Critical Eleven – Ika Natassa

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344 pages

Published: August 2015

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Romance Fiction, Adult, Chicklit.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia

Dalam dunia penerbangan, dikenal istilah critical eleven, sebelas menit paling kritis di dalam pesawat—tiga menit setelah take off dan delapan menit sebelum landing—karena secara statistik delapan puluh persen kecelakaan pesawat umumnya terjadi dalam rentang waktu sebelas menit itu. It’s when the aircraft is most vulnerable to any danger.

In a way, it’s kinda the same with meeting people. Tiga menit pertama kritis sifatnya karena saat itulah kesan pertama terbentuk, lalu ada delapan menit sebelum berpisah—delapan menit ketika senyum, tindak tanduk, dan ekspresi wajah orang tersebut jelas bercerita apakah itu akan jadi awal sesuatu ataukah justru menjadi perpisahan.

Ale dan Anya pertama kali bertemu dalam penerbangan Jakarta-Sydney. Tiga menit pertama Anya terpikat, tujuh jam berikutnya mereka duduk bersebelahan dan saling mengenal lewat percakapan serta tawa, dan delapan menit sebelum berpisah Ale yakin dia menginginkan Anya.

Kini, lima tahun setelah perkenalan itu, Ale dan Anya dihadapkan pada satu tragedi besar yang membuat mereka mempertanyakan pilihan-pilihan yang mereka ambil, termasuk keputusan pada sebelas menit paling penting dalam pertemuan pertama mereka.

Diceritakan bergantian dari sudut pandang Ale dan Anya, setiap babnya merupakan kepingan puzzle yang membuat kita jatuh cinta atau benci kepada karakter-karakternya, atau justru keduanya. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Sebenarnya resensi tentang Critical Eleven sudah lama sekali aku tulis, di tahun yang sama saat pertama kali bukunya keluar. Resensi sebelumnya ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggris, resensi yang dibuat dengan tujuan khusus ini akan ditulis dengan Bahasa Indonesia.

Critical Eleven adalah buku ke empat Ika Natassa yang aku baca setelah Antologi Rasa serta Twivortiare 1 dan 2. Dari hasil pengamatanku melalui teaser yang sering dibagikan di Instagram Ika Natassa waktu itu jelas sekali terlihat bahwa buku ini menceritakan kisah hubungan yang manis. Tidak hanya manis, tapi juga merupakan kisah impian dari hampir seluruh kaum perempuan, yang mana mereka secara kebetulan bertemu dengan seorang pria asing dan saling jatuh cinta lalu menikah. Manis sekali bukan?

Aku kira alur cerita buku ini sama seperti Twivortiare dan Antologi Rasa yang mana menceritakan perjalanan kisah hubungan mereka, dari bertemu, pacaran, hingga menikah; dari pasangan biasa hingga menjadi suami istri. Aku mengira konfliknya juga sejenis dengan konflik yang biasa ditemui, petengkaran, masa lalu, kepribadian masing-masing tokoh, dan saat konflik-konflik itu selesai mereka menikah. Aku kira ceritanya akan seperti itu.

Setelah selesai membaca buku ini, ternyata alur ceritanya sangat bertentangan dengan dugaanku. Ada sedikit cerita tentang pertemuan mereka, kencan mereka, dan hal-hal lain yang berkaitan dengan hubungan mereka menuju pernikahan, tapi hanya sedikit dan hanya ditulis sebagai kilas balik. Ternyata konflik muncul di dalam pernikahan mereka

Inti dari sebagian besar cerita ini adalah tentang kehilangan. Kehilangan orang yang dicintai, kehilangan kehadiran dari pasangan secara emosional, kehilangan kepercayaan dari orang yang dicintai. Kehilangan ini sangat terasa dari sikap dingin Anya kepada Ale yang berusaha mendekat, dari kebiasaan Anya yang selalu memasuki kamar anaknya yang telah meninggal. Kata hampa mungkin dapat menggambarkannya dengan lebih baik. Buku ini juga menyinggung soal penyesalan.

