By Greg Sheridan
Skillfully combining journalism with go back and forth writing, a veteran reporter attracts on 30 years of reporting in Asia to make clear the swiftly altering towns of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Hanoi, and Saigon. The heritage, humans, religions, and economies of every burgeoning urban are mentioned, in addition to how the actual dynamic makeup of every coexists and clashes with the intrusions of a bigger nationwide id. additionally incorporated are measured insights in regards to the starting to be presence of Islamic fundamentalism in Southeastern Asia.
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The waiters now are still Chinese, still in uniforms of white shirts and black trousers, but of a completely different generation, perhaps the old guy’s great-greatgrandchildren. But they maintain his fine tradition of sturdy gruffness towards all customers. It’s one of the few places in touristconscious KL that has a lot of foreign visitors and no pretence at modern service standards. I love the Coliseum Cafe. Fortified by our caffeine injections we head down to Jalan Masjit India (Jalan means ‘street’, so the name is literally ‘Street of the Indian Mosque’), the heart of Little India itself.
It is a small paperback printed on ancient, grey paper. I open it at random and read the following passage: ‘I returned with the most irritating and intolerable itching on the third quadrant of my inner groin. ’ Is it genetically possible for anyone other than an Indian to write a sentence like that? Jessie then goes on a food buying spree. Jessie is slim and beautiful and no matter what she eats she remains that way. (I, on the other hand, only need to nod at a coffee and cake and resemble immediately, as she so kindly puts it, a ‘double Dunlop’).
After lunch the four of us tramp around the main historic sites—Dutch, Portuguese, English. The old gothic ruin has a commanding view out over the Straits of Melaka, one of the busiest trade waterways in the world. The hilltop also contains a former tomb of St Francis of Assisi, for a while his body was kept here and then later taken away. Melaka has had a housing boom and there are new condos and resorts. qxd 11/12/03 11:24 AM Page 49 modern, multi-storey shopping complex and look in on the bookstore to see if it stocks any of Chris’s novels.
Cities of the Hot Zone: A Southeast Asian Adventure by Greg Sheridan