Perks of being Sri Lankan

We all complain about Sri Lanka. We complain about the slow internet, the random power cuts, the heavy traffic and just about every other thing. Yet, we must also look at all the perks of living in this island. Below are a few that I wrote sometime back.
Being a Sri Lankan or just living in Sri Lanka has many perks.
1. Achcharu: For those who have missed this amazing treat, achcharu is either raw or ripe fruit with chili and salt and sometimes sugar. It’s amazingly delicious. Of course achcharu is sold quite cheap in little bags by roadways. From mango to pineapple, having them in achcharu is the best way to enjoy fruits. Making achcharu domestically is easy and enjoyable for everyone.
2. Food: We may not buy almonds or hazelnuts, but we love peanuts, murukku, boiled gram and various other mouth-watering easy to find cheap snacks. Food wise, we are lucky enough to enjoy rice, delicious seafood and curries daily. Sri Lankans also love sweets and milk toffees, coconut rock, ‘Kalu dodol’ and many more desserts that perfect their meals.
3. Fruits: Markets and most roadsides are full of fruit sellers. You can often buy anything from sweet to sour. Most gardens are full of fruit trees and people are willingly share fruits such as mango, ‘rambutan’ and many more with their neighbors and friends.
4. Simplicity: Nothing in Sri Lanka is complicated. From traveling to buying things from malls is simple. Ticket machines in buses don’t complicate us as they do not exist. While we complain that public transport never runs on time, well, this is extremely convenient to our never-on-time nature.
5. Public transport: One of the easiest ways to travel around in Sri Lanka is by train or bus. They are cheap and convenient. If you are too tired to walk from the bus stop to your destination, you can always hop into a three-wheeler or trishaw.
6. One big family: Yes, it’s getting scarier to live each day, but on the whole neighbors are friendly and caring. They make sure your house is safe in your absence. They bring over foods and are always willing to help. Even the strangers are treated the same way.
7. Strangers’ smile: No matter how stressed out or tired you are, in Sri Lanka people expect your smile. Sri Lankans love smiling at one another. Your day will be beautiful for sure, either with an old man’s toothless grin or a young girl’s beautiful smile.
8. Fork and Spoon: Sri Lankan cuisine doesn’t require eaters to battle their food with a fork, spoon or knife. Eating with your hand is the best way to enjoy Sri Lankan curries.
9. Diversity: If you live in this amazing little island, you will know at least two languages (and if you don’t, well, shame on you), you will have friends of many ethnic groups and you will actually know a lot of things. There is also the added advantage of getting free food for all religious festivals from your neighbors and friends.
10. Amazing people: Sri Lankans are amazing people. We love nearly everything on Earth. Yes, sometimes we are very conservative and backward, but when we love, it comes from the core of our hearts.

5 thoughts on “Perks of being Sri Lankan”

  1. I must say that this is a really creative concept! Maybe we can make this a group project! It can seem lighthearted on the surface but when you really think about it, these “perks of being Sri Lankan” bind us together and help us to realize that we’re on the same boat! Perhaps this is because “when we love, it comes from the core of our hearts.”These perks are felt all the more when one visits/reads about other countries.Free food for all religious festivals: That is very true. I enjoy Christmas cake, kevun, watalappam and laddu with the same relish!I can add a lot more to this; amazing climate (just think about the variety we get!), spellbinding historical places, kindness of strangers (confused in finding a location? Never despair!), the ease of growing food crops (anyone can survive if they can plant a manioc tree), abundance of natural resources, natural beauty, and the list goes on…

  2. I have to say this was a fun and enjoyable little post! In fact, it's no wonder our teeny little SL is called the paradise isle eh? Of course, this is some kinda serendipity on our part (like, literally!!!)And of course, the perks of Lankanness don't come easy anyhow. I mean, most of the people we know, or are close to us, have lived through the terrible political and ethnic crises that rose from time to time and threatened the core idea of your post. And for kindness of strangers Rochelle, might I add that a three-wheeler driver in Jaffna, during the WTR trip, actually called another one of his friends to help us to get around when we couldn't?Remember, Shailee? 🙂 and yes….Sri Lanka….food!

  3. That is a really kind act by him Vasika! Yeah, people have to re-learn the perks because of some incidents…Quoting from the Grade 10 history book:An Arab called Sulaiman referred to Sri Lanka as "Serendib". According to Wikipedia, " However, in Arabic, Sri Lanka ultimately came to be known as Serendib or Sarandib, which led to the Persian Serendip (as used in the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes were always making discoveries of things they were not seeking, from which Horace Walpole in 1754 would ultimately coin the English word serendipity)"Our paradise isle has also been called Ceylon,Tamraparni(copper coloured leaf), Taprobane,Tenerism(isle of delight), Pa-Outchow(isle of gems),India's teardrop(due to its shape and location in the Indian ocean), the pearl of the Indian Ocean,…(

  4. There are just so many perks and yet, we fail to appreciate them. I mean, we tend to complain about nearly everything about Sri Lanka and yet, we don't stop for a minute and see the beauty of this island

  5. What does Sri Lanka and Shailee have in common? Tons of names!Also there's a lot of kindness in Sri Lankans. I mean, so many people I know, maybe because of their poverty and thus, innocence, are such nice and kind people.

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