Background to the story
This story was inspired by a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and an encounter with a stranger.
Descending from the observation deck of the Petronas Twin Towers, I was ambling around the central business district.
Without any particular destination in mind, except a vague notion that I’d like to find some traces of the city I first encountered in 1972. A tall order as there has been such a radical transformation of Kuala Lumpur, some of it highly successful. I remember the beautiful colonial home occupied by a Sikh family, on Jalan Ampang, where I spent several intriguing days back. I couldn’t find it the area having been absorbed into the Central Business District. So, I took to reading streets sign and looking at the architecture.
Street signs often offer a clue as to what was there beforehand.
This story formed part of my online reading of 13 December, 2021.