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#BookThoughts : J A N S H E N by Risa Saraswati

Storyline

Janshen adalah teman tak kasat mata Risa yang paling muda, umurnya baru 6 tahun ketika dia meninggal. Novel ini menceritakan bagaimana kehidupan Janshen beserta keluarganya selama di Hindia Belanda (Indonesia). Sebelum memulai semuanya ada satu hal yang Risa sampaikan bahwa Janshen sebenernya adalah nama belakang anak lelaki periang ini, nama depannya adalah Jantje. Tetapi dirinya lebih suka dipanggil Janshen, menurutnya nama Jantje terdengar seperti nama anak perempuan. Satu hal yang mudah diingat dari sosok Janshen adalah dia suka warna pink karena itu warna kesukaan Annabelle.

The Lovable Family . . . but A Little Bit Unfair

Janshen adalah anak bungsu dari 4 bersaudara, dia satu – satunya anak lelaki dalam keluarganya. Elizabeth, Annabelle, dan Reinna ketiga kakak Janshen yang selalu menyayangi sang bungsu. Kedua orang tua yang berprofesi sebagai pedagang, baik hati kepada siapa pun, keempat anak yang mengikuti jejak kebaikan kedua orang tuanya. Tidak ada yang salah dengan keluarga Janshen, semuanya terlihat sempurna. Tapi apakah kesempurnaan itu memang nyata ? Jawabannya tidak untuk konflik yang lambat laun terjadi pada keluarga ini.

Perhatian orang tua Janshen, terpusat pada anak pertama mereka yang menderita sakit jantung semenjak kecil. Tidak berarti mereka pilih kasih, hanya saja Elizabeth memang memerlukan perhatian lebih agar kesehatan fisik dan mentalnya selalu terjaga. Namun, perhatian tersebut menyebabkan anak – anak mereka yang lain harus sedikit berkorban, ahh atau banyak berkorban, terutama Reinna. Dari situlah masalah mulai bermunculan. Hal itu pula lah yang menyebabkan kematian Reinna. Semuanya sudah terlambat, mereka saling menyesali segala kejadian buruk yang menimpa mereka.

Lalu bagaimana dengan Annabelle ? Kakak kesayangan Janshen ? Annabelle adalah sosok paling dewasa di antara mereka berempat, sering menjadi penengah apabila terjadi pertengkaran di antara mereka. Dia pula lah yang sering menggantikan peran orang tua mereka untuk Janshen. Bukankah Janshen terlalu kecil untuk menghadapi segala masalah yang menimpa keluarga harmonisnya ?

The Unreal Love Stories

Memang ada kisah cinta seperti itu ? Ada. Dan ini terjadi pada keluarga Janshen, pada kedua putri mereka. Aku nggak mau ceritakan kisah cinta mereka. Aku tidak pintar menyusun kata kata tentang cerita cinta. Well ~ that’s not the case. I just don’t want to share it here. It’s much better to read the novel.

The Betrayal

Tidak cukup masalah keluarga menimpa mereka, ketika Nippon (Jepang) menginvasi Hindia Belanda, keluarga ini pun terkena dampaknya. Tentu saja. Mereka kan orang Belanda. Sebaik apapun keluarga Janshen terhadap pribumi (orang Indonesia) tidak menjamin mereka akan melindungi keluarga ini. Ketika perlawanan orang Indonesia terhadap Belanda dan Jepang mulai berkecamuk, satu persatu pribumi yang bekerja pada mereka berbelok arah mendukung perlawanan bangsanya terhadap penjajah.

Personal Thoughts

Sudahlah pokoknya cover novel karangan Risa ini selalu nyaman dipandang mata. Pun novel seri terakhir dari teman tak kasat mata Risa ini. Ilustrasi karakter Janshen dengan warna dasar pale pink, memudahkan aku ketika membayangkan setiap kejadian yang melibatkan Janshen. Walau sayang sekali, ilustrasi gambar di dalam novel ini memiliki resolusi rendah. Entah apa alasan Risa mencantumkan gambar seperti itu.

