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Hello to all my readers.

I have returned from my 2 week break in Malaysia and am now back in London. I enjoyed Malaysia immensely including the different colours, sights, culinary delights and many other things. I will be posting pictures and more information of my trip in the course of time.

The east coast of Malaysia near the Perhentian islands.

The east coast of Malaysia near the Perhentian islands.

 

An Indian (Tamil) area of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

An Indian (Tamil) area of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

 

The mid valley shopping centre, one of the biggest in Asia.

The mid valley shopping centre, one of the biggest in Asia.

 

The Petronas towers.

The Petronas towers.

 

Just outside the front entrance of the KLCC, the shopping centre inside the bottom of the Petronas Towers.

Just outside the front entrance of the KLCC, the shopping centre inside the bottom of the Petronas Towers.

 There are many more pictures which I am able to show. My trip included staying in Kelantan, a north-eastern state of Malaysia, a going to the Perhentian Islands where we (me and my Malaysian friend) snorkelled, a short trip across the Thai-Malaysian border to a border town and staying in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I also visited Singapore. Now that I am back I will start to resume blogging, and I will also post a little bit about my trip to Malaysia as well. – Jahan Choudhry

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As I said in my previous blog, I will be going to Malaysia in a few weeks. I will be staying there for 2 weeks and hope to visit different parts of the country including of course the capital, Kuala Lumpur and the northern state of Kelantan next to the border with Thailand. I have been asked by my Malaysian friend to order three books. The books are by a Swedish writer and my linguistically versatile friend wanted them in the original Swedish. Unfortunately the company where you can buy the books online don’t deliver the books to Malaysia, but they do deliver to the much closer United Kingdom.

The website was http://bokus.com

Bokus.com, a website for Swedish language books.

 

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The first book that my friend requested was “Män som hatar kvinnor” (Men who hate women).

The book Män som hatar kvinnor, known to many in English in the form of the film "The girl with the dragon tattoo".

 

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The second was “Flickan som lekte med elden” (“The Girl Who Played with Fire).

"Flickan som lekte med elden" (The Girl Who Played with Fire), also made in to a film.

 

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The third and final was “Luftslottet som sprängdes” (“(“The Grandiose Fantasy that was Blown up”), translated in to English as “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” and made in to a fim.

Luftslottet som sprängdes.

 

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The writer of all of these books, which are part of a trilogy, namely the “Millenium Trilogy” is the Swedish writer and leftist, Stieg Larrson.

Stieg Larsson, whose success was such that in 2008 he was the second best selling author in the world.

 

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Larsson’s work became seen to be more even more relevant when a fellow Scandinavian shocked the world with a bloody massacre of people in 2011. Larsson had written about the far right in Scandinavia two decades earlier but no one had anticipated this. If Larsson was an idealistic leftist than Anders Breivik was his antithesis, a right wing extremist. Whereas Larsson took to the pen, Breivik took to the gun.

Anders Breivik the right wing extremist from Norway, Sweden's neighbour, who carried out a horrific massacre which shocked the world.

 

The reason why I am mentioning this in my website is that though globalization has achieved many books, it has not yet made Swedish books be delivered to Malaysia! So my Malaysian friend had to ask me a Londoner to buy them and get them delivered to my house in London, so that I can bring them over to him when I go over there.

However when I went to the website, everything was in Swedish and there was no foreign language option or no way I could use English, so I had to rely on a friend (whom I would like to thank, Hanna) and also on “Google Translator”.

So though the world is becoming a smaller and smaller place, and we are all becoming more and more interconnected there are still limitations. Limitations for a shrewd business minded person means an opportunity, a niche in which they can fill a gap and provide a service or product to those who need it and of course, make money! This whole process involved a Malay, a Swede, and a Londoner all using facebook and hotmail to carry it out.

Swedish giant, Ikea are however in Malaysia! So the Scandinavians do have a commercial presence in the country.

Swedish giant Ikea is in Malaysia even if other Swedes aren't.

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– Jahan Choudhry

 

 

 

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I am currently working on producing 34 blogs for my website this month. I have so far written 10, see this article, and just under 7,000 words. I now have 24 left, well 23 after this. Some people have told me that is a very high number of blogs and a lot of work, one person told me she finds it difficult to write a blog a week let alone 34 in a month. However it shall be completed, as we say in Britain by hook or by crook, meaning whatever it takes. If you notice I use a very definite tone when I speak saying “it shall be completed” as opposed to “I hope I succeed”. This is totally deliberate as being absolutely certain and definite are amongst some of the key qualities one needs to be successful, as opposed to uncertain and indecisive. This may even make you appear over-confident or even arrogant to others but it is better than appearing nervous and insecure. For me true arrogance is not when you think highly of yourself, but when you belittle others and try to exalt yourself over them, that is the real arrogance.

Anyway it is not all work, work, work for me. Next month I will be going on a 2 week holiday to Malaysia.

A scenic view of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

 

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Kuala lumpur skyline at night.

 

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Kelantan in the north where I will be going to as well.

 

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A mosque in Malaysia.

 

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Another mosque.

 

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China town in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Forest in Borneo, Malaysia.

So it is not all just hard work and in 2 weeks time I will be relaxing. Now as I have said previously on this site, every blog should have something of value or of benefit even it it just purely enjoyment for you the reader, something for you to be able to take away. So what is that in this particular blog?

Well it is that hard work should also be coupled with relaxation. I can also say that intense hard work in the long term ultimately allows  you to relax far more than most others. There is the famous parable of two ants. In the summer the first ant was partying and enjoying life, the second ant was working hard stocking food. The first thought the latter was mad and foolish for not enjoying the summer. Come winter, the second ant was relaxing with lots of food and provision, whilst the first ant had nothing, and had to eat humble pie and ask the second ant for help, thus he learnt his lesson.

Anyway work hard, but also have fun!

Work hard, have fun!

 

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I would also like to take this opportunity to thank two of my close friends, both of Malaysian origin, Saif and Hsin Fa. Saif for being a good friend and also for being funny and a great cook! Hsin Fa for being patient, understanding and helping me in times when no one else did.

A big thank you guys.

– Jahan Choudhry

 

 

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