Little India & Indian Customs, Singapore
SARI Traditional Indian outfit which is a five and a half metre piece of fabric draped around of the body of a woman tied like a pleated skirt with one end of the fabric thrown over the shoulder.
CHOLI short-fitting blouse worn with the sari
POTTU A mark worn on the forehead by Indian women, a symbol of Hinduism and marriage.
I love the diversity of Singapore. Parts of it are just like any big Western city but travel 10 minutes on the MRT and you can imagine you have been transported to the Indian sub-continent or China.
Fondest memory: Walking around the ethnic areas watching how people live their lives and make a living.
Favorite thing: Little India is definitely one of my favorite areas in Singapore…the sights, sounds and smells are like nowhere else in Singapore, a true cultural oasis in this vast mega-metropolis. I can spend hours walking around the small neighborhood because the people are absolutely fascinating and the life in the streets is so energetic... The markets are alive with people morning, noon and night and there always seems to be music playing…
GANESHA: The elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Prosperety, the Remover of Obstacles.
SHIVA: The destroyer in the hindu Trinity
KALI: The hindu Goddess of power, the consort of Shiva
Kwan Yin: The Goddess of mercy
Murugan: The second son of God Shiva
Words and pictures are not suitable for this memory - we need Smellovision!
Walking around Little India one day, I smelt the most fragrant aroma and it stopped me in my tracks.
I looked inside the small shop and saw a number of large grinding machines where fresh spices were being ground, ready to be added to Indian dishes. The smell was heavenly.
Almost all of the Indian in Singapore can understand and speak english, but their mother tounge is Tamil. There are also some with malay mother tounge.
Tamil are widely spoken in South India and below listed some common vocab. Just to share these words since I am taking basic Tamil class in school..
vanakkam - Hello/good morning/good afternoon/good evening/good night..
nanri- thank you
itu enna velli- this one how much
ventum- dont want
teriyatu- dont know
enakku koli coru venum- to me, chicken rice wanted (weird right? there is not 'I want chicken rice' in Tamil)
After a semester of classes, I found that Tamil is a very hard to learn language, harder than english, chinese or malay at least. There are different word for I eat, you eat, she eats,he eats, it eats, they eat... the categories involved are more than in english he/she/it and I/ you/we/they.
Favorite thing: In Little India you see India. The most inhabitants are Indians. All kinds of shops satisfy their need in life, but also tourists' curisity.
Fondest memory: Litle India is one of the most colourful areas of Singapore. I think this picture was taken in Buffalo Road.