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Legging It Around Colombo

  Stretching along Colombo’s busy streets, the neatly paved pathways are an invitation to walkers. Some of these just recently rebuilt or reopened, they run beside towering buildings, giant trees and open fields, each assuming a character of its own,...
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Keeping Track Of The Time

The litha is the document that is consulted whenever customs are performed, whether at New Year or any other time throughout the year. It’s use provides an organised framework for the conducting of customs....
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Going Bananas!

    The banana fruit is not only the most consumed but also the most widely cultivated fruit crop in the country. A favourite among the locals, it comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and tastes. A banana...
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A Sanctuary where Myth And Fact Combine

Stepping out of the vehicle in the compound of the Asgiriya Purana Raja Maha Viharaya in Minuwangoda, Gampaha, and surveying the leisurely scene of the monks’ quarters, canopied by leaves and bathed in sleepy afternoon sunlight, I never expected the...
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Northward Bound: Elephant Pass

Almost sunset. A quiet, straight road. Silence, broken by the sound of an occasional bus roaring past. Its name board carries the legend; Jaffna – Vavuniya. The only other sounds are the crying of the birds and the noise of...
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A Way To Kallady

  A bullock cart rolled past, its driver bestowing a toothy smile at me. The lagoon glistened with the morning sun and smells of warm food and spices mingled in the air. Breakfast beckoned, and an inconspicuous little saivara kadè...
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Ambalama: A Stopover On A Journey

    Back in the days, journeys, pilgrimages and carters’ travels lasted weeks or even months. These long journeys were often by foot or by cart. Each carried his own provisions and stopped for rest at ambalamas; simple structures that...
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All Walks Of Art: An Exhibition Of Contemporary Sri Lankan Art.

An unveiling, an advent of a contemporary culture in the art scene, pieces by the best of Sri Lankan artists and an international exhibition that will take the Sri Lankan spirit of ‘contemporary art’ to the world. ...
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Gal Vihara Etched In Stone

Observing the four statues, housed at the Gal Vihara Rock Temple, from afar, we are overwhelmed by its sheer magnificence and charm. Hewn out of solid granite, each figure is deeply expressive and intricately carved, with their details elaborately and...
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Spotting The Wilpattu Leopard

It was February 17, 2011… a date that will be etched in my mind. Why? I saw the elusive Wilpattu LEOPARD! Yipee…...
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