Mamak Store

The Abdul Kadir “Mamak Store” mural at Mohamed Ali Lane in Chinatown is based on my fond memories of the actual Abdul Kadir’s store in Sago Lane. My family used to call him “Tami” (Tamil). I remembered learning my first Tamil phrase “kalai vanakam” from him. When Sago Lane was demolished in 1984, Abdul Kadir moved his stall into the Chinatown complex and continued to run his business for another almost 3 decades before returning to India.

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