I had always heard a saying “wherever you go, you’ll find a sardarji there”. They will always be the first Indian or of Indian origin to arrive at a place and open a shop or earning their livelihood.
But I was wrong. The more places I visit, the more I am convinced that its Tamilians and not Sardarji’s. From Singapore, Europe, USA to Indonesia, Malaysia. They are everywhere. 🙂
Some cities of Malaysia have been greatly influenced by the dynasties of Portuguese & British who ruled there for decades or even centuries. The buildings, the architecture and the names of roads or buildings are testimonies to that. Still, Tamilians have influenced the local culture in more than one way.
For example, I do not understand why a word as simple as ‘shop‘ which is easier to read, write or speak, could not make it’s way into Malay dictionary and instead ‘Kedai‘, Tamil word for shop became popular leaving behind Chinese or local Malay.
The Tamil form 10% (15% in KL) of total population in that country, not that large number, yet we could see many Tamil words in day to day usage.
I am not a historian but a simple observant to notice it. In another post just to let you know, I’ll write down some words and their usage that we came across in that country.
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