Che Husna Azhari hails from Melor, Kelantan, a village town between Pasir Puteh and Kota Bharu is the setting frequently used by Che Husna in many of her short stories.
Che Husna’s first collection of short stories, Kelantan Tales was published in 1992. This was followed by Melor in Perspective and The Rambutan Orchard. Che Husna also wrote a collection of poems in Malay and English entitled Puisi Ambo (My Poems) which was published in 1996. Many of her short stories are published in journals. Her latest publication, The Man Who Built Gul-e-Stan, forms one of the collection of short stories in Voices of South East Asia recently published by SEAMEO, the Regional English Language Centre, Singapore. Two of her poems have been recorded in casette entitle Suararasa produced by the Cultural Unit of the National University of Malaysia. She is also one of the Panel of Judges for the National Science Poetry Competition since 1995.
It was that time in Jamal’s life. Marriage time.
Jamal looked at his sister, drew a long breath and asked, “What Bally shoes?”
Jamal had left the whole rigmarole of choosing a wife to his mother and sisters.
Typical male archetype lines:
“Why so long, Cik?” queried Jamal. He had already spent a few sleepless nights thinking about his bride.
The layman’s plot: Man is getting married and needs money – fast. Despite revising the budget, he is still short on money for the bunga telur. But there are his leather Bally shoes…
Verdict: Simple story but the irony is not lost. To pay for a tradition of serving bunga telur at his wedding, he has to sacrifice something he did not think would have been a necessity for the wedding itself!