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Streets and Places in the Story
Even though Dharma’s Chariot is set in 2006, the story frequently takes us back in time to Palaniappan’s life in Singapore in the 1960s-90s.
Here are some online resources that will tell you more about the various streets and places mentioned in the story, most of which are rich in history – a few, like the Cockpit Hotel and the Bidadari Cemetery at Mount Vernon, no longer exist.
North Bridge Road, p.14, 20
Arab Street, p.14
Arab Street, p.14 (2)
Market Street, p.15, 16 & 24
Sultan Mosque, p.19
Islamic Restaurant, p.19 & 23
Islamic Restaurant, p.19 & 23 (2)
Cockpit Hotel, p.21
River Valley Road, p.21
River Valley Road, p.21 (2)
Attar (perfume) shop, p.23
Attar (perfume) shop, p.23 (2)
Unani Dawakhana (traditional medicine) shop, p.23:
A traditional medicine shop, Unani Medical Hall, can still be found in Golden Landmark Shopping Centre at Arab Street.
Malabar Mosque on Victoria Street, p.24
Malabar Mosque on Victoria Street, p.24 (2)
Bidadari Cemetery at Mount Vernon, p.25
Bidadari Cemetery at Mount Vernon, p.25 (2)
Check out NLB’s Curiocity, to find out more about Kampong Glam’s streets and landmarks.
One Story is a multilingual publication project with the objective to allow greater readership outside of the language community it was originally written for. It also aims to spark a common literary conversation amongst all readers regardless of language. The chosen story for 2020 is Dharma’s Chariot by Sithuraj Ponraj and will run from 1 August to 12 October 2020.
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