Pesan yang aku dapat dari cerita ini adalah memaafkan dan merelakan. Memaafkan orang lain dan terutama memaafkan diri sendiri. Menerima semua yang telah terjadi dan merelakannya. Butuh waktu yang lama untuk melakukan kedua hal ini dan Critical Eleven juga menunjukkannya. Sama seperti buku-buku yang sudah aku baca, Ika Natassa juga menyelipkan beberapa pengetahuan essensial di dalam buku ini. Aku jadi tahu sedikit tentang kopi, kondisi orang-orang yang bekerja di rig, hingga persoalan kesehatan. Aku suka buku-bukunya karena mereka realistik.

Saat mendengar buku ini akan difilmkan, aku tidak tahu harus bereaksi bagaimana. Di satu sisi berita itu sangat bagus. Buku yang dijadikan film adalah buku-buku yang memiliki cerita fantastis menurutku. Tapi, di sisi lain aku takut film akan mengubah kesan baik yang aku dapat dari membaca menjadi buruk. Tidak sedikit film yang diadopsi dari cerita buku malah menjadi mengecewakan. Aku berharap film Critical Eleven nantinya dapat memberi visualisasi imajinasi para pembacanya dengan baik, terutama di beberapa adegan yang sangat emosional, contohnya pergulatan batin Anya terhadap doa. Terdengar sepele tapi seperti itulah batin orang-orang yang pernah mengalami kejadian yang sangat menyakitkannya.

Aku tidak berani berekpektasi mengenai film Critical Eleven karena dari teaser yang sudah disebarkan, kesannya sedikit bertentangan dengan yang pernah aku bayangkan. Tapi, seringkali teaser tidak bisa memberi kesan yang sesungguhnya dari sebuah film. Jadi biarkan itu menjadi sebuah kejutan.

Jogjakarta

The real title is:

Jogjakarta

Ada satu topik obrolan yang menurutku cukup menarik untuk di bahas. Sore itu aku bersama temanku sedang makan di warung Nasi Bambu. Aku lupa bagaimana caranya topik Tempo Gelato bisa berakhir pada topik situasi Jogja sekarang ini.

Sebenarnya menurutku pribadi perubahan Kota Pelajar ini sudah terlihat sejak awal tahun 2013. Jumlah kendaraan di jalanan Jogja tak tahu kenapa bisa semakin bertambah dan jalanan pun mulai ramai. Sayangnya situasi ini semakin parah, terlebih sekarang ini mobil itu seperti mikrobia. Entah kapan mereka membelah diri hingga sebanyak itu. Kalau kalian perhatikan dulu Jakal itu hanya ramai di saat jam kuliah dan pulang kuliah. Itu pun tidak sampai macet. Sekarang? Aku hanya bisa menatap jalan itu dengan malas.

Ada satu kalimat yang dicetuskan oleh temanku, “Jogja sekarang ini budayanya sudah mati.” Jogja yang sekarang itu tidak ada bedanya dengan kota-kota besar lainnya. Aku tambahkan Jogja sekarang itu tidak cocok lagi menyandang daerah istimewa.

Bagi kalian para mahasiswa pendatang sepertiku, angkatan 2011 dan sebelum-sebelumnya, apakah yang membuat Jogja itu berbeda dengan kota-kota lainnya di mata kalian?

Yang aku lihat saat itu dan yang sangat kentara adalah hampir seluruh aktivitas itu seolah mati pas pukul 9 malam. Bahkan kampung halamanku yang hanya menyandang daerah kabupaten saja masih terlihat lalu-lalang kendaraan dan orang di jam yang sama. Toko-toko masih ada yang buka. Tapi, Jogja? Aku ingat Plaza Ambarukmo pun tutup pada jam itu. Sekarang?

