TOURING the vibrant Little India is now easier following the launching of a 40-page booklet called ‘Little India of George Town’.
Some 9,000 copies of the booklets that come with a street map each are now available to the public for free at George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)’s office in Lebuh Aceh.
It depicts the traditional trades, eateries, building architecture, streetscape, culture, festivals and other elements of the community in the heritage enclave.
Writer Himanshu Bhatt said the booklet would allow visitors to pick out interesting spots and notable landmarks in Little India with ease.
“The booklet is a convenient way for visitors to learn about the heritage enclave and its living heritage.
“We have even put in names of selected traders who have been in the industry as well as in Little India for about 50 or 60 years,” he told reporters at the recent booklet launching.
The launching ceremony was held at the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) Penang branch office in Penang Street.
Bhatt said the booklet was a summary of his similarly titled book, ‘Little India of George Town,’ launched in July this year.
State exco member Chow Kon Yeow, who launched the booklet, applauded the writer and GTWHI for their effort in highlighting one of the most vibrant places in the state.
“With help from the state government and other public organisations, this place still preserves the important cultural elements, given the rapid evolution and modernisation of the society,” he said in his opening speech.
Present were GTWHI general manager Lim Chooi Ping, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, MICCI Penang president Datuk N. Vasantharajan and Penang Island City Council secretary Ang Aing Thye.