When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves to the fictional Sri Lanka town of Nuala he finds an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances!
When British children Rob and Paul Forkan’s parents died in the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka, they were aged just 17 and 15. From that tragedy was born Gandys, and a burning desire to give something back, to do something to help other orphaned children.
The Chinese dragon roared, and world tourism woke up. But not in Sri Lanka, says a study by the London School of Economics. Nevertheless, author Ravindra Deyshappriya, a former research director at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI), is guardedly optimistic.
Billed as “one of the best international shows Sri Lanka has ever witnessed”, Miss Premier Ceylon with Miss England 2018 will bring a touch of glamour to the island. Says the Sunday Times: “The event is expected to bring much cheer, sparkle and glitter to illuminate the off season.”
A three-day visit to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo was a was a visual and foodie treat for Condé Nast Traveler’s Sarah Khan. First stop the Dutch Hospital in Old Colombo to meet Mark Forbes of Colombo City Walks “for a stroll through the erstwhile Dutch Fort, looking for traces of the city’s Dutch and British legacies”.
The Ramayana is an epic historical Hindu saga of princely strife and family betrayal linking India and Sri Lanka. The ancient story centres on the travails of Rama, an Indian king’s exiled son, and the abduction to Sri Lanka of his wife Sita in a power struggle over who would succeed the ailing king.