Chat with David Menon

Hello dedicated readers!!

For this week, we managed to interview an international author. He is an author who wrote the crime genre novel. Do you want to know, who is this author? He is David Menon. Want to know more about him? Keep reading guys.


  1. How did you write your first novel?

I have this need to write good, plausible, entertaining stories that will give people pleasure and enjoyment. I’m inspired by everything that’s going on around me, the people I meet, the daily news on television, the places I go to. They all have an impact on my writing. I write in the crime fiction genre because everyone loves a good mystery and it also allows me the greatest scope for social commentary.

  1. How did you write your first novel?

On large pads of writing paper using a pen. I know that some writers prefer to do it this way but now I write everything on my computer which is so much easier. Except for when I’m making notes of course and for that I go back to using pads.

  1. What is your favorite food?

Indian garlic chicken with pilau rice and a garlic naan bread.

     4.What is your favorite novel?

My favourite novel of all genres is ‘The Gift of Rain’ by the Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng. It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read and it has a gripping story-line that made me guess over and over again and which hasn’t left me even though it’s been many months since I read it. An absolutely fantastic book. My favourite novel in my own crime genre is ‘The Mermaid’s Singing’ by Val McDermid.

    5. Who is your favorite author?

The British crime writer Val McDermid. For me she is the boss of crime writers and whenever a book of hers comes out I devour it as quickly as I can. There are other crime writers I like including Peter Robinson and the Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridasson but Val is the number one for me.

6. Do you have a pet?

No I don’t have a pet and that makes me very sad because I’d love to have a dog. I’d like a really big dog like a Labrador or an Alsatian. But the thing is I travel so much that it wouldn’t be fair on the dog to keep on leaving it and it would break my heart too.

7. If you are given a chance to travel for free, where would it be? Why?

I would go to the Malaysian island of Langkawi. In fact I’m going there in January for my second visit and I can’t wait. I feel the most incredible sense of peace when I’m there and it’s a welcome break from this increasingly insane world we’re living in.

8. Do you have any plan on your upcoming books? Briefly tell your readers on what will it be about?

I’m currently working on the 8th book in the DSI Jeff Barton series which is called ‘Landslide’ and which will be out on 28th December. I’m also working on a stand alone crime novel and also the third in my series featuring private investigator Stephanie Marshall and set in Sydney, Australia.

9. Do you have any message to your readers?

My message to my readers is one of thanks and appreciation for enjoying that I do. I’m very grateful for their continuing support and I’ll keep on working hard to give you the best and most intriguing stories that I can.

10. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I tend to write best in the afternoon and evenings, often until the small hours after midnight. I use the mornings to do my admin stuff and to look after my flat, shopping etc.

11. What is your favorite quote?

‘I have nothing to declare except my intellect’ by Oscar Wilde.


That is all from us in this interview. We wish you all the best for your career! Keep writing and we love you!

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For those who are looking for his eBook, you can get it here:




Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim bin Shafie Speech for Launch of e-Sentral Windows eReader Application

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah hi wabarakatuh.

Thank you for having me today. I am truly honoured to be part of an event that combines reading and technology in one.

Ladies and gentlemen,

There is no doubt that great historic civilizations comes hand in hand with the knowledge and achievements of that particular society, which may have been documented and transferred via papyrus, bamboo, wax tablet, paper pulp, or even animal skin.

Whilst these early methods of documentation discussed serious subjects in theory of knowledge or rituals, the topics have over the years cover all genre of matters from literature, engineering, religion, comedy, entertainment, and everything that your mind can ever imagine.

Later in history, mankind got smarter and compiled documentations in a bind known as ‘books’.

Great civilizations demonstrated great ability to make and collect books.

The Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, all produced books which came from great writers of their time. As a matter of fact, during the golden years of the Muslim reign under the Ummayah, and later Abbasiyah, plenty of books were written and published in areas of medicine, astronomy, and also social protocol.

So many books made and collected during this period that it was stated by survivors of the siege of Baghdad in 1258 by the Mongol army, that the river Tigris turned black from the inks of destroyed books thrown from the Grand Library of Baghdad.

Today, whether we realize it or not, books play a crucial role in our everyday life.

