I grew up in a Chinese area with a healthy number of Hindu Malaysians. 200 steps from my house there was a Hindu and Chinese temple side by side. There are still there but much bigger now.
Not only I grew to be accustomed to the sounds and smell of the temple, I appreciate them too.
Another 300 steps was a Malay kampong where I study Quran reading. And among our close neighbours were Serani Christians.
When I stayed at Sunway some years ago, my condo fronted both a Hindu and Chinese temples. I look forward each evening to hear the temple bells.
Today my condo fronts a Surau. I like to time my 1 hour evening walk and workout to end just around Magrib. It is such a wonderful and peaceful feeling as the sun slips away and I end my walk with the Azan.
We Malaysians are so lucky. If we just open our senses to the sounds of Malaysia. With our minds and all our hearts.