• Book “Sojourners to Settlers” introduction at Roja Muthiah Library, Chennai
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    2000 years of Tamil connections with Singapore and Southeast Asia

    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 Indian Heritage Centre (இந்திய மரபுடைமை நிலையம்) the book has several…

  • Jewel Changi Airport
    Travel Review

    Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

    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 hours earlier than our flight departure so that we can…

  • Gardens by Bay, Singapore
    Travel Review

    Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

    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 off 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 so I had to drag my wife and kid…

  • Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
    Travel Review

    Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

    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 every hall, they explain clearly about the item we are…

  • Travel Review

    Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore

    We all have heard of Singapore being called a concrete jungle, it is famous for its malls and shopping and not known for anything natural. I never knew before this week that Singapore had a tropical rainforest and a hill in the city. Last week (12 May 2019) while travelling in Singapore with family, we went to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore – the trek and the park were tranquil and peaceful, and we loved it. Unbelievable such a place exists in Singapore. We went for an easy trek, which was a nice and comfortable trek, about 3 to 5 Kilometres. Remember, to reach there early in the morning to…