Viewing: February, 2014

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Finding a Story Worth Retelling

In 2011, I traveled to Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara to attend an ASEAN ministerial meeting. In the middle of a boring session me and my friend Monique, a producer from Metro TV decided to sneak out and explore this beautiful island. At one point I told her if we could go to Transito. It was a disused government complex which was re-purposed to host the Ahmadiyya refugees, a religious minority group which is constantly persecuted by hardline Sunni Muslims. These…

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Preview: “This Home Was Never Mine”

Please help by leaving a comment on my goodreads page (link below) or press the like button. The more comments and likes I get, the more publishers will see that there is a lot of buzz about the book. Thank you, have a pleasant read… Read the preview chapter here  

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Our Times Our Feelings

My friend Pugar “Uga” Restu Julian or “thedyingsirens” approached me one day saying he wants me to cover or remix one of his songs for a special edition of his album. He had heard about my one man project where I composed songs using nothing but layers and layers of beatboxing. After listening to his materials I decided to do a cover of his first single on the album “Our Times Our Feelings” The song basically has a two-chord progression…

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Why I Wrote A Book: The Story Behind The Story

My career was blossoming but emotionally I was at a low point in my life. I was named assistant news editor after working two and a half year as a reporter. I was used to producing long, in-depth, analysis, award-winning news feature stories and then suddenly I was confined to a one by two meter desk, glued to a chair, forced to stare at a computer screen for hours on end. But then a friend compared an article that I…

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Hello world!

Welcome to nivellrayda.com. My Name is Nivell Rayda. I am a journalist, editor and author of a Narrative Non Fiction novel tentatively titled “This Home Was Never Mine” about religious persecution in Indonesia. I will be sharing posts, Q&As, videos about the thought process, research, techniques and challenges behind the book for educational and promotional purposes. Another thing I want to share are news articles which I wrote, involved in the editing process and those which are inspiring to me….

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