Ratih Kumala: An instinctive, detailed storyteller
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Ratih Kumala: An instinctive, detailed storyteller

Out and about: Author Ratih Kumala poses for a photograph in front of the ancient Sanchi Buddhist complex in Madhya Pradesh, India, on the sidelines of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit in mid-August. She joined the summit as an Indonesian delegate. (JP/Sebastian Partogi)

Out and about: Author Ratih Kumala poses for a photograph in front of the ancient Sanchi Buddhist complex in Madhya Pradesh, India, on the sidelines of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit in mid-August. She joined the summit as an Indonesian delegate. (JP/Sebastian Partogi)

Source: The Jakarta Post, 16 October 2017

Pursuing a career as a writer requires a lot of energy and persistence, according to novelist-scriptwriter Ratih Kumala.

Suppose you are walking to an Indonesian restaurant with a friend. You both sit at a table before taking a glimpse at bottles of sarsaparilla and kerupuk(deep fried crackers) sitting atop it. You might not think too deeply about them.

That is not the case for novelist, short story writer and scriptwriter Ratih Kumala, who said that she had a penchant for developing stories from small, often trivialized things, such as the objects that were sitting on our table during an interview in mid-September.

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1st India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: History Begins

1st India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: History Begins

The morning was partly cloudy when we arrived at the Raja Bhoj Airport. Despite three long flights from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (India), the expression of our faces did not reflect exhaustion. Instead, we were happy to see new faces. Organizers and volunteers of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 welcomed us with flowers, took us to the bus headed to our hotel and also the summit’s venue, the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel. There, we met with the rest of delegates from 10 other countries for the first time. Our skin tones and languages might be different, but there was one thing that bound us together: our smiles as we introduced ourselves to one another.

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India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: Merayakan Kemerdekaan di Negeri Orang

India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: Merayakan Kemerdekaan di Negeri Orang

Delegasi Indonesia, India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017

Delegasi Indonesia, India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017

Jakarta – Pada 14-19 Agustus 2017 lalu, saya dan sembilan orang lainnya mendapat kehormatan menjadi delegasi Indonesia untuk India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 di Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Dihadiri oleh 170 delegasi dari 11 negara ASEAN dan India, acara ini diorganisasi oleh Pemerintah India yang bekerja sama dengan Indian Foundation.

Ada yang spesial dari pilihan tanggal di atas, sebab 15 Agustus adalah Hari Kemerdekaan India. Kami diajak mengikuti upacara Kemerdekaan India yang ke-70 di Museum Indira Gandhi Manav Sanrahalaya, Bhopal. Pengibaran bendera yang diiringi lagu kebangsaan India, Jana-Gana-Mana pun dilakukan.
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Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Ada banyak pertentangan sebelum Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 berlangsung. Sejumlah orang dari berbagai pihak banyak yang tidak puas dan protes, baik itu cuma sekedar mengeluh di belakang, maupun vokal di socmed. Ssaya tidak perlu menyebut satu per satu siapa saja yang buka mulut, protes ini-itu. Pada akhirnya saya cuma bisa memaklumi, dan berkata dalam hati, mungkin mereka ingin didengar. 

Pada tanggal 13 Oktober 2015 saya terbang ke Frankfurt untuk menghadiri FBF 2015. Tiba di kota itu siang hari, sekitar jam 1. Pembukaan FBF 2015 dijadwalkan jam 5 sore. Saya tidak bisa ikut pembukaan karena baru menemukan hotel sekitar jam 5 lewat. Hari itu saya gunakan untuk istirahat. 13 jam perjalanan pesawat dengan satu kali transit di Abu Dhabi cukup membuat saya lelah. Meski di dalam pesawat saya merasa cukup produktif dengan menonton serial How to Get Away with Murder dan membaca e-book di iPad saya.

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