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Heartlands Book Club | "Razi" by Dr Sa'eda Buang

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Meet Dr Sa’eda Buang as she discusses her short fiction, “Razi”, a story on challenges faced by caregivers in the autism community.

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Read together with The Heartlands Book Club, a dedicated club for fiction-lovers! We will be exploring Razi, a short autism story written by Dr Sa’eda Buang.

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Every day is a painful struggle for Nani, the mother of Razi, a boy with special needs. As Nani finds herself increasingly frustrated by society’s lack of understanding and empathy for Razi’s condition, she is by turns swayed and pressured by her sister’s incessant cajoling to seek help from a traditional Malay healer. Nani keeps the treatment a secret from her husband – out of fear and perhaps guilt. Razi is slowly tamed into obedience. The healer sees it as progress, but is submission into silent acquiescence a cure at all?

“Razi” will make you ponder over the great lengths people would go to and the sacrifices they make for their loved ones.  Readers will be tempted to weigh in on the dilemmas that Nani has to grapple with and tread along the emotional rollercoaster of her struggle and guilt. Will we condemn her choices? Or empathise with her challenges?

About the Author

Dr Sa’eda Buang is a Senior Lecturer in the Asian Languages and Cultures academic group, National Institute of Education (NIE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Her research interests are in the areas of comparative literature, cultural studies, curriculum development and reformation, critical literacy, Muslim education, alternative assessments, and Jawi manuscripts.

Sa’eda writes poetry, short stories, and academic papers on literature. She won the much-coveted Literary Prize (poetry) for “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” (My Reading Room in the Twilight) awarded by the Singapore Malay Language Council in 2003; the Literary Prize (short story) for “Ke Puncak Pun Tidak” (To Summit No More); and the Literary Prize (commendation, poetry) for “Malang, Senda dan Citra” (Misfortune, Hope and Comedy), both in 2005. Her award-winning poem, “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” was translated into Mandarin and was featured in Singapore’s Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao in 2003.


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