“A life that has spanned over 90 years does give you time to mull over some successes,” writes Tengku Dato’ Paduka Noor Zakiah Tengku Ismail in her self-titled memoir. Among those successes include being the first woman Bumiputera stockbroker, co-founding K&N Kenanga Sdn Bhd in 1973 with Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Taha, and seeing it morph into Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd, an award-winning independent investment bank. But Tengku Dato’ Paduka Noor Zakiah had quite the headstart in business. From selling jasmine garlands and sewing clothes as a child, she would eventually open her own dress shop, followed by a retail venture called Silver & Silk in the 1960s. Around this time, she started dabbling in the stock market, and would later acquire a stockbroking licence and co-found a stockbroking firm. The memoir also traces her roots to an 18th century Patani warlord and her connections with the Kelantan royal family, and charts her life in a rubber estate in Kelantan and beyond. It is not merely her story but the story of Kenanga, her family and the people and places that have shaped her into who she is today.