Yang aku amati saat itu kos-kosan di Jogja sederhana, masih banyak kosan dengan harga sewa di bawah lima ratus ribu, bahkan lima ratus ribu pun sudah mahal harganya dan sebagian besar ada jam malam. Sekarang?

Yang aku dengar waktu itu Jogja itu seperti Bali, tidak boleh ada gedung tinggi. Alasan yang pernah aku dengar adalah agar tidak menutupi sinar matahari rumah penduduk. Tapi sekarang? Banyak sekali bukan hotel-hotel tinggi yang di bangun. Aku akui saat pertama kali aku datang ke kota ini aku bingung, kenapa tidak ada apartmen di kota ini? Dan sekarang aku malah bingung kenapa apartmen mulai banyak di bangun di kota ini?

Yang aku alami, satu semester pertama kuliah disini aku sempat roaming karena percakapan sehari-hari orang disekitarku menggunakan Bahasa Jawa. Bahkan saat kuliah aku hanya bisa bengong disaat yang lain tertawa karena candaan dosen yang menggunakan Bahasa Jawa. Aku dituntut untuk mengerti Bahasa Jawa agar dapat memahami yang mereka katakan.

Kalau kalian diberi pertanyaan apa yang membuat kota ini istimewa, apa yang akan kalian jawab? Apakah masih bertahan hingga saat ini? Perkembangan suatu kota itu memang baik, tapi kalau perkembangan itu mematikan kebudayaan yang sudah ada sejak berpuluh-puluh tahun yang lalu? Aku tidak akan menuliskan jawabannya.

Coba kita lihat lirik lagu ‘Kapan ke Jogja Lagi”, disana tertulis: “Jogja itu menyenangkan, tempat buat belajar”. Dari sisi akademis kita belajar, masih bisa belajar, tapi dari sisi budayanya? Apakah mereka yang baru saja menjejakan kaki di kota itu dapat menjadikan kota ini untuk belajar? Yang ada kota ini yang menuruti tuntutan dan memanjakan mereka.

Ada lagi tertulis, “Jogja itu lestari.” Apakah benar Jogja masih lestari? Dan ada lagi, “Jogja itu berhati nyaman.” Apakah Jogja masih berhati nyaman? Mungkin iya bagi yang baru saja datang, tapi bagi yang sudah lama tinggal disini?

Ini hanyalah sebagian pikiran-pikiran yang muncul karena perubahan pesat Jogja. Dan ternyata tak sedikit juga temanku yang berpikiran sama. Mungkin juga ada yang sependapat, mungkin juga ada yang menentang keras. Tidak apa-apa karena tujuan dari tulisan ini bukanlah untuk mendikte, tapi untuk menjadi bahan renungan bagi yang membaca

Study Abroad

Last Saturday was my first time to join English Zone in Faculty of Biology, my former college. This community was found by Fajar. He is one of my friends in my batch. When I joint to the Whatsapp group I was shocked because apparently there are a large number of member there. It was around a hundred members.

On that day they didn’t have a common regular activity because the members were unable to attend the meeting. Some of the members were on duty of being the committee of Science Competition which held in our faculty

We were supposed to have a discussion about a topic “Visa free for foreigners from a certain nationality who come to Indonesia”. But because of the condition, in the end we only talked about the topic of speaking test in IELTS academic test and Fajar gave me his note about the criteria of LPDP awardee from the reviewer judgement.

LPDP is a government organization which arrange educational finance as a scholarship. Several years ago there were just a few people knew about this program, but nowadays the scholarship program in LPDP became popular. They grant the scholarship to anyone who wants to continue their study in master and doctoral degree, either in Indonesia or study abroad.

In Fajar’s note I read some point of criteria the reviewer look for in each candidates. First, they look for a candidate who has entrepreneur and leadership spirit. They also look for a candidate who love and able to communicate and share anything to people. Fajar added that volunteering experience is really important because it shows your commitment to this country. And the biggest chance to determine whether you were deserve to be granted or not is the interview session. In addition, to be granted the scholarship you have to be excellent.

