Category Archives: Colombo

A Night at the Theatre in Colombo

A Night at the Theatre in Colombo

I’m not the most qualified person to comment on Sri Lankan theatre. Probably because for me, partaking in theatre has been limited to a few school productions. Other than going to see plays that everyone’s talking about in Colombo, I haven’t really graced too many theatres. Recently, however, I was lucky enough to be a part ofContinue Reading

Weekends in Colombo

Weekends in Colombo

If you’ve seen that John Mulaney stand up routine ‘doing nothing’*, you’ll know that a lot of the time it is a sheer joy to do nothing. In Sri Lanka, I’d say that’s what weekends are for. Most people in Sri Lanka, well most people I know in Colombo, complain that there’s nothing much toContinue Reading

The Burghers of Sri Lanka

The Burghers of Sri Lanka

The fourth largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka, the Burghers, descends from European and Sri Lankan mixed origins. Consisting mainly of European male colonists who intermarried with Sri Lankan women, the group’s origins span across a range of countries, but Dutch and Portuguese heritage are most common amongst Sri Lankan Burghers. The word Burgher by definitionContinue Reading

Sri Lanka – the more food, the merrier

Sri Lanka – the more food, the merrier

I’ll tell you one thing about Sri Lankans. We love large quantities of food. If we can pay a little and a get lot, THAT’s what we call value for money. Do we not care about quality? Yes yes, we do. But when it comes to food, we love seeing a plate full and weContinue Reading

Kala Pola – a celebration of art

Kala Pola – a celebration of art

Sundays are usually when most people do their grocery shopping for the week in Sri Lanka, and often you’ll find them at roadside markets. The best deals, especially for vegetables and other perishable items, are generally available towards the end of day at these markets, when the merchants are packing up and don’t want toContinue Reading

Seeking solitude in a crowded city

Seeking solitude in a crowded city

As the sun sets, signaling the end of another day, the scenery that surrounds me is one of the hardest to describe. Galle Face Green* in Colombo is where the hustle and bustle of city life meets the vast Indian Ocean. The result is an enforced serenity that no-one can resist. No matter how fastContinue Reading

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