Over 10 years ago, I was given a unique platform in form of The Bangsar Boy column, to share stories from the lens of a young, progressive urban Malaysian. This year, I mark a major milestone in my career and personal life with the launch of Growing Up In KL: 10 years of The Bangsar Boy, my first published book.
Growing Up In KL features a collection of my columns from the past decade, told in four parts – focussing on my family and the values I grew up with; the neighbourhood I’ve lived in all my life and the people that make it what it is; Kuala Lumpur – my favourite city in the world – and finally, my reflections on Malaysia.
I have also invited friends and colleagues – including Dato’ Yasmin Yusuff, Elaine Daly, Ivy Josiah, Dato’ Zahim Albakri, YAM Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah, Davina Goh, Kuah Jenhan, Hansen Lee, Jo Kukathas and many more – to share their musings and thoughts about my selected pieces.
The book has been available at selected stores from Jan 7, 2017, and will roll out after that over the next few months to major bookstores nationwide (and in Singapore!).
The publication of Growing Up In KL has been a dream come true for me; it speaks to the boy who started writing at a very young age. He took up many hobbies over the years but writing is the only thing he has stuck to. Reaching this 10 year milestone, and to publish a book to mark the occasion, is both a privilege and an honour he never imagined he’d have.
I hope you’ll get a copy of the book and that you’ll enjoy it enough to want to share your own stories and photographs of #GrowingUpInKL, via platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.