Publications by Aneeta Sundararaj

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The Age of Smiling Secrets

By Aneeta Sundararaj

Shortlisted for 2 categories (Reader’s Choice Award and the main (English) Award) in the Anugerah Buku 2020 organised by Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia.

“No woman should ever have to lose her child. And not in the heart-breaking way that Kamini lost hers.”

Malaysia is in a unique position where both the laws of Syariah and the Civil Law are practised concurrently. This has given rise to a conflict in jurisdiction in certain cases. For instance, where a non-Muslim couple is married under the provisions of the Civil Law, confusion arises when one party converts to Islam and converts their children as well. A custody battle often ensues where the Syariah Court can grant custody of the children to their newly converted Muslim parent while the High Court of Malaya can grant custody to the non-Muslim parent. THE AGE OF SMILING SECRETS is a work of fiction that is based on this legal position.

[***The Legend of Nagakanna (an edited version of Chapter 9 in this novel) was first published in an anthology called We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture, School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, 2018]


 Two Snakes Whistling at the Same Time

(13 Stories Featuring the Idiosyncrasies of Malaysians in their Everyday Lives)
By Aneeta Sundararaj

Publisher: MPH Publishers
Price: RM32.90
ISBN: 978-967-415-490-5
Page Number: 172pp
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Last year, Aneeta Sundararaj had a chance encounter with a reader who loved Aneeta’s self-published novel, The Banana Leaf Men. Shortly after this, Aneeta was reminded of one of her writer friends’ advice which was to “write stories she liked to read”. Together, these sparked Aneeta’s eagerness to return to writing about the everyday lives of the people she met.

Today, Aneeta is proud to present her collection of 13 light-hearted modern-day fables. Her stories chronicle the idiosyncrasies of Malaysians and their dramas and peculiar situations. Many conversations in the various stories are actual dialogues she has had in real life.

A simple turn of events can become a memorable story with Aneeta’s splendid usage of words. Each story written is unique, varying greatly in setting and content. One story features an outlandish and absurd conversation with a man who insisted that if Aneeta wrote his book for free, she would go to heaven. Readers will find themselves immersed in various encounters like a child’s fear of using a public restroom in one story to a lifelong feud between two individuals in the next.

Ultimately, every story describes a true slice of Malaysian life, representing the complexity and eclectic nature of Malaysians. Her stories are relatable and will elicit a laugh or two. Aneeta embeds various aspects of her life in her stories, such as her love for her dog, her previous career in the law, and her thoughts and opinions on religion, culture and spirituality. Her stories will remind readers that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction.

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We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture
Edited by David Dabydeen, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and Tina K. Ramnarine
Publication date: 30 April 2018
Number of pages: 212
Dimensions: 229 × 152
ISBN: 978-1-912250-07-3

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The abolition of slavery was the catalyst for the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers into the sugar colonies of Mauritius (1834), Guyana (1838) and Trinidad (1845), followed some years later by the inception of the system in South Africa (1860) and Fiji (1879). By the time indenture was abolished in the British Empire (1917-20), over one million Indians had been
contracted, the overwhelming majority of whom never returned to India. Today, an Indian indentured labour diaspora is to be found in Commonwealth countries
including Belize, Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles.

Indenture, whereby individuals entered, or were coerced, into an agreement to work in a colony in return for a fixed period of labour, was open to abuse from recruitment to plantation. Hidden within this little-known system of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Indian migration under the British Empire are hitherto neglected stories of workers who were both exploited and unfree. These include indentured histories from Madeira to the Caribbean, from West Africa to the Caribbean, and from China to the Caribbean, Mauritius and South Africa.

To mark the centenary of the abolition of the system in the British Empire (2017-20) this volume brings together, for the first time, new writing from across the Commonwealth. It is a unique attempt to explore, through the medium of poetry and prose, the indentured heritage of the twenty-first century.


Ladoo Dog: Tales of a Sweet Dachshund (ISBN: 978-976-12087-0-0)
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The blurb reads as follows:

What makes dachshunds special? Can a dog be ‘Indian’ or ‘Chinese’? Do dachshunds have temper tantrums? These are some of the questions asked and answered in twelve stories about Ladoo, an exuberant dachshund with a big heart. This collection of entertaining stories will make you laugh and you will certainly appreciate dachshunds even more. Above all, these stories show that if you open your heart to a dog, in return, it will give you its whole heart and more.


