home away from home? Well that's exactly what our correspondent
representing www.chennaibest.com discovered, on his
exclusive assignment to cover Little India, Singapore.
The aromas wafting from the spice grinding machines, dotted
with resplendent Indian coloured buildings all through Serangoon
Road, seems almost as if you are back in Chennai. A cacophony
of colours, sounds and scents. You'll discover an array of
Indian silks, brassware and bangles, not to forget the authentic
south Indian restaurants and South Indian foreigners, dhoti-clad,
who don't even draw a second glance from the populace. In
a nutshell, everything one will probably find on the Chennai's
sidewalks. The ideal time to visit Serangoon Road would
be a Sunday, although it could prove to be a trifle crowded,
because that's when the Indian foreign workers do their weekly
If you are missing your everyday "sapad" on the plantain
leaf, Komala Vilas, the first Indian fast food joint
in Singapore, will come to your rescue, because they serve
exactly this. As our correspondent echoes, "Although
at the first glance one is sure to dismiss this as any other
ordinary south Indian restaurant, you would'nt feel the same
after you have tasted their lovely spread. In fact, if you
look around, you can even find a foreigner enjoying this four
course meal (using his hands, at that!) and burping satisfactorily".
However, this is not the only restaurant to choose from. There
are numerous other Indian restaurants out here, especially
south Indian, for the connoisseur
to feast on, like Annapurna's.
Just a little down the road is located The Mohammed Mustaffa
Centre, addressed often by Indian Singaporeans as the
"Mecca of India". You name it & it's here. Starting
right from fancy pens, to jewellery, electronic gizmos, designer
wear, eatables and believe it or not, even groceries are available
here. Its a one-stop-shop, where people clog on weekends to
replenish their stocks of various necessities. Conveniently,
Mustaffa Centre also acts as your money changer, for you can
change Indian money for Singapore dollars here, as our correspondent
did, for a few thousands of rupees ( 1.72 Singapore dollar
is exchangeable here for one U.S.D. and Rs 27/- is in turn
exchangeable for one Singpore dollar).
There are some jewellery stores here as well, but they don't
really match up to Chennai's G R Thangamaligai or
Lalitha's Jewellery or Vummudiyar's. Our correspondent
also came across silk saree stores christened Nalli's and
Kumaran's, who are branches of the original in Chennai.
the religious minded, there are even Hindu Temples here, the
most famous of them being Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
For Dassera and Diwali, this road has been spruced up and
decked with lights and other decoratives, making it look brighter
than ever before.All in all, it's a must see for all Indian
tourists, especially South-Indian ones.