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"Anak-Anak Multibahasa" launching day, 9 August 2009 at Gramedia book store in Grand Indonesia Mall.

Newspapers covering the launching are, among others: Kompas, Pelita, Jakarta Globe, Detik Pos, Jakarta Post.

The writers were interviewed by Radio Delta 99.1 FM (5 & 6 Aug), TV One (7 Aug), TVRI (9 Aug), TV 7 (recorded on 13 Aug), Good Morning Indonesia Metro TV (14 Aug) and  BBC Indonesia (recorded on 14 Aug).

Book review: Kompas

The launching:

Seats were full with the audience. Joseph and Nadia (daughter of one of the writers) were questioned by Shahnaz Haque (the moderator) after videos of them code-switching between languages were shown on my presentation.

Santi: "Okay, these are pictures of children of the writers with their languages"

Prof. Arief Rachman, expert in child education. Two professors in linguistics, Prof. Sudjono and Prof. Bambang of Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, were among the audience and they shared their knowledge in multilingualism as well!! We received many questions from the audience and the discussions were warm and lively! Thanks to all those experts!!

For 7 days after the launching, our books were displayed inside these glass boxes and on the so called 'islands' at the entrance of the bookstore. (picture by  Prihardi Kahar)

Five of nine writers, left to right: Cahayahati Padmadinata, Santi Dharmaputra, Rita Najib, Ninda Harahap and Jumiarti Agus.

TV interviews:

Joseph and I, and another writer (Ninda) and her daughter (Aliyah), with Prof. Arief Rachman at TV One

Santi and Jumiarti (co-editor, publishing company) were interviewed by TVRI on the launching day. (picture courtesy of Prihardi Kahar)

Santi and family for TV 7

Unfortunately I forgot to bring camera to Metro TV where they interviewed me in English.

Radio Interviews:

Delta 99.1 FM, Santi (at the studio) and another writer, Cahayahati (by phone) were giving a full-hour talk show. No picture, forgot to bring the camera.

Husband and the kids after the interview at BBC Indonesia (to be broadcasted on Saturday, 22 Aug 2009)

Between the launching and interviews, we escaped from Jakarta to:

Bali Island with my relatives. Here Joseph was flying a kite at Jimbaran beach.

Bangka Island with my mom. Husband, Joseph and Louise were strolling at Parai beach.

Last but not least:

My family. In this picture: Papa, mama, my sisters-in-law, eldest and younger brothers and of course nephews and nieces (2nd bro is out of the country, third bro & fam currently live in Holland). Thank you for your patience and support ... miss you all!!! (picture was taken at the airport on our return day)

5 years ago I was just doing research for my own family and interest. I never knew that some years later I began to write in the media and now my thoughts were printed in a book. I didn't even dare to dream of launching this book and getting this much attention from the press.

I realize all these are just the beginning and the rest is very much depending on what my plan is.

I think I will just follow the flow, as always.


( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and many future successes! :) I'm looking forward to the challenges and rewards of raising my kid(s) bilingual.
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Cannot wait to read your stories!!!
Aug. 19th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Very good news! Congratulations! I am sure this book is as interesting as your journal- looking forward to see it in the international stores! All the best in the future achievements!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Molo! Let's see if the book will ever go international hehehe.
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
That's so awesome Santi, I'm so proud of you!

Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Va. Your compliment meant a lot!
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
hey, congratulations \^0^/ didn't know, you were having a book launch...i could've stop by and say hi, secara kantor deket banget ama GI, ngesot udah nyampe hehehe. Again congrats ya, i'll be sure to check it out :D
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, unfortunately it was hard to update my blog while I was in Jakarta so yeah some friends were missing the event. Thank you, marqvee!
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Santiiii... asyik banget yah acaranya. Hebat ! Ga cuma membesarkan anak multi bahasa, tp jg bisa sukses jd inspirasi buat orang banyak.
Ngobrol apa aja sama Pak Arief Rachman ? (Gua biasanya panggil Oom Ify. Dulu cukup sering ketemu dia dan keluarganya). Dia jg beneran guru dari hati tuh :)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Macem2 .. gw sama anaknya temenan sejak abnon dulu. Ntar gw sampaikan salam dari elo ya buat Pak Arief. Makasih, Cin.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oya ? Elo temenan sama anaknya yg mana ? Yg seangkatan gua tuh Adhi. Yg ikut abnon si Deva kali ya ?
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
A double "wow". No a triple one! This must have been one of the best book launches/book promotions ever.

And I guess these were the most exciting holidays your kids could have imagined.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Colson, I do hope I can give you a copy! I only managed to bring 40 books in my suitcase (I planned to bring 100) and got problem with huge demands over here.
Aug. 20th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thumbs up, San !! Congrats for the launching....gimana rasanya di wawancara sini situ San ? Deg-deg an gak ? Lama2 kebal kali ya...hihihi...
Bali and Bangka....oooooo....*jealous*...:):) So glad you are able to enjoy the vacation between all your busy schedule.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Gw abis wawancara sering ngga inget gitu udah ngomong apaan aja heheh. Melayang2 di udara terus rasanya krn ketatnya waktu dan banyak yg harus dikerjain.
Iya In .. untung masih sempet liburan ke luar Jkt ... kasian anak2 dan Nico kalau ngga :D.
Thanks ya In!
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
santiiiiiiiiii... this is so cool!!! what a great news you brought from home.
were the kids tired of being interviewed? were they ever grumpy? i felt so bad because kids just want to play and not used to the waiting time in the studio, make up, and what not.
so so so cool!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: wow!
Those were interviews only. They asked us to be on the setting 30 mins before so it was never a burden for the kids.
Thanks ya, Din!
Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're famous now :-). Did you get a chance to record the interview ? would love to see it
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: famous
Five mins of fame that is heheh. The event organizer will send me the report including all the DVDs and CDs of the interview. I will put them on youtube once I got them. Makasih ya Lis.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
stut san, just follow the flow.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: agree
Heheh iya .. yg penting kita enjoy kan Mi.
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Félicitations Mbak Shanti atas bukunya!!

Aku seneng banget baca2 artikelnya di blog, jadi kasi semangat utk tetap ber-bhs Indonesia ke Raphaël. Sewaktu pulang kemaren, banyak teman dan keluarga yang ter-heran2 kalo aku ngomong bhs Indo sama Raphaël! Yg bikin aku heran lagi ada yg nanya: "Lho, nggak bhs Inggris?"...terus sewaktu aku bilang "Terima kasih", ada yg nyeletus "itu mah udah kuno, sekarang bilangnya Thank You"....

Mudah2an nanti thn depan kalo pulang bisa dapetin bukunya Mbak.

Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hahah welcome to the club, Pinkan. Raphael akan selalu diheran2in orang Ind krn ia berbahasa Ind. Ironis yah :D.

Aug. 25th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
santi, congrats yaa!!!
I wish I can see the interviews.. pengen denger dikit.. ada gak streaming somewhere online?
rima fauzi
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ntar kalau udah dpt DVD adn CDya akan gw taroh di blog ya, Rim.
Sep. 16th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Wow! Congratulationsss!
Hi Santi,
Udah lama sekali tidak berhubungan ya. Kebetulan malam ini ada kesempatan untuk liat-liat livejournal lagi yg sudah tertinggal sekian tahun dan keinget sama LJ lo yg ini karena gue sedang berpikir-pikir ttg multilingual nya Lara dan adiknya. Wow! bener2 mengagumkan deh prestasi elo. Salut ya. Gue jadi ingin beli buku elo ini.

Dian - Chicago
(masih inget kan San?)
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Wow! Congratulationsss!
Hi Di! Makasih. Apa kabar?
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