He’s an excellent tale-weaver. – www.klue.com.my, July 2010.
“He would do well as a stand-up comedian.” – Daphne Lee, The Star, 19 June 2011
"The man behind Malaysia's interfaith tours." - Jennifer Pak, BBC News, 22 October 2013
"... the elusive, almost inconspicuous Uthaya Sankar SB, a man small in frame, large in intellect and conspicuous in his humility. ... gem of an authority on Malaysia’s national language." – Cine Fashion, April 2011
Uthaya Sankar SB is a Malaysian writer who writes in Bahasa Malaysia which he regards as his mother tongue.
"Many found his literary talents amazing." - Beboshini Unni, Malaysian Digest, 23 October 2013.
Many assume that he grew up in a Malay environment and that is the reason he can write and speak Bahasa Malaysia well. But that is far from the truth. He grew up in a village (Aulong Lama in Taiping, Perak) where the majority were Indians and there were only two Malay families. (theSun, 16 July 2009)
Sumati Muniandy (New Straits Times, 18 October 2016) recalls: “I asked famous writer Uthaya Sankar SB the secret of his ability to write in Bahasa Malaysia and English. He eloquently told me that his passion for reading is the ultimate secret for his successful career and he managed to carve a name in the writing industry.”
Uthaya’s criticisms of Tamil literature in Malaysia entitled “What Tamil Writers?” (New Straits Times, 11 February 2004) drew a response from R Karthigesu; and his article was aptly translated to Tamil for the benefit of Malaysian Tamil writers!
Dina Zaman calls him “honestly blunt” in an article she wrote in New Straits Times (4 July 2001) while Amir Muhammad refers to Uthaya as “one of our brightest literary stars and has won many awards” in The Edge (19 November 2001) and “a local Haruki Murakami” in News Straits Times (28 January 2005).
“Uthaya’s particular gifts lie in his narrative skill and playful deconstructions of the story form. He easily ranks among the finest writers in this country because his seriousness of purpose is wedded to an admirable lightness of touch. He has fun with the stories, and the fun is infectious” says Amir Muhammad in New Straits Times (13 February 2002) and “He has been one of our most prolific and consistent creative writers for over a decade” in Malay Mail (23 July 2008).
He is also known as “a writer who does not fail to capture the attention of his audience with his outspokenness and, not to forget, provocative introductions” as mentioned by Cheah Phaik Kin in New Straits Times (2 December 1998).
In Rachael Philip’s opinion, Uthaya is “Swaggeringly arrogant. Impudently bold. Undeniably talented. ... a regular bloke; no mood swings and eccentricities that regularly surround an author” as mentioned in New Straits Times (28 August 2005).
Bissme S refers to Uthaya as “one of the few active non-Malay writers known in the Malay literary circle” in The Sun (13 March 1999).
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