Aku SUKA BANGET dengan novel ini dibanding W I L L I A M, cara Risa menceritakan kisah Janshen menyenangkan. Bisa bikin emosi aku naik turun. Bahasa novel ini juga enak dicerna, tidak ruwet. Risa benar benar bisa membawa aku memasuki dunia Janshen.

Where to Get

Yupp yupp, novel ini pun milik adikku @galihhayu , dia memang fan Risa. Begitu pre-order dibuka dia langsung membelinya di @sarasvamily , ditandatangani langsung oleh Risa ! Bonus yang bikin adikku super bahagia.

Bisa juga dibeli di Gramedia Online.

*Gambar menyusul

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Future · My Concern · Uncategorized

What Plan Do I Have for My Future ?

As I can remember, I started making plan for my life when I was in high school.

I learned Japanese language for approximately 2 years in high school. It was an after-school activity provided by the school. Thanks God, for me, there were only about 10 people joining the course. The more the merrier is not suitable for me when learning everything in a class. LoLs. It made me easier for me to learn Japanese language well. I like the teaching method and the materials. It was super fun !

What was that for ? I planned to apply for bachelor’s degree in Japan after graduating. I did the research a little about the scholarship, the living cost, the environment, what should I prepare, and any other things. However, I didn’t passed the national examinations. It was a big obstacle for me to handle. I, unfortunately, buried deep my dream to study in Japan. Well, the story is quite long but I’m not going to write it here. I might be write the full story in another article.

When I finally made to university, I was so freaking happy AF ! I had about 4 months before starting the university life. Once again I took Japanese language course, this one I needed to pay. LoLs. ‘Cause it was provided by private course. Do I want to start over my study-at-Japan plan ? No, I didn’t. Told you, buried deep that dream ~ I just like learning language. So which point was the plan in this phase ? Learning language, to not wasting my 4 months doing nothing.

Recently, I made another plan, a very big plan I should fulfill no matter what ! * Well let’s see though ~ First thing first, I should graduate from university of course, I’ve been study for 5 years. I know that’s so late, yeah one and another reasons came why I couldn’t finish my study for 4 years. Anyway, that’s not my ‘another plan’, what do I do after graduating is my plan.

Months ago, in the almost the same time, there were 2 possible job vacancies I applied. Those jobs were in a very different field, service work and editorial-team work. I got called to have an interview with the service work. I answered every questions passionately and as realistic as possible also as positively as possible. I was very confident and satisfied with my answers. The acceptance announcement would be 3 days after the interview. I waited and hoping that I got accepted, three days later they texted me saying I got accepted and I was so freaking happy AF, like I screamed in joy ! They asked me to sign the contract 2 days after.

While waiting for that day, I got a phone call which I thought it was from a bank. It turned out that the editorial-team work invited me to have an interview with them. I was also happy but confuse as well, ’cause I already got accepted in the other place. But I didn’t sign the contract yet, it meant I was belong no where. The interview experience was important for a job seeker like me, I decided to come to the interview out of respect for the company.

The interview day came, there were also a writing test like making short news. I was a little bit confuse ’cause they allowed us (the interviee) to access the internet in our own gadget while I didn’t have mobile data on. In the end, I could overcome the obstacles and as myself ofc I was being calmly confident.

There was also an interview after thw writing test. I didn’t expect that they’re going to rebranding their product. I only did practice to answer the possible questions. I was pretty sure that my answer not a bad. However I wasn’t good at organizing the words, I mean, it’s rebranding and waow the question was just amazing.

Then the contract-sign day for the service work came. I officially the crew there. Days after, I got an announcement e-mail telling that I got accepted at the editorial-team work.

I could cancelled the service-work contract. However, I have a pretty high self-determination that I finish what I started. I e-mail the editorial-team work telling them I couldn’t sign a contract with them.

FYI, I can see that the job at editorial-team work is so me. Writing, rebranding, editing, making a concept. And the job in service-work is the opposite. I used to be a leader and working in front of the ‘screen’, now everything is just the opposite. Am I whining ? NO.

Others may questioned my decision, but what they don’t know is my plan behind my decision. What’s the plan ? Tell the story later.