January, 2016

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A Sweet Story

Big things sometimes come in small parcels. Kuddan, dainty palm leaf baskets filled with sweet jaggery, are a tasty snack, but they are more...
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The Enigma of Thambalagamuwa

It’s hard to say why Thambalagamuwa Bay is so rarely visited. It’s a haven for animal and bird life, is close to the east coast beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli...
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Cornering The Market

The carrots are scrubbed, the tomatoes are shiny, and the aubergines look like they’ve been varnished. ...
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Prince of Pastries

It’s the fun bun loved by the young. The no frills, no fills, sugar-sprinkled roll relished by the retired...
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The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka

The ‘devil bird’, known by natives as the Ulama, is as feared as it is famous in Sri Lanka, its cry said to be an omen of death...
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Worship in the Valley of Wolves

Wolvendaal Church was described by a former British governor as “the Westminster Abbey of Ceylon”. One of the oldest Protestant churches in the country, and an example of glorious architecture, it is one of the few Dutch buildings in Sri...
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One Flew Over the Banyan Tree

A narrative that unravels in the fictitious setting of Victoria Island is rich in eccentricities, from quirky and colourful characters to lively dialect....
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Retreats in the Sacred City

As the first ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura offers a magical blend of culture, history and Buddhism....
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The Perfect Fit

What the Bambalapitiya branch of Sri Lankan family tailors Navavi lacks in chic, it more than makes up for in reputation....
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Peddling In Petals

Upali Jayaratne of Sterling Flowers has been providing Colombo with beautiful blooms for nearly 30 years now. He’s as meticulous about his craft today as when he first started....
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