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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Today, theSun published my interview
with the novelist Sabah Carrim. She talks about her passion for writing and
understanding the world.
Headline: The Need To Write
Sabah Carrim,32, confesses she never understood people when she was growing
up. Writing was her vehicle to overcome this problem. Writing helps her make
sense of the human race and the world she lives in.
“Writing disconnects me from my own
world and allows me to travel to a different world and see how people feel,”
“Writing also helps me come out of my
comfort zone. I have always been curious about people and their motivations and
“I want to know how deep they are, how
superficial they are, what kind of world they live in and what kind of conclusions
they have about life.”
For the last 14 years, this
Mauritius-born law graduate has made Kuala Lumpur her second home. Currently,
she is a PhD student in political studies and a part-time editor.
“I have always been interested in
writing since I was a child,” says Sabah.
“I wrote poetry, short stories and
plays. In fact, I wrote my first play when I was eight.”
To date, Sabah has written two novels.
Her first, Humeriah, was published three years ago. The book tells of a woman
who is on a journey to try and find the meaning of her life.
“I began Humeriah when I was only 16,”
says Sabah, but the book was only published 14 years later – in 2012.During the years in between, she kept
revisiting her first manuscript and making many changes.
“I have no regrets publishing my first
novel 14 years later,”
says Sabah. “You cannot become a
philosopher when you are 21. You need to experience life first.”
She also believes that one needs a
certain level of maturity before becoming a novelist. In April, Sabah produced
her second novel, Semi-Apes. The story revolves around Heera, a clinical
psychologist, who talks about the bleakest memories of her childhood and family
life. Though both her novels focus on
relationships, she explains that they are different.
“In my first book, the focus is more on
the relationship between a man and a woman while my second book looks at the
relationship between a child and her parents,” she explains.
Humeriah, the title character in her
first book, is a suffering soul stuck in a life she doesn’t want and who is
always wondering if life out there is worth pursuing, while Heera is more
confident and assertive.
The other big difference is that
Humeriah is written in the third person, while Semi-Apes in written in the
first person. Because of that, some might assume that the latter book could be
based on her own life.
“Writing in the first person is
difficult, and I know the implications,” she says.
“You are bare and you are nude, and you
are facing the world and the world can judge however it wants and you must be
ready for its judgment.
“One person who pushed me into writing
is [British Indian novelist and essayist] Salman Rushdie.
“In his book Midnight’s Children [which
won the Booker
Prize in 1981], he talks about his
“His father, who is an Oxford graduate,
reacted badly to Salman’s depiction of him. Strangely, his mother who is not
highly educated like his father, took Salman’s depiction of her well and
accepted his book as a work of fiction.
“Salman has given me the courage to
write. In fact, I always believe that the first few stories an author writes
are always (his/ her) own stories. You have to be prepared for any kind of
Sabah will be officially launching her
book Semi-Apes this Saturday at 2pm, with a book reading and a question and-answer
plus signing session, at the MPH outlet in Mid Valley Megamall.