Though we’ve never got the honour to meet the late Yasmin Ahmad in person, watching her Petronas ads and movies such as Rabun, Gubra, Sepet, Mukhsin, Muallaf and Talentimemade her our best friend, the partner-in-crime who we would tend to go to when we needed a break from everything. The messages in her works are simple, though often misunderstood as controversial, but she would always express the harmony and tolerance among Malaysians, throwing in some inter-racial relationships and friendships.
As simple as they were, in her own words,
“Simplicity is one of the hardest things to do”.
Reading Yasmin How You Know? was like having a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night – it’s soothing and heart-warming, leaving you with profound thoughts and insights of your own life.
The book was a tribute to the great film director, copywriter, sister, daughter, friend, “a brand builder”, containing a lot of “Yasmin-isms” which would melt even the stoniest of hearts.
Written from the viewpoints of her friends, fellow colleagues, family members and mentees, we couldn’t put the book down, even re-reading it several times, especially when life seemed so tough and stressful that all we needed was just a tiny bit of “Yasmin-isms” to get through the troubles.
Yasmin was a gifted poet as well; and she did not even have to use all “big and flowery” words to express her emotions.
She had a jovial and upbeat look on life, taking everything rather positively, even when the critics and naysayers were out to get her.
“No matter how badly people behave towards you, just think good thoughts. Only good thoughts” – wise words, which became our personal favourite among all her “Yasmin-isms”.
Her sense of humour and cracking wittiness were so infectious, that those who were interviewed for the book immediately cheered up every time she was nearby, even at the times they were dejected and crestfallen.
She did not give a hoot to whatever anyone said about her, not afraid to call a spade, a spade. The talented soul had a knack with words, often describing things as she saw them, like telling her former colleague Ng ChooSeong that “the sky is sticking its tongue out at you” upon seeing a half-moon one night.
She was the soul and life of any party, according to those who knew her best, putting everybody’s best interest in her heart and treasuring every single minute of her life.
The book made us laugh, made us cry, made us grin, made us smirk.
And we think these qualities made Yasmin, who gone too soon, a remarkable, unique soul.
“On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear”.
Rest In Peace dear Yasmin.