energy journey : my father’s pathway

Tulisan yang anda akan baca berikut ini adalah sebuah comment yang diberikan ayah saya, Kartono Sani, setelah beliau membaca salah satu laman yang terdapat dalam blog ini. Karena comment beliau rasanya cukup panjang dan insyAllah bermanfaat, saya fikir kenapa tidak saya post saja sekalian. 🙂

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Hi, Adit, Assalamu’alaikum.
When I was kid in 1960s, my dream was someday I wanted to be an engineer, it was just becaused close friend of my dad was one of a few engineers that days. On his jeep that was infrequently owned by ordinary people he looked so superior and to have been perceived as if he knew everything and solved every problem. As I grew, things change, I saw more and perceived things differently, but those strongly planted stayed until I went to college and majoring geology, although deep in mind I prefer architecture actually.

Time went by and as I got more knowledge and experiences I gradually fell in love with the more scientific than engineering subject and very grateful that i eventually can climb career to the peak of professional ladder as advisor of petroleum geosciences, besides managerial, and of course forgot architecture, despite it’s still my favorite topic.

We don’t do what we wish but what we can and when we sincerely do what we can it may lead us to what we want as God always listen to our heard, our pray. So, whatever you dream you are what you think, keep praying and close to the Ultimate Reality, do the right things right and Allah SWT will lead you how to think and take you to your dream.

When I considered to take energy mgmt at SSBM-ITB, I wrote the following. have a nice reading!

Energy Journey

He was a peddler when teenager, true peddler and went through the Secondary and High School with his merchandises on his back. People walked to worksites, or on bikes, only a few used motorcycles. Energy used was restricted, most people did not consumed that much extracted fossil energy for their activities like today, the peddler too, instead relied on build-in natural human body system and it was truly healthier. The world still found about 30-60 billion barrels of oil per year these days, while at the same time only consumed about 6 billion. This however already doubled of those during the World War Two. Oil production around the sixties was seven barrels of oil equivalent per capita per year compared to around eleven today.

The peddler had to walk 10 to 20 km everyday to hawk his assorted cakes, drink or fruits harvested from his family land, and took him three to five hours until he could walk lightly as the stuff sold out and earned pennies. From those activities, he funded his own school, bought his needs and helped his mother while he still could play around the vast, old, Dutch mining-made-lake, where clear and cool water flowed through the family land peacefully, from where his family planted rice and assorted vegetables, raised chickens, ducks and other poultries. Joining his uncle in fishing and trapping pigeons or quails in the secondary forest surrounding the lake was among his favorites. He might consumed more food compared to most teenagers after his 70 pound slim body being dehydrated under the tropical sunny coastal town, but still under very efficient mobile system and so very cheap. At the nowadays rate, he comparably earned at least US$ 10 daily, and all his activities probably only cost him a dollar or two for two plates of simple “tegal” menu and already included free drink. What a simple life; went along with family, neighborhood and Mother Nature as well, childhood indeed peaceful.

He left the motherland where he grew and crossed the Sunda Strait on a diesel-fueled ship Srivanca to the Land of Java in late 1973. Java in common and Jakarta in particular were indeed different; the metropolitan dependency upon the fossil energy has since been increasing exponentially. After missing AGP (Academy of Mining Geology) in Bandung, which had in fact been closed for new student that year he was one day on train heading east to Yogyakarta with his dream. And it was indeed challenging moments to be away from home without the necessary support, he eventually in early 1974 simply begun his geologic study at the UPN Veteran in the student city. After almost four years struggling for the fittest relied on restricted resources and dragged his feet for dignity; in 1978 – just one year before the world energy production per capita peaked at 11.15 BOE per year in fueling the journey of the industrial civilization – he gained his Bachelor of Engineering degree rightfully proud.

The world energy production has since been declining actually, at gentle slope for 20 years until the year of 2000 before it continuously slides at the current level. At this time, findings of new oil already declined to around 40 billion per year, while consumption increased exponentially to 23 billion. As Bachelor of Engineer in geology he served as assistant lecture in structural geology and earned 10 to 15 dollars a month for mentoring hours he spent in class, with what he seemed to survive and passed through the doctoral grades for engineering degree with enthusiasm. Although it was just barely enough to survive, he very much enjoyed better pride and of course free from hunger like he was when he had to walk along the river Tjode or bartered his only clothes just to buy cheap food.

