words could be used but the word seat is more specific implying it as the centre) of an ancient kingdom? Do have a look at the article Tapak kerajaan lama di Putrajaya? (Site of an old kingdom in Putrajaya?) posted in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) yesterday. Good night! :]

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