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Tales From the Big Durian


The Durian is a contentious fruit; adored by many whilst others are disgusted by its solid smell and unusual appearance. Jakarta, among South-east Asia's largest and least known Towns, is aptly nicknamed the "Big Durian." Tales from the Big Durian can be a collection of true stories and encounters, that cross lines of "normality," and takes visitors in the surreal existence of a mega-town torn between western modernization, and traditional beliefs.

The book starts with a brief story about the variations in cultural beliefs, where locals prefer skin whitening creams to expose themselves in the warm, tropical Indonesian sun. It prospects onto an assortment of bizarre, and funny tales had been expatriates and locals blend, resulting in a chaotic mixture of misunderstandings, that finish up as confusing because they first started.

As you travel through an evergrowing ultra-contemporary City to the crumbling tenements, and shacks of the indigent. Where a culture lives on the advantage of earthquakes, and floods, whilst millions of individuals somehow look for a way to create a living.

Onto the streets of the teeming City, were luxurious STORES collide with street hawkers selling everything imaginable, and Porsches struggle with the majority of dangerous buses in East Asia, for space on Jakarta's gridlocked roads.

Stories tend to be "human" stories; the anonymous street meals vendor outside a western-design bar, or the occupants of a crumbling house block, that has a trustworthiness of being haunted. Individuals who exist but often will be the nameless characters that produce the town of Jakarta, therefore interesting.

Each web page Invites you to an extremely real World, you can experience 1st hand by flipping via an assortment of tales, which either confuse, bring happiness, or the usual disgust.

Welcome to the surreal, yet very real life of the "Big Durian."

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