Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Sari Connection – a post war love story of a different kind

Sari Connection – a post war love story of a different kind

Thangaruby was in her mid twenties when she lost her husband and three siblings to the war. She was stranded in a camp and made her way back to her hometown of Kokkilai in 2010. A widow with a 12-year-old son, she had no means of generating an income and was heavily dependent on herContinue Reading

The Good Sri Lankan Girl: An everlasting tale of exemplary morality and extraordinary charm

The Good Sri Lankan Girl: An everlasting tale of exemplary morality and extraordinary charm

Disclaimer: The following article is only 80% fact. The rest is fiction. She’s beauty and she’s grace, but most of all she’s chaste. Like a good book that can be judged by the appeal of its cover, the good Sri Lankan girl can be spotted from the decency of her attire. Clad in loose fittingContinue Reading

Beyond a Few Pages: Sri Lankan Novels

Beyond a Few Pages: Sri Lankan Novels

If you are reading this article, it is safe to assume you have at least the slightest interest in Sri Lankan culture. The fact that you are reading this also tells me you enjoy a little bit of light reading. For those whose love of the written word extends beyond a mere couple of pages, hereContinue Reading

Learning to Surf in Weligama

Learning to Surf in Weligama

I admit there are times when a foreigner can help you get better acquainted with the hot spots in your own country. This is how a day trip of mine with a few colleagues came to life, when the ex-CTO of my place of employment (a very cool British “dude”) introduced us to Weligama aContinue Reading

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

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Sometimes I feel the supreme leader of the average Sri Lankan household is the tiny gecko that’s lurking behind your front door. Yes you read it right! It’s that gecko who decides to screech just as you are about to embark on a journey or perform an important task, signifying your imminent failure and sometimesContinue Reading

Loooooooooong Weekends  in Sri Lanka

Loooooooooong Weekends in Sri Lanka

Once I get hold of the new calendar, going through it with a fine tooth comb is a very important step in the long weekend planning process. With a full moon Poya day public holiday every month, and additional holidays for the numerous festivals that our multi-cultural nation celebrates, finding a long weekend in SriContinue 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

Coconuts galore!

Coconuts galore!

Tourist brochures often portray Sri Lanka as a destination with beautiful sandy beaches (rightly so!), but those amazing beaches are not complete without the tall, straight or windy coconut trees that silhouette the coastlines. Coconut trees in Sri Lanka are not just limited to the coast but found almost anywhere in the island. Here areContinue Reading

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