It was 1981 and he was around the campus from field work after joining exploration project for hydrocarbon potential and ran out of money when a national geo-services company looking for fresh graduates conducted interview, without thinking twice he got himself in the long line and tried his fortune. And it was a kind of weird or probably good luck as while the other participants felt that they got very difficult questions during their interview, he immediately could negotiate and agreed business deal with the company representatives following a simple introduction and conversation; with about 300 dollars in pocket he got all he needed to complete a simple “so and so” thesis and then simply start to work or go public, he wondered.

He worked for the company the following year, although it was not a decisive action for he felt that it was not on tract of what he envisioned, pragmatism and idealism were conflicting and this dictated his earlier career entrance in the energy industry. Time went by; he was on small boat leaving the capital town Sintang traversing across the Melawi basin of West Borneo and sailed upstream along the broad rivers of Kapuas and Melawi far away north just below the drainage bounding mountainous terrains to Serawak. The more upstream his boat intruded as he climbing the old continental peneaplain the more outcrops he observed, measured and sampled, but less and less civilization met. Four months day and night traversing the old strong rivers, intimated the rocks, the waterfalls, the river rapids (riams) and banks, the sand bars, the water current and fishes, the jungle and the heights, he fell in love. At night while the plain Dayak supporting him fell a slept he bowed down deeply and echoed his gratitude into the darkness of the jungle that Praise Be to The Most Gracious and The All Merciful.

Less and less logistic left on boat while more samples collected for microscopic thin sections and lab work and in camp; field note by field note translated, interpreted and incorporated into various maps to illustrate 3D configurations of the geology, the basin history and potential. Although the expedition concluded that no evidence of the presence of adequate heat flows to cook the hydrocarbon source rocks identified in the interior fractured sagging basin of the Sunda Craton and charging for the latter defined trapping system was questionable – and so no drillable prospects were recommended – it was the first time he begun to love the profession as geologist. From Melawi without much formality, his geologic journey had since been extended to Barito basin in South Kalimantan and Berau basin to the northeast, West Timor in the eastern region and the many geologic basins in Java. Under Mobil Alternative Energy and then Amoseas Indonesia, his journey went through the Lengguru fold thrust belt in Irian Jaya, the Misool Islands fold thrust belt north of Ceram, The Ambon Bay intrusion structural complex terrain, the thin-skinned thrust belt of Timor, the Makassar Strait Lariang basin of Celebes.

Enamored of the long geologic journey and enjoyed in deep engagements with the many world class geologic experts involved in the races for new oil reserves of multinationals in Indonesia, had unconsciously re-generated his idealism technically and visionary. At that times, following the world energy production declining in the era of eighties to nineties, biggest multi-nationals such as Mobil and Chevron-Texaco, Shell, BP or Conoco were very aggressive in exploring for new reserves worldwide. Although Chevron-Texaco still produced 800,000 BOPD from the Rokan block in Central Sumatra basin, they established Amoseas Indonesia and invested a lot of resources just to explore the eastern region. So did the other Top Five, all maintained more balanced portfolio in the country while they drained their old discovered fields until eventually in 1996 Amoseas was dropped, most multi-nationals held their horses for exploration and seemed to agree that no more new reserves can be discovered. And what behind the scene has since been bothering his mind.

The world energy production slide further and entered new scary stage. From Amoseas, he was subsequently transferred to the sister company, Caltex Pacific Indonesia and worked for the New Ventures & Business Development as Senior Staff and then Advisor Petroleum Geologist. From the new position, he could simply look the actions of the oil companies in the last decade to provide the best gauge of how they see the future. Crude oil prices have been doubled since 2001, but oil companies have only increased their budgets for exploring new oil fields by only small fraction. The biggest oil producer Chevron Pacific Indonesia only spent pennies for exploration in Indonesia. Likewise, U.S refineries are working close to capacity, yet no new refinery has been constructed since 1976. And oil tankers are fully booked, but outdated ships are being decommissioned faster than new ones are being built. The real reason no new refineries have been built for almost 30 years is simple: any oil company that wants to stay profitable isn’t going to invest in new refineries when they know there is going to be less and less oil to refine.

