Been entertaining a few 'anok sedagher' who stayed over for the past few days. Only tonight i manage to give the signed copy of GUiT to my father (Bak) and what a story i get in return.
Bak knew i went to KT (the whole lot) just to get AG's signature. He kept on asking back then, who is AG? What is he writing about? Is it good? So i told him i would give him a complimentary copy, together with the author's signature.
When he saw the cover of the book, he said "Hey, i know dr annabel teh gallop..". He flipped the pages through, read the intro, saw the signature, "laaaa...... i know wan hulaimi. used to go to his house in london. his wife, zaharah osman, right? so he's the awang goneng you said you want to meet in KT?". Small world. Bak (Ismail Abdullah) was a PhD scholar in photography at Goldsmith's College back then in 1990-94. He once went to AG's & K Teh's house with A Samad Said. On hari raya Bak & Mama (Kak Som) used to go to their house with En Mat Abu, En Mat Daud & wife Kak Mah of East Ham (all expatriates). Perhaps AG & KTeh couldnt recall, due to just a few short acquaintances with them. But the wonderful thing is.... how paths have crossed and the world gets smaller.... as time runs faster.....
Bak's 59th birthday March this year.
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