BOOK REVIEW - LETTERS TO HOME : YOUNG MALAYSIAN WRITE BACK









24 Universities . 7 countries . 1 hope. These are the voices of young Malaysian all over the world - penning down our dreams, fears, concerns, aspirations, and hope to our nation , our home - Malaysia.

Featuring Letters by:
Azalia Zaharuddin , Fikri Fisal , Ng Jung Kian , Aish Kumar , Zaryff Razali , Tan Heang Lee, Billy hoo , Nurul Ismawi , Ooi Kok Hin , David Lim , Rezy Prakash , Tharmelinggem Pillai , Abdul Rahman Shah , Shamil Norshidi , Shahir Shukor , Benedict Weerasena , Nik Mohamed Rashid Nik Zurin , Achmad Bakhtiar M Yuni , Justin Lim Jia Tian , Sarah Syahirah bt Abdullah , Asyraf Muiz Roslan , Hasbullah Faudzi , Ian Chew , Izzaf Adha , Puteri Eleni Megat Osman , Mohamed Syazwan Abdul Rahman and Mohd Izzuddin Ramli.


I've bought this book unexpectedly. I search for a book that I wanted to read but end up I attracted to this book. The cover page of this book " Letters to Home " quite interesting for me.  

When I flip over to the next page, the first letter was written are " Sakura Are Beautiful, But Nasi Lemak is Better - by Azlina Zaharuddin ".  I love sakura, so I  read a little bit the story of that first letter and it was totally interesting. The meaning of Azlina letters is even though we live in other countries our Malaysia still the best.


This book is a collections/letters/thoughts from 27 young Malaysian stands out to share their views about several topics related to our country - from Malaysia politics, education, to freedom of speech, people disabilities, intermarry, social, people, culture, differences, unity and lots more. This book is totally for everyone to read.

Most of the title been used for each letter also makes me interested to read more about each topic. For me, the titles are creative but each of it been nicely elaborate with true contents.

Some of the letters title are :
- Sakuras are beautiful but nasi lemak is better ,
- Pendatang ,
- I'd love to get to know you better , wanna go out and have a chat ?
- To all Malaysians , welcome home
- One teh tarik , one nasi lemak
- Of reading books and money
- Dear typical Malaysian
- Us rude Malaysian
- I work hard but still get less
- A letter to my students
- Nasi goreng kampung vs nasi goreng USA
And lot more .

By only reading those title aren't you insterested to know more what inside like I do ? 

This books also told disappoinments and advices .While reading this book, automatically we will ask ourselves where we should improve or help our country to be a better Malaysia.

Throughout my reading , there lots of thoughts shared by them that I totally agree on . I also found out what I don't realized that actually happen in our own country such as human trafficking. 

Even they shared some of their disappointments , experiences and voices . Their letters give aspirations for us too.

There some quotes or words that we can use as a reminder:
- no matter how great and beautiful Japan might be , it still won't be and it never be, home.

- I call on you to do the right thing . I call on my friends and family to quit telling me to flee in searching for a better home. I have a home. I grew up as a Malaysian with pride and dignity and I'll grow old as such.

- What's the point in striving for economic wealth if we leave our humanity behind ?

- This is home . If something is broken, you fix it. I want to fix this disconnection.

- What is unity? - unity is being able to cognitively understand that while there are differences between us , there are plenty of similarities as well and lot more other reminders .

Below pictures are some snippets from the books that can we take as reminders as well.



Be humble, and help others. That is real success.


So, I really recommend you to read this book if you wanted to know exactly what is happening in our beloved country, Malaysia.


If you have some thoughts to share, you may email your thoughts to the address as per in pictures below.

MATAHARI.BOOKS@GMAIL.COM



What do you think about this book after reading my review? Do you want to know more? 

Thank you for reading. =)







12 comments

  1. Baru nak save this book as to read dalam goodreads tapi takde pulak Nadia. T___T Bestnya nak baca kisah2 Malaysians di seluruh pelusuk duniaaaa. Masing2 banyak cabarannya. Teringat masa tahun2 lepas, selalu host kan kalau ada Malaysian students nak datang jalan2 Czech. Kita selalu lead diorg kalau diorg ada plan nak gi trekking / hiking around. Hehe ada yg in charge masak, ada yg in charge bawak pusing2 town. Biasanya yg datang dari Timur Tengah, China.

    Masa tu baru lah tahu struggle budak2 kat Mesir Jordan tu semua dan berbeza sangat cabaran hidup. Tapi itu yg buat life di negara orang ni lebih manis & majoriti sayangkan Malaysia. Semua perbandingan yg dibuat bukan nak condemn negara sendiri tapi kita memang ada banyak perkara yg boleh ditambah baik dari yang sedia ada baik ehehe :)

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    1. Kannnn!!!! Seriously book nie a must have dear . Betul tue Hanis , bila gie travel dgn bila kita dah stay di negara org lain perasaan nya.

      Memang bila stay luar negara mcm Hanis ckp rindukan Malaysia and rasa ada yang boleh diperbaiki .

      Ada dalam goodreads , hanis kena cari by author name ooi kok hin. Ada keluar buku nie dlm list . =)

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  2. I'm quite interested to read this book! the topics seem really catchy and since it's written based on the writer's experience, it would be worth to be read! There are many inspiring quotes as well that make this book worth your money. Where can I get it?

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    1. Yes yes Syed mmg best . Nadia pun suka baca based on real life experience .

      Nadia beli dekat Popular bookstores hari tue . Rasanya MPH pun ada kot , kena tanya. Syed tunjuk je gambar buku dkt pekerja kedai buku if tak jumpa.

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  3. Oo buku ni ada 27 penulis lah eh. Menarik untuk dibaca dan dah beli. Yeay! Cuma masih berbalut plastik lah. Hihi. Menarik part sakura dan nasi lemak tu 😬

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    1. Aah betul yank . Ada 27 penulis . Menarik nak baca sebab all about our beloved country. Mmg part sakura tue best tapi ada yg lain jugak best hihi ... nnt make sure baca ok 😊

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  4. Komen saya yg mudah.
    Saya will cari this book.

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  5. mggu ni pesta buku kat pwtc... so sy akan cari buku ni insya allah

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  6. This is such an interesting concept and is a good thing to pry on. Understanding how they feels studying abroad and all those motivational sharing is an even better extra. Thanks for letting me know this book exist.

    // afifahaddnan

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