It is almost hard to describe what a walk through Little India in Penang is like. One has to be there to experience the smell, sound, colour and the people. You can smell incense wafting through the air, spices too. Loud music blasting. Colours from the sarees and Punjabi suits, shops selling colourful bangles, flowers and generally, the whole place is colourful and lively.
I was there not as a tourist but was actually searching for a type of sugar. My kids love the cummin seeds with a little lump of sugar they ate at a North Indian restaurant. So, we trudged through shop after shop searching for that particular type of sugar.
However, the whole environment transported me in this ‘touristy feel’. It is like visiting a foreign country. I would recommend tourist to Penang to take a walk through Little India to feel that ‘ethnic’ touch. Who knows you may return with a saree or two. At the very least, buy some snacks like the murukku.
I hope to return to Little India and take a slow stroll one day.