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Popagandhi | Too much coffee since 2003

Two years ago I found out I have an autoimmune disease. I will always have it. It changed everything about my life from what I do for money to ...

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    In Small Rooms with Betawi Women

    popagandhi.com 27 Apr '16, 1pm

    Not for the first time, I found myself in a tiny room on a hot day, the youngest among old women. Each with a different thing to say to me, also the only person not from around these parts. “You’re so old now! And unmarried!” “Your hair is too white! Eat more soy beans!” One woman rub...

  • When I Was Young

    popagandhi.com 21 Apr '16, 10am

    I’m seated now by the side of an old vending machine in Jakarta airport, with power sockets so dirty and old I had to think twice about plugging my cables in. Yet in all of Terminal 1, one of the oldest airport terminals in a country not known for modern aviation facilities, there was...

  • An Indian Decade

    popagandhi.com 02 Feb '14, 5pm

    As a wee child in Varanasi before I threw away my backpacker wardrobe. I’ve been coming and going from India for the last ten years. In 2004 I started to hatch the first plans to flee the terrifying life laid out for me — that of a student in a Singapore university, doomed for the cor...

  • All In

    popagandhi.com 06 May '14, 12pm

    Write clear, concise emails. I wish I knew it earlier, but learning to ask for things clearly and briefly is a life skill. Talk about money without feeling weird. I don’t know about you, but I used to find it difficult to talk about money. Expected compensation, ballpark estimates, mo...

  • This Morning’s Downtown Line Tragedy

    popagandhi.com 18 Jul '12, 8pm

    It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. This morning, we awoke to tragic news that two workers had died while building the Downtown Line in Bugis. They were buried alive by cement while pouring wet concrete into a mould. The scaffolding collapsed. They were stuck in the cemen...

  • India, I am curious: why do so many of you google "naked Indian aunties" and end up on my blog,

    Footloose again

    popagandhi.com 06 Jul '12, 9am

    1. I must watch too many scifi movies. I’d rarely been convinced of the malleability of time, but these days I measure out everything in two-week units. Time seems to race ahead of me. It always has, now more than before. 2. When I say these days , I don’t mean it facetiously. Yes, I ...

  • Life Is Short. Have A Kit Kat.

    popagandhi.com 27 Oct '13, 3pm

    Wherein the real gross monthly income of our lowest 20th percentile of employed residents rose only 0.1% each year from 2002 to 2012 (link ) Where an estimated one-quarter of Singapore households would be under the poverty line, if we indeed had one (link ) Where his Ministry’s profes...

  • Someone I know almost got scammed into coming to SG on a fake work permit. Here’s how to get help.

    A Public Service

    popagandhi.com 08 Sep '12, 9pm

    Recently, a friend from Bangalore messaged me on Facebook and asked me for some help. Her family friend, who was not very educated, had paid a lot of money to an agent in Bangalore to get work in Singapore. He had his work permit issued, and was told to leave for Singapore as soon as ...

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