Beautiful Eye

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Sri Lankan Culture

Sri Lankan Mask

Sri Lankan Mask (Photo credit: A.Davey)

Trincomalee beach, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee beach, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: james_gordon_losangeles)

The Kandy Perehara - Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Kandy Perehara – Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: whl.travel)

Elephants in Sri Lanka, so presumably Sri Lank...

Elephants in Sri Lanka, so presumably Sri Lankan Elephants. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was just doing some research on Sri Lankan culture for this memoir when I came across an article on Wikipedia that badly needed editing, so I decided to edit it.  Here is the the work in progress: Culture of Sri Lanka.

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An Interview with an Indian Tamil

Just recently, I had the opportunity to meet an intriguing man who has found me from this blog and contacted me through Facebook. 

He invited me to his house for lunch in Seoul where he served me parota and chicken curry. 

Chicken Curry, Southern Indian Style

Chicken Curry, Southern Indian Style

 

Parota, a Southern Indian Type Bread

Parota, a Southern Indian Type Bread

DSC_0180A traditional southern Indian food he made from scratch.  It really made me miss Sri Lanka more.  In just over a month now, I will be eating all the rice and curry I can eat. 

Next, we talked about his hometown in Tamil Nadu.  Amazingly they only make US$2 or less a day.  I was then told that he already has two masters’ degrees and is now getting his PhD in Molecule Biology and plans to graduate next year.  He has definitely come a long way.  With Tamil being his first language, I was quite surprised how articulate he was in English.

He then went on to say how he illegally road a boat from this providence to Jaffna.  Not just once, but twice he took the trip.  He went on to say that, the trip took only 20 minutes and there were many islands that you could almost walk across to get from India to Sri Lanka.  “The Sri Lankan Navy is always on the lookout for people who try to cross.  You are very likely to be killed”, he said. 

The Area he Crossed from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka

The Area he Crossed from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka

 

 

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Where is Sri Lanka?

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectan...

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectangular projection. Strechted by 101.0%. Geographic limits of the map: N: 10.2° N S: 5.5° N W: 79.2° E E: 82.3° E Made with Natural Earth. Free vector and raster map data @ naturalearthdata.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location of Sri Lanka.

Location of Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the Indian Ocean

Map of the Indian Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location map for Sri Lanka.

Location map for Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lately I have discovered that not everyone knows where Sri Lanka is.  Sri Lanka is in south Asia and is located in the Indian Ocean just south of India.  Sri Lanka is also not part of India but is its own country.  Here are a few maps to help you get started on how you may want to fly there.  During the war it was nick named “Tear Drop” because of its shape and because it was “crying” from the war.  The war ended in 2009 so instead of “Tear Drop”, it is now “Beautiful Eye”.

 

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