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Alpha (2019) is a Bangladeshi film, that shows the lives of the underprivileged living in Dhaka City. The film is made available online for free by the Federation of Film Societies of India. The story is about an “artist” (painter) living in a small hut in the middle of a dirty lake in the city. Alamgir Kabir has done the role of the artist well. His life is surrounded by labourers and the poor, who share a bonding in their struggle to make their ends meet. His character reminded me of the 1970s and 1980s Tamil movies that were about…

Today evening, a fascinating book introduction event took place at Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL), Taramani, Chennai. Titled “Sojourners to Settlers”, the two-volume book documents the lesser-known history and stories of the Tamil community in Southeast Asia and Singapore, which researchers now believe dates back over 2000 years. Slide-Deck: You can see the slides of the talk, thanks to Mr Arun Mahizhnan who readily shared me a copy.  ‘சஞ்சரிப்பவர்கள் முதல் குடியேறிவர்கள் வரை – தென்கிழக்கு ஆசியா மற்றும் சிங்கப்பூரில் தமிழர்கள்’ Edited by my well-wisher and friend Mr Arun Mahizhnan, Deputy Director of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Ms Nalini Gopal of…

From the time you set foot in Singapore, the Island city impresses you with their urban planning and world-class infrastructure. This continues till you leave the city through the Changi Airport. Recently, Changi Airport had constructed a new attraction called “Jewel Changi”, it is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex in Changi Airport, Singapore, linked to three of its passenger terminals. Its centrepiece is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which is surrounded by a terraced forest setting. Early this week (13th May 2019) on the day we were leaving Singapore, we reached the Changi Airport, 6…

Early this week (13 May 2019) when I was in Singapore with family, we went to Gardens by Bay. Gardens by the Bay is a recent attraction added to the tourist map in Singapore. It is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The place is a bit outside the city centre, so you will be better taking a taxi, you can go by MRT but you need to be ready for a 25 to 30 minutes walk from the nearest train station – I didn’t do my homework…

Many years ago, on a friend’s recommendation, I had visited the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, located opposite the Singapore Cricket Club. I have been wanting to visit again and got that opportunity last week (8 May 2019) when I was on a vacation with family to the Island City. As a family of four, we enjoyed spending the 4 hours+ we spent there seeing the exhibits and learning so much about Asian cultures including Indian culture and religions. Unlike many of the museums, ACM has done a great job on the title card below every exhibit and posters on…