We also talked about the news of some awardees were threatened to be dropped out or it is possible they were already dropped out from one of university abroad. The reason is because they unable to survive in the study environment there. The education system in another country is different compared to here. From Fajar point of view the system is similar to the system in Faculty of Medicine in Indonesia. They use block system. It means we have about two until four weeks to study, either in class or self study; paperwork and group discussion included, and then we have examination. So, it is a really hard work to study abroad.

I remember what Mervin, the representative of NuficNeso, asked us on the NuficNeso presentation three days ago in UGM. He asked, “Why do you study abroad?” it was a simple question with many version of answers, but the question is the key. It will be your motivation. If you answer you want to study abroad because you want to travel or having international experience is not strong enough. The key is ‘why’ or it is possible ‘what’. What are you looking for there? What is your plan to get something you look for? What are you going to do after you got the thing you have looked for?

Studying abroad is a really big challenge. It is a really big decision. So, before you step in the process you have to really look into yourself and find your real intention to answer “Why do you study abroad?”

Scappa per Amore – Dini Fitria

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320 pages

Published: July 2013

Publisher: Noura Books

Genre: Spiritual, Travel, FIction

Banyak manusia yang keliru memaknai hidupnya,
tapi lebih banyak lagi yang menjalaninya tanpa makna.

Italia. Inilah negara keempat yang dikunjunginya. Awalnya, tugas liputan kehidupan kaum Muslim di beberapa negara di Eropa ini diterimanya untuk rehat sejenak dari kenyataan pahit yang sulit dihadapinya. Namun, di depan Fontana di Trevi pun. Diva masih berusaha mengumpulkan kembali serpihan hatinya yang sempat terburai karena cinta. Scappa per Amore—lari karena cinta, istilah dalam bahasa Italia ini tepat sekali menggambarkan perjalanannya.

Namun, tak seperti manusia, Tuhan tak pernah meninggalkan mereka yang mencintainya. Justru di negara-negara tempat Islam menjadi minoritas itulah Diva bertemu para pejuang kehidupan yang memberinya banyak pelajaran berharga. Hakima yang rela diusir demi mempertahankan kepercayaannya. Karima dan Elise yang rela mengorbankan berbagai prestasi demi selembar hijab, teman-teman baru yang membukakan matanya dan mengenalkannya pada sisi unik Islam di Eropa, sampai Vivi, sahabat lamanya yang memberikan kejutan tak terkira.

Namun, di tengah perjalanan, sebuah panggilan rindu dari mamanya di Jakarta membuatnya gamang. Hatinya cemas. Dia takut mamanya tak sekadar kangen. Diva pun harus memilih di antara tanggung jawabnya pada keluarga atau pekerjaan. (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts:

I knew this book because Asma was hunting the books she wanted to buy. The first thing that interest me to buy this book was the title and the cover. And then I read the synopsis, well just scanned it. It interest me more because the author will talk about Europe.

I just got htis book in the middle of October and just finished it.

When I started reading the prolog, I fell in love with the author beautiful words which I rarely found in the books I read these days. I usually find raalistic words, just realistic. But her words are realistic and beautiful at once. She added ‘sentuhan sastra’ in them.

To be honest I was a little reluctant to read this book because I don’t like anything which linked to SARA (religion and etnic). It’s not because there’s some religion or etnic I don’t like, but because I was a victim of racism. I am very sensitive to it.

This book mostly talked about Islam in Europe. How the Moslem live there, the history of Islam in Europe, Moslems problems with government policy and the locals because I’ve just know that Islam is kind of restricted in those countries. It is because they thought Islam is related to terrorism. It’s so sad to know it. Islam is the mayor religion in Indonesia. Most of the citizens are Moslem. They are free to go with their hijab and gamis. They are free to express themselves.

