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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Twilight in Little India

I like Singapore's Little India.  A lot.

In fact, I think it's one of the island state's coolest boroughs and best tourist attraction.  Much of that has to do with the (slightly more) hands-off approach by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Singapore Tourism Board, both entities that have shamefully destroyed the core essence of their Chinatown and have reduced that district to a hollow shell now synonymous with kitschy (that is, fake) aesthetics.

But for some reason, and I do fervently want to believe this, perhaps lessons were learned from the Chinatown saga and therefore Little India is, for the moment, spared from most of the government's relentless march towards gross gentrification and meaningless, unnecessary "upgrades."  The area, with Serangoon Road still as its main thoroughfare, is an organic combustion of riotous colours, blaring music, emphatic chatter, religious chants, distinct aromas, megawatt-ed stores, rose-lit brothels, colonial architecture, and a glorious plethora of street food and restaurants serving authentic comfort cuisine from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and all their respective regions.
Here are some of the sights from a recent evening's walk along Chander Road, topped off with a fantastic dinner at Swaadhisht Restaurant, renowned for its Kerala-based dishes.

Swaadhisht Restaurant - 47 Chander Road,Little India,Singapore. Telephone +65 6392 0513


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