Getting Inked “I’M GETTING A TATOO,” I SAID OVER THE PHONE. The average response of the average Sri Lankan mother is to recoil in horror. Tattoos are bad. Tattoos are unclean. Tattoos belong on drug addicts, ministers, and those old men who function as the default odd-job men for any village. Honestly, I don’t mind being lumped in with the Mahathung s, as the ...

Travel Tip: Do your Snorkeling etc Before Mid Day Tide at Galle: Note High Tide is around mid dayIn Sri Lanka, if you plan to snorkel, whale/dolphin watch do it as early as possible. Preferably before mid day, be it East or West Coast. Thats because the tide comes in around mid day and the sea will start to get rougher. If your snorkeling in relatively shallow water, the ...

ඊයේ අජිත් ලියා තිබුන සටහන මා නිතර ලියන කරුණකට අදාළ නිසාත්, එය මගෙත් ජිවිතයේ කොටසක් නැවත මතකයට නගපු නිසාත් මාත් ආසාවෙන් ප්‍රතිචාරයක් දැමුවා. ලෝකයේ ආහාර කියන දෙය අපයෝජනය කරන පිරිස් වැඩි වෙලා තියෙන්නේ සමාජ ක්‍රම වල වැරැද්දකට වඩා, ජිවිතයට අවශ්‍ය … Continue reading → ...

Lankan Hospitality: Killing You With Food & Kindness Ah, gotta love Sri Lankan hospitality; it’s the simple art of killing people with kindness and food. So, a random friend of a friend from England drops by to learn bridge. Us: Have some tea? Or coffee? Could we get you a fruit juice? Beer, maybe? Guest: Please don’t bother. Us (sounding like it’s a threat): No, but you ...

The bashful lady at The Bohri Kitchen Suppressing the greedy instinct to set up an appointment with Nafisa Kapadia at lunchtime, I drop in at 11 am to meet the lady who has made Mumbai go bananas over Bohri food. Don’t be afraid to ask who Nafisa Kapadia is (and don’t bother  googling because she won’t show up) but know this much  – her food is being ...

The Cheeseburger & Elephant Dung Me (happily munching away on a cheeseburger, and looking at an ad in the newspaper depicting an elephant). Housekeeper: You know, in my village we have a lot of elephants roaming about the place. Me (looking bored): Yup, common sight for sure in Sri Lanka. Housekeeper (quite thoughtfully): True. We used to follow them and step on their dung ...

Homemade Ricotta Cheese The ultimate achievement is having a sandwich with bread you have baked and cheese you made with your own hands. Well, mission accomplished! I am feeling guilty for my blog negligence and hence I shall try and make it up by posting two recipes this weekend. This wonderful recipe is another easy-peasy one that is hassle-free and extremely rewarding. We ...

So you think you have it hard sticking to a diet at home? Think again. Throughout most of my life, we’ve always had a rural domestic cook who takes great offense when you don’t eat the food he/she makes. The current one is no different. In her mind, food left over means: 1. Not enough salt 2. Not enough spice ...

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