Lost without Little India visit

Lost without Little India visit

To them, Little India is for the important tasks: Remit money, visit the temple and buy clothes.

But they could not do these things on their only day off last Sunday - they had been told by their employers and dormitory management to stay away from the area.

A construction worker staying on Jurong Island was seen at a Boon Lay park with five friends. Mr Senthil usually goes to Little India to meet his colleagues, who stay in Tuas.

"I feel a little lonely," said the 26-year-old.

Loneliness was also an issue for workers at Homestay Residences in Kaki Bukit.

Mr Raja, a 24-year-old construction worker, has two older brothers in Singapore, also working in construction.

"If I don't go to Little India, I can't meet them," he said.

But the workers still made the most of their rainy day off.

Armed with takeaway food and a can of Baron's Strong Brew each, Mr Raja huddled with two dormitory friends under the Bartley Road East Viaduct.

"We only drink on Sundays, not other days," Mr Raja said.

Nearby, five friends from Homestay, Pioneer and Joo Chiat dormitories ate and drank.

"Now, all of us meet here. But Little India is better. There are many Indian men, whereas here we only know a few people," said Mr Chiwaj, a 24-year-old construction worker.

Over at the Penjuru Tech Hub, where there is a coffee shop which caters mostly to workers, briyani stall manager Ashok Chandran, 34, said slightly more workers than usual showed up yesterday.

Crowd

"We usually see many of them the first and second weeks after they get paid. Today is the third week, we usually don't see this many," he said, pointing to the coffee shop, which was three-quarters full.

But this could also be because of the rain, that "they come and sit inside".

Shipyard workers Mr Raj, Mr Poobalan, Mr Rajasekar and Mr Mohan said their employers told them not to go to Little India for the time being.

"But we don't usually go there anyway, it's too far away," they said.

And with soft drinks, water and a bottle of $36 brandy from the coffee shop, they toasted Mr Mohan's 27th birthday.


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