Constitutionally, it is the pride and strength of universities, institutions, and even homes, to demonstrate collections and publications of books.

Globally, UNESCO measures the development of a country by the size of its book industry. The benchmark for a developed nation is a book industry that contributes 1% of its overall Gross Domestic Product.

Sometimes, books are seen as a status symbol, as a key performance index, or even sometimes as old fashion and boring.

Let’s not forget then that these bind documents call books, are actually medium of information and knowledge transfer, and not the knowledge or information itself.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mankind once again is going through a period of change.

The fascination and embrace for digital offerings today have once again challenge the definition for medium of transferring knowledge, information, story, or even gossip.

Electronically, it is convenient to pass on information via blogs, postings, compiled files, applications and ebooks.

Once again, I would like to remind everyone, that these methods that electronic luxury has brought us are just the medium, and not the knowledge or information itself.

Electronic books, or better known as ebooks, have taken the storm recently in the Western world, eating up more than 30% of book industry market shares in North America and Western Europe.

Whilst for many years scientists and entrepreneurs attempted to replace books with electronic medium, justified by practicality, greener for environment, and cheaper than print; it was actually the availability of touch screen devices, skeuomorphic design for user experience, and the willingness of publishers to make available the contents, were the ingredients that shifted the paradigm in the Western world.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is refreshing that we come across a Malaysian ICT company such as eSentral that is carving their name in a very high barrier industry such as ebook.

Their introduction of another eReader application, this time in form of Microsoft Windows Application so that users of this operating system can read books from eSentral repository, is a clear sign of information, stories and knowledge being delivered via a different electronic medium.

Effort from eSentral to cater all operating systems is a good start in creating a clean slate for all Malaysians to read as well as improving reading culture in this country.

This answers many aspiration of the country. Whilst widening the options for reading, ebook business model which promotes download and upload of files via bandwidth of Internet to cross platform users, is a clear definition of creating digital economy for the country.

Lastly, I would also like to take the opportunity to state that it is crucial that we, as a nation, create our own digital industry.

The Internet, although very useful and very powerful, can also quite easily drain out our resources as indirect import when we rely too much on foreign entities.

Leaking money outside of the country in the long run will exhaust the economy.

Close things to our heart, such as local contents, should remain Malaysian as long as we can still serve them to ourselves.


Read by: Mr Toh Swee Hoe, Chief Regulation Officer, MCMC, on behalf of Dato’ Sri Dr Halim bin Shafie, on 12th February 2015, e-Theater, FCM, MMU

Apple wins $30 million iPad contract from LA school district

The second-largest school system in the U.S., the L.A. Unified School District, has awarded Apple with a $30 million contract to provide iPads to every student it serves.


The deal was approved by the district’s board in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The district will pay $678 per device, and the iPads will come preloaded with educational software.

Members of the board characterized the deal is one of the “most high-profile contracts” they will ever approve, declaring it “as big as they come.”

With the board’s approval, the iPad will be used by students at 47 campuses in the L.A. Unified School District. The board opted to choose Apple as the sole vendor after students and teachers rated the iPad as the highest quality tablet available on the market.

The contract is so significant that Apple’s rival Microsoft got involved, asking the district to pilot more than one product and consider its Windows devices. The Redmond, Wash., software company argued that most businesses use Microsoft platforms, and Windows tablets would be a good way to expose students to those devices.

District staff, however, declared Apple’s iPad the superior product. They said it wouldn’t be fair to require some students to use a different, lesser product than the iPad.

iPad sales to educational institutions have become increasingly common as tablets have grown in popularity. Data from last year demonstrated that Apple’s iPad is definitively replacing sales of traditional PCs in education.

One pilot program in Idaho dubbed “iSchool Campus” has earned rave reviews from educators and students alike. In addition to providing a more engaging way to teach students, Apple’s tablet has also helped reduce costs at Paul Elementary in Minidoka County, Idaho, by eliminating 20,000 paper copies a month.

iPad adoption isn’t limited to grade school either. An initiative at Arkansas State University will require all incoming students to have an iPad as of this fall.

By Sam Oliver

Apple Insider