He of course no longer able to dream simple life like he was as villager and contributed much bigger share in the current world energy consumption, as Jakarta citizen with wife and two growing kids and all the attributes, his family has to spend at least US$ 780/c/year for home electricity and transport in the capital city. At current prices, it is surprisingly about equivalent to 11 barrels of oil per capita per year, the world peak oil consumption in 1979! While the world oil consumption declining and instead developing more energy alternatives, we unfortunately consumed and dependence more and more on the non-renewable energy as if no peak to come, while produced less and less. Worldwide, the consumption/discovery ratios have nearly reversed themselves in recent years; the world consumed around 25 to 30 billion barrels per year, while only finds less than 10 billion. Reserves Replacement Ratio continues to deteriorating. While it took 125 years to burn through the first trillion barrels of oil, at the current energy consumption it will only take 30 years to burn through the next trillion.

The race for world energy has changed drastically. In Indonesia, drainage process of the existing oil and gas pools have since been accelerated to meet short terms, annual demand. While the Government kept issuing incentives for the production acceleration and enjoyed the increasing high prices, multi-national likewise happy to have apparently invested more under the Production Sharing Contract’s cost recovery and incentives. Otherwise, exploration if any has been focused on marginal prospects around the producing basins at courtesy levels. While they drained the national reserves, they bring the money they earned to invest outside in their more competitive global exploration portfolio. It’s weird that both government and the multi-nationals seem to go along and happy under the imbalanced-national portfolio at least during the last decade.

In addition to lowering their investments in oil exploration and refinery expansion, oil companies have been merging as though the industry is living on borrowed time: BP and Amoco merged in December 1998, BP-Amoco and Arco agreed to merge in April 1999, followed by Exxon and Mobil in December 1999, Chevron and Texaco in October 2000, then Phillips and Conoco in November 2001. In September 2002 Shell acquired Penzoil-Quaker State, Frontier Oil and Holly agreed to merge in 2003, followed by Marathon acquired 40% of Ashland in March 2004, Westport Resources acquired Kerr-McGee in April 2004. In July 2004 analysts suggested BP and Shell to merge, followed by the acquisition of Unocal by Chevron-Texaco in April 2005 after involving Congress in winning the competition with PetroChina. Royal Dutch and Shell merged in June 2005. Mergers and acquisitions are the corporate world’s version of cannibalism. When any industry begins to contract or collapse, the larger and more powerful companies will cannibalize/seize the assets of the smaller, weaker companies. Similarly, the phenomenon outside the energy industry includes the airline and automobile industries.

As the results, the national energy industry has been dragged and misled to joining the race for the restricted discovered resources, big discoveries to replace badly declining national reserves getting scarce, the BanyuUrip discovery in Cepu could be the last if the government do not realize the short coming disaster and turn the direction of the national energy management. Just like farmers have to open new farms while harvesting, the government needs to strategically lead the industry to invest in new exploration proportionally while oil and gas fields discovered in the past are being drained.

Joining the national company Medco E&P Indonesia for the last two years after being enthralled with its aggressive exploration portfolio, he was pondering whether he should join the Sampoerna-ITB School of Business & Management, the skipped level meeting with the CEO last week so inspiring, encouragement of his wife so empowering. As he grasped the door of his Camry wondering how he can influence and help manage the national portfolio if he just an advisor petroleum geosciences.

Jakarta, 28 June 2007, Energy Journey
“The Country Needs a Balanced National Portfolio”
Essay prepared for Executive MBA in Energy Management Sampoerna-ITB School of Business & Management

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Karakter

Manners maketh man’, ucap William of Wykeham, seorang uskup dari Winchester, Inggris. ‘Manners make us human’, mungkin itu yang dimaksud sang uskup. ‘Manners’, secara luas dapat dimaknai sebagai karakter, kepribadian, dan menjadi diri sendiri. Uskup William menggunakan kalimat ini sebagai motto yang dipegang teguh oleh Winchester dan New College nun di Oxford, Inggris sana. Beliau menginginkan para pemuda yang tengah dididik di kemudian hari dapat memiliki karakter, seperti apapun itu, yang utamanya bertata krama, dan menjadi diri sendiri.

Dari pengantar diatas kemudian kita mengenal sebuah lagu Sting yang mengamini ungkapan uskup William.

