The M Quotient: From Muar to Singapore: Extraordinary Stories of Resilience, Drive and Love

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This book celebrates the lives of 13 prominent personalities who had migrated from the small town of Muar in the Malay peninsula to Singapore, where they were able to pursue their dreams and attain prominence. Author Lilian Low, herself a former Muarian, tells the fascinating stories of her fellow Muarians who shared the same unique Muar spirit, culture and values – the M Quotient – that were to serve them well in their later years as they went on to achieve noteworthy success in their chosen fields. Lilian counts herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and talk with each of them and was struck by their graciousness and openness in candidly sharing stories of their humble beginnings and early hardships and struggles. This book, The M Quotient, extols their resilience and perseverance, which saw them through great odds in life. Vignettes of the lesser known aspects of their early lives are woven into each story, all of which aimed at underscoring the Muar-Singapore connectivity in the collective narrative of the book. With her clever use of literary devices for added appeal, the book reveals that the 13 personalities are really ordinary mortals who acted out their dreams and aspirations and became extraordinary.
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About the author

LILIAN LOW was born and raised in Muar, Malaysia and studied in the Muar Convent and the Muar High School. She started her career as a pre-university teacher in Johor Bahru and migrated to Singapore in 1976, where she joined the education service. Aside from her school duties, she was a strong advocate of the ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ programme and an associate of the Teachers Network, Ministry of Education. She retired in 2006 as the Vice-Principal of Bukit Panjang Government High School. Post retirement, she was an adjunct assessor for the Public Service Commission, Prime Minister’s Office, Management Associate Programme. Lilian graduated from the University of Malaya with BA Hons (Economics) in 1970 and Diploma in Education in 1971. She is happily married with two grown up children.
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Published on
May 22, 2018
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9789811131448
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
History / General
Literary Collections / Asian / General
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เมื่อช่วยเหลือพี่สาวให้ผ่านพ้นอุปสรรคได้แล้ว คราวนี้ก็ถึงตาของภิชาสินีบ้าง เมื่อเธอตัดสินใจเดินทางไปเที่ยวที่ดินแดนแห่งพีระมิด ทว่าหมอดูแม่น ๆ อย่างพิณชนิดาได้เปิดไพ่ทำนายดวงชะตาในการเดินทางครั้งนี้พบว่า น้องสาวจะต้องพบกับอุปสรรค เคราะห์กรรม ไปจนถึงเรื่องดี ๆ และเมื่อภิชาสินีได้มาเหยียบผืนแผ่นดินอียิปต์ แทนที่เธอจะได้ท่องเที่ยวแบบสบาย ๆ เธอกลับต้องพบเจอกับเรื่องราวประหลาด นอกจากนี้ปิ่นมณีน้องสาวสุดที่รักยังมาหายตัวไปเสียอีก เรื่องราวจะวุ่นวายขนาดไหน ติดตามได้เลยค่ะ

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This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings--consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections. The Majjhima Nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings. These teachings, which range from basic ethics to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from many different strata of ancient Indian society: with kings and princes, priests and ascetics, simple villagers and erudite philosophers. Replete with drama, reasoned argument, and illuminating parable and simile, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full glory of his resplendent wisdom, majestic sublimity, and compassionate humanity.

The translation is based on an original draft translation left by the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which has been edited and revised by the American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who provides a long introduction and helpful explanatory notes. Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, this translation enables the Buddha to speak across twenty-five centuries in language that addresses the most pressing concerns of the contemporary reader seeking clarification of the timeless issues of truth, value, and the proper conduct of life.

Winner of the 1995 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award, and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.
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