Sri Lanka’s political circus from Google Earth


Lipton Circus in Colombo is a frequent staging area for the theatrics of political demonstrations. Perhaps one of the few things we Sri Lankans are consistently good at. Colombo has very few public spaces such as Times or Tiananmen square. As you can see from the google earth screen shot in this post, the circus … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s political circus from Google Earth

Family Kovil Colombo Sri Lanka


Buddhist and Hindu cultures have coexisted seamlessly in my family. It extends to relationships with religious institutions as well. On the Buddhist side there is Asokaramaya, which has a long presence in family history. For more regular religious maters there's the smaller temple down our road. Palaya Kadiresan Kovil (pictured in the Google Earth screen … Continue reading Family Kovil Colombo Sri Lanka

People watching Colombo Sri Lanka


People watching in Colombo is more interesting in December. Hordes of expatriate Sri Lankans here - resulting in gobs of family “get togethers” around the season’s pre-sex parties. I am on leave after many months at the yoke and I have been assigned to the family transport pool. My official responsibility is getting expiate family … Continue reading People watching Colombo Sri Lanka

Colombo sunset


Cut open a ripe mango and there it is - the glorious orange of a classic Colombo sunset. I've been unable to properly reproduce in any media - digital or otherwise. Of course if you've got access to ripe mangoes you are very lucky. Or you live here and know the colour. For me it … Continue reading Colombo sunset

Colombo 31st night season spirit


The end of year vibe in the Colombo air. Nothing serious has happened at work for the past 2 weeks. Much to everyone's relief. The frenzy of meeting people you only meet once an year is revving up. Caused by the seasonal migration of relatives, friends, relatives of friends, and friends of relatives that eat … Continue reading Colombo 31st night season spirit