If, “Manners maketh man” as someone said/ Then he’s the hero of the day/ It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile/ Be yourself no matter what they say … … Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety/ You could end up as the only one/ Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society/ At night a candle’s brighter than the sun/ Takes more than combat gear to make a man/ Takes more than a license for a gun/ Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can/ A gentleman will walk but never run …  (Sting, Englishman in New York)

Sejarah manusia telah mengajarkan kita banyak hal, begitu banyak manusia yang sejak muda sudah berani memiliki karakternya sendiri, dan berakhir dengan menjadi sesuatu. From nothing to something, a nobody to somebody. Arnold Toynbee menyebut mereka yang ‘membentuk’ sejarah ini sebagai, “Minoritas Kreatif”, kaum minoritas yang bergerak melawan zaman.

Mereka yang menjadi minoritas kreatif seperti disebut Toynbee tidak pernah menunggu, mereka pemain dan selalu bergerak bersama mimpi. Hidupnya penuh gairah dan gelora. Optimisme sudah terpatri didalam pikirannya. Merekalah yang berdiri ditengah keberagaman. Sorot matanya tajam, menunjukkan dedikasi yang tinggi bahkan pada hal-hal yang kecil mendetil. Tangannya selalu diatas dan penuh kelembutan, walaupun terbiasa menghantam batuan zaman yang keras. Kakinya selalu memijak bumi, seolah dunia hanya sementara, sedang tujuan akhir adalah beribadah kepada Tuhannya.

Bukan tugas ringan menjadi manusia semacam itu, tetapi keIndonesiaan belum final. Proses itu masih terus berjalan. Terus dan terus hingga akhir zaman. YB Mangunwijaya berucap mengutip ungkapan yang menjadi semboyan Raja-raja Ligne, “Quo res cumque cadant, stat semper linea recta!” Biarpun semua roboh, tetaplah di garis lurus!

sumber : Kompas, 28 Oktober 2008
gambar : Youth of the nation, Lazulyte, 2007

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Jong Indonesia

Kata ‘Jong adalah aksara belanda yang sepadan dengan kata ‘young‘, mungkin bila diterjemahkan menjadi ‘anak muda’. Istilah ‘jong’ di Indonesia sudah lama tidak kita dengar. Yang lebih sering kita dengar mungkin istilah ‘kawula muda’ (prambors fm), ‘anak nongkrong’ (mtv), ‘boys and girls‘ (mustang fm), dan sebutan lainnya yang biasa digunakan oleh penyiar di radio-radio bergenre anak muda. Kaum muda memiliki peranan tersendiri yang tentu saja penting untuk menggerakkan sebuah bangsa, terutama ketika generasi yang memimpin sudah terlalu larut dalam  jebakan kekuasaan.

Penggunaan bahasa secara seragam merupakan elemen penting dalam penyatuan sebuah bangsa. Dalam perjalanan sejarah Indonesia, kita pernah mengalami masa dimana kaum intelektual Indonesia yang kebanyakan didikan negeri belanda menggunakan bahasa penjajah karena terlanjur terbiasa. Bisa dibayangkan bagaimana kaum intelektual tersebut bisa kembali mengabdi pada ibu pertiwi, bila bahasa berkelas intelektual dipadankan dengan bahasa yang bukan mother-tongue orang Indonesia. Tentu saja kemudian ada ketimpangan yang terjadi, terutama dalam ketersampaian pesan kepada masyarakat awam yang jauh dari pendidikan.

Kaum intelektual didikan Belanda yang menggagas kebangsaan Indonesia memulai penyatuan dengan bahasa melayu awalnya. Para jong ini sempat kesulitan menggunakan bahasa melayu, karena mereka tidak terbiasa, dan bahasa asing yang mungkin terlanjur melekat. Atas desakan dari Muhammad Yamin, Kongres Pemuda Indonesia yang diadakan para Jong se-Hindia Belanda kala itu menggunakan bahasa melayu. Walaupun sebagian besar peserta yang datang masih dalam tahap kembali belajar bahasa Ibu pertiwi.

