My dear Mahinda,
Former Sri Lankan army commander Sarath Fonseka came out with a bombshell statement some days ago in Parliament.
Soft and wobbly, with a bite of coconut, sweet jaggery and crunchy cashew nuts, watalappam is a flavour that crossed the Bay of Bengal from Malaysia and made its home on the sun-kissed shores of Sri Lanka. We have the Island’s Malay community to thank for introducing this much-loved treat, and you can hear our gratitude in the noisy lipping of lips and satisfied wiping of mouths.
Not long after the turn of the 17th Century, the Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder began a small but exquisite still life depicting a bunch of cut flowers in a glass vase. Painted in oils on copper, which served to enhance the brightness and intensity of the hues, the picture showcased a remarkably lush floral arrangement.
It’s mango season again in Sri Lanka. The wayside booths and markets are teeming with mangoes, in a variety of shades and shapes. The fragrances vary and so do the flavours and texture. Although every mango has a distinct taste of its own, it is as a whole a succulent fruit oozing with nectar, sending human taste buds into overdrive.
Discover our pick of the seven best places to eat and drink in Sri Lanka, from afternoon tea on a tea plantation, to spice shopping in Galle and beach shacks in Tangalle
Consistently ranked as a top global destination for business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT, Sri Lanka’s tech services industry has grown substantially in recent years, with high expectations and ambitious targets going forward.
After years of civil conflict, Sri Lanka takes the needs of its multiethnic population very seriously, with a very pleasant side-effect: 25 national public holidays a year.