Mine’s the view facing east towards Havlock Road down Lester James Peris Mawatha (formerly Dickman’s Road). Seen from the Duplication Road traffic lights. You can view the location on Google Earth until I lug a camera that way. Which won’t be anytime soon. I no longer go that way these days. Even when I did, there was no time to loiter. The only decent spot to fully comprehend let alone enjoy this view is from the middle of the road. Preferably from the relative safety of a charriot snared by a red light.
At first glance it looks like just another chaotic street in a third world city. Untill you notice white and gold spire of the Isipatanaramaya stupa rising above the chaoas. It floats above the grubby roof tops and tree tops like a profound thought. During late afternoons the white lower stem glows in the ripe mango orange light of the Colombo sunset. Its pinnacle is transformed into gold. There’s a serenity in this sight that elvates you above the everyday madness. Untill you are brought down to “reality” by the impatient honks of the savage behind you. The light has turned yellow and it is time to go.
I thought a quick paragraph could explain why this view (glimpse) is my favorite in all of Colombo. But words fail me. A clear sign that certain mysteries should be savoured without rudly demanding explanations.
Enough about me – what is YOUR favourite view in your home town ?