Surekha A. Yadav

Surekha A. Yadav

Born and bred in Singapore, Surekha A. Yadav is a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia.

Recent Opinions

  • 1 day ago

    Who likes short shorts?

  • 1 week ago

    Is Singapore what London ought to be?

  • 2 weeks ago

    When the race card is the only one being played

  • 3 weeks ago

    Calling time on National Service in Singapore?

More from Surekha A. Yadav

  • 4 weeks ago

    Finding Singapore in India

    JANUARY 20 — I am not an Indian. I am a Singaporean. I was born here and so were my parents.  Only on my father’s side can I find grandparents born in India, so yes there...

  • 1 month ago

    Singapore’s hawker heritage is more than just about food

    JANUARY 13 — So Singapore is bidding to have hawker food (in fact more broadly, Singapore’s hawker culture) inscribed on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This...

  • 1 month ago

    On being a weekday vegetarian

    JANUARY 6 — Meat. The flesh of an animal consumed for food. There is a massive variety of meat — from countless cuts of lamb and pork to more exotic delicacies like venison...

  • 1 month ago

    Five New Year's resolutions for me... and my country

    DECEMBER 30 ― The last few days of a year always feels both rushed and slow. Most offices in Singapore close for the week between Christmas and New Year's; unanswered emails are...

  • 1 month ago

    Who is responsible for security in public spaces?

    DECEMBER 23 — So a robot was deployed to enhance security at Hougang MRT station. A 1.6 metre-tall, relatively autonomous (there’s still a manned centre overseeing things),...

  • 2 months ago

    Something's wrong with Singapore’s Xmas lights

    DECEMBER 16 — Singapore’s iconic Orchard Road has been getting some flak.  Not only are retail sales declining as good old brick and mortar shops face an onslaught from...

  • 2 months ago

    Tension across the Causeway

    DECEMBER 9 ― Over the past few weeks, Malaysian authorities have issued new directives altering/extending the limits of Johor's port. Singapore claims that this extension now...

  • 2 months ago

    Should we only buy Asian?

    DECEMBER 2 — I’m struggling a bit with my new phone. Not exactly earth-shattering news but I’ve made the transition from Apple to Samsung/Android — and moving my WhatsApp...

  • 2 months ago

    And the next prime minister of Singapore is...

    NOVEMBER 25 — THE usually opaque crystal ball that predicts Singapore’s future cleared up for a moment last week and gave us (for an instant) a fairly clear picture of the...

  • 3 months ago

    Making Singaporeans better Samaritans

    NOVEMBER 18 — The other day some friends and I were driving home after 2am and frankly, I couldn’t wait to be in bed. However as we stopped at a traffic light in Bishan, we...

  • 3 months ago

    Deepavali is dying and we must save it

    Nov 11 — ON the eve of Deepavali this year, I woke up and dressed for the day; on a whim, I decided to inject some festive flair into my wardrobe by swapping my staple standard...

  • 3 months ago

    How does Singapore keep being “Singaporean”?

    NOVEMBER 4 — Every time I travel, and I find myself introducing myself as “Singaporean” I am often met with one of two common responses — on diametric opposite ends of the...

  • 3 months ago

    Singaporeans riding the escalator to prosperity

    OCTOBER 28 — Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has weighed into the issue on inequality in Singapore. Speaking at the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Policy...

  • 3 months ago

    Saving the world with my wallet

    OCT 21 — I shop a lot. Maybe an embarrassing and dangerous (for my credit card limits) amount. Sometimes I see an article about a person who has sworn off buying “stuff” and...

  • 4 months ago

    Towards a sharing Singapore

    OCTOBER 14 — THE “sharing economy” is a recent turn of phrase but one that has fast become indispensable. From bicycles to planes – most things can be shared with an app....