Truck Art – Traditional Sri Lankan Vehicle Graphics 2017


It’s been a while since my last post on Sri Lankan vehicle graphics. As with any element of Sri Lankan public culture, tradition demands that change happens an imperceptible pace. Giving the reassuring effect that nothing changes. Before the next storm kicks us in the face. The floral swirls of traditional Sri Lankan truck art … Continue reading Truck Art – Traditional Sri Lankan Vehicle Graphics 2017

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Time: a true measure of space


I measure distance with travel time. Not by fixed the impersonality of metres and kilometres. My perception of distance is fluid. Stretching and shrinking based on where I am, where I am going, how I’m going, when I travel, the parking or available transport, . So my idea of the “distance” from Colombo Fort to … Continue reading Time: a true measure of space

Colombo Airport VIP service : Silk Route


Airport security, customs and immigration rituals are great levellers. It doesn't matter whether you travel first or cattle class. You are at the mercies of bored officialdom and the humiliations they can inflict. Colombo Airport'S Silk Route "service" claims to spare those who can pay. The idea is you just hand your bags and documents … Continue reading Colombo Airport VIP service : Silk Route

Mastering Colombo traffic with secret short cuts : practical steps


This post covers the practical parts of mastering Secret Colombo Short Cuts (SCSC). If you don’t know what that means read the 2+ minute intro post. It will prepare you to master the Triple Swords of Colombo Traffic. These are: Geography (physical and social) Climate (political and meteorological) Whims of traffic deities Their purpose is … Continue reading Mastering Colombo traffic with secret short cuts : practical steps

Art of Secret Colombo Short Cuts


Secret Colombo Short Cuts (SCSC) are complicated curries. Used with wisdom, they will get you from A to B via Q,W,E,R,T,Y,U,I,O, and P faster than any direct route. While everyone else rots in the city’s many parking lots (the naive mistake these for roads). Yet that wisdom must to be acquired. Either by gruelling ordeals … Continue reading Art of Secret Colombo Short Cuts

Kirigalpoththa Mountain from Google Earth


Kirigalpoththa is Sri Lanka's second highest mountain. I learnt that from Sri Lankan hiking blog with the same name that I introduced a while back. Along with giving boots on the trail accounts of hiking in Sri Lanka Kirigalpoththa the blogger tends to put up photos of some stunning places in Sri Lanka that awe … Continue reading Kirigalpoththa Mountain from Google Earth

Picture: Sri Lanka going into 2010


The photo below captures the feeling I get when I think of Sri Lanka (and its Sri Lankans) trundling into 2010. It hasn't been a smooth ride (which country every has one?) and there's a lot of heavy historical baggage in the trailer. The vehicle itself isn't idea. The traffic as usual is uncertain. Historically … Continue reading Picture: Sri Lanka going into 2010