I compare the condition of Moslem in Indonesia to the stories of Mualafs Diva, the main character, met. They must hide their identity as a Moslem in their own country, their family against them and left them, and the mosques are not good as in Indonesia.. I can say that their suffer but they really mean to be a Moslem. I can’t say much about this because this is not my place. I am just a reader who took the informations and lessons from it.

But it didn’t just talked about Islam, but also the meaning and the journey of this life. You can find it in every story of the side character in this book and you can find it in the story of Diva herself. Lastly, this book is amazing and yeah you can use it to do self reflecion.

 

Student Traveler – Annisa Potter

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256 pages

Published: Spetember 2015

Publisher: Penebar Plus

Genre: Non fiction

Masih berstatus pelajar dan mahasiswa, tapi ingin traveliling keliling Indonesia, bahkan dunia? Pasti yang pertama terpikir adalah, “Hah, duit dari mana?” Jika teman-teman jeli, status sebagai pelajar dan mahasiswa bisa memberi keuntungan. Kalian bisa ber-traveling dengan “kedok” summer school, internship, pertukaran pelajar, conference, seminar, workshop, atau kompetisi. Studler info yang ada di dalam buku ini berguna bagi kalian yang ingin traveling seru.

Buku ini berbagi pengalaman seru traveling keliling Asia dan Eropa. Kalian diajak penulis tukaran suvenir dengan Michael Ballack, “gak boleh pipis” di Jepang, minum air bekas di Singapura, lihat Amsterdam yang meng’Indonesia’, bertemu dengan Chinese moslem ganteng, dan merasakan “derby” di antara tifosi inter dan AC Milan. Penasaran dengan kisah-kisah seru lainnya?
Grab this book and let’s the journey begin! (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts:

There was an interesting story behind this book and there were a lot of interesting story and experience in this book. The first time I knew about Student Traveler was because Asma. She bought a quite large number of travel books such as The Naked Traveler, Travelove, some books like Student Traveler, etc. At first I’m not interested to it. But in ITB jobfair last may if I’m not mistaken, there was a scholarship or more like education fair, too. There was Erasmus stan and I and Asma and Linda visited it. We had some conversation with one of the representative and apparently she is the author of this book. I was surprise because how can’t I realize it was her while I spent some moments talking to her?

She was the trigger for me to read her book because I want to know more about her international forum experiences during her study in IPB and while she did her exchange program to Germany. To be honest, I evied yet awed her while read this. She is amazing and passionate young woman. She is the founder of Ecofunopoly. It’s an education game for environmental awareness, I think, because I haven’t played one.

Besides the educational experiences, she also wrote some of her experiences while traveling, especially in Europe. She mentioned the must visited sites in each country she visited, the history behind it, and some tips to us. Lastly, after I read it I will take this as one of my guides while traveling Europe. Well, someday I hope!

Birthday

When you hear the word birthday which is something pop up in your mind? Cakes? Wishes? Happiness? Laugh? Candle? Baloons? Hmmm what else? Ah surprise? Yes, those are the identical things to birthday.

Those are not the things that related to my birthday anymore. I don’t know, I just… I’ve just thought that my birthday is the moment to do self introspection which I just did it. I think about my attitude, my character, my personality. Was it bad or was it good for people around me? I think about what I should do to make myself better? Which ones I should change? Which ones I should keep doing it? Well, to be honest I think about whatever happened, whatever I’ve faced in my life.

I also think about my life plans. What is the purpose of my life? What I want to do and what I should do to get it.

This is the 8th year I celebrate my birthday far from home. This year is the second time I let it pass with no common celebration. I don’t realize since the day I move to another city for my senior high school until now, it’s been eight years… I don’t believe it’s been so long. This year I dedicated my brithday letter to everyone, literally everyone.

To the ones who always be there for me, whether you feel forcefully being next to me or not. To the ones who always help me, support me, comfort me. To the ones who always hate me, underestimate me, misunderstand me. To the ones who loved me. To the ones who always love me. To the ones who envy me, but I’m not sure.. I’m just a tiny piece of cake to them. To people who think they’re my enemies, to my used to be friends, to my friends, to my family, my parents, to my brothers and sisters. To the strangers I met and talked to. To my lovers, to my ex lovers.. To the ones I’ve lost.

