vendredi, mai 04, 2012


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I just came back from Utusan Publishers office. Picked up Hikayat hot off the printing press.

A bit teary and wondrously happy that Hikayat is finally printed and should be in the bookstores at the end of the month or so.

I have so many people to thank. First and foremost my Mum, Puan Kamariah Jaafar who edited and wrote introductions for each story in hikayat. My late grandmother, for telling me the stories all those years until she passed away. The last story we shared over and over again was NAGA Tasik Chini. MrsKhaw Choon Ean is the most loved English teacher by her students at Seri Puteri - I can't thank her enough for encouraging and nurturing my love for poetry. To these three strong women, I owe my chosen life vocation to reviving interest in the Malay Hikayat in this format.

I would like to thank Prof Ding Choo Ming of ATMA, UKM, Prof Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim and Adiguru Pak Nasir for their feedback and guidance while I was writing Hikayat.

This book was truly the result of hardwork by so many people. YM Raja Toh Puan Raja Teh Zaitun Raja Kamarulzaman inspired the title Hikayat, Datin Vasanthi coordinated the lay-out, Evelyn Lam did the design, Ram, Iman and Inas did research and proofreading. The beautiful cover art by Raduan Man and illustrations by Malek Rahim took the book to another level.

Many years ago, Jit Murad said to me, if you want to write a book, make sure it is something important. Make it big! His kind words of encouragement still stay with me until today.

Two people have been there for me when Hikayat was just an idea, waiting to be written. Until today, these two wonderful people God has chosen to include in my life stand by me - my editor, Noor Fuzana Yaakub and my husband, Rudy Daud. Without them, I would not have had the strength to continue this journey of discovery of the Ancient Malay Kingdoms - Hikayat.

I thank God for the blessings I have received.

13 commentaires:

Wan Sharif a dit…

Mai juai kat ayoh wang satu!

remgold a dit…

and the launching will be when....?

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear Ayoh Wang,
Kita nak buat small celebration kat rumah, Insyaallah for close friends - termasuklah blogger friends! Nanti Ayoh Wang boleh beli and I would be so excited to sign it! I do not know what Utusan has in mind. But they look quite pleased with HIKAYAT.

ninotaziz a dit…

Sir Remgold,

Here I am working so hard on NAGA, tak sempat fikir lagi. Just sent Utusan the press release last week and will send to a few close friends in the media.

Even tonight I can't stop working on NAGA.

Sherry Blue Sky a dit…

Congratulations, Ninot! You have accomplished so many beautiful books, and more to come.......the cover is STUNNING!!!!! So beautiful. Wonderful that you are telling the stories your grandma told you....and reviving interest in Malay history at the same time. You inspire me!

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear Sherry,
It is my hope that as many people as possible, worldwide, get to read Malay legends, so rich and detailed.

Thank you for your support and motivation, Sherry. You are a true friend.

BaitiBadarudin a dit…

Congratulations, ninotaziz!

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear Baiti,

It's still a long way to go. But thank you!

Stafford Ray a dit…

As you know from living here, we in Australia and I guess elsewhere in the 'West', are essentially ignorant that your part of Asia has a long recorded history and a unique culture.
I have spent some time in Indonesia, West Timor and Flores, so have been exposed to a taste of it.
Will Hikyat be released here? If so, when?

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear dear Stafford,
I do not think so. I will check with my publisher. I can send you the link for on-line sales when it is up and ready.

Will be glad for all support! I am so excited. This is my first 'big' book. Literally.

Al-Manar a dit…

I first visited your blog a long time ago because I was attracted by your exceptional talent and enthusiasm in managing so many blog sites. Carry on Ninot. Be an inspiration to other budding writers and poets, not me - being too old to learn.

ninotaziz a dit…

Likewise Pakcik, many would benefit from the life lessons Al-Manar has to offer. That would be a wonderful legacy. And great material for a book.

Thank you for your kind words, and words of encouragement 'a long time ago'. They were the catalyst of a different blogging experience for me.

Kathe W. a dit…

Brava Brava Bravissima!!! What a wonderful feat of accomplishment! Good for you!

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