Friday January 11, 2013
Love, life and business
Happily Ever After
Author: Harriet Evans
Publisher: Gallery Books, 496 pages
ELEANOR Bee has everything planned out: she would move to London, she would become a literary star, and she would not fall in love – not after she has had to live with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce. No, Eleanor Bee did not believe in true love. But life has a funny way of catching us unawares, and true love can come in may forms and shapes, not to mention tied to the past in ways that one can never predict.
Wisdom From Laughter
Compilers & Editors: Oh Teik Bin & Lee Kiang Wui
Publisher: Advantage Quest, 241 pages
THIS book offers to tickle your funny bone even while it imparts valuable life lessons. Its collection of 500 jokes as well as illustrations and cartoon drawings sneak in lessons on compassion, common sense and good values while readers are laughing at the hearty jokes mixed with a dash of spice. Laughter, they say, is the best medicine and there are even “laugh clubs” worldwide that gather members to laugh out loud and lower their blood pressure! If you can’t get to a club, dip into this book daily for a dose of laughter.
Voice Of Islamic Moderation From The Malay World
Author: M. Kamal Hassan
Publisher: Emerging Market Innovative Research, 358 pages
“THE squeaky wheel gets the grease”, goes the old saying. Similarly, it is the loud, militant voices of Islam that catch the world’s attention through newspaper and TV news reports. Moderate voices are lost in the din, which is why independent Muslim Malay academic Prof Dr Mohd Kamal Hassan produced this book. Written with a mainly non-Muslim audience in mind, the book is aimed at those who are interested in the issue of the peaceful co-existence of the Muslim world and the rest of the globe.
The 11 essays hope to counter the tarnishing and demonising of Islam that has occurred since the 9/11 terror incidents in the United States in 2011 and to ease the heightened global tension between the Western and Muslim worlds.
Kaleidoscope: The Memoirs of P.G. Lim
Author: P.G. Lim
Publisher: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 376 pages
A REMARKABLE woman’s life is recorded in memoirs that are as informative as they are engaging. Born into an important Penang family, Tan Sri P.G. Lim lived an eventful life that saw her make her mark after WWII, first as a fearless lawyer and labour rights champion, and then as a top diplomat representing Malaysia in many Western countries. She was also one of only two women (the other was Tan Sri Dr Aishah Ghani) on the National Consultative Council that was set up in the wake of the May 13 riots in 1969, and the suspension of the Malaysian Parliament. Indeed, Lim was well-known to all of independent Malaysia’s prime ministers.
Kaleidoscope also shows off the more personal side of Lim, delving into her support for the arts and her voracious appetite for books.
Author: Philip Wong with Melvin Goh
Publisher: Bumi Serasi, 214 pages
TAN Sri Datuk Sir Hiew King is the founder and chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau Group, a timber company founded in 1975 that has since diversified into other areas of business, including media (the group operates the Chinese language newspaper Sin Chiew Daily). This is the man that Forbes reported had a net worth of about US$1.2bil (RM3.649bil) in July 2012. And this is the man for whom the authors of You’re Rich! had the opportunity to work. They observed and learned and put together chapters on what they feel are the billionaire’s important philosophies in life and business. Learning from the master, the authors eventually ventured into setting up their own businesses and share their experiences in this book.