Friday photo: Negombo

For the longest time after this, I kept saying to myself – “Negombo… khush hua” and feeling very pleased about it too. Anyway. This is from a December evening in Negombo, very close to Colombo’s international airport. Also see: Friday photo series And my earlier stories from Srilanka – I particularly love this one –…

Hotels I love: Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya

Here is where the clouds wafted into my room through the open window. On our visit to Sri Lanka, we stayed a couple of nights at the Tea Factory Hotel, an erstwhile tea factory set on top of a hill, in the middle of plantations. We drove past the cluttered town of Nuwara Eliya, past…

An uneven path to peace

This piece on Sri Lanka appeared in Mint Lounge of April 24th. I am in Anuradhapura at the Sri Maha Bodhi shrine, a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike. The low fence encloses a cutting from the Bo tree (Ficus religiosa), protected and venerated by Buddhists, under which Siddhartha Gautama is believed to have…

Calm in a teacup

“In my next birth, I want to be born in India,” I overhear Maheswari say in Tamil to her friend who is working silently, head bent over the tea bush, hands rapidly transferring the leaves to the basket slung over her back. While she ignores Maheswari, the other women giggle and whisper among themselves. Now…

The Sri Lanka holiday

So it’s been over a month now since I returned from Sri Lanka and I have not blogged about it. Have you been wondering? (and if not, why not?). The truth is, the entire holiday was slightly underwhelming and I have been mulling over what was not quite right – actually, I knew what was…