Monday, June 30, 2014

Environs of Jaffna Central College, Sri Lanka.

 Just in front of the Jaffna Library, this institution founded by the Wesleyan Mission, stands proud. I took these pictures in May 2014.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The environs of the Jaffna Public Library, Sri Lanka.

The entrance to the Library.

The canal in front.

The Subramaniam Park.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scenes of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

A wooden box to measure a 'Bushel' of grain.

'Pannai' shore, Jaffna.

Pannai road near the Dutch Fort, Jaffna.

St. Jame's Church, Jaffna.

Friday, June 27, 2014

House utensils in use 60 years ago in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Granite grinding stones.

A wooden pulley used in a well to draw water.

A hanging brass night-lamp.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

House utensil of Jaffna, Sri Lanka in the 1950's.

'Uri' - To hand clay pots from the roof beam'

'Kalappai' - Wooden plough with Iron blade.

'Kudam' - Water container made of brass.
An era when there were no aluminium or plastyic containers. There were no 'throw-away items.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An old bullock cart, exhibit at Gnanam's Hotel, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Drawn by two bulls tied to a cross-bar in front, this was the mode of transport for millenia in this region. This  was in active use in the 1950s till gradually replaced by the vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Dutch Fort, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

The Jaffna Public Library seen over the moat of the Fort.

A 'sentry box' on the walls of the Fort.

The whitish-grey area is where the rebuilding has taken place.

A sunset near the Fort.

One of the classic 'Star Forts' built by the Dutch, this was the m,ain administrative centre of the Dutch and later the British. It was being systematically dismantled by the LTTE during its hey-day. The Dutch Government has funded a project to rebuild it. The white coloured areas on the walls of the Fort show the rebuilding.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sights of Murikandy and Chavakachchery on the A9, Sri Lanka.

The restaurant opened by 'Testa' at Murikandy.

Parking space in front of 'Testa'.

The bus stand seen from

Sunset at Chavakachchery.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Environs of Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The road leading to 'Isurumuniya'.

The lake with lotus and water lily plants in front of 'Isurumuniya'.
A stray feather stuck on a barrel/

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gem Museum, Batugedera, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka.

A representation of a cross section of a 'Gem-pit' on display at the museum.
The famous 'Arabian Nights' has a story of gems most probably relating to Rathnapura of Sri Lanka. It goes as follows.
There is an inaccessible valley in these parts, whose bottom is strewn with gems of every hue and colour. Pieces of fresh meat on which a sticky gum from a tree in these parts (most probably the Jak or 'Kos' tree) is smeared and is thrown down into the valley by the natives. Scores of a large bird called a 'Roc' by the natives (?'Brahminy Kite') swoop down, pick these pieces of meat with the gems adhering to it and carry them to their nests to feed their young. These nests are then raided by the locals and the gems picked out to be sold by them.
Rathnapura is the land famed for gems from time immemorial. Foreign merchants, Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Chinese used to travel up the Kalu Ganga by boat from Kaluthara on the western sea-board of the Island, to Batugedera in Rathnapura. The two targets of these travelers was to climb the holy Adam's Peak also known as Sri Pada and to buy gems which were mined in the area.
Now there is a superb highway from Colombo to Rathnapura roughly a 100Km distance. From Rathnapura which has a thriving market in uncut gems, to Batugedera is about 3 Kilometers on the Badulla highway. The Gem Museum at Batugedera is on the left hand side of the road. It is owned and managed by Mr. Bodhi Amerasinghe who has a degree in Gemmology from Germany, his charming wife Wimala and daughter Palika who also has a degree in Gemmology from Germany. They have a nice museum exhibiting the different varieties of gems. They also have a sales point where jewelry using gems mined locally to suit the tastes of tourists is found. These items of jewelry are produced here and a guarantee card is given with each item of jewelry. This place is well worth a visit.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sights inside the 'Centaurus Hotel', Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka.

Setting for a wedding reception.

Seating for the guests at the reception.

The dining area.

Corridor in front of the rooms for guests.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sights at 'Centauria Hotel', Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka.

Bordering the Chandrika Wewa, this hotel has a beautiful garden layout. The greenery attracts a lot of bird life.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sights at the 'Centauria Hotel', Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka.

Washing up in the 'Chandrika Wewa''.

An old mansion inside the hotel premises.

Concrete walkaways.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Milk feeding time, Elephant Orphanage, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

The entry from the Udawalawe National Park.

The feeding of milk.

Leaving after a milk feed.

Videos taken by me a few years ago:-

1. - 'I want some more milk'

2. - Jumping the fence to get more milk.

3. - The orderly entry, feeding and exit.

Video taken by me on June 2014:-