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Book Review: Why Should You Read Aravind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’



On January 22nd, Netflix has released The White Tiger, adapted from a novel by Aravind Adiga with the same name. The movie stars newcomer Ardash Gaurav, Rajkummar Rao, and Priyanka Chopra as its main cast. It tells the story of Balram Halwai who was raised in the slums of Bangalore and found his calling as a driver to a young upper-class couple in Delhi. 

The movie received positive reviews worldwide, despite not receiving as much attention in Malaysia. However, after reading the novel and finished the movie, I’ve discovered the reasons why you should read the books before watching the Netflix adaptation. 

1.Dark and humorous

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The author uses a first-person perspective to put readers into the mind of the main character. The dark humor and his cynical views on life in the slums of India will draw you in and make you feel all kinds of strange and normalcy, discomfort, and familiarity. 

2.Booker Prize Awards

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It was published in 2008 and won the Booker Prize Award for that year. The clear and realistic way it portrayed modern India rotted by corruption and its effects on society is apparent. As a Malaysian reading this, I am a little grateful for the state Malaysia is today. However, that does not mean that we shouldn’t be vigilant in stopping corruption in our own country. 

3. Vivid Description of Class Discrepancy

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It is public knowledge that India is a country with a strict hold over traditional values, especially regarding caste systems. This is a story about changing ones’ destiny, informing your own path in life. Albeit the dark path, the main character went through, it doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything from his journey.  

There are many Bollywood fans in Malaysia. But where most movies from the industry show the upper-class  ‘masala’ lifestyle, The White Tiger offers the voice of the unheard.

“This is the reality for a lot of Indian people and it’s important that it gets written about, rather than just hearing about the 5% of people in my country who are doing well.” – Aravind Adiga

4.Thematically ‘rich’ – no pun intended

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Literature students and anyone studying creative writing will get a kick in analyzing the book’s themes and motifs. The motifs fill the book to hammer home the theme. In my opinion, more university should consider including this book in their syllabus (it is not suitable for schools because of its explicit writing). The writer did not hold back in terms of making his message clear but you will definitely finish this book pondering on your life.

Source: Simon and Shuster, The Guardian


Food Review: Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Stick Is Now Available In Malaysia



Chocolates have the power to uplift someone’s mood and ice cream is perfect for a hot sunny day. But both combined, it is the perfect combination to ever exist. Snickers Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream, and Kit Kat Ice Cream are the usual stuff we find at our nearest grocery store but have you ever heard of Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream?

It has been sold for a long time but at that time, it was only available in certain European countries. Now, you can get this delicious treat from a local seller on Shopee!

This ice cream comes in three flavors. There are Original, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate but according to the local seller’s page, it is available for people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor only.

Head over here to place your order and get your Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Sources: Shopee nowme_01

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Food Review: ‘Sambal Hitam’, One of The Best Sambal That Can Be Eaten Anytime And Anyhow



Sambal hitam would always be one of the most favorite alternatives for many people in Malaysia who loves to eat spicy food like any other sambal but they do not want it to be too spicy up until they have to feel regret eating the food. This particular sambal hitam is really well-known in the state of Pahang.

The texture of this sambal hitam is one of the reasons why many people love to eat it. Sambal hitam is really full of anchovies. It is so easy to be made by anyone because the recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. The ingredients are belimbing buluh, red onion, anchovies, and also red chili.

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According to many people, the process of making this sambal hitam would take a very long time to be done. There is a very special way to cook this sambal hitam from Pahang. It does not take an hour or two to cook but it takes hours. The manufacturing process is quite complicated and also time-consuming.

It goes well with steamed white rice, brown rice, or even porridge. This sambal hitam really enhances the taste of the food. Once you taste it, your mouth will definitely have a fusion of flavors and you will surely crave more of it.

Sources: Cookpad.

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Step & Repeat, First-Ever Global TikTok Reality Show Based On Style Launched



KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Glamhive and Mary Kay Global Design Studio have announced Step & Repeat, the first-ever style show launching on TikTok.

Step & Repeat is a five-week style competition and mentorship programme where wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists worldwide compete in the fast-paced environment of TikTok to drive their business success.

The international competition is open to all and goes live on June 22 on TikTok, according to a statement.

TikTok’s community has been growing at an incredible pace since the start of the pandemic, and unique new talents are being discovered daily on the platform.

Step & Repeat is the first-ever global style competition on TikTok, giving structure, recognition, and rewards to winners weekly.

Glamhive and the Mary Kay Global Design Studio have partnered to create Step & Repeat as a global stage open to anyone who wants to explode onto the international scene and get recognised for their incredible talents in wardrobe, make-up, and hair styling.

Each week, Step & Repeat’s host, Johnny Wujek will announce a theme-based challenge, and TikTok users will create their best wardrobe, make-up, or hair style look for that theme.

Videos will incorporate the show’s custom sound, ‘Step & Repeat’, the hashtag #stepandrepeat, and the hashtag associated with each challenge, enabling all entries to be discoverable by the show’s judges.

At the end of each challenge, Wujek will announce the winner in each category: wardrobe, make-up, and hair. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a one-hour mentoring session with one of the 19 industry leaders stepping up to provide mentorship.

At the end of the five weeks, Step & Repeat will announce one overall winner for each category, crowning it the very best in wardrobe, make-up, and hair based on entries from worldwide.

More details at

Sources: BERNAMA

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