21 January, 2021

Hong Kong Diary

Hong Kong is one of the most lucrative destinations for Nepali youth though it is not easy to get a work permit.

Hong Kong Diary

Banana Shades

I first went to Hong Kong in 1984 while it was still British. It was laid out in three parts: the island and Kowloon and New Territories on the mainland. Ensconced on the hill was the English governor, the brigade of Gurkhas in the New Territories patrolling the electric fence to keep mainland Chinese from Shenzen at bay; and shops, streets and alleyways all with pucca British names like Queensway, Harcourt, Macdonnell. Emily Lau, now legislator, then a journalist with Far Eastern Economic Review, told me that Hong Kong was like a banana: yellow outside but white from the inside. Overnight, Indian tailors kitted me out with 10 Chinese silk shirts at Hong Kong £10 each. Per capita Sindhis owned more Mercedes cars than any other community. When I returned to my hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, after an indulgent night at the...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Ashok K. Mehta

Latest Magazine

January 25, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section