I used to ask myself can I -a nobody- make a difference in this troubled, difficul world. Well through times I learned that small things can really maI used to ask myself can I -a nobody- make a difference in this troubled, difficul world. Well through times I learned that small things can really make differences such as using less and less plastic bags, treat others equally, respect their preferences. Simply just treat other human as human.
In the early part of the book, I believe that's what Conor had in his mind: doing something. And I respect him for that, to actually do something and help the children taken from their families in disguise of sanctuary and better life. It tears me how the children, regardless living in limited resources in difficult time, taking care of each others.
However, I cannot help but questioning Conor's decision to set up a new foundation with the Umbrella Foundation is nearby and doing almost similar thing. And so does the Little Princes orphanage. Why not creating partnership with the two organisations, which objective is to return the children back to their families?
In writing sense, he captivated me since the first page to the two-thirds of the book. However, the final third was like he's rushing it. I can't help but feeling that Farid, his second-in-command in Next Generation, is right: Connon needs to practice his patience.
And I cannot believe that Conor missed the rare opportunity of witnessing the children returning to their beloved families! He told the story by what Farid told him! He worked so hard, traveling to very remoted areas to find the children families, and when finally they are reunited he's not even there?! It's like you're organising this huge party, working on all the details to ensure it's the best party of the year, only to have someone told you how great the party was because you're not there.
Conor Grennan is making a huge difference in Nepal, changing the Nepal young generation. Yet I don't think this book really represents fully what he does for the children.
Conor Grennan melakukan hal besar untuk generasi muda Nepal. Mengembalikan anak-anak korban trafficking saat Nepal dalam keadaan perang sipil ke orangtua mereka.
Tapi sedih rasanya membaca buku ini mengetahui Conor bahkan tidak ada di Nepal menyaksikan saat anak-anak yang dia bantu akhirnya kembali ke keluarga mereka. Setelah semua kerja keras yang dia lakukan, melewati medan sulit untuk mencari orangtua atau sanak keluarga anak-anak itu di daerah terpencil Nepal, dan dia mengisahkannya pada kita pembaca lewat apa yang disaksikan Farid sesama penggerak Next Generation? ...more
This could be the most heart-warming book I'll ever read this year, what a pleasure to read especially for those who love travel and football in the sThis could be the most heart-warming book I'll ever read this year, what a pleasure to read especially for those who love travel and football in the same sentence like me. Ha!
Where to start I wonder, okay the first time I met Mahir was on a short trip to Green Canyon and Pangandaran Beach long long time ago (actually not that long but I seem unable to remember the year oops). Throughout the trip Mahir was the quiet one, presumably he is one of those quiet type or that the fact he was in a short trip with three super chatter women. We were not friend, he's simply a travel mate. Until one day Windy, our common friend, said 'Hey Mi, Mahir wants to borrow your Messi book.'
The cliché as some people say. But since that Messi's book period, Mahir and I were bonding over Messi and football -well TBH you can add Jonjo Shelvey to it now LOL. Despite our differences both in local clubs, he's being PSM and I'm with Arema Indonesia, and European leagues, he's with La Liga and I'm with English Premier League (yeah it's Barclay but who cares), we both love football with a passion. We're a friend.
That's why I think this book is more than just a traveling book visiting some famous football stadiums or watching some famous teams. Mahir shared what all these times been nagging inside of me. In this football's spider web of game of passion, football commercialism, UEFA and FIFA and the infamous PSSI, individual players, rich clubs vs poor clubs etc, where do I belong? Mahir found his answer, I am yet to find mine.
Along with this book, comes a perspective. Some of football fans, sorry didn't mean to be disrespectful, IMO tend to support a club blindly something to do with pride, localism, titles, glamours etc whilst few following certain players blindly irrespective to whatever clubs they're playing for. I used to be one of them, used to pick up a fight/banters/mocking for whatever reasons with any fellow football fans. Now I am worry more about what will happen to Indonesian U19 National Team with a football instituion like PSSI? Where's Indonesian U16? U14? U12? If FIFA as the highest authority can't or won't make major changes, why would you think PSSI would and could?
