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Jakarta Post

‘Rasa’ Stop whining and start living

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  01:59 am

Out now: Nuril Basri’s latest novel Rasa (Feelings) was published simultaneously in Indonesia and Malaysia this year.Nuril Basri’s latest novel Rasa (Feelings) can be read as a satire that makes fun of the naïveté of middle-class Jakartans.Despite the relatively comfortable lives they enjoy, young middle-class corporate workers in Jakarta can be the greatest whiners in the world.Instead of counting their blessings, the fact that they can still pay their rent and bring food to their table through their office jobs — taking into account that many people in Jakarta are unemployed and still live in poverty — the privileged lives they lead, which open their access to various resources, have inflated their expectations unrealistically.Their educational background and professional skills instead have turned these people into entitled brats, they feel they deserve a more exciting life ...