Thursday, December 9, 2021

Lopamudra Column

The quaint history of Ceylon General Railway

The railways came to Sri Lanka about twelve years after it they did in neighboring India. The beginning was rough with many odds stacked against the project. But with the help of a Briton, W F Faviell, who had previously built a railway in India, railway construction got underway in the island colony in right earnest.

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Laying rail tracks in colonial Ceylon was a daunting task

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajapai Colombo, April 3 ( It was the French classic adventure novelist Jules Verne, who in his acclaimed novel Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days) proposed the idea of technology connecting vast stretches of the world in the 19th century. He said through a discussion with the main protagonist, Phileas...

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Sri Lanka’s colorful “bulath bags” have a long history going back to ancient times

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai Chewing “bulath” or betel leaves is an ancient tradition across South and South-east Asia and also some parts of the Pacific. And with the practice of chewing betel leaves came the designing of betel containers or bulath bags. Over time, from ancient times, the use of betel leaves became ritualized. It got incorporated into religious systems....

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Colombo’s cast-iron telegraph and electricity poles have a fascinating tale to tell

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai/ Ruins or remains of material culture in urban areas help us reconstruct important historical episodes. Telegraph and electricity ruins across the British colonies are a witness to the gradual evolution of the system of communication. Roads built or renovated across colonial Ceylon also have fascinating stories to tell. Thus, a close study of the many...

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