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Kembara Peniaga Jalanan

Ikram Al-Banjari tidak berasal daripada keluarga peniaga tetapi minatnya untuk berniaga membuak-buak sejak kecil. Ketika berusia sepuluh tahun, beliau menjual buah jambu bila saja ada acara di padang sekolah di hadapan rumahnya.

Pada usia 13 tahun, dia belajar berjualan di gerai Pak Man yang dibuka semasa Forum Perdana Ehwal Islam bersiaran langsung. Pak Man mengajarnya cara menarik minat pembeli mendapatkan lebih daripada satu produk.

Dia berkuli di kedai makan Abang Lan. Di sana, dia bukan saja belajar melayan pelanggan, tetapi juga belajar cara menyediakan air dan memasak juadah untuk pelanggan. Ada cara tertentu untuk memastikan air yang dibancuh sedap untuk diminum pelanggan. Kalau nak tahu rahsia membancuh secawan kopi yang sedap, dapatkan buku ini di sini. Sebahagian pengalaman di sini, bertahun kemudian digunakan untuk membuka rantaian warung Tu Dia! Char Kway Teow.

Semasa di universiti pun dia berniaga sambil belajar — khidmat basuh kereta dan kereta sewa untuk pelajar-pelajar antarabangsa.

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Leaving Time

Jenna Metcalfe’s parents were scientists, who ran an elephant sanctuary. When she was three, tragedy strike. An employee of the sanctuary was killed after she was trampled by one of the elephants. Alice, Jenna’s mother, was found injured and unconscious at another part of the sanctuary.

Alice was rushed to the hospital. When she regained consciousness, she was informed that Jenna was missing. Alice checked out of the hospital and disappeared. Thomas, Jenna’s father, was committed to a mental institution shortly after.

Jenna was brought up by her grandmother, who refused to talk about her mother. For ten years, she wondered why her mother left.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna sought the help of Serenity (a psychic) and Virgil Stanhope (the cop who investigated the accident at the sanctuary). As the unlikely trio set on a quest to find the truth about what happened to Alice, Jenna’s memory of her childhood started to reveal a series of unexpected events. Would uncovering the truth be so painful that it would be better to bury the past?

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Memoirs of Tan Sri Ani Arope

I bought this book online at Kinokuniya. When it arrived, I was rather disappointed that the book was so thin (139 pages). I thought a man like the late Tan Sri Ani Arope (TSAA), with his infinite wisdom, would have much to share.

TSAA was one of Malaysia’s prominent corporate figures, who was also well known for his wit and sense of humour.

The story started with his childhood. He was the fifth of seven children and grew up with a mother who was a single parent. Word War II broke when he was nine years old and with it came the hardship of war.

He fell in love for the first time when he was seventeen. It did not last long and they met again 60 years later through their children.

He attended a university in New Zealand, and upon returning home, started his career as an agronomist. Shortly after, he met a beautiful young woman who later became his wife. TSAA narrated about his challenges as the CEO of TNB and what led to his decision to resign.

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The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

This is the finale of the Millennium Trilogy. I don’t know how to review this book without revealing the plot, so this review is going to be brief.

This book picks up where “The Girl who Played with Fire” left off. Salander was now in a hospital, where she was treated for her life-threatening injuries. Because she was wanted for a triple murder, she was put under arrest and not allowed contact with anyone except the medical team treating her and her lawyer. Salander had to prepare for her defense while isolated from the rest of the world.

Mikael Blomkvist asked his sister, Annika, to be Salander’s lawyer, which proved to be challenging due to Salander’s policy of not talking to anyone in authority.

People in the Secret Section of Sapo knew that they were in danger. If Salander was not silenced, she would expose their blatant disregard of the law in order to protect Zalachenko.

While doing all they can to help Salander, both Annika’s and Mikael’s lives were threatened. Can they persuade Salander to trust them? The stake was high and important people had much to lose if the truth finally came out.

The plot twists and turns left my head spinning. Of course, I’m going to tell you that you must read this book. Get it from this store or that store.

Related:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

This is the second book in the Millenium Trilogy.

Mikael Blomkvist was working with Mia Johansson (a criminologist) and Dag Svensson (a journalist) to expose a sex trade ring that involved prominent people. Blomkvist found Johansson and Svensson shot dead in their apartment. The police found the murder weapon with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it. Shortly after, Bjurman, Salander’s guardian was also found dead in his apartment.

Salander was now wanted for three murders and the media was painting her as a psychotic lesbian with a troubled, violent past. The hunt for Salander was on.

People who knew Salander well — Blomkvist, Berger and Armansky — did not believe that Salander was responsible for the murders. While Salander hid at her safe house, they desperately tried to make sense of what happened. It was a race against time — if the police found Salander first, it would not end well.

Unknown to Blomkvist, Salander held the key to a puzzle that Johansson and Svensson was unable to solve. Salander had met with them shortly before they died. The information she shared with them was what led to their death.

The key that Salander held was a man called Zalachenko — the elusive mastermind behind the sex trade ring. The man who shaped Salander’s dark past.

This book is the key to understanding Salander’s past and what made her who she was. Get this book from this store or that store.

Related:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest