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Ashadi Siregar: Journalism at heart

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 4 2010   /  09:04 am

His friends call him by many nicknames – from the serious “Life Guru” and “Journalist Warrior”, to the jokey “Cynical King” and “Liar”.JP/Dian KuswandiniNo matter what they call him, 65-year-old Ashadi Siregar sees himself simply as a journalist educator, although he admitted being one was something he had never expected.“Things came unexpectedly in my life,” said the author of the famous trilogy, Cintaku di Kampus Biru (My Love at the Blue Campus). “I failed in [my] journalism career, jumped into the writing world and ended up teaching journalism.”Ashadi, who recently released his book of testimonies Ashadi Siregar: Penjaga Akal Sehat dari Kampus Biru (the Guard of the Common Sense from the Blue Campus), had not thought his life track would unravel this way as he only had one mission when he left his hometown in North Sumatra for Yogyakarta.“When I was 19, I ...