Ada kejadian lucu, seperti dikutip oleh majalah tempo edisi khusus 80 tahun Sumpah Pemuda. Kala itu Amir Sjarifuddin (ketua sidang), bertanya pada para peserta tentang kesiapan mereka menggunakan bahasa melayu sebagai bahasa pengantar selama kongres berlangsung. Para peserta kongres pemuda yang memang masih dalam tahap belajar bahasa pun menjawab secara serentak dan lantang, “Siiikaaaap!”.

Dulu dan kini, waktu merentang diri dari 1928 sampai 2008, 80 tahun sudah Sumpah Pemuda dilewati bangsa ini. Perkembangan bahasa dan kaum muda Indonesia telah melintasi berbagai masa dan memiliki ciri khas masing-masing. Ciri khas tersebut pun bergantung pada latar belakang tertentu, tergantung pada lingkungan (komunitas) apa mereka berkembang. Seperti dalam dunia penyiaran misalnya, ada pakem tertentu yang digunakan oleh radio siaran tertentu. Begitu pun dengan komunitas berbasis budaya, agama, bahkan sekedar kesamaan ide tau hobby.

Masing-masing komunitas berkembang dan terkadang menciptakan benteng atau gap yang sangat mungkin menciptakan kesalahpahaman bila dipandang dengan sempit. Namun sebaliknya, hal ini justru sebenarnya bisa memperkaya budaya Indonesia, karena proses perkembangan sebuah bangsa tidak akan pernah berhenti. Dan tentu saja, tak bisa dipungkiri perubahan akan hal-hal tertentu terjadi.

Seorang kolumnis, Rikard Bagun, menulis dalam Harian Kompas hari ini bahwa dibutuhkan banyak sumpah pemuda untuk bisa membangkitkan bangsa ini kembali. Rikard juga menekankan bahwa sebuah bangsa tidak boleh kehilangan nilai-nilai dasar kebangsaannya. Permasalahannya kemudian adalah apa kontribusi para Jong baru Indonesia ini sekarang? Apakah mereka sudah tenggelam dalam arus? Dan sedang mengalami kesulitan menantang arus besar konsumsi dan hedonisme yang riuh ramai? Yang perlu diingat saat ini sistem ditentukan dengan model survival of the fastest, bukan lagi survival of the fittest.

Islam saja bisa terpecah-pecah, bagaimana dengan Indonesia? Bung Karno pernah menulis saat pengasingan di Ende, Flores, 18 Agustus 1936 ketika mengomentari persoalan ummat yang memandang sempit keberagaman. Dalam suratnya kepada Ustad A. Hassan (pemimpin Persatuan Islam di Bandung), Ia berkata,

“…Tetapi apa jang kita ‘tjutat’ dari Kalam Allah dan Sunnah Rasul itu? Bukan apinja, bukan njalanja, bukan flamenja, tetapi abunja, debunja, asbesnja. Abunja jang berupa tjelak mata dan sorban, abunja yang yang mentjintai kemenjan dan tunggangan onta, abunja jang bersifat Islam mulut dan Islam-ibadat — zonder taqwa, abunja jang cuma tahu batja Fatihah dan tahlil sahaja — tetapi bukan apinja jang menjala-njala dari udjung zaman jang satu ke udjung zaman jang lain …”.

Indonesia, dan para ‘Jong-baru’nya dari berbagai kalangan, entah komunitas, agama, budaya, sosial dan politik, perlu mengingat satu hal bahwa perjalanan dan perkembangan sebuah bangsa adalah sesuatu yang pasti. Persoalan keberagaman sudah seharusnya dipandang sebagai kekayaan bangsa ini, yang perlu dilakukan adalah menelaah ke belakang dan berkaca pada sejarah Sumpah Pemuda sebagai awal kelahiran Indonesia. Dan ingat kata Bung Karno, ambil api(jiwa/semangat)nya(persatuan dalam sumpah pemuda) yang menyala-nyala dari ujung zaman(awal lahirnya sebuah bangsa) yang satu ke ujung zaman yang lain(hingga kematangan bangsa tersebut dalam melewati masa).

Bagaimana kawula muda, anak nongkrong, boys and girls, siap bersumpah untuk mengabdi pada bangsa dan negara ini? Bangsa ini perlu darah segar untuk bangkit.

sumber : Kompas 27 Oktober 2008, dan Tempo Edisi 80 Tahun Sumpah Pemuda
gambar : Kompas, 27 Oktober (Arsip Museum Sumpah Pemuda, Jakarta)

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Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi

Dua hari yang kulewati habis untuk membaca potongan-potongan mozaik yang digoreskan pena Andrea Hirata. Membaca tulisannya seolah menjadi orang ketiga yang menyaksikan langsung narasi demi narasi yang diberikan. Aku jatuh cinta sekaligus ingin mengecap pengalaman yang sama.

