New York Calling - Book Launch & Photography Exhibition


Dear readers,

I first met the author of "New York Calling" in 2020 during a recreational football session he hosted. Ever since, we've developed a friendship especially when FMCO pushed us into isolation where we would have discussions over Google Meet and Clubhouse for the sake of our sanity.

Before he left for New York, we had a chat over chicken rice and I got food poisoning and he didn't - a clear sign that he was ready for the Empire State.

He came back, wrote a book which I voted to be named 'New York Khalling' but he didn't go with my vote. Looking back, I'm glad he didn't! So when he was mulling over doing a book launch, I was like, "Oh, I have done one book launch before!" and decided to volunteer my services not that he needed it with Ahnaf being his right (and left) hand man. 

One of my photo at the exhibition, sold

Over time, Khal had the idea of showcasing a photography exhibition of New York which fits into the theme of his book “New York Calling”.

Knowing that I have also set foot in the Big Apple, he casually asked me to upload some photos onto the Google Drive. Lo and behold, my very amateur (sumpah memang tak layak) photos made it into the exhibition alongside professional and semi-professional photographers’ works. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling to be given such a privilege but what shocked me the most was when I found out that one of my photographs was purchased by an art enthusiast! Never in my wildest dreams have I ever imagined this!

Thank you so much to Khal and Ahnaf for the honor to be part of yesterday and insyaAllah, to also be part of Recreational Readings, an upcoming publishing company with you guys. Definitely looking forward to that!

I only look fierce, but I really am not!

About Khalilul Rahman
Khalilul Rahman is a community sports activist, mental health advocate, and now an author based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also the founder of, a Malaysian football collective of activists & bloggers with the intent to get people to get involved with the sport and to build communities, and the secretary general of the Malaysian Association of Recreational Sports.

With love,

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