Category: Asia

Colonial Sri Lanka: Hill country’s Little England

Five hours drive from the capital in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, it doesn’t take long to realise why Nuwara Eliya is known as Little England. Visitors today find colonial-era-bungalows and Tudor-style hotels set in front of sweeping lawns and pretty flower gardens. In Nuwara Eliya, there are plenty […]

In Burma: Visiting Mandalay and Inle Lake

“For the wind is in the palm trees, an’ the temple-bells they say: ‘Come back you British soldier, come you back to Mandalay!’” Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Mandalay’ is probably one of the most famous things ever written about Burma, but some will be disappointed to know that he […]

In Burma: Independence and the challenge of pluralism

At first glance Burma seems a multicultural place. There are numerous Christian churches in the country’s biggest city, Yangon, dating back to colonial times when missionaries came to predominantly Budhist-Burma to build new congregations. In the Indian quarter there are mosques, but also the Jewish Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue […]