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Lonely Planet Sri Lanka
Richard Plunkett
1740594231
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Whether you want to marvel at ancient cities or the Buddha’s tooth, comb idyllic beaches or follow the paths of elephants, this guide to the colour and flavours of Sri Lanka is your key to unlocking its secrets. 43 maps, including a colour country map colour section on the wildlife of Sri Lanka, plus essential tips for birdwatchers the flavours of Sri Lanka, from a morning hopper to an evening arrack from cheap dens to colonial mansions – the scoop on where to puff your pillow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


SRI Lanka
Krishnan Guruswamy
0836823540
September 2002
Hardcover
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Bodies in Motion
Mary Anne Mohanraj
0060781181
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Mohanraj's promising but uneven debut collection chronicles the lives of two linked Sri Lankan families over the course of 50 years. From politically ravaged Sri Lanka to quiet suburban America, characters buck against the tradition of arranged marriage, desiring more than their assigned societal roles. In "Oceans Bright and Wide," a couple in 1939 Colombo, Sri Lanka, reluctantly send their daughter to Oxford University to study physics rather than immediately marrying her off. An embittered father lamenting his Americanized children surprises his youngest daughter with an arranged engagement on her seventeenth birthday in "A Gentle Man." In "Tightness in the Chest," a young American–Sri Lankan woman settles down with a Tamil husband, but resists her role as wife and future mother, while he yearns for her...


Rough Guide Sri Lanka Country Map
Rough Guides
1843532263
Nov 2003
Paperback
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The Hamilton Case
Michelle de Kretser
0316010812
April 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
De Kretser's accomplished second novel (after 2000's The Rose Grower), set in the author's native Sri Lanka in the years before its independence in 1948, is as much a haunting character study as it is an elusive murder mystery and a deep exploration of colonialism. At the heart of the story is Sam Obeysekere, a brilliant Ceylonese prosecutor and perfect English gentleman—who isn't, of course, English. Born into a privileged but unstable family—his "Pater" intentionally squanders their wealth; his "Mater" sleeps around, smashes expensive crystal and feels a "massive indifference" to her son; and his beloved sister seems bent on self-destruction—Sam, as an adult, focuses on his young son and his career. By all accounts, he's prospering, able to take his place beside the island's ruling class of...


At the Water's Edge
Pradeep Jeganathan
0974883905
March 2004
Paperback
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chowkpickbook 1st May 2004
"...an incredibly elegant, seamless piece of writing, the kind that is rare..."

Sangam.org, May 14, 2004
"Pradeep Jeganathan has certainly mastered the art of the short story."

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Sri Lanka Travel Map
Globetrotter
1843307766
Oct 2004
Calendar
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Book Description
The highly successful Globetrotter Travel series, which includes guides, maps and atlases, presently covers more than 80 destinations worldwide. The packs are excellent value, including both a guidebook and a soft cover of the foldout Globetrotter map of the region, in a printed plastic wallet.


Tropical Houses: Living in Nature in Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Java, Bali, and the Coasts of Mexico and Belize
Tim Street-Porter
0517704625
November 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Before opening Tropical Houses, hide your passport. As soon as you get a glimpse of these incredible houses nestled among lush tropical landscapes, you'll want to head straight to the airport. Author Tim Street-Porter spent more than 10 years traveling through Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Bali, Java, Mexico, and Belize, meeting the owners of these Shangri-las and taking interior and exterior photos. Tropical Houses offers intelligent, dreamy commentary and over 272 breathtaking full-color photos.

Visit the House of Iseh in Bali and sit in the verdant shadow of the sacred volcano Gunung Agung. Said writer Anna Mathews of the view from the terrace: "Once you have lived in this place you can never be the same again. You are driven mad by beauty." In Jamaica, imagine you're a guest at Good Hope. Originally a plantation, Good Hope is...



Living in Sri Lanka
Turtle Bunbury, James Fennell (Photographer)
0500512876
April 24, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
A Dutch colonial villa, a tree house over-looking a riverbank, a renovated manor, a 1930s Art Deco chalet—an enchanting portrait of Sri Lanka's faded grandeur, modern vision, and timeless beauty.The ancients called it the Island of Serendipity. Since 1972, it has been Sri Lanka, the "auspicious" (Sri) island to which King Lanka eloped with Rama's beautiful wife in the 2000-year-old Hindu epic. Through the centuries, Muslim traders, the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British were drawn to rule this magical tropical island just off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent.Today in Sri Lanka one finds buildings of simple elegance and universal charisma: conversions and developments proud of the past, sensitive to present desires, prepared for the future, and displaying the best of multi-ethnic decoration with...


The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka (Rough Guides Travel Guide Series)

1843531887
December 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Synopsis The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka is the definitive guide to the island with a full-colour section introducing its highlights; detailed accounts of all the sights, from the bustling street markets of Colombo to the sedate tea plantations of the highlands and great buddhist monuments of The Cultural Triangle. There are candid reviews of the best places to stay and eat, from beachside guesthouses to colonial era hotels and serene ayurveda resorts. The guide also includes detailed coverage of the north and east, until recently off-limits due to the civil war. Finally, there is informed coverage of Sri Lanka's history, religions, art and music.


Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent
K. K. Gurung
0123093503
Jan 1996
Paperback
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Book Description

This book is a field guide to the mammals of this unique subcontinent and includes the best places to watch them. It describes each of the 100 plus species that can be recognized in the field, including identification, habitat, range, behavior, diet, breeding, status, and similar species. The Field Guide also contains color illustrations of each mammal as well as tracks of the more prominent species, and mammal lists and maps for each national park.

Key Features: The only current guide to mammals of the region Contains color pictures and full text on the 106 larger species likely to be encountered Includes drawings of tracks of key species to aid identification Presents full details of 23 parks and reserves, with location maps, visiting details and species lists for each

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Cultural Atlas of India: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka (Cultural Atlas of)
Gordon Johnson
0816030138


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A Sinhalese Village in Sri Lanka
Victoria J. Baker
0155051768
July 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
The most current and detailed case study of South Asia available, this book documents the ways in which the members of a remote agricultural village cope with the dangers that plague them by employing a complex system of ritual practices and beliefs in supernatural forces. The book also addresses topics commonly neglected in other case studies, such as formal education problems in remote areas, the independent and self-confident women of the developing world, and the trials of developmental work in these areas.


Sri Lanka-Maldives
Michelin Travel Publications
2068560011
January 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Experience Sri Lanka and the Maldives with this new NEOS Guide. Designed to evoke emotions, NEOS focuses on encounters, sensations and ambiance and has an important section dedicated to people and savoir-vivre, enhanced with sketches and watercolors capturing the atmosphere of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Perfect for today's generation of travelers looking for "real" and emotional journeys, the NEOS collection features lively descriptions and rich anecdotes as well as maps, itineraries and information on hotels and restaurants.


Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works
David Robson, Geoffrey Bawa
0500341877
November 2002
Hardcover
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The New York Times Book Review, 8 December 2002
Robson...is to be commended for this valuable contribution to the literature of the modern building art at its most humane.

Architecture Magazine, Alan G. Brake, January 2003
Monumental. Reads like a juicy biography of a man, his times, and a unique cultural and physical landscape.

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Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: Buddhist Publication Society, SRI Lanka, 11993
Bhikkhu Bodhi (Editor)
1928706029
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This modern translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) offers an introduction to Buddhism's fundamental philosophical psychology. Originally written in the 11th or 12th century, the Sangaha has served as the key to wisdom held in the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma's central themes, including states of consciousness and mental factors, the functions and processes of the mind, the material world, dependent arising, and the methods and stages of meditation. This work presents an exact translation of the Sangaha alongside the original Pali text. A detailed, section-by-section explanatory guide and more than 40 charts and tables lead modern readers through the complexities of Adhidhamma. A detailed introduction explains the basic principles of this highly revered ancient philosophical...


Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism : Rematerialising the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition (Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions)
Kevin Trainor, et al
0521582806
June 13, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"A carefully researched and theoretically engaged study.... A first-rate analysis that belongs in every academic library with significant holdings on Buddhism." John Clifford Holt, Religious Studies Review

"...Trainor's study includes careful translations from the original P^D-ali and does a good job of researching a wide variety of selective sources." Nirmala Salgado, Journal of the American Oriental Society

Book Description
Western scholarship has largely ignored the practice of venerating the physical remains of the Buddha, a practice that has been a central focus of both monastic and lay Buddhists for more than two millennia. This study draws on textual and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka to examine the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian...



