Between a small conversation and a serious idea, one thing led to another … and then I was on the plane to experience my own sling. Singapore was never on my travel list but here I was, heading to Chinatown to explore yet another spot in this city of cultural heterogeneity.
I exited the MRT station and just after I turned the corner, a beautiful façade caught my attention. It wasn’t one of those innovative architecture that Singapore boasts of, but an array of shutter windows from the buildings that lined the street! Uninhibited and alluring, they confidently pulled out the walls and streets from the ordinariness. Each window is unique enough to demand a fresh scrutiny.
Oh! how many stories and nuggets must peep out of them! Who knows which interesting ones breezed their way into from the outside world, the panes flapping gently to embrace them with open arms. Unbeknownst to them, the shutter windows have laid themselves bare as a slice of heritage.
Holding so much character in their sway and in the closed shutters, these windows have always been a hallmark of the old time architecture in eastern parts of Asia (think West Bengal, back home). In Chinatown, they all blend beautifully with the modern world – most buildings are a host to a café, store or a nice office.
I had come to this locality to experience the famed hawker food, the bazaars and scout around for cute little china and curios and instead found myself speaking to these windows.
Presenting, a few frames from the window walk.