“No man can become rich himself without enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), Industrialist and Philanthropist.

In 2011, thefourlobes was launched as an initiative to spur writing talents by serving as a platform to display literary works and go with the tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Exploring Perspectives”. The word “phenomenal” wasn’t the right word to describe the response towards thefourlobes that resided at the address https://thefourlobes.wordpress.com but nevertheless, someone noticed us, commented and contributed. To us, these little comments and views are acknowledgements of our efforts, contributions are bonus on the side.

Now, thefourlobes returns with a new season (taking the form of three months from May to July like thefourlobes 2011) branded as “thefourlobes 2012” with a new theme “Reaching Minds, Enriching Lives” that complements the founding tagline. As most of our writers, especially the four founding writers, and readers are now post-SPM examination students, they are now either on their way or already in the next phase of life-the pre-university life. There were differences among the journeys of these people: some of them have gone abroad to continue their studies; some of them obliged and conducted their national service duties; some of them started pre-university studies in local private colleges; some of them killed the vacant time between end of examination and release of examination results by taking up part-time jobs etc.

And we embrace and celebrate those differences. And we believe that through reality tale-telling, we can inspire people to aspire, hence the enrichment of life.

Like last year, thefourlobes would not be a periodical publication, but depends on material availability basis. If we have materials, we would publish it, and if we don’t, then there’s no publication for that day (or week, but we do try our best to produce at least one per week). Our materials would mainly from contributions by invited writers (and hopefully readers as well) but we would source out to online-published articles that are relevant to the thefourlobes’ theme.

thefourlobes wouldn’t go commercialised or having any advertisements on the pages. In other words, all the efforts are in the name of volunteerism.

Last words: Do write in to us at thefourlobes@gmail.com and share your work or story with everyone. And keep the literary passion burning in you!

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