Little India’s main stretch of commercial activity is along Serangoon Road, but the area originally developed in the 1840s around the now-defunct race course previously located near Farrer Park Road. At that time, the area was in fact home to affluent European families (hence road names like Dunlop Road and Clive Street), but later with the establishment of a cattle market Indian workers began to flow into the area. Names like Buffalo Road and Kerbau Road (kerbau is Malay for “buffalo”) point to this past. As a community began to form, other businesses were established, as was Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in 1855.

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