Singapore's Oldest Communities
Dawoodi Bohra Community
Ruqaiyah Mamajiwalla was a 'miracle' for her mother, who had been told not to have children because she had a weak heart. But her conservative father wished for a boy to take over the family business.
When Singapore-born Jew Harry Elias was five years old, the only times he got glimpses of his elder brothers were when he hung around Rex Cinema in MacKenzie Road.
Globally, the Parsi community is shrinking so fast from an ever-declining birth rate that India is now campaigning for Parsis to make childbearing a duty.
The first song that Dr Sharifah Mariam Aljunied learnt was not Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but the chorus of the Arabic "sung poem" called the Qasidah Burdah, which is in praise of God.
Armenian violinist and music teacher Ani Umedyan has lived here since 2008, but still thinks it strange when Singaporeans ask: "Have you eaten?"