Even at four months of age, anyone could see that she was no ordinary dog, IF they looked beyond everything that WAS ordinary about her and looked into her eyes. She had already seen too much for a puppy that young. It was like her heart was already broken, but until her body broke, too, she would still need to feed it. But her eyes were there for everyone to look into – a peculiar mix of sadness tinged with a tiny sliver of the gigantic love she was so capable of giving and yearning to receive. She just didn’t understand why it had to be this way. This is the rags to riches story of the one we shall, for now, call ‘the dumped dog’.
Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter (18 April 2020 edition) features YouTube videos about Ayurveda Approach to COVID-19 and the story about Echo, a deaf Dalmation.
Echo, as we came to name our sweet Dalmation, was born with his disability. Despite being deaf in both ears from birth, he is the calmest and happiest puppy I have ever met. He doesn’t know any differently and perhaps thinks that silence is just life. He will never know or hear his name being called or hear other dogs bark at him or be afraid of the sound of thunder.
| Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 3 – 19 March 2020
|Dear [FIRSTNAME],Generally, writers choose references that are similar in nature to what they are writing about. For instance, when I wrote In the Name of the Father? Maybe Not, the references had some connection with the law because I was writing about the continuing confusion between the two legal systems in Malaysia. This was in light of the recent case where a boy, born less than six months after his parents’ marriage, was deemed illegitimate under Syariah Law.|
“In my books, I try to bring my settings to life by giving minute descriptions of the buildings, the way of life of these ancient peoples, their food, their farming practices as described by the archaeologists and scholars who studied them. This is how it works sometimes in science fiction and most of the time in historical fiction. Writers create (or recreate) the universe in which their story is to unfold,” VJ Singam, author of ‘Disorientation’.
Although the concurrent legal jurisdictions of Syariah Law and the Civil Law is unique to Malaysia, they continue to cause problems and there is a growing air of pessimism all round.
“I like reading your newsletters Aneeta. Thank you for sharing such wonderful stories and information with your readers,” says Khurshid Khoree about the Great Storytelling Network Newsletter on howtotellagreatstory.com
Ramli Ibrahim, the legendary odissi dancer, narrates the journey that women choreographers in odissi have taken and the central role that Sutra Foundation has in bringing them to the fore.
Aneeta Sundararaj is fascinated by the removal of celebrities’ wedding photos because of venue. Is this likely to happen in Malaysia?