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Monday, August 22, 2005

Mustafa - Shopping Can, Night Time Oso Have

That was my lame attempt at Singlish. Sunanda K Datta-Ray talks about the Indian craze for shopping:-

Our parliamentarians and officials are no better. I have met them shopping in Singapore on their way back to Delhi from Durban, and buying up London when ostensibly travelling from Delhi to Tokyo.

It is mainly for them that Mohammed Mustafa and Shamsuddin's emporium built a glittering new annexe, and keeps open round the clock.

Singapore's Little India, the seemingly rundown surrounding district dominated by the colourful gopurams of Hindu temples, thrives on Indian visitors. Hotels, travel agencies and currency dealers cater to their needs.

Add to that the fact that it's often cheaper to fly to Bangkok from Calcutta or Singapore from Madras than from Delhi to Bangalore, and you know why foreign shopping sprees are all the rage.

Greed provides the momentum for growth. But the fear ought to be banished. Mustafa's is Singapore's most steadily profitable emporium. Small Indian-run corner shops do brisk business, selling stationery, grocery, cosmetics and odds and ends.


  • this 24-hr opening time, made it easier for many visitors to shop, after finishing their day time tour around.

    good marketing strategy... since otherwise, the tourists had less time for shopping.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 4:51 PM  

  • KLs planning to open its malls longer as well for the tourist to shop.

    Love the title! ;p

    By Blogger visithra, at 5:32 PM  

  • @RamC,
    It has definitely a Win-Win for Mustafa and the tourists / customers.

    Makes lot of sense.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 6:01 PM  

  • Great Blog....

    By Blogger Sakshi, at 9:48 PM  

  • haha ,ur blog brought back lot of my singapore memories la
    can can la ;)

    By Blogger Ganesh, at 11:29 PM  

  • What does the title mean??

    I remember getting lost in Mustafa's when I visited Singapore back in 1990!.

    By Blogger tt_giant, at 8:20 AM  

  • Kaps,
    u know whn my relatives from India come to S'pore, they go to Mustafa at like 10pm (after their day's site seeing) and leave at 6 am. They do this everyday while they are here.If they dont get to go to Mustafa one nite, they feel like they havent eaten.

    I wonder what the fascination is!

    By Blogger Angelsera, at 9:32 AM  

  • @Sakshi,
    Thanks for dropping by

    When did u visit S'pore?

    @TT Giant,
    Singlish - Shopping Can, Night Time Oso Have
    English - You can shop during the night time as well (OSO = ALSO)

    Very true. I dunno what attracts people to that shop. Hv heard stories that lot of shoppers can be stopped even at 2/3 am.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:01 AM  

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