Little India, Turkish Delight, Living in 'Gothic Times' & More: Endnotes 26 March

Little India, Turkish Delight, Living in 'Gothic Times' & More: Endnotes 26 March

Friday, 26 March, 2021

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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That cheerful, rainbow-colored facade above is found in Little India, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Singapore. It’s the former home of Tan Teng Niah, a Chinese businessman who owned candy factories nearby. The surrounding community mixes Hindu and Chinese temples with mosques and churches, all nestled up alongside food stalls, open-air shopping, artists spaces, and so many Indian restaurants along Serangoon Road and Race Course Road. For more, check out this walking tour from Visit Singapore.

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Alberobello, Italy. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Velghe/Unsplash.
  • BBC Culture examines why these are Gothic times. ‘If the 1970s (think the oil crisis, Watergate, a spike in “skyjackings”) primed readers to be receptive to such elements, it was a decade destined to be far outdone by the start of the 21st Century in terms of horror and upheaval (9/11, the global financial crisis, an intensified fear of climate apocalypse). The world seems to have grown only more uncertain in the years since, and it’s certainly tough to rival the age of Covid for gothic motifs made manifest. Claustrophobia? Try successive lockdowns spent working, learning, and socializing from home. Isolation? Ditto.’
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Lady Grace Drummond-Hay in the engine car of the LZ-127.
 

Wishing you just the right balance of excitement and peacefulness.

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