Pikiranku melayang-layang limbung ditengah kesadaranku. Aku tersenyum, lamat-lamat kemudian dahiku mengerut, mataku membayang berkaca-kaca. Aku merindukannya memang. Sebuah tulisan yang menggugah selera hidup. Mendorong ruh-ruh manusia untuk mencapai titik kesadaran sempurna. Mengejar mimpinya.

Seperti kata Riri Riza, “A must read!”.

update : Edensor, buku ketiga dari tetralogi ini akan semakin membawa pembaca dalam dunia yang ditulis Andrea.

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Lapak buku Aditya

Bagi orang Padang, sumatera barat, istilah merantau bukan hal yang asing lagi. Adalah Uda Deswan (24), salah satu perantau yang sedang meniti tangga kehidupan di Jakarta. Selepas SMA, ia mengawali kariernya sebagai ‘perantau’ dengan menyebrang ke Batam, mencari pekerjaan sebagai ‘apa saja’. Waktu berselang dan angin selatan kemudian membawanya kembali menyebrangi lautan timur Sumatera. Menuju Jakarta.

Jakarta, -meminjam istilah seorang teman blogger– memang sebuah kolam kesempatan, “pool of opportunities”. Begitu pun mungkin yang terbayang dalam benak Uda Deswan sebelum akhirnya memilih menetap di Jakarta.

Setibanya di Jakarta, ia sempat berdagang kain di pasar jatinegara bersama beberapa temannya. Tak lama berdagang kain, ia menjebloskan diri ke dalam dunia jual beli buku. Tidak dengan membuka lapak atau kios tetapi dengan gerobak dorong. Berkeliling menjajakan buku selama dua tahun. Lelahnya bukan main, bila melihat minat baca manusia-manusia Jakarta yang cenderung menurun.

Buku mungkin memang bukan barang dagangan yang mudah untuk dijual. Ada minat dan ketertarikan personal yang mempengaruhi seseorang untuk membeli buku tertentu. Harga pun seringkali menjadi bahan pertimbangan sebelum akhirnya sebuah buku dibeli. Uda Deswan menjual buku pun bukan karena tanpa sebab. Ia suka pada sejarah, terutama sejarah yang berkaitan dengan Sumatera Barat.

Ada sebuah buku kesukaannya yang ia tunjukkan pada saya, “Air Perjuangan Kemerdekaan di Sumatera Barat : Pengalaman Pribadi Brigdjen Polisi Johnny Anwar”. “Buku ini gak bakalan gw jual bang, sayang tinggal satu-satunya. Tadinye uda gw pasangin banderol harga 25ribu, tapi gw apus lagi. He he he..”, begitu ia mengomentari buku kesukaannya. Ketika saya tanya, buku apa lagi yang ia paling sukai, ia menunjukkan setumpuk buku Serial Cerita Rakyat yang memang sempat populer di tahun 90an.

Yang menarik, lapak buku ini terletak di sebuah sudut pertigaan lampu merah Cipulir. Salah satu lampu merah yang teramai dan mungkin paling macet di seantero Jakarta. Koleksi buku yang dimilikinya pun tidak main-main, semuanya koleksi lama. Dari buku Kenichi Ohmae (The End of Nation States) sampai buku-buku yang ditulis pengamat Ekopol Indonesia, Kwik Kian Gie. Beberapa buku sejarah dan ensiklopedia juga terlihat menumpuk di sudut kios ini. Selain itu, ada beragam jenis buku yang bisa menjadi pilihan para pembaca. Dari novel-novel berbahasa inggris sampai serial Cerita Rakyat yang disukai Uda Deswan.

Saya sendiri, ketika menemukan kios ini langsung mengobrak-abrik rak yang ada dengan mata saya. Hingga akhirnya membeli 3 buah buku, “The End of Nation State”, Kenichi Ohmae, The Free press : New York; “Perfect Your English : The Easy Way”, W.H.Ballin, Prentice Hall International; dan sebuah majalah Tempo “Edisi Khusus 100 Tahun Hatta”. Ketiga buku tersebut hanya dibanderol seharga 35 ribu rupiah saja. Bayangpun.

