A Home Away From Home Part 3

Manual worker along Clive Street, Little India

Manual worker along Clive Street, Little India

First of all I must apologize for the lengthy gap in the updates (nearly a month I think!) – I’ve had a personal crisis going on now (something that I’m not at liberty to share at the moment) so things are a bit held up right here, but we’re back now to our regularly scheduled programming. After all, one can’t dwell forever in a state of limbo, and when the chips are down, photography becomes an outlet to express, a valve to release, a place of quiet contemplation, which was in the first place, the original reason for taking pictures.

Pigeon in flight, Little India, Singapore

Pigeon in flight, Little India, Singapore

Man sizing up a pair of jeans. Little India, Singapore

Man sizing up a pair of jeans. Little India, Singapore

Foreign workers relaxing along the sidewalk on a Sunday in Little India, Singapore

Foreign workers relaxing along the sidewalk on a Sunday in Little India, Singapore

The best place for an unparalleled time and experience of unbridled street photography is none other than the streets of Little India, where if you are not of the Indian race, you will feel like a tourist traipsing through the narrow and exotic streets which make up this quaint, yet familiar enclave of the Indian population in Singapore, both local and foreigners. Exotic because this is like no other place in modern built up Singapore; familiar because after all, this is still Singapore.

Along Clive Street, Little India

Along Clive Street, Little India

Men rushing to enjoy the day off in Little India, Singapore

Men rushing to enjoy the day off in Little India, Singapore

3 men around a pillar. Little India, Singapore

3 men around a pillar. Little India, Singapore

On this particular Sunday weeks ago, when I walked the streets in contemplation and deliberation, my senses were once again overwhelmed progressively as God decided to bless me with various little snippets of life, and more importantly, opened my eyes and placed me at the right time and place to marvel at the vast tapestry of life in this place.

Men buying jeans. Little India, Singapore

Men buying jeans. Little India, Singapore

$5 SGD for a pair of jeans. Little India, Singapore

$5 SGD for a pair of jeans. Little India, Singapore

One of the most interesting places I discovered is this “Beer Garden” where men (I didn’t see any women at all) gathered to drink, eat, snack, watch a public TV broadcast, or simply to mill around and make small talk.

Men watching a public TV broadcast. Little India, Singapore

Men watching a public TV broadcast. Little India, Singapore

Relaxing after a long week of work. Little India, Singapore

Relaxing after a long week of work. Little India, Singapore

Grabbing a drink at Beer Garden

Grabbing a drink at Beer Garden

The camaraderie is evident even among men and our avian friends, the ever present pigeons.

Man and pigeon. Little India, Singapore

Man and pigeon. Little India, Singapore

The pigeons get to occupy one table too!

The pigeons get to occupy one table too!

A flight of pigeons overhead this eating place in Little India, Singapore

A flight of pigeons overhead this eating place in Little India, Singapore

As I have mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2, the people in Little India are mostly oblivious to photography, and even if they did notice, more often than not I am greeted with friendly smiles. Street photography is certainly not the sterile affair it can sometimes become when people are too overly suspicious of you…..

A friendly group of Indians responding to being photographed.

A friendly group of Indians responding to being photographed.

Prata man, Little India, Singapore

Prata man, Little India, Singapore

Good friends spending time on a Sunday outing to Little India, Singapore

Good friends spending time on a Sunday outing to Little India, Singapore

Spending time with fellow countrymen in a foreign land. Little India, Singapore

Spending time with fellow countrymen in a foreign land. Little India, Singapore

That’s all I have for this update. Do remember to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on foreign workers in Singapore. Do watch out for the next post here – updates will be more frequent now! (Edit: Part 4 is now online!)

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