Titik Nol – Agustinus Wibowo

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

 “Semakin aku berjalan, perjalanan justru menghadapkan aku pada segala ketakutanku.

Hidup ini memang tak pasti namun pasti.

Segala gejolak pengembaraan dan perayaan itu tentu akan berakhir, beserta segenap keterikatan maupun kehampaannya.

Sejauh apa pun berkelana, pasti akan ada waktunya untuk berpulang, kembali ke kekosongan sempurna, keabadian yang sama jua.”

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reviewed by: Lakhsmi Wulandari

Review in English:

On August 2013, exactly 4 years ago

I just came back from Mahameru, the highest mountain in Java, and I decided to find a book about travelling. I went on circle in a bookstore, until I stopped and saw this Agustinus Wibowo’s book. The cover caught my eye, as it looks like a professional photographer’s shot. It was a shot of a boy jumping in midair. I scanned the back of the book and the words “Himalaya”, “Kashmir”, and “..then the traveler came home kneeling beside her mother’s bed.” jumped at me. I wondered, is it fictional or based on true story?

I am amazed of Agustinus’s story of life. His footsteps spread across China and Afghanistan, along with his personal story on the meaning of life and extraordinary pictures that he took during the journey. It is truly rare to find a book with such rich combination. The way he wrote it creates a world where the readers are being involved in it. You can feel the crowded, suffocating situation of the train from Beijing to Xinjiang, exotism of India’s traditional wedding, and the innocence of Afghans in welcoming you to their houses.

The tales are written in a friendly way, both the upsides and the downsides, the laughter and the tears, exploring the culture and local values. It is a perfect collision between the adventures in foreign country and the normal life of the author in his hometown. The flow of this story is brilliantly twisted, the flashbacks were told in order to fill in the whole story.

It’s possible that the writer’s profession – a journalist and photographer – had made it easier for him to build such strong bonds with the locals and to earn exclusive photos. However, he didn’t label himself as a backpacker nor traveler, since the destinations weren’t his priority, but instead it was the meaning of the journey that he pursued. For instance, while he was in Himalaya and Pakistan, he learned from the monks, priests, and ulama, or several fellow travelers.

Here’s a lil bit preview:

Ground Zero is the beginning and ending. It started off from an urge to find the meaning of life through a journey, but it turns out, the meaning he’s been searching for was given by the mother, whom has never gone places, lying in bed, being sick.

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Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia:

Agustus 2013, 4 tahun yang lalu

Sepulangnya dari Mahameru, saya berkeliling toko buku untuk mencari buku travelling. Lalu saya terhenti pada tumpukan buku Agustinus Wibowo bersampul seperti hasil jepretan fotografer profesional, seorang anak sedang meloncat di udara. Review pada bagian belakang bukunya tertulis kata-kata seperti “Himalaya”, “Kashmir”, lalu  “…si musafir pun pulang  bersujud di samping ranjang ibunya.” Lekas-lekas saya buka karena penasaran, ini buku perjalanan menyusuri Jalan Sutra ataukah buku fiksi?

Betapa takjubnya saya ketika mendapati Agustinus menceritakan kisah perjalanannya yang sangat panjang, dari China sampai Afghanistan, beserta kisah pribadinya mencari makna kehidupan plus foto-foto luar biasa yang diambilnya sendiri selama perjalanan tersebut. Sungguh jarang mendapatkan buku dengan kombinasi yang sangat kaya di atas. Cara penulisannya membuat pembaca seperti merasakan ceritanya langsung, seperti penggambaran kereta Beijing – Xinjiang yang penuh sesak, pengkomersilan Tibet, pernikahan di India yang eksotis, hingga polosnya orang Afghanistan saat menjamu tamu.

Semuanya diceritakan dengan alami, tidak hanya bagian senang-senangnya saja, tetapi juga berani mengeksplor lebih lanjut sisi sosiologi penduduk lokal. Kombinasi yang apik antara pengalaman kemanusiaan selama perjalanan dengan kehidupan penulis di tanah air ditulis dengan alur bolak-balik , namun tidak membuat pusing, malah saling mengisi. Profesi wartawan dan fotografer memudahkannya untuk berinteraksi dengan warga lokal serta mendapatkan foto eksklusif. Agustinus bukanlah seorang yang melabeli dirinya backpacker atau traveler. Baginya destinasi bukanlah sesuatu yang paling penting. Makna dari perjalanan itulah yang harus dicari. Selama di Himalaya dan Pakistan misalnya, ia belajar banyak dari biksu, pendeta suci, alim ulama, bahkan dari sesama pejalan-pejalan lain.

Titik Nol adalah awal dan akhir. Dimulai dengan niat mencari makna kehidupan dengan melakukan perjalanan, tetapi justru maknanya dilengkapi oleh Ibunya sendiri yang tidak pernah kemana-mana, sedang terbaring sakit kanker.

 

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2 thoughts on “Titik Nol – Agustinus Wibowo

  1. firdauzagung says:

    Sampai sekarang saya masih penasaran dengan buku ini. Tapi, mau baca sepertinya di toko buku sudah jarang. Thank’s for reviewing this book. I think I will follow your blog. I’m a reader, too 🙂

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