Thank you.

Thank you for all the things you’ve done to me. Thank you for loving me, hating me. Thank you for helping me, avoiding me. Thank you for staying, and thank you for leaving me. Thank you for being my family, my friend, my lover, my enemy. Without you I couldn’t see the best and the worst. Without you I wouldn’t know the positive and the negative parts in this life. Thank you because in the end, it all became something good to me. You gave me lessons, you made my life more colorful, and you helped me to build my character, my personality. You built me. Without you I was nothing. Without you I couldn’t reach my life in this 23rd year of age.

I know this is weird things to say in birthday. Birthday is supposed to be a happy moment, full of wishes, full of happiness, full of love.. In their birthday, people say their wishes, hopes, their prayers.. But do you forget that weird is my middle name? I will use my special day, this year, to remind myself that I didn’t write this story alone. I should thank them. Well, lastly, happy 23rd birthday, Dear..

It takes goodbye to kill people

Since 2015 I feel like I suddenly left by a lot of people. Melisa suddenly told me she’ll go to Bali. Then Zika, Nurita, Deddy, Cornel, Asma, Pida…. recently Ncek, Yudith. Hennisa will go to Jakarta, too this evening. Three people left in 3 weeks. I can’t stop it because it’s their destiny, their future. I hope you’ll get what you desire, what you need, and maybe what you wanted.

And just right now I got a news that Mba Mila’s gone.. I remember seeing her sit on the stair at her graduation. Just she and one of her friend. I should’ve accompanied her that day. It’s like I was pulled back to the moment when my uncle’s gone, 5 yeats ago. Regret is the only thing left in me. I didn’t do what I should and what I can do. And today I even can’t see her for the last time. It shocked me, because just like Linda said to me “I thought she’s a survivor.” But at last, you had achieved what you fight for, your bachelor degree. It made you a survivor. At last you won’t feel the pain anymore, you don’t need to be in hospital again. At last, you’ll be at ease. 

Yeah people come and go. When someone’s born, someone else will leave this world. I also can’t stop it, even interfree. It’s fate.

I ever saw a quote from poemporn in instagram. It said, “It doesn’t take a sharp knife to kill people, just a simple goodbye.” 

And I was killed mutlltiple times. And still… will be killed multiple times…

Autumn Once More – Various Writer

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229 pages

Published: 2014

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Cinta < adj >: suka sekali; sayang benar; kasih sekali; terpikat.

Ada bahagia dan kepedihan dalam cinta. Cinta yang terpendam menimbulkan resah, pengkhianatan pun tak lepas dari cinta, atau bahkan cinta berlebihan sehingga menyesakkan. Galau dan rindu pun dituturkan dalam ribuan kata di buku ini.

Autumn Once More membawa kita ke banyak sisi cinta dari kumpulan pengarang, mulai dari pengarang profesional hingga editor yang harus jadi pengarang “dadakan” dan menunjukkan kreativitas mereka dalam tema abadi sepanjang masa.

Inilah tumpahan rasa dan obsesi karya aliaZalea, Anastasia Aemilia, Christina Juzwar, Harriska Adiati, Hetih Rusli, Ika Natassa, Ilana Tan, Lea Agustina Citra, Meilia Kusumadewi, Nina Addison, Nina Andiana, Rosi L. Simamora, dan Shandy Tan. (Goodreads).

 

My Thoughts:

This book containts 10 short stories and 2 of them came from The Indonesian Best Seller Authors, Ika Natassa and Ilana Tan. One short story written by Indonesian author, too, she’s quite famous here, AliaZalea. The rest of them came from publishing editors and the authors I’ve just known.