Anyway Windy in her book Life Traveler said, 'The most pleasant thing in a journey is finding ourselves; the real home.' Mahir in a way has experienced that, maybe. I'm still on a journey. If you haven't found your home, let's start planning your next trip.
Buku yang layak dibaca buat yang suka traveling dan juga pecinta bola. Perjalanan selama dua tahun, yang mungkin menjadi impian banyak pecinta bola di Indonesia termasuk aku.
Saat launching buku ini kemarin, tidak sempat bertanya kepada Mahir bagaimana caranya dia mampu membuat orang-orang di buku ini begitu menarik dan kuat? Setelah terbiasa membaca karakter di buku-buku fiksinya, harusnya memang tidak terkejut jika Mahir mampu menceritakan orang-orang biasa namun dengan kepribadian luar biasa selama perjalanan dua tahun di buku ini.
Secara pribadi paling suka dengan buku yang setelah membacanya mampu membuat merenung dan berkontemplasi. Dan ini salah satu buku itu. Teman atau bukan teman, buku ini memang layak untuk dibaca. Satu hal yang pasti, pengalaman menonton bola kini sudah tidak sama lagi. Fanatisme buta itu hanya lelucon bodoh. Love the game as the game it is.
I think this is one book that every so-called fantasy hard-core fans must read or have in their library. All those amazing creatures and bestiaries arI think this is one book that every so-called fantasy hard-core fans must read or have in their library. All those amazing creatures and bestiaries are alive here.
My favourite is Garuda: "...Garuda is half vulture and half man, with the wings, beak, and talons of the one and body and legs of the other. His face is white, his wings of a bright scarlet, and his body golden... ... Garuda expounds at length on the beginnings of the universe, the solar essence of Vishnu, the rites of his cult, the genealogies of kings decended from the sun and the moon, the plot of the Ramayana, and various minor topics, such as the craft of verse, grammar, and medicine... ...Garuda is a soul saved forever, as are his crown, his earrings, and his flute."
To be honest, the first time I heard about the title I was thinking about Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie. And that second I mumbled, "Right! ThisTo be honest, the first time I heard about the title I was thinking about Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie. And that second I mumbled, "Right! This will be another watershed contest, oh dear!"
Here's the thing about a father, at least in my case, he's the best simply the best. I would never asked for another father, in fact I'd like to relive my life if it's possible so I can be a better daughter. See that's what Adhitya Mulya tried here, ingrained the idea that we should not demand others to be their best for us but instead we must be the best for our loved ones. On that notes, I'm off to call my dad (and mum of course).
Edisi sotoynya mia adalah: "Aduh ini pasti kayak buku 'Tuesdays with Morrie' pasti sedih!!" Menurutku itu terbukti, beberapa kali harus menyembunyikan mata yang berkaca-kaca di CommuterLine. Tapi ternyata menahan tangis lebih mudah daripada menahan ketawa, buktinya beberapa sesama pengguna KRL memandang aneh saat aku menutup muka dengan buku ini dengan badan terguncang karena setengah mati menahan ketawa (episode Cakra dan tim salesnya, termasuk Gunther dengan 'missing attachment' hahahahahaha). Mungkin kalau aku menangis mereka akan pura-pura tidak melihat, tapi kalau ketawa terbahak-bahak aku yakin mereka pasti menyingkir ke gerbong sebelah. Serius!
