Get ready to shake your heads and bop.

South Asian a cappella group, Penn Masala, takes us through an evolution of Bollywood music of hits from 1940 to 2013.

In their own words, they put this together to “celebrate the impact that Bollywood has had on our lives, and to pay tribute to some of the timeless classics that we, our parents, and grandparents love.”

Nicely done, boys.

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I’m featured at about 30 seconds and then again at about 2m 8s.

One Take: A Very Merry Tea Party

I went to a very Merry Tea Party.

One very Merry Saturday Afternoon

With Bling Things and Wings

And Tinkling Winkies and Drinks

The door was on the left

But it was right

So I left my worries

And went right in

Something was different

Because something was same

Everyone wore the same

A smile on every face

The Queen of Hearts

Was on a top hat

Yes, you heard right

Not the other way round

Many coloured butterflies

Flittered and danced

Above delirious mille crepes

And delightful Choux Pastry

Edible rings

Drinkable things

Pretty rings

Wearable things

Declare Your Truth

So Carrie K says

But what is truth

But what we feel?

Happy.

Like many Singaporeans, I was not at all pleased to read about the curry incident where a mainland Chinese family went to the Community Mediation Centre to ask that their Singaporean Indian neighbours stop cooking curry as they could not stand the smell. This was after the Indian family already bent over backwards agreed to cook curry with the windows and doors closed. When I cook curry, or anything for that matter, I leave my windows and even doors open as I live in a small space. I have a Singaporean Chinese neighbour (we often exchange food), Japanese, Indian Nationals and a Caucasian (I think Russian). No mainland Chinese neighbours though.

There has been an uprising on social media and as of Sunday afternoon (13th August) almost 30,000 people have agreed to a nationwide call to cook curry on 21st August. Thats great for showing our solidarity to our national identity of harmony, tolerance and mutual respect. I too am participating by cooking and attending a curry pot luck which I suggested to a group of friends.

However, what disturbs me is some of the sentiments against Chinese Nationals and Foreigners in general. One only has to look at “Cook a Pot of Curry” Page on Facebook and trawl through the comments. Many comments are negative and flame the Chinese National. Many of them call them to go back to their own country.

Now, I know for a fact not all Chinese Nationals in Singapore are like the infamous neighbours. So as a Singaporean, while I condemn this particular incident in terms of attitude and eventual decision by the Community Mediation Centre, I cannot judge all foreigners in Singapore, Chinese or otherwise.

I also look at the one condition the Indian family asked for when they were asked by Community Mediation Centre to cook curry only when their Chinese National neighbours were not at home. The Indian family’s one condition is that they wanted their neighbours at least give their curry a try.

So, in the spirit of this Singaporean Indian family, I say let’s use Curry to Unite and not divide. Let’s use curry to educate. Let’s go ahead full force next Sunday 21st August to “Cook a pot of curry” but let’s do so in a spirit of unity, inviting our Singaporean and non-Singaporean friends and neighbours to embrace our curries – Indian, Chinese, Malay or Eurasian and let’s use curry for positive change.

Food is one thing that unites us as Asians. Being invited to someone’s home is a big part of our Asian welcome.

If there are a few bad eggs, no problem. Just don’t use them in the curry 🙂

I’m looking forward to next Sunday. Yum.

It’s fleece was white as snow.

Tekka Market, Serangoon Road, Singapore – March 2010