Sweet touch to building bridges

A Chetti family in 1900s Singapore opened their home to neighbours, showering them with homemade kueh and drinks every day at teatime

My great-grandaunt, as early as in the 1900s, instilled in our family the value of good neighbourliness through her storied Indian Peranakan kueh treats - a fast-fading legacy of a minority group within a minority group.

Madam Nayagi Packrisamy, born in the late 1800s, was a force of nature - and nurture - who took my grandmother Letchimi and grandaunts Salachi and Thangam under her wing in a commodious bungalow in Siglap Road, after my maternal great-grandmother died in the earlier part of the 1900s.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'Sweet touch to building bridges'. Print Edition | Subscribe