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I sailed in an open Tamil boat with no protection from the sun and , as the bottom of the boat was usually full of the most ancient and fish - like smelling bilge water , the sun and stench combined were formidable .
There was no harbour and all the bigger boats and steamers from India and Colombo had to lie anchored offshore . ... It was , I think , on February 15th that I sailed from Jaffna to Marichchukaddi in an open native boat .
which ran a rope held by a man in the boat , called a manduck . At a signal from the diver ... There were 473 boats divided into two fleets which fished on alternate days ; the largest number of boats to go out on any one day was 286.
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Playing tennis with starched whites with the other English administrators and then chatting over G and Ts in the tropical warm of the evening in an old Dutch fort on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka ... Read full review
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In the feudal society of Ceylon "I felt that there was some depth of happiness rather than pleasure, of satisfaction, . . . which the western world is losing or has lost." (p 158) Judgments such as ... Read full review