I love these stories, these love stories, except the last one. Sorry. After I read this book I knew that Critical Eleven originally was a short story. Ika developed it into a novel. Ilana Tan gave us a side story of Tatsuya Fujisawa and Tara Dupont. I still feel sorry for them. How such a sweet story should be tragically ended. It’s like after I read Notasi. I can’t move on from Autumn in Paris and keep asking myself why? Why should he die? Well, back to the main topic. And after read Autumn Once More, I knew that being an editor we must, not only know about grammar and vocabularies, but have an ability of writing a story, too. How could you judge whether a story is worth to be published of you don’t know how should it be written?

It’ll be a long review because there are, oh after I counted it, 13 stories. But I think I will just write about my favorites. You will get bored to read this if I write about them all and I fingers will get sore because I type to much..

  1. Thirty Something – Anastasia Aemilia

Hah.. here come a secret love story between friends. Rachel and Erik, bestfriends since high school. In this story Erik was going to Japan while incidentally Rachel got engaged to another man on the same day of Erik’s farewell party. It’s a good story if someone write it into a novel, or should I do it? I want to make this clear because the author didn’t make a clear ending.

  1. Stuck With You – Christina Juzwar

Nah! This is my favorite humor short story in this book. Actually it was a common story, I bet you have met this kind of plot. A new worker who hate her cold – nonchalan boss, she likes a nice guy, apparently the cold – nonchalan is actually a good man and the nice guy is actually a jerk. The boss likes her, too and they are finally dating. Done. But I don’t know.. I didn’t get bored of this one. Maybe because sometimes we need a story we exactly know where it goes, in Bahasa we call it bacaan ringan. We don’t need to think or guess. We just read and that’s it, especially there were some funny scenes in it. We just read and laugh at it.

  1. Her Footprints on His Heart – Lea Agustina Citra.

There’s a line at the end of this story, “Dipersembahkan untuk orang – orang muda di masa lalu, apakah kalian sudah berbahagia sekarang?” but this is not a story about the past, it was just about a girl who haunted by her worry about her fiance’s ex. The ex suddenly appear after she left a long time ago.

  1. Love is A Verb – Meilia Kusumadewi

This one lets us see the meaning of love. If you read it you might think that this one is too childish. I mean the female character, but did you ever do the things like she did? How do you know if someone loves you? When he/she says the word? When he/she does everything you wish?  When he/she shows it publicly? I got a point that love is not something should’ve been showed off. When someone loves you, he/she will show it only to you.

  1. The Unexpected Surprise – Nina Addison

My last favorite story. The one which different. Every short story in this book talked about the love between lovers. This one talked about the love between mother and daughter. I love and hate the story like this. I love it because the story of relationship between parents and the children must be a great story. I hate it because I’m very sensitive to this kind of story. The family love. The genuine one and it’s always touchy. This story told us to look and come closer because everything is not always as what it seems.

Hujan – Tere Liye

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318 pages

Published: 2016

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Tentang persahabatan
Tentang cinta
Tentang perpisahan
Tentang melupakan
Tentang hujan. (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts:

Aku tidak bisa bilang ini adalah buku terbaik Tere Liye karena baru 3 karyanya yang aku baca. Sunset Bersama Rosie, Berjuta Rasanya, dan ini. Hujan. Apa yang kalian pikirkan saat melihat kata hujan? Kesedihan? Kelabu? Mendung? Baper?

Pertama kali aku mengira paling ceritanya sejenis dengan Sunset Bersama Rosie. But, I was totally wrong. People always say, “Don’t judge the book by the cover.” I will gladly add, “Don’t judge the book by the title.” Buku ini memang menceritakan hal – hal umum yang identik dengan kata hujan. Kesedihan, kehilangan, masa – masa kelam, tapi juga masa – masa indah.

Kalian pasti sudah familiar dengan cerita – cerita science fiction. Cerita yang mengisahkan kehidupan di masa depan, di saat teknologi sudah jauh berkembang. Cerita apa saja yang kalian tahu? The Hunger Games? Divergent? The Maze Runner? Shatter Me? Seri The Selection? The Legend? The Giver? Semuanya adalah karya autor luar negeri bukan?

