Aneeta Sundararaj trained as a lawyer. However, in 2003, she decided to pursue her dream of writing. She is a published author of 2 books (The Banana Leaf Men – a novel and Snapshots! – a collection of short stories) and 2 ebooks (How To Tell A Great Story and Batik For Beginners). She started her website, How To Tell A Great Story with the aim of sharing all she learnt about the craft of storytelling.
“Makcik sudah makankah?” (Makcik, have you eaten?)
The little Tamil who asked the question was standing behind the gates of her home.
The Malay lady, across the narrow drain which separated their homes, stopped feeding her chickens for a moment and looked up. Her smile genuine, she replied, “Belum lagi. Mak Leela masak apa hari ini?” (Not yet. What did your mother cook today?)
In 1979, my family posed for a photograph which was taken by Mr. Chia. Being the official photographer for the Kedah Sultan and his family, Mr. Chia had very little spare time and, therefore, this session was very precious to my mother. The photograph Mr. Chia took that hot afternoon in November became the benchmark for all family portraits taken of my family. Not one photograph taken after that, be it by Mr. Chia or any other photographer, equalled this one.