Little India, A Lot to Offer
I haven't tested this theory with an actual thermometer but I reckon Little India is always a few degrees hotter than the rest of Singapore. The crowds and the pungent smell of flowers, rich curries and frying prata all contribute to this feeling. In some places pedestrians are forced into the streets because the sidewalks are taken up by racks of DVDs, glass cases filled with phone cards and mobile phones, carts selling garlands of fresh flowers and men sitting at sewing machines doing repairs while-you-wait. On Sundays, Little India's streets are even more crowded than usual - that's the day most Indian and Bangladeshi construction workers have off. If you're in Singapore and, like me, you find yourself missing that crush of color, taste of curry and hum of activity that is uniquely Indian, Little India should help tide you over until your next visit. While you're there, grab a bite at Anjappar (102 Syed Alwi Road) and visit the sprawling Mustafa Centre for groceries, toiletries, saris, jewelry and anything else you can dream up.