Buddha in the Crown
John Clifford Holt
0195064186
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Historical, anthropological, and philosophical in approach, Buddha in the Crown is a case study in religious and cultural change. It examines the various ways in which Avalokitesvara, the most well known and proliferated bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism throughout south, southeast, and east
Asia, was assimilated into the transforming religious culture of Sri Lanka, one of the most pluralistic in Asia. Exploring the expressions of the bodhisattva's cult in Sanskrit and Sinhala literature, in iconography, epigraphy, ritual, symbol, and myth, the author develops a provocative thesis
regarding the dynamics of religious change. Interdisciplinary in scope, addressing a wide variety of issues relating to Buddhist thought and practice, and providing new and original information on the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka,...


Sri Lanka
James Jupp
0714630934
July 1978
Hardcover
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Funny Boy (Harvest Book)
Shyam Selvadurai
015600500X
June 19, 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in Sri Lanka, this poignant coming-of-age novel charts a boy's loss of innocence as he grapples with family conflict, political realities and his homosexuality. At seven, narrator Arjun Chelvaratnam hates sports and enjoys wearing his aunt's jewelry and playing the role of bride in imaginary weddings; yet his playmates' taunts of "girlie-boy" and "faggot" don't seem all that different from the monickers that attach to other children (e.g., "fatty-boom-boom" and "Diggy-Nose"). But when Arjun enters his teens, his worried father, a wealthy hotelier, sends him to a strict private academy, hoping it will force his son "to become a man." Instead, Arjun, rebelling against a sadistic principal, strikes up an intense friendship with a fellow renegade pupil, Shehan, who is rumored to be gay. After their first sexual...


The Religious World of Kirti Sri
John Clifford Holt
0195107578
Mar 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
In this interdisciplinary inquiry, John Clifford Holt seeks to uncover how Buddhism was understood and expressed during the waning years of indigenous political power in Asia's oldest continuing Buddhist culture. Holt focusses on King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and how, despite powerful and
persistent Dutch colonial threats and a deeply suspicious Kandyan Buddhist Sinhalese aristocracy, he successfully revived Sinhalese Theravada Buddhism. As Holt demonstrates, Kirti Sri succeeded in formulating his vision of an orthodox Buddhism in a number of ways: through the patronage of monastic
sanha and re-establishing traditional lines of ordination, translating the Pali suttas into Sinhala, sponsoring public Buddhist religious rites, and refurbishing almost all Buddhist temples in the Kandyan culture region. The ultimate aim...


Paradise Poisoned: Learning About Conflict, Terrorism and Development from Sri Lanka's Civil Wars
John Richardson
9555800944
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Could actions have been taken prior to September 11 th to prevent the formation of a strong and resilient al Qaeda ? Might alternative development policies have prevented the World Trade Center attacks and forestalled the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Paradise Poisoned draws crucial lessons from Sri Lanka's civil wars to demonstrate that violent conflict and terrorism are both predictable and preventable . John Richardson's study - carried out over nearly twenty years - employs rigorous political and economic analysis and a multi-disciplinary engagement of the systemic linkages between development, governance, and civil conflict. The author - a noted development professor and practitioner, applied systems theorist, and South Asian scholar - traces ten development failures that spawned conflict and terrorism in...


Buddhism Betrayed
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
0226789497
July 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka--given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy--are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.



Sri Lanka
Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera
0761414770
October 2002
Hardcover
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Children's Bookwatch, September 1999
"...fine and lasting reference information for grades 5 and older, and are highly recommended picks for discriminating collections." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

Card catalog description
A look at the geography, history, government, economy, people, lifestyles, language, and culture of this diverse island country. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka (RoutledgeCurzon Critical Studies in Buddhism)
Mahinda Deegalle (Editor)
0415359201
April 19, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book explores dilemmas that Buddhism faces in relation to the continuing ethnic conflict and violence in contemporary Sri Lanka. Using an interdisciplinary approach, prominent scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, Buddhist studies and Pali examine multiple dimensions of the problem. Buddhist responses to the crisis are discussed in detail, along with how Buddhism can help to create peace in Sri Lanka. Evaluating the role of Buddhists and their institutions in bringing about an end to war and violence as well as possibly heightening the problem, this collection puts forward a critical analysis of the religious conditions contributing to continuing hostilities.


SRI Lanka
Manufactured by American Map Corporation
0841621098
September 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sri Lanka Insight FlexiMap features detailed city, street and road maps clearly marked with all the sites and services of particular interest to travelers. Text and photographs offer a wealth of valuable tourist information including "10 sights you shouldn't miss", plus information on transportation, visas, currency, important telephone numbers, emergency services, and more.


Buddhism Betrayed
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
0226789500
July 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka--given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy--are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.


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