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Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow a Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow and a civil society activist. Through humorous and moving accounts, Constance captures in words the images of the people, places and events that are the source of her most powerful memories. These images are connected to key turning points in her personal journey, set against or within the context of important historical events.


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Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow a Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow and a civil society activist. Through humorous and moving accounts, Constance captures in words the images of the people, places and events that are the source of her most powerful memories. These images are connected to key turning points in her personal journey, set against or within the context of important historical events.

17 review for Where I Was: A Memoir from the Margins

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vidhya Nair

    Constance Singam has been an active voice in civil society in Singapore especially in women's issues, emancipation of the underprivileged & underclass. So her memoir of her own life make me curious to know who she is, what her real thoughts were and where she came from. Where is came from, she seemed to have alot of pride in her family background, her circumstances and I was appreciative that she had gained strength in knowing her own self & was comfortable in her identity. Her thoughts Constance Singam has been an active voice in civil society in Singapore especially in women's issues, emancipation of the underprivileged & underclass. So her memoir of her own life make me curious to know who she is, what her real thoughts were and where she came from. Where is came from, she seemed to have alot of pride in her family background, her circumstances and I was appreciative that she had gained strength in knowing her own self & was comfortable in her identity. Her thoughts about her experience in civil society and brushes with an authoritative govt, while illuminating for some, unfamiliar with what Spore is really like, I think could have pushed the envelope alot more. I felt that she could have been more decisive in her conclusions of some of the incidents and characters she had encountered. But then, self-censorship helps getting published, at least in Singapore. The book, is unnecessary lengthy, could have been edited better & had too many external quotes from thinkers ( which were distracting from her own story). Overall, it's an interesting read. As a woman who had to overcome crisis and disadvantage, I admire her courage, her will to survive and most importantly, she know's who she is to herself and that itself, is very inspiring.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This book is a very easy read; you pick it up and let yourself be carried along. But Connie doesn't always follow a chronological order, making connections and bringing up anecdotes as they come to her, so sometimes I got a little bit confused. I do think this book could have benefited from stricter editing to make it much more tight and focused on her experiences and memories, but all in all it's a pleasant read to learn about the life of one of Singapore's (currently) longest-serving civil soci This book is a very easy read; you pick it up and let yourself be carried along. But Connie doesn't always follow a chronological order, making connections and bringing up anecdotes as they come to her, so sometimes I got a little bit confused. I do think this book could have benefited from stricter editing to make it much more tight and focused on her experiences and memories, but all in all it's a pleasant read to learn about the life of one of Singapore's (currently) longest-serving civil society activists, and someone I admire and hope to learn from.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Indrani Das

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yuhan

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandira

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Quah

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Leon

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Liu

  10. 4 out of 5

    So Phia Ong

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deepa

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aditi Shiva

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Soon

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dana Lam

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aditi Shiva

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

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