Setelah membayar buku yang saya beli. Saya akhiri kunjungan saya dan bertanya, “eh Da, apo namo toko buku ni?”. Uda Deswan menjawab, “Kios buku Aditya, bang.” Saya yang terkejut mendengar nama kios bukunya langsung berucap, “Onde mande, iko nama ambo Da. Nama ambo Aditya, Da. Onde mande…”.

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Ingatan seorang petani

Adalah Petani yang membangun Indonesia sedemikian rupa, karena produktivitas merekalah segala macam makanan bisa terus terhidang. Yang mereka lakukan tidak ringan, sama sekali tidak. Tapi yang mereka dapat dengan beban seberat itu, sangat kecil. Jauh dari cukup. Pernah membayangkan bila kita berprofesi jadi petani di masa pasca reformasi?

Tidak, saya tidak sedang membela mantan Presiden Soeharto. Tapi apa yang beliau pernah lakukan setidaknya sedikit banyak meringankan beban para petani. Pada masanya (terutama sebelum 1984-red.), petani disubsidi sedemikian rupa, dengan dana kredit, pupuk yang bersubsidi, pengairan, pembangunan infrastruktur yang cukup, koperasi penjualan, dan lain-lain. Setidaknya kita bisa menyebut beberapa hal tersebut bila mencoba mengingat kembali masa-masa itu.

Sadarkah kita bahwa pembangunan sebuah Negara, terlebih perekonomiannya harus dimulai dari pertanian? Sadarkah anda yang tinggal di Jawa bahwa pulau ini dikenal sebagai negeri yang gemah ripah loh jinawi karena kesuburan tanahnya dan melimpahnya hasil pertanian? Coba kita tengok Negara kecil seperti Taiwan, dan atau Jepang yang pertaniannya bisa maju sedemikian rupa. Mereka tidak pernah lagi perlu khawatir akan keadaan perut mereka. Karena petani sejahtera, sehingga bisa berkonsentrasi pada kegiatannya. Dengan petani yang sejahtera, penduduk lain yang berprofesi bukan petani akan terpacu untuk membangun sektor lainnya.

Semua sudah seharusnya harmonis, saling mendukung, saling melengkapi. Sebagai pekerja di kota misalnya, kita tidak mungkin menafikan keberadaan petani. Biarlah mereka petani gurem, toh kegureman mereka pula yang produksinya mengisi perut kita sehari-hari. Bandingkan dengan kita yang pekerja di kota misalnya, apa yang sudah kita hasilkan untuk mereka para petani? Mungkin sama sekali tidak ada.

Pemilu, adalah siklus lima tahunan yang menyerang seperti wabah hama wereng. Seperti pada waktu-waktu sebelumnya, petani akan mendapatkan banyak pujian penuh kepentingan. Disana sini dielu-elukan. Partai A akan mengumbar janjinya pada petani. “Pupuk disubsidi kalau kami terpilih, infrastruktur akan kami bangun, ah ya, itu padi-padi hibrida akan kami kembangkan lagi. Kami ingin pertanian maju. Bung Karno saja cinta Pak Marhaen. Blaa..Blaa..Blaa..”. Partai B yang notabene saingan berat partai A tentu tidak mau kalah, “Ah, itu nanti Bapak-bapak tani kami gratiskan pupuknya ya..!! Bapak bapak butuh kerbau berapa buat mbajak sawah? Ah uhmm nanti datang saja ke kantor Partai ya, coba tulis proposal itu, nanti biar anak buah saya yang cairkan dana buat kerbaunya..”. Ya janji-janji diumbar, diobral.

Seperti barang dagangan yang dijual di supermarket masa-masa hari raya. Setelah dibeli, mungkin tanggal kadaluarsanya sudah dekat. Janji politik, yang terucap dari pedang yang dihunus para politisi pun seperti itu.

Ah, ingatan sebuah saung dipinggir beberapa petak sawah memanggil pulang.

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I am the sun

You are The Sun

Happiness, Content, Joy.

The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.

Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.

The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon’s Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.

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