Mengapa Perlu Membaca Buku?

Ramai pembahasan soal adaptasi novel Bumi Manusia ke film membawa serta diskusi tentang tradisi membaca buku di Indonesia. Terutama setelah bermunculan komentar-komentar dari mereka-mereka yang (sepertinya) belum pernah membaca Bumi Manusia, tidak kenal karya-karya Pramoedya Ananta Toer, atau setidaknya malas googling. Banyak yang berasumsi bahwa mereka yang berkomentar kurang pas tersebut adalah generasi milenial. Anak…

A Week in Lisbon, Portugal

To be honest, Lisbon had never been on my bucket list. It never crossed my mind to visit this capital city of Portugal before. I mean, I don’t have any special memory or obsession with the city (unlike what I have with Milan, Venice or Amsterdam 😄 ). So when Zaki told me that he’s…

What to Expect when You’re Expecting … In Sweden*

I had just recovered from severe flu when I realised I missed my period. I was a bit surprised but kept my expectations low as this wasn’t the first time I missed it. Days passed by and the monthly visitor still didn’t come. I started to wonder: “Am I really pregnant?” My skeptical husband asked me…

Jeritan Anak Semua Bangsa tentang Bumi Manusia

Tak biasanya saya berisik (atau sebut saja nyinyir) di dunia maya. Kalaupun pernah, masih bisalah dihitung dengan jari. Saya memang sengaja tidak mengumbar pendapat dan preferensi di akun-akun media sosial. Saya tak ingin mengumbar pilihan dan keberpihakan. Baik dalam hal politik atau remeh temeh keseharian. Alasannya sederhana, tak ingin terjebak dalam ingar bingar pendapat tak…

The “This is Sweden” moment

Daisy Goodwin, an English writer once said: “Marriage is like living in a foreign country as an adult: You can become fluent in the language, you can step yourself in the culture, you can know all three verses of the national anthem; but no matter how hard you have worked to assimilate yourself, there will…