Tembusu Reading Pods AY2020/21 Sem 1

August 11, 2020

Care to read and discuss a book outside your curriculum this semester? You can register via Eventbrite (click on the link) by 17th August 2020, Monday.

An email will be sent to all participants after 17th August to confirm their registration. The reading pod facilitator will contact participants via email to provide more details (e.g. starting date).
Safety measures must be observed at all times (e.g. no gathering of more than 5 persons at each time, students from different zones should be meet at the same place); refer to the Master's Letter #7 (sent on 31 July 2020) for safe measurement guidelines. 

Participants are responsible to purchase their own book; eBook is accepted. The first 5 sign-ups are eligible for the subsidy - you need only pay S$10 for the book of your choice. Participants will be contacted to submit an RFP for reimbursement of their purchase (i.e. book purchased at $15, college will reimburse $5). Subsequent sign-ups are welcome.


  1. The Thing Around Your Neck Complete Stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Student Facilitator: Stacy Fernandes)
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.