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…

#mylifeasawriter

This morning, right after I took Hayya to school and Zaki left for work, I sat in front of my computer, was ready to continue writing a serial for a magazine in Indonesia. I had this feeling that everything would go smoothly. I opened my file, sipped my coffee, turned on the music and I…

Di Bawah Pohon Berdaun Salju | Under The Snow-Leaf Tree

Di bawah pohon berdaun salju itu, kutemukan kita. Duduk berdua menatap ranting-ranting putih yang mulai merenta. Aku akan mengeluh kedinginan. Lalu kau akan merapatkan pelukanmu. Dan para tetangga akan bertanya-tanya. Untuk apa kita duduk berdua di bawah pohon berdaun salju. Saat suhu tak mau bergerak dari titik beku. Yang tak mereka tahu, di bawah pohon…

New Kid on The Block*

I can still remember, vividly, the first moment when I got off from Öresundtåg at Lund’s Central Station. The cold winter air was slapping on my face like waking me up from a long dream, and I whispered excitedly to myself: “Okay, this is real.” But then, I stepped out outside the station and that…

Seorang Penulis yang Bertanya pada Dirinya Sendiri

Seorang penulis suatu hari bertanya pada dirinya sendiri. Apa jadinya jika dunia kehabisan kosakata? Akankah diksi menjadi sunyi? Tak ada lagi awalan atau akhiran? Tak perlu lagi imbuhan? … Pertanyaan-pertanyaan itu tak kunjung ia temu jawabnya. Tapi setengahnya ia tak lagi peduli. Toh, kata sekarang makin kehilangan makna. Tak lagi diperhatikan tanda bacanya. Tak lagi…