Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rainy day on the road to Colombo from Avissawella, Sri Lanka.


Bridge before Angoda junction.


Lipton Circus, Colombo.
Photographing through the windscreen on a rainy day is a difficult job. I took  these photos using my Nikon D7200 and the windscreen wiper getting in the way. I think I captured the mood in the blurred photos.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sights of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, August 2011.

Before the construction of the new bridge at Kallady

The walls of the Dutch Fort, Batticaloa.

Britsh cannon on the walls of the Fort.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Scenes, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Memorial for the deead, World War 1.

Entrance to the Victora Park
Pony riders on the highway
Called 'Little England' in the heyday of Brtish Empire, Nuwara Eliya with its cool climate was the refuge of the British expatriates during April and August of each year. With its hotels, Golf course, Pony racing, Fairs, Beer and Dances the tradition continues to this day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Environs of the General Hospital, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

House officers quarters

Old hospital buildings of British Colonial times

The new buildings

Buildings of the old Brewery 
A land perpetually in mist and drizzle with two sunny spells, a major one in April and a two week spell in August, the coldest time was in February when the ground was covered in frost. Extensive vegetable cultivation thrives in the black soggy soil. Roses are cultivated for export. Potatoes were one of the first popular cash crops cultivated hear.During the austerity years of 1973/75, I was posted as Surgeon on relief duty here.Dr. Krishnaraja whom I had to relieve told me, that he made ten times his monthly salary as a surgeon, on profit from a single harvest of potatoes.
It was mighty cold. There was a single electric heater for the whole ward. The surgeons changing room attached to the Operating theater had another electric heater. We gathered there to have a cup of tea at 10 am.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ramboda waterfalls on the Gampola - Nuwara Eliya road, Sri Lanka.

Waterfalls are a recurrent sight in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. I was born in a house facing the Alupola water falls in Rathnapura. Its soothing rumble was the melody I heard throughout my childhood. For a foreigner apart from their beauty, they generate strange reactions.
While working as a Consultant Surgeon at the National Hospital, Sri Lanka (NHSL), we had a batch of trainee nurses from the Maldives, attached to the Operating theater where I did my surgery. They were quite sociable. They did a weekend trip to the Central Highlands capital, Nuwara Eliya. They were wonder struck by the scenery. One question kept nagging their minds. The query was ' Where does all that water in the water falls come from?' Coming from Maldives a country of Islands with no  hills, it was understandable.