Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes

Even if you live subsoil, it is very likely that Zakaria Zainal‘s portraits of retired Singapore Gurkhas have somehow trickled through the cracks. Come mid-August his stunning portraits and anecdotes will be captured in a gorgeous new book, which you can pre-order here.

Zakaria graduated from Nanyang Technological University in June 2010, and  has been fascinated with the Gurkhas ever since his national service days — when he had help from a Gurkha during a navigational exercise.

“In Nepal, I tracked down, interacted and photographed the Gurkhas — from the states of Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Dharan and Katmandu. Currently, there are over 2000 retired Singapore Gurkhas scattered over the country, and mainly in these four states. Some have migrated in countries like the United States, Hong Kong and Canada. In making these portraits, I conferred importance to these silent sentinels and their place as a community in Singapore. This anthology serves to bring awareness, provide identity and uncover historical anecdotes of Singapore through the eyes of the Gurkhas. It should also serve as an important visual archive of an invisible community.”

Click here to read more about the book or here to view Zakaria’s TEDxYouth talk about his project. 

 

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