samedi, juillet 21, 2012



A novel by: ninotaziz

  • Dear friends and fellow bloggers,

  • After much anticipation, my first ever novel NAGA is out. This has been a wonderful work of intense collaboration with many. First and foremost my head researcher and editor, my mother, Puan Kamariah Jaafar. Without her, this book would have remained a manuscript. My grandmother first told me the legend of Naga Tasik Chini when I was 11 years old. I am sad that she is no longer with us to share this book.
The dragons on the cover was illustrated by my daughter, Narissia Inas. Despite her busy schedule (she is in her exam year) she did not move from her laptop for two days to get it done. The cover design was done by Apratim and his team from Entercerebrum, India. Finally, the beautiful images in the book portraying the characters from Nagara, China and Bhumi Semenanjung Melayu were illustrated by artist Malek Rahim.

I would like to thank many for inspiring NAGA. Firstly, I thank Mr Lim Beng Teck for suggesting I write a full length story. I would also like to thank blogger Sir Remgold especially who was almost by my side every step of the way despite being in a different country, answering my queries in the middle of the night, wee hours of the morning. Thank you Ayoh Wang and Pakcik Hassan of Al-Manar for a glimpse of life in Terengganu, so essential to the story.  CfS Angelina's Mum gave sound and 'sexy' advice. And my sister Farah Alina was quick to give points on how to engage the reader. And my team at XLibris, Annie Maynard and Jane Cole, thank you for working so hard all the way in Australia.

I would like to acknowledge the tremendous help my daughter Iman offers when I need it, be it her opinion or her expertise.

Finally, my best friend and partner, the man who shares my journey, Rudy Daud. Thank you, Bang.

I hope you enjoy reading NAGA - A Legend of Tasik Chini.

For my daughters
Iman, Inas, Irani, Ilena and Little Ikesha.

  • ISBN: 1-4771-2924-3 (Trade Hardback 6x9)
  • ISBN13: 978-1-4771-2924-1 (Trade Hardback 6x9)
  • ISBN: 1-4771-2923-5 (Trade Paperback 6x9)
  • ISBN13: 978-1-4771-2923-4 (Trade Paperback 6x9)
  • Pages : 239
  • Book Format : Trade Book 6x9
  • Subject : FICTION / General


 ‘Loyalty and betrayal are the two faces of human nature, 
which give rise to legends that withstand the test of time.’

NAGA spans three realms from the ancient world – Middle Kingdom during the Tang Dynasty, Nagara and Bhumi Semenanjung Melayu. It is the story of three adventurers, Sri Gemom, Srikandi and Kemboja and how fate set their worlds on a collision course that shook the very foundations of an ancient civilisation. More than that, against the background of sorcery and magic, the tragic tale of survival and loyalty shines through.
To purchase : click here
Available as well at Barnes&Noble

Mimpi Onangkiu

Illustration by Malek Rahim

Dalam duri ada api
Dalam api ada bara
Sejak kecil ku bermimpi
Tapak kaki menjejak samudera

Hilang sedih, rindu kembali
Hilang di tengah lautan
Hilang sudah Gellangui
Hilang dari ingatan

Dari mana datangnya sayang
Dari mata turun ke hati
Sudah lama terbayang bayang
Memanggil Tuan Puteri

Satu satunya pujaan mata
Indah berseri di dalam taman
Ratu di Bija Nagara
Masih terkenang kampong halaman

Dian membakar diri
Terang seluruh semesta
Keturunan Melayu sejati
Menzahirkan Raja semua Negara

Copyright 2012 © ninotaziz. All Rights Reserved.

mercredi, juillet 18, 2012


Berita Harian  18thJuly 2012

About two months ago I received this email from Prof Ding Choo Ming, my mentor and friend from the Institute Alam & Tamadun Melayu, UKM (ATMA). "...we would like to invite you to ATMA to give a talk on your experience, technique and skills in telling ancient stories to modern readers.  You are one of the rare tukang cerita now! The tentative date in on the 10th July subject  to the availability of ATMA's director who is going to preside the 2 hours seminar...It is just a small gathering of some fellows from ATMA, some students and of course reporters from our local newspapers...What is different is you are the keturunan jati daripada keturunan tukang cerita yang panjang, maka penuh dengan misteri ... Salam hormat Ding"

I was delighted and humbled to receive this invitation as my association with ATMA over the last six years have been one of friendship and enlightenment. I was a bit worried about what was expected of me. But then, Prof Ding assured me it was a small gathering of minds and told me not to worry.

With Prof Ding Choo Ming at his office

Iman, my eldest daughter who is turning out to be such a wonderful help,  took care of all the details like driving me to UKM, taking care of my books and illustrations (which our dear Sir Remgold  advised me to bring along - Thank you kind Sir)

Receiving a gift to be treasured from Prof Dr Abdul Latif Hj Samian, ATMA Director

Prof Ding's student from Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong
I enjoyed telling them the story Puteri Saadong

HAK, an FB friend, turned up for the event. Apart from writing, we have found another connector - Adiguru Pak Nasir of ASWARA. Pleasure meeting you HAK!

I met writer Nisah Haron at Goodreads Malaysia. Our love for books brought us together!

Dato Zawiyah Baba had already bought Hikayat before the Wacana event.
She was such a delight to talk to.

It turned out that the room was full. After my talk, the audience started asking questions. When each of them introduced themselves, I was a bit shocked. Prof Dr Harun Mat Piah was there - had I known, I would have been very nervous indeed about the talk. Dato Zawiyah Baba. As it is, the talk was a wonderful experience. A student from Hong Kong asked me to tell the story Puteri Saadong. I also told the story of Onangkiu and my version of NAGA.

12th July 2012 was certainly a day etched in my memory. Thank you ATMA!

samedi, juillet 14, 2012

Friends and Family at the Book Release

 Thank you for coming, everyone!

Hikayat Babies

With Shazlin, my friend since Seri Puteri days
and her kids, Kalia, Tuah and Nisha. Where are you Putra?

With Yolanda, a gem of a friend

With Damien, an old friend and writer
and Ruben (far left)

Sisters, Khadijah and Farah
with Mum

Seri Puteri gang again
Dearest Habs and Uyun who just arrived from Hong Kong the same day.

The Rantau Panjang clan
Thank you Eita (middle front),
my sister in law who arranged the exhibition

With Kak Mah
the eldest cousin in the family


Ilena was besotted with gamelan

Introducing Srikandi Inrasara
of upcoming book, NAGA - A Legend of Tasik Chini

A short video-clip on the book launch

The Hikayat Book Launch

Welcome to our home
Happy Birthday Abang!

Presenting Hikayat

Gamelan break

Book Signing

With Mum and editor of Hikayat
Puan Kamariah Jaafar

My life and raison d'etre!

mardi, juillet 10, 2012


Wish me luck!

I have been invited by the National University of Malaysia, UKM, to speak on Hikayat's journey.

I would like to thank Prof Ding Choo Ming of ATMA for his support and encouragement.

dimanche, juillet 01, 2012

Kosmo : On The Cover

Can you see that smile?
My only hope is that more people
read Hikayat.
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