Udeta Biwwe Kendhadhe?

Office workers, security personnel, and off-duty policemen gather for a pre-breakfast drink of kola kendha (a soup made from leaves, rice, and coconut milk) sold out of the back of a truck on Chatham Street in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. While this is traditional morning fare for many Sri Lankans, there is a view that it makes the drinker drowsy, and many the sleepy schoolboy has heard a teacher bark the question, “Udeta biwwe kendhadhe?” or “Was it soup you drank in the morning?” Shot in June 2015.

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  • There’s Always Time for the News

    Morning rush hour in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka, June 2015.

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  • Waiting to be Served

    Office workers wait to be served breakfast at the Pagoda Tea Rooms, Chatham Street, in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. June 2015.

    The restaurant is over 130 years old, and features in the 1982 music video of Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf.

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  • A Prayer for the Day

    On his way to work, a man pauses in the morning rush hour at a shrine on the corner of Bank of Ceylon Mawatha in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka.

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  • Mosque in the Morning Light, Fort Galle, Sri Lanka

    The Meeran Jumma Masjid as seen from Point Utrecht on the ramparts of Fort Galle, Sri Lanka. Built in 1910, the mosque unusually follows the style of a Portuguese Baroque cathedral. The fort itself dates back to 15th Century Portuguese fortifications that were then extensively expanded and built on by the Dutch in the 17th Century, and the British in the 18th Century. Shot in May 2015.

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  • Afternoon on Pedlar Street (b/w)

    Little Yellow Restaurant

    Hospital Street in the Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. May 2015.

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  • Negombo Lagoon in the Afternoon

    Outrigger fishing canoes moored at the northern end of the Negombo Lagoon in Sri Lanka. Shot from the Customs House Road in May 2015.

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  • Walking the Ramparts #9

    Steps leading down to the beach below the Triton Bastion on the southeast side of the Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. Coral beds stretch out to a barrier reef that protects the seaward side of the fort. May 2015.

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  • The Reading Room

    Negombo Lagoon in the morning, Sri Lanka, May 2015.

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