Baru kali ini aku menemukan cerita science fiction karya penulis Indonesia, Tere Liye. Mungkin ada beberapa penulis yang lain juga yang belum aku ketahui. Awalnya aku mengira Tere Liye adalah penulis yang seperti penulis pada umumnya. Dari buku Sunset Bersama Rosie dia menulis hal – hal yang biasa seperti yang bisa kita temukan di novel – novel lain. Cerita tentang cinta dan kehidupan pada umumnya. Aku lalu membaca Berjuta Rasanya. Ada hal baru yang aku ketahui bahwa Tere Liye juga mampu menuliskan cerita dengan unsur fantasi dengan baik, cerita – cerita seperti dongeng dan legenda. Aku kemudian berlanjut ke buku ini, dan aku mendapatkan hal yang baru lagi.

Menurutku cerita di buku ini luar biasa. Menarik. Bila dicermati, cerita ini sebenarnya menyinggung kehidupan manusia yang sudah dikelilingi oleh teknologi yang maju. Menyinggung para pemimpin, menyinggung anak – anak muda, menyindir ego manusia yang sangat jelas tercermin di setiap bagian wawancara narasumber. Aku juga sedikit merasa tersindir. Romansa di cerita ini menurutku hanya sebagai selingan, pemanis cerita. Baiklah, mungkin porsi mereka sama besar di buku ini karena isu climate change disana lebih menarik bagiku. Dan akhir buku ini sedikit bergejolak. The kind of my favorite ending. Surprising, but in the end it was the best, the right thing to do.

Setiap kalimat di akhir bab membuatku ingin terus melanjutkan cerita ini. Mirip dengan gaya menulis James Dashner di buku The Maze Runnernya. Cerita di buku ini juga membuatku bertanya – tanya, mungkinkah cerita ini akan menjadi nyata nantinya?

Ada bagian kecil cerita yang sedikit menggambarkan cerita di buku ini:

Saya pernah bilang, umat manusia persis seperti virus, mereka rakus menelan sumber daya di sekitarnya, terus berkembang biak hingga semuanya habis. Saat itu saya keliru, saya pikir obat paling kerasnya adalah bencana alam yang mengerikan. Bukan. Sama sekali bukan.

Apa itu, Prof?

Saat mereka merusak dirinya sendiri, menghancurkan dirinya sendiri, barulah mereka akan berhenti.

Dan ada satu lagi, sebagai pelengkap:

Siapapun yang selamat dari kejadian itu sesungguhnya mendapat keajaiban. Takdir tanpa perasaan memilih siapapun yang dikehendakinya. Mungkin keajaiban itu datang dari pertolongan serta doa – doa orang yang tidak kita kenal.

P.S: Buku ini bisa di dapatkan di toko buku online Bukupedia.com (http://www.bukupedia.com/id/book/id-100797/hujan.html)

Shoes and judgement

The best place to get inspiration is bathroom, just like my lecturer said, Mr. Langkah Sembiring. And that’s true.

Ok, let’s go to the main part of this post.

For someone who really love to judge other, I think you should learn to use your ears and eyes more properly. You should learn to listen and learn to look closer. You need to put yourself in other people’s shoes and think.. feel… imagine.. If you were them, would you feel like the way they do? Would you have thoughts like they have?

That’s something I learnt from my cousin. I still and always remember the words she said to me, “Imagine, if you were them, what do you feel?” By putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’ll learn to understand people’s feeling and their thoughts.. You’ll learn to sympathize. You’ll develop and upgrade yourself. Your personality.

People love to be listened. So, do I. But experiences made me to keep anything only for me or my pillow. If you want to know, maybe you should ask my pillow. Hey, maybe that’s why there is a phrase ‘pillow talk’. Make sense, huh?