Every Sunday, Singapore’s Little India district comes alive as south Indian foreign workers take their weekly leave and meet up with friends after a physically backbreaking week It is an important time for bonding and socialising, and mentally fortifying each other through these activities, for these mainly males who have crossed the Indian Ocean and left their families back in the Indian subcontinent to make money in a foreign land.
Here is a photoessay of the scene in Little India on a typical Sunday.
A mainstay along Little India is Azmi Keema Chapati, prepared by a group of South Indian Muslims. The uncle doesn’t much like photos to be taken, and waves us away after this photo is taken.
Gold is a particularly important cultural item in South Asian culture, which explains the presence of the Soon Huat Gold trading company at the heart of Little India.
Viewed from above, the first floor of Tekka Complex is a wet market. A chinese store owner opens his store late to sell fish to foreign workers who combine their expenditures with their colleagues to buy fish for a few good meals over the next few days.
A stone’s throw away from the mutton and fish store is a beef store. The owner is standing around and looking. Beef does not sell in Little India on a Sunday as most of the buyers then are Hindus. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu tradition. The store keeper has not put any beef on his shop front and is probably watching the crowd.
The food centre at Tekka Market open with food stores selling a huge variety of South Indian food. Street food of Indian origin in Singapore tends to be South Indian in origin, while restaurant food tends to be North Indian in origin.
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