Singapore Shelf

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MARRIAGE AND MUTTON CURRY
MARRIAGE AND MUTTON CURRY
SINGAPORE 1819: A LIVING LEGACY
SINGAPORE 1819: A LIVING LEGACY
JOURNEYS: TAMILS IN SINGAPORE
JOURNEYS: TAMILS IN SINGAPORE
THE OTHER LADIES OF MYANMAR
THE OTHER LADIES OF MYANMAR
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MARRIAGE AND MUTTON CURRY

By M. Shan-mughalingam

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 217 pages/$18.90 before GST/ Major bookstores

The Malaysian writer's debut short story collection centres on the Jaffna Tamil community. A couple try to survive World War II, the wife donning a kimono and opening the door to the Japanese while her Anglophile husband hides in his car; a civil servant proposes to a woman in his Sri Lankan home town mere minutes after meeting her; two sisters share a husband when one fails to produce a child.

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SINGAPORE 1819: A LIVING LEGACY

By Kennie Ting

Talisman Publishing/ Hardcover/ 192 pages/$27.10 before GST/ Major bookstores

Ting, the Asian Civilisations Museum director, is wide-ranging in this retrospective on Singapore history, which takes in a diversity of aspects, from architecture to culture to flora and fauna.

JOURNEYS: TAMILS IN SINGAPORE

By Murugaian Nirmala

Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 316 pages/ $30/ Major bookstores

The former Tamil Murasu editor takes a detailed look at the arrival of the Tamils in Singapore from the 19th century and the community's growth.

There are sections dedicated to different groups - Ceylon Tamils, Chettiars, Indian Babas and Nonyas and Tamil Muslims - as well as rarely seen photographs of early Tamils from the archives.

THE OTHER LADIES OF MYANMAR

By Jennifer Rigby

Iseas Publishing/ Paperback/ 127 pages/ $19.90/ Iseas Bookshop (30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace) and Books Kinokuniya

In the wake of Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi's rise to power and the subsequent criticism she has faced for ignoring the plight of the persecuted Rohingya minority, British journalist Rigby looks at the "other ladies" of Myanmar who are speaking out and pushing for change, from activists to an acid attack survivor.

Olivia Ho

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe Topics:
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