Newspapers in Sri Lanka

 

Newspaper vendor in Colombo
Newspaper vendor in Colombo

Unlike Chennai, Colombo wakes up late, especially on a Sunday morning. There was only a handful of shops open. This newspaper vendor was one of them. He gladly posed for the photo. There were only two English papers – Sunday Observer and another. They cost LKR 60 on Sundays (INR 25- 30) There were several Sinhala publications

 

Sri Lanka’s Mango man

Mango vendor Ratna Kumar at Nuwara eliya
Mango vendor Ratna Kumar at Nuwara Eliya

This is Ratna Kumar. He is a Sri Lankan Tamil. He sells mangoes from a van parked at Devon Falls, near Nuwara Eliya on the road to Bentota.

Though he is vertically challenged he is brisk and pleasant. He speaks Tamil, Sinhala, and English. He introduced us to Sri Lanka’s “best” mango ‘Karutha Colomban’. We were hooked.