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The Banana Leaf Men (Reprint)
(ISBN: 978 1310637445)
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This is what Anna Abbott had to say:

Feisty, independent and highly intelligent, Tika, having reached the watershed of her thirtieth birthday, agrees to submit to the pressure from the formidable Institution of the Aunties, and agrees to an arranged marriage. She endures a succession of repulsive, chauvinistic, self-important suitors in this compelling, humourous and poignant story of the clash of cultures in that rich curry-pot of races and social mores that is modern Malaysia. The novel has great charm and relevance in a world hurtling towards globalisation. Tika’s journey has a surprising resolution.



Aneeta Sundararaj published the first book, Mad Heaven: The Biography of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. M. Mahadevan in 2004. Some 10 years later, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Azlanii Dr. M. Mahadevan self-published an updated version of the book with new photographs, information and, of course, stories. Here’s the blurb on the back of this book:

This compelling biography of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Azlanii Dr. M. Mahadevan presents the story of a man of astounding courage, determination, compassion and stamina. This tale begins with his birth in colonial Malaya in 1929 and, soon, there are glimpses of adventures in India, America, Ireland, Belgium, Argentina and many more places around the world. Intertwined with this gifted psychiatrist’s travels are stories of horse riding, polo, snake charming, sojourns in cults and even experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs. In Malaysia, he created a blueprint and implemented community care amongst the mentally ill and those with drug problems. The ideology, challenges, triumphs, misgivings and frustrations narrated in this biography all add colour to this enigmatic man’s life who was, at the very least of his achievements, once the Chief Psychiatrist to the Government of Malaysia.

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Autumn Gales – About the Book

and the buzz of far sighted winds-
enters the ears and murmurs poetry
it felt like the flow of a new found stream
touching and healing the verges of time

The gales have found their direction. It’s the cove where writers team up and give pace to their journey with literature. There is no dearth of compelling poems and short stories. Interestingly, there is no limitation to the richness each gale carries on its way. Where there is room for themes on endless love, there is also scope for modern, emerging works of interest. The Anthology credits every genre of poems and stories, giving the writers an edge over surrendering to a typical gale. Here the writers unfold the myth of following a quintessential literary structure.
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Title: Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia
Authors: Vaidya C D Siby with Aneeta Sundararaj
ISBN: 9789674154004
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MPH Group Publishing

How often have you wished you could understand how your body works? In Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia, Vaidya C.D. Siby and Aneeta Sundararaj show you how.

Through understanding the basics of the ancient medical system of Ayurveda, you will come to see how you can achieve and maintain good health for longevity. Far from being a textbook on Ayurveda, the elements of storytelling are used to feature some of the more common diseases among Malaysians. They range from obesity, thyroid disorder, diabetes, drug abuse and alcoholism to depression, cancer, stroke, eczema, psoriasis and subfertility. In each chapter, you will read about the disease, the common treatments the patient has undergone and how Ayurveda helped alleviate the signs and symptoms.

An enlightening book, Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia dispels the myths surrounding this ancient medical system.

My Cholesterol Journey in Malaysia
By Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kah Lin (in conversation with Aneeta Sundararaj)
ISBN: 978 967 121 6200
Price: RM35.00 (excluding postage)


The blurb reads as follows:

According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 10 million people worldwide suffer from Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). In Malaysia, this number is 1 in 500. This means that there are close to 56,000  Malaysians suffering from premature heart disease and many of them do not know it. This book chronicles one man’s journey to study the prevalence of FH among Malaysians and the monumental effort he made to ensure that they obtained all the necessary support, medication and treatment.


tendo Achilles
If you have thickened tendo Achilles,
and your LDL level is 5 mmol/l and above,
you are clinically an FH patient.


‘Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kah Lin … worked tirelessly and almost alone to throw a lifeline to young people genetically programmed to self-destruct prematurely. This book is an inspiration for doctors, researchers and patients in Malaysia, the region, and the world.’

Dato’ Dr. Joseph Eravelly
Past President, National Heart Association of Malaysia
Past Master, Academy of Medicine, Malaysia

Proceeds of the sale of this book will be channelled to the Heart Foundation of Malaysia (Yayasan Jantung Malaysia) in support of the Cholesterol Dialysis Programme.

This book is available in all major bookshops in Malaysia and directly from the publisher: VersaComm Sdn Bhd (12-A, Jalan PJS 8/4, Mentari Plaza, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 03-56323301 / 56373526
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