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                                                                                         April 13



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Een dictionnaire amoureux


Hoe komen Delftsblauwe tegels met afbeeldingen van Adam en Eva op de vloer van de boeddhistische tempel Ridi Vihira in het binnenland van Sri Lanka? Waarom werd het VOC-fort Katuwane vergeten en overwoekerd door tropisch woud? Hoe groeide de Nederlandse boeddhistische monnik Olande Ananda uit tot de bekendste meditatieleraar van Sri Lanka? En griezel mee als de auteur 1000 meter in de diepte kijkt aan het eind van de wereld en bezoek met hem in Peradeniya de oudste botanische tuin van Azië. De wereld is vergeten hoe bijzonder Sri Lanka is. Al vanaf 1976 schrijft journalist Ad van Schaik over dit bijzondere eiland dat hij ontelbare malen bezocht om te berichten voor De Telegraaf, Tros Radio en Azie-Magazine. Het werd tijd voor een dictionnaire amoureux.


ISBN-13: 978-94-6153-011-0, Nur 571 / 680, Geïllustreerd, Formaat 13,5 x 21,5 cm, Omslag Aspekt Graphics, Omvang 220 pagina’s.

Deze publicatie kan besteld worden bij de auteur door het overmaken van 19,95 Euro (inclusief verzendkosten) op rekening 62 21 78 105 ten name van Ad van Schaik, onder vermelding van: “Boek Sri Lanka”. Contact met de auteur is mogelijk via het e-mailadres: boeksrilanka@ziggo.nl.

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 Doing Business in Sri Lanka?

The Netherlands– Sri Lanka Business Council was established in 2000 to promote and support trade, business and investments by Dutch and Sri Lankan companies. The business council wants to offer a platform where entrepreneurs can get practical information, exchange experiences and share knowledge on The Netherlands, Sri Lanka and the opportunities both countries can offer each other.


Visit the new Netherlands Sri Lanka Business Council website http://www.nslbc.nl




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Sri Lanka / Ceylon photographs from the Life Photo Archive

Search engine Google announced the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by the mission to organize all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.
Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. Google is digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, Google will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos. Click here and here for images on
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Professional Network on Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Professional Network is a new initiative for Professionals related to Sri Lanka in order to share their personal network and knowledge on Sri Lanka.

The network is accessible through the Linked In website. Linked In is a networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2008, it had more than 17 million registered users, spanning 150 industries and more than 400 economic regions (as classified by the service).

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South Asian Cultural Agenda in The Netherlands

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images of ceylon



Images of Ceylon

If every picture tells a story, then every photograph gives an elegant and accurate description of that story.
The institution of photography in Ceylon was first established in the mid 1840's and was practiced quite extensively towards the end of the 19th Century. During that period there were dozens of local and foreign artist who took up the challenge to record the daily events which took place in the beautiful and mysterious island of Ceylon in the form of a photographic image.
Starting with the first recorded photographer, S.J. Barrow, who experimented with this new invention in the mid 1840's, the title of novice and professional photographer in Ceylon was held by many distinguished individuals such as Frederick Fiebig (1840-1852), William Andre (1860-1870), Samuel Bourne & Shepherd (1863-1872), Julia Margaret Cameron (1875-1879), Henry William Cave (1880-1900), Adolphus Grigson (1870-1880), Joseph Lawton (1866-1872), AWA Plate (1892-1930), Charles T. Scowen (1873-1893) and William Louis Henry Skeen (1860-1903).
This site is dedicated to the many brave individuals, who traveled far away from their own safe homes, on many occasions venturing deep into an unexplored land with little regard to their own safety, in order to capture that perfect moment in time on to a photograph.
This is their story...

19th century photographs of Ceylon from the Palinda Stephan de Silva Collection

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