Tentang orangtua dan anak, mungkin aku belum pernah melahirkan anak tapi secara teknis aku cukup tahu seperti apa membesarkan anak. Sangat tidak mudah, nilai apa yang harus ditanamkan sejak dini, mengapa jangan mengajarkan kiri dan kanan ke anak di bawah usia 3-5 tahun, harus punya kesabaran tingkat Santo dan ratusan hal lainnya. Mungkin temanku Lamya benar, seharusnya pemerintah menjadikan ibu rumah tangga sebagai profesi dan membayar gaji mereka tapi ya mengharapkan itu terjadi sama saja dengan rencana kami menonton Piala Dunia 2014 di Brasil, gagal total! ...more
This book reminds me again why I bought a camera and traveling with my friends just as Maya Angelou said:
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but bThis book reminds me again why I bought a camera and traveling with my friends just as Maya Angelou said:
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may become friends."...more
Isabel Allende is a great author, I really love the way she creates strong characters that sometimes I subconsciously compWhat do I think? Let me see:
Isabel Allende is a great author, I really love the way she creates strong characters that sometimes I subconsciously compared other fictions characters to them (who can forget Elisa Sommers?!). And she, I meant Allende, has this massive influence of magic realism that most Southern American authors really good at.
Reading reviews of this book I can see that some are struggling, especially when they expect the book merely about a young boy adventures (if you do go read Verne instead) or questioning the 'rationality' of the background story like the Mist Amazon Native American etc (that's why it's called magic realism, go to google and find out).
However I can say despite trying to write for young people, I dare say it's not as amazing as her other works at least that I've read. The idea of the mysterious yet appaling Amazon and the natives who live there for thousand years, magic adventures, it's all there but I just feel that something is missing. Allende powerful and magical narration maybe? As she reserved it partly due to writing for young people? But it's fair to say that I enjoy reading this book, and sometimes that's enough.
Sebelumnya sih tidak berniat bikin review, karena bagiku walau buku ini menyenangkan untuk dibaca tapi dibandingkan karya-karya Allende yang lain ini sih biasa sekali. Tapi kemudian saat hendak menambahkan di rak goodreads, dan membaca beberapa review baik teman maupun member goodreads lain yang rata-rata: 1. berharap ini kisah murni petualangan (kalau yang itu baca karya-karya Verne lebih cocok), 2. kisah latarbelakang ceritanya sedikit 'tidak rasional'.
Untuk alasan kedua, mungkin sebaiknya mulai googling dan mencari tahu tentang magic realism yang sepertinya sekarang sudah menjadi genre dan diterima luas di berbagai wilayah walaupun penulisnya rata-rata dari Amerika Selatan.
Tidak, aku tidak membela Allende kok dan rasanya si ibu juga tidak butuh dibela karena karya-karyanya sudah mewakili. Dan jujur saat membacanya aku merasa ada yang hilang yang biasa aku temukan di karya-karya beliau. Apakah karena menahan diri sebegitu rupa mengingat ini karya untuk remaja? Menurutku buku ini menarik untuk dibaca tapi tidak istimewa, tidak seistimewa Daughter of Fortune :D...more
Read the Indonesian translated version first, to be fair the translator must be having tough times translating it especially now that I read the origiRead the Indonesian translated version first, to be fair the translator must be having tough times translating it especially now that I read the original version. IMO This is one of the best literature ever written in human history!...more
suka dengan caranya berkisah walau beberapa cerita akhirnya kurang pas. kisah favorit tentu tentang Kukila, walau sulit tidak membicarakan kisah 'Tibasuka dengan caranya berkisah walau beberapa cerita akhirnya kurang pas. kisah favorit tentu tentang Kukila, walau sulit tidak membicarakan kisah 'Tiba-Tiba Aku Florentino Ariza' haha suka deh ternyata kami pembaca GGM!...more
IMO this book, the ending, will have a BANG! if Mahir ended it with Miguel really died in the ferryboat accident. Yes me and my tragic kingdom endingsIMO this book, the ending, will have a BANG! if Mahir ended it with Miguel really died in the ferryboat accident. Yes me and my tragic kingdom endings lol
On a serious note, I really like the way Mahir developed strong characters. I'm #TeamBebi through and through baby. Good job Mahir, you know I'll read whatever project you have next ;D...more