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Sri Lanka’s New 1,150′ ‘Lotus Tower’ — Quite Tall, Rather Phallic & (Yet Again) Financed By China.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Tower


However, only the 18th Tallest Tower in the World.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_towers


Buildings are EVEN TALLER than Towers
because they can have a wide base.


Click to access my post.


What struck me the most was the Chinese financing. I do NOT follow much of the happenings in Sri Lanka (having left 52-years ago), but I have heard, often of late, that China is basically ‘owning’ more and more of the country — including having a long lease on a strategic harbor. Well, to be honest, I genuinely think that the best thing that can happen to the country is to become an enclave of China — a Hong Kong, a bit further away.

The shape cracks me up. But, that is probably just I.

I was surprised to learn where it fitted in relative to other towers and buildings. I have seen (but not gone up) the ‘Stratosphere Tower’ in Vegas. So, now I have an idea as to how tall it is. I have also seen the ‘CN Tower’ in Toronto, albeit a long time ago.

Just wanted to bring this to your attention — and also highlight the China connection.


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Another Undeniably Sri Lankan Elephant — You Can Always Tell By Where Their Trunk Is.

by Anura Guruge


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There is a video that goes with this picture. Click image to access my post with video.


There Are Indian Elephants, And There Are African Elephants — But You Can Always Spot A Sri Lankan Elephant.As soon as I saw the video I knew immediately, and incontrovertibly, that this HAD to be a Sri Lankan elephant.

They take after their owners. What can I say. You can always spot Sri Lankan men too. Luckily, for women around the World they don’t have trunk growing out of their heads. [You might want to think about that.]

I will, of course, do my best to bring you more examples of Sri Lankan elephants doing what comes naturally to them.


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Treatment Of This 70-Year Old, Kandy Temple Elephant Is A SIN On All Sri Lankan Buddhists.

by Anura Guruge


From TODAY. Click image to access their Facebook page. They are REAL.


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Click to ENLARGE. Use link from 1st picture.


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia. He is no longer in charge. But, ….


Click to access my post from just a few months ago.


I do NOT think this can be dismissed as FAKE news. I am NOT there in Kandy, to go and check, but the pictures look real. [Yes, it was over 50-years ago BUT I used to visit the Temple often, have fed the elephants and, moreover, have, unlike most, had the privilege of seeing the REAL tooth relic (inside the innermost sanctum) as opposed to the replica that is on display and paraded in the perahera.]

This is distressing. There is NO excuse for this.

I am kind of surprised and puzzled. In general, ‘we’ (i.e., Sri Lankans) take good care of our elephants — despite some unnecessary stupidity like getting them to kneel to worship Buddhist statues. This is beyond the pale.

This kind of inhumane treatment has no place in any culture, let alone a culture that CLAIMS to value compassion.

I, alas, now, have ZERO contacts in Sri Lanka. I left 52-years ago — this month.

But, I ‘messaged’ Neranjan Wijeyeratne via Facebook. He was one of the many surrogate sons my parents adopted. He lived with them in Paris for years. I was living in the U.K. at the time. But, we visited Paris often and as such I knew Neranjan well. Let’s see if I hear back from him.

IF YOU have contacts in Sri Lanka — ideally with clout, PLEASE do something about this.

This is ANOTHER blot-in-the-copybook for Sri Lankan Buddhists.


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Remarkable Act Of Spontaneous Charity In Sri Lanka, By A Norwegian — Feel Good, Amazing Scenery YouTube.

by Anura Guruge



A real, feel good video. You will be GLAD I shared it with you.

It popped up on my Facebook timeline, unsolicited, from ‘UNILAD‘ from whom I do get quite a few posts — some of which I peruse.

As soon as I saw the ‘still’ image I knew it was Sri Lanka! I am good like that. It was over 50-years ago BUT I still recognize the land of my birth.

I watched it. So quintessentially Sri Lankan. The tea shop owner could have been my brother or son. Very Sri Lanka. Loved it.

Wanted to share with you.

Check out the SCENERY. This is Sri Lanka UP COUNTRY.

This Norwegian guy, Harald Baldr, appears to make a very decent living — good enough to be quite generous — making YouTube travel videos. Good for him. Seems like a real nice guy. The world is better (and richer) for folks like him.

He has quite a few YouTube videos shot in Sri Lanka. Check them out ‘Harald Baldr’.


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Where Does Kamala Harris Stand Re. The ‘Tamil Tigers’?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. Google ‘Tamil Tigers’ for more.


Click here to access original article (above).


Click to ENLARGE. What came up when I Googled “kamala harris tamil tigers”. Do your own search.


Kamala Harris is 50% Tamil. There is nothing wrong with that. I, personally, though I am, by birth, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have nothing against Tamils in general — though, I, like million others, were not fond of what the ‘Tamil Tigers‘ did in Sri Lanka. My current doctor, BY CHOICE, is Tamil and my prior cardiologist (who has since moved away from New Hampshire) was also Tamil. Growing up our neighbours, who we interacted daily, and were very much part of the family, were Tamil and one of our closest family friends (a gifted sculptor from Madras (now Chennai)) was Tamil.

Yes, 99.5% of Americans would never have heard of the ‘Tamil Tigers’ or care what or who they are. But, there are millions who do worry about the ‘Tamil Tigers’ — and there are probably a few thousand Sinhalese with American citizenship that will factor this in when they vote in 2020.

IF (and that is a HUGE, HUGE ‘IF’) Kamala Harris becomes president her attitude towards the Tamil Tigers will be pivotal.

If she is sympathetic to them, despite all of the International condemnations, it could change the balance of power in central Asia. India would be happy, BUT not China. Sri Lanka would be screwed.

I doubt whether this will ever come up in a debate.

But, somebody needs to ask her this question, on the record.

Don’t you think so?


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A “Jack Daniel’s” Themed “Father’s Day” Cake That Only A Sri Lankan Would Design.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, ONLY available in Sri Lanka
from the irrepressible ‘Kapruka.com’.



Anybody who has followed this blog for any length of time will know that Sri Lanka’sKapruka‘ makes some incredible, world-beating cakes. I rave about them often enough.

But, THIS Father’s Day cake really does take the cake!

When I saw it, I cracked up LAUGHING. Only in Sri Lanka. Only by a Sri Lankan.

There is so many things wrong with this cake and so many different levels.

And to exacerbate things, ‘drinking’ is still has social and cultural stigmas and women, in Sri Lanka, are not permitted to buy alcoholic drinks at bars.

So, we now have a cake sporting 4 bottles of “Jack Daniel’s”.

First and foremost, what exactly are YOU trying to tell your Dad. That he is a raving dipsomaniac?

Let’s assume that he is, i.e., he is a raving dipsomaniac. What is he going to think? Do you think he is going to appreciate this cake. I doubt it. It will aggravate him, no end, on two fronts. He doesn’t want the bloody cake, he wants at least one bottle of Jack Daniel’s. So, that will be his first gripe. I don’t want this damn cake, you should have spent the money buying me a good bottle. Then, the second gripe. This really does look like somebody is taking the mickey out of you. Implying that you are a raving dipsomaniac.

Well, I do NOT have to worry. Nobody sends me cakes or makes me any. That I do not eat cake might be a small factor.

But, I am not sure how I will react if I got this cake.

Now, if it also came with 4 bottles of Jack Daniel’s, all could be forgiven. By the time you finished two of the bottles you wouldn’t even remember the cake.

Happy Father’s Day — especially IF you are a raving dipsomaniac. I can relate. Cheers.


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