Festivals : Diaspora markers of the Past

On a crowded Deepawali or Hari Raya eve in Little India, we can observe a sea of humanity passing by, the excitement palpable in the air and faces gleaming with joy. Festivals in Singapore serve as cornerstones of a multicultural society founded on respect for different beliefs and cultural affiliations.Various communities and sub groups within … More Festivals : Diaspora markers of the Past

A different SG50 Cultural Dialogue: Bicara Titian Budaya in Kuala Lumpur

On the 12th of December, Poets, Actors and Playwrights from Malaysia and Singapore met at a fancy art gallery Blackbox Publika in tony Jalan Dutamas area in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the role of the arts to foster community and social engagement in the SG50 spirit. This Artsy day event was sponsored by the Ministry … More A different SG50 Cultural Dialogue: Bicara Titian Budaya in Kuala Lumpur

India-Singapore Relations: Time to move beyond Infrastructure and Finance?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Singapore on the 23rd November for a State Visit to Singapore in a longer follow up visit to earlier on this year when he visited the island city state to join other world leaders after the founding father of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew passed away. The general discourse around … More India-Singapore Relations: Time to move beyond Infrastructure and Finance?

Mobile, Mustafa and the Migrant in Singapore: Side-notes from the Globalization Narrative

It was a crowded Sunday evening (as usual) in Singapore’s Little India area at one of the major bus stops perpendicular to the iconic Mustafa Centre on Syed Alwi Lane, the retail cathedral of the South Asian Migrant, which is also an organizing node for social interactions on the weekly off for the migrant worker. … More Mobile, Mustafa and the Migrant in Singapore: Side-notes from the Globalization Narrative

The Food Court

“Have you eaten” or “Makan Sudah” in Bahasa Melayu is often heard from friends here in Singapore exemplifies the value of eating out to socialising and community building in Singapore. The cacophony of sounds from a smattering of Hokkein  at the noodle soup hawker stall to Tamil and Urdu at the Indian Halal corner dishing … More The Food Court