Two worlds collided in Little India on the night of Dec 8.
The world we know is back in full control.
The charred remains of the violent riot have been cleared.
The police investigation and court proceedings are under way.
The Committee of Inquiry has been formed.
The leaders have spoken, as have Singaporeans on- and off-line.
Order has been restored.
The other world is back at work too, and likely back to Little India today though in much reduced numbers.
Thirty-three have been charged in court and they look set to face the full force of the law.
No matter how isolated the event was and how many were involved, it was traumatic for both worlds when, in that brief, mad moment, the two, locked in battle, became one.
But today, they are as distant as ever, perhaps even more so.
Let's face it - Singapore needs large numbers of cheap foreign labour to do the work its citizens do not want.