17 Oct '12, 4am

“Durian dah mula jatuh ni…” A lovely piece about a family orchard and a son's devotion by Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah

“Durian dah mula jatuh ni…” A lovely piece about a family orchard and a son's devotion by Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah

“Durian dah mula jatuh ni…” (“The durians have started to fall…”) We all knew what Uncle meant when he talked about durians falling. It meant he wanted to go back to the kampung , to see the orchard. It was a story interposed with legend and myth. The orchard Uncle’s son bought, when he bought it, was less an orchard and more a thicket of wild bush. One would say of the orchard, “There’s a little bit of fruit tree in my bush” if there were any fruit for the eye to behold. So why did he buy the land? Because of the location, because of our grandmother. The orchard was right across the patch of land Uncle had bought to build a house for his mother. Both patches of land were smack in the city and five minutes away from his sisters’ homes. For a long time, our nonagenarian grandmother had wanted a house with an orchard so close she would be able to see the fruits growing from ...

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