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A 'Banglatown' in London?

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“When others were saying ‘me-too!’
You persisted in saying ‘me-ow’
You invaded theneighbors’ catflaps
And left them wondering how.

To lay your claim to places
You marked them out with piss
Your feline airs and graces
Veiled the hypothesis

That cats are dormant tigers
Red in tooth and claw
Domestication covers
Obeisance to jungle law”
From Obituary for a Dead Cat Tr. By Bachchoo

On your visit to London, if you’ve stood before the Houses of Parliament; sorry that Big Ben is, for repairs, in purdah; if you’ve seen the Tower of London and snaked in queue to the inner sanctum for a glance at the Kohinoor; if you’ve been to the British Museum and marvelled at stolen art; if you’ve booked an Uber and the cab has gone to the wrong address — ummm — what is more you’ll be a man my… (sorry, wrong poem!)

What I meant to say was when you’ve done all these things you would be well advised to visit London’s Chinatown to savour the dim sum.

London also has a Little Venice, so named because a canal with boats runs through it and there is a Petty France, so named because of something you can, gentle reader, look up on Google. But those two are names of antiquity. “Chinatown” is a recent christening.

Changing names for political reasons is always questionable. From Bombay to Mumbai can be seen as a reclamation. Changing Allahabad to something else may not be.

And now some special community representatives of a special and notable part of........

© The Asian Age