Photo Credit: Lester Lin
Varatharasan came to Singapore in 1999 from Tamil Nadu, India to work with the Singaporean leading ship repair facility, as a manager.
Even though he is working long hours in a very hard environment, Vara makes it a point to spend one and a half hour exercising every day. He is also watching his food and is on a diet. In India, Vara was... “quite chubby,” he says, amused.
Behind this hard work, Vara has one goal: to contribute financially to his family at home, and support his wife and two children.
He talks endearingly about his household back in Tamil Nadu where they have a small plantation behind his house. They planted mango tree, guava tree, tomatoes and some flowers. But none of these are for sale; it was a hobby that he and his wife shared.
Vara’s life in Singapore is good. The people there are so good to him that it provides a good environment that makes him happy. And when he is happy, Vara thinks of his family and is able to carry out his job well.
This story is adapted from Culture Un-Shock.