“…The ambula – in spite of its Indian origins – has a storied place in the culture and heritage of the Sinhalese people. It has been celebrated in song, poetry, and other forms of literature. Tikiri Menike Ambula Genalla, a popular Sinhalese song at many Sri Lankan parties, describes Tikiri Menike – a farmer’s wife – bringing a rice-and-curry lunch – the ambula – to the fields where her husband and the other farmers are working.”
A farmer’s wife carries her husband’s lunch out to the paddy fields where he is at work, close to Mawanella, in the foothills of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story Eating Like a Farmer, appears in the May 2017 issue.