Before #SriLanka was known for its tea estates, it was known for coffee cultivation. The country’s “kopi kale” — or “coffee era” — gradually became forgotten as the tea industry rose in popularity and profitability, but the beginnings of the local coffee industry had a lasting impact on the local economy, agriculture, and demography; a history worthy of reminding.
Colombo was once nearly named the ‘Garden City of the East’, after an European architectural concept, which sought to create cities with the best qualities of rural life.
Here is a house that once hosted galas attended by Colombo’s elite; where artists mingled with politicians when Sri Lanka was ‘Ceylon’ and under colonial occupation. Lakmahal, at number 8A, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3, has undergone many changes since. The black paint on the doors is replaced with a modern brown varnish. The once polished, red floor is now cool cut cement.
Many Sri Lankan Tamils have English or otherwise European names, and are often confused with Burghers or Eurasians. How this came to be constitutes a vital part of the evolution of modern Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankans love cars. Since the very first one entered the island in 1902, and in the 120 years since, the country’s vehicle population has grown despite recurring import restrictions and the economic instability brought on by the civil war. Car enthusiasts and everyday vehicle owners have built a culture of passion for and pride in the vehicles they drive, and an appreciation for what it took for the country to get here. Here’s a brief history of Sri Lanka’s relationship with modern transportation.
In 1938, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sent a five-member team on an expedition through South Asia to trace the origins of the Aryan race — which they believed was the ‘master race’.
NASA’s Apollo 11 spaceflight made history in July 1969 when it became the first to land humans on the moon. The historic moon landing was followed by five more — and Apollo 12, which took 3 astronauts to the moon, landed in November 1969.
In 1940, at the age of 18, Prince Philip bought his first ever car while he was posted to a British naval base in Trincomalee, British Ceylon.
For as long as we have thriving cities, pigeons will seek them out. But where did they come from? Take the massive flock of pigeons at the Borella junction: For the longest time, no one could figure out how these birds came to the city. So we went in search of answers.
If you’re planning to make healthy changes to your life, alongside working out, incorporating an effective diet is one of the first steps you can take. Sri Lankan cuisine, as we know, is immensely rich in culture and heritage. The food offers a wide range of flavour-filled combinations. Despite this, many gravitate towards trending western diets to add balance and nutrition to their lives. However, popular diet plans, such as Keto and Paleo, and the ingredients required to make them work, are either not readily available in Sri Lanka or are significantly more expensive.
Before he ascended to the throne and became infamous as the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas Romanov set out on a journey East to forge diplomatic ties.
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