Colombo, December 16, 2010
On that fine bright morning yesterday, I was at the Galle Face Hotel as an invitee at a relative's wedding. More irritated than bored by the deafening music noise, I walked out on to the Galle face Esplanade.
What a lovely place!
On the left were the wide Indian Ocean as far as your eye could see and its horizon in the cloudless sky. You can see in front the Twin Towers and the Bank of Ceylon Headquarters' cylindrical skyscraper, one mile (1.6 km) away! Yes. From the Hotel, it is one strait line of breakwater wall that long, stretching along the beach. The vast open Galle Face Ground, with its soothing sea breeze, is dubbed Lung of the City not for nothing.
On the right land side is the 5-star Taj Hotel, bordering the main road.
What a panorama!
Now, tell me, with the camera in hand, what am I to do?
I started capturing the breadth taking landscape from diverse angles, zooming and dezooming the lens when my eyes met a black girl and a white boy, among many other foreign tourists. I beckoned the boy for a snap. He seemed lethargic.
Then I addressed the girl in a tender voice, ‘Foto for me, sweet girl'. She obliged without a blink of hesitation and putting her arms around his shoulders, posed for me. Here is the photo of the pleasant young duo.
Galle face Hotel, the oldest hotel east of the Suez, by the way, was built in 1864 by the British Entrepreneurs with a Victorian architecture and still maintained in its pristine glory.
Its celebrity clients include, first man in space, ex-British Premier Edward , Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Prince Phillip, Japanese , English actor and film producer Sir of fame, American novelist, screenwriter and actress Carrie Frances Fisher, US President , Lord Mountbatten and Yugoslav head Marshal .
(See the next image at the same place)