Nonik, sebuah cerpen

Cerpen: Ratih Kumala
Dimuat: Esquire Indonesia, Edisi Desember 2011

Aida tak pernah menyangka, episode hidupnya bakal seperti adegan film Hollywood: sebuah lampu 7 watt menggantung, bergoyang-goyang di dalam sarangnya hingga hanya menerangi meja yang di atasnya ada sebuah tape. Kaset berpita itu terus berputar, seolah menghipnotisnya untuk mengaku. Mengaku? Mengaku apa? Aida senyatanya tak tahu apa-apa. Tapi toh, petugas polisi yang berpakaian preman itu tetap mencecarnya dengan pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang seolah tak berujung. Nonik. Nonik. Nonik. Nama itu terus disebut-sebut dalam dialog yang tak bisa dibilang beramah-tamah itu.

“Sejak kapan kamu kenal Nonik?”
Ketika itu Aida sedang berdiri di halte bus, jam di tangannya menunjukan pukul 11:12. Aida memutuskan, seperempat jam lagi bus yang ditunggunya tak juga muncul, ia terpaksa menghentikan taksi agar tak terlambat ujian di kampus. Tapi tiba-tiba sebuah sedan berhenti di depannya, kacanya turun, dan wajah seorang gadis nongol di situ. Nonik Malika Marten. Ketika itu Aida belum tahu namanya.
“Lo anak Unkris kan?”
“Iya.”
“Yuk bareng.” Aida tak lantas naik, ia ragu. “Mau ngampus kan?” Aida mengangguk. “Gue juga. Yuk!” Nadanya setengah memaksa. Aida masuk ke mobil yang kemudian melaju ke satu tujuan yang sama. Itulah perkenalan mereka. Nonik berkuliah di fakultas yang sama dengan Aida, Komunikasi. Tetapi jurusannya berbeda. Mereka tak pernah satu kelas. Tapi sejak itu keduanya jadi akrab. Nonik ternyata tinggal di kompleks perumahan orang-orang kaya yang letaknya di depan kampung tempat Aida tinggal. Dia sering melihat Aida yang pulang dengan bis dan berhenti di depan kompleks perumahannya. Diam-diam Nonik berjanji pada diri sendiri, jika ada kesempatan ia akan mengajak Aida berangkat bersama.
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Finishing New Novel


It’s been three years since I got the first idea of writing this novel about ‘kretek’ (clove-cigarette), the signature cigarette of Indonesia. This is the longest period for me finishing a piece of novel. I guess it explains why I always support producing cigarette (especially kretek), though I don’t smoke at all. I got my reason, and the more I dig deeper on to clove-cigarette, the more I see the core of a kretek and how it worth treasure. (In this part, you don’t have to be agree with me, especially if you hate smoking and smokers *wink*)
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Meet the Writer, Tariq Ali


I’m lucky enough to get an opportunity to meet this smart funny man, Tariq Ali. My husband, Eka Kurniawan, and I met him at the hotel in Kemang, Jakarta, to give him some books. And you know what, he gave us his book too! Its tittle is Fear of Mirrors. Lucky (^,^)v Then we got a chance to have a chat. I’m not saying it was a light chat, since we talked mostly about politics! Yes, can you believe it? But Mr. Ali was a very positive person whose able to bring the conversation into a nice chat. From Pramoedya Ananta Toer to Cuba, the chat got me carried away. For a man who admit don’t know much about Indonesia (than other Asia countries), he sure knew many about Indonesian history. One funny thing happen, when he saw a news paper named Koran Jakarta. He thought it was about religion. Then I explained that ‘koran’ in Indonesian means ‘news papper’, not ‘Al-Quran’. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet again in a future, sometime. I don’t know any other serious writer whose fun like him.

Date Night: Lenka

Lenka is the most adorable singer I’ve ever known. When I knew she would hold a concert in Jakarta, I made my husband look for her ticket! He looked for it in Disctara in some malls, but the ticket was sold out. Good thing, finally he found in on the internet. So, on 5 October 2011, we went to the concert cheerfully. This was the first time for us in our marriage watching a live concert together :) So, I guess this is a special date night ;)

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