The City of Light
Nuwara Eliya means “city of light” in Sinhalese, and the name existed long before the small town was founded by the British in the late 19th century, hinting at an older forgotten history. The photograph is of the southern entrance to the modern city, via a bridge over Lake Gregory, which was created in 1873, when Sir William Gregory ordered the damming of the Thalagala Stream, flooding the swamps at the southern end of the valley. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, The Nuwara Eliya Season in Spring, runs in the April 2017 issue.