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Return To Sri Lanka

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 28, 2014, 2:25 AM


It has been many years since I Last visited Sri Lanka.  Circumstances then, were very different for both me and Sri Lanka, (The Pearl Of The Indian Ocean).  In those days it was engulfed in an abysmal civil war.  A Nation that was once destined to a global jewel, eclipsed by cheerless clouds of bloodshed and sorrow.  Myself, I was emerging from my own personal shadows, one and a half years of hospitalisation and 52 reconstructive operations had put me on my feet and brought me to this confluence of paradise and purgatory.  I was still in the service and my presence there was in my official capacity, thus I was not merely an observer of the disparaging situation.   My memories were of nostalgic bonds that only brothers-in-arms know of.  Painfully poignant, in the fact that not a single comrade survives today.  

But now, the clouds have faded away.  Hope and promise shine on this land of wonder.  But still I caution you.

You will be overawed by the plethora of sights sounds fragrances that saturates the senses

Mesmerizing by the diversity of scenic beauty from verdant tropical plains, to rain forests ,to  pristine beached unsullied by throngs of tourists,  fertile Valleys and luxuriant Hills
Your palette Intoxicated by exotic  cuisine.

Your soul captivated by the unique blending of philosophy, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian. The smorgasbord of historic cultural influences, ancient and modern Lankan, Portuguese, Dutch, Colonial  British and even a hint of old Arabian and Moorish influences.

Your heart beguiled by the soft spoken friendly people, Captivated by a country that exudes warmth welcoming and congeniality.

Beware you will lose your heart to the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

As a photographer, my only regret is, that I have not been able to capture even the minutest fraction of the beauty radiating from this land.




Unspoilt Beach by InayatShah Golden Temple by InayatShah
Temple Gate by InayatShah Temple Of Tooth Relic by InayatShah Sigriya - 2 by InayatShah
Sigriya - 3 by InayatShah <da:thumb id="428228255"/> Pachyderm Portrait by InayatShah
Neighbourly Visit by InayatShah Kandyan Firedance - 2 by InayatShah
<da:thumb id="428225059"/> <da:thumb id="428225122"/> Mommy Flees by InayatShah
Kandyan Dance - 9 by InayatShah Kandyan Dance - 4 by InayatShah Kandyan Dance - 10 by InayatShah
Kandyan Dance - 5 by InayatShah <da:thumb id="428223376"/>
Does Anyone Care by InayatShah Lankan Bride by InayatShah Bridesmaids - 2 by InayatShah
BabyMonk Observes by InayatShah Beach Comber by InayatShah Beach Hawker by InayatShah


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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Wonderful presentation of a place which seems magical.
It was a real pleasure to read this journal and to see all the beautiful pictures.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You Very Much .. I am very happy that I was able to share just a little of my experience in Sri Lanka
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
My pleasure.:heart:
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
I never fav journals but how could I not do so for this.  I am sure I will never get to this place and really only know of the war (dimly perceived in the news on TV)  mixed in with all the other horrors of the passing parade over the years. Your reflections on both the place and the past were a powerful  improvement of my perceptions.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the appreciation Dale.  I do try and bring something personal into my photography and art.
And Share more than just pretty pictures.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your eloquence in writing is comparable to your fine photography!
Great article. 52 operations!

And I think the words somehow breathe an aroma into the images - they are richer for the context.

It is great to read a story of hope in a developing country. As we approach elections, and go through our own growth pains, stories like these are important to remember!
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much
One day Sri Lanka will be just another Tourist Destination .. more tourists than locals .. like Bali and Pattaya .. and then I will be sad again.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Better a tourist destination than either a war zone or a poverty basket case. I've never been to Bali or the like, but there are normally some corners that stay untouched. Well, one can hope!
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I definitely agree with you there.
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2112yyz2112 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
VERY well constructed encapsulation. It leaves one wanting to just pack and spring for a ticket,  return date.... "whenever"!
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