Yes, Maam it is.
youre quite popular here.
love Hindi movies and all the heroes have that name.
with a big broad smile she said, Welcome to Singapore.
I almost gave her my autograph.
ask an Indian in Singapore whether he is Indian. My Punjabi colleague
from Delhi did the unforgivable. He asked the Sardarji concierge
at the hotel, Indian?
came the reply in an ugly tone and a nasty look.
in Singapore, try picking up the Singaporean accent. It is really
very easy and a lot of fun too. Simply put a lah at
the end of every sentence of English and, voila, youve got
it. Like the Singapore Tourism Board would say, Live it up
in Singapore! (lah).
old Peter Chan and his wife have heard of India.
I met them in the A/C metro train service one morning. Your
country, too much fighting, too much problems lah. I nodded
my head vigorously.
is a very fine city lah. Vigorous nodding again. You
have fine for spitting, fine for throwing trash, fine for urinating.
Fine for everyone lah.
very fine lah lah.
dead than corrupt is the adage to be remembered while on business
in Singapore. My Chinese friend Kelvin Wee told me of an incident
where a prominent minister was caught in the act. The rumour had
started on a Wednesday. Thursday proved that the minister had, indeed,
been bribed. Friday, he was summoned. Saturday, he was found dead.
Premier (former) Lee advised that the most honourable way for the
minister was to commit suicide; else it would be ensured that from
generation to generation, the ministers family would live
in humiliation in Singapore. The honorable minister wisely put a
bullet through his head. Desi Babus, hope youre listening.
drivers in Singapore are a totally different breed from their counterparts
in Mumbai or Delhi. We found them to be helpful, courteous and honest.
An expat friend told us how one of them refused to charge the fare
because a wrong turn taken by him had inconvenienced his passengers.
A taxi driver taking you for a ride would be quite a rarity in Singapore.
carrying deodorants in your hand baggage while checking in at Changi
Airport. We discovered the unpleasant when we had to surrender five
bottles to security. The stuff is being sold in all your duty-free
counters, I protested. Besides, you permit one litre
of alcohol, which is more inflammable than a deo. This is cheating,
you can at least warn passengers in advance.
complain to the government, said the guard. No, Ill
prefer to make a donation to your government, I muttered.
cant help, but appreciate the way Singapore is marketed. At
times, it seems as if the entire population is involved in the task.
My taxi driver asked me, Are you a businessman, sir.
I work for a newspaper.
you go back sir, please write something good about Singapore.
reaching my destination.
my repetition sir, but please write good about Singapore.
promised him I would.