So, finally, Panadura will not see a "Waiter, Muss Plate ekak Genna" anymore. The wheel of curry spins, round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows.
The wave of Buddhist nationalism sweeping across the sweet sunny isle of Sri Lanka makes every attempt to take away the prevailing privileges that everyone enjoyed, from Lord Nelson in the Fort to the Orient Hotel in Galle and all the way back to the Lion Pub in Nuwara Eliya.
So, it is worthwhile to note that Buddhism has, all along, made the consumption of Meat and Alcohol to be "Haraam" in a Buddhist kind of way. Yet, no one paid any heed to it all these years. Maybe the Brits, the last of the Colonials, brainwashed the locals to indulge in order to generate the much needed revenue to the state and also make a handful of local "nobodies"into "somebodies"?
What will happen to whole assembly line of men, women and hands that bring the beef to the buffet? Will they have to look for a livelihood in the St John's Fish Market?
And what about the Booze. No liquor slaes between 2 and 5 pm in Panadura, again. Looks like "Dooona Para" is taking the lead in cleaning up the sordid nation?
Will the people have to start their first shot at breakfast time? Reminds me of the Colombo Chetty bank tellers who worked at Chartered Bank in the 70's. They just couldnt count the cash without a quarter after bfast.
So whats next? A clean Sri Lanka devoid of booze, meat, polygamy, and tips. Where will all the cattle graze? Not in my backyard, I hope?
We could certainly export them to Arabia where the big meat eaters thrive on Shawarma, Khabsa, and Mandhee rice, 24 X 7 X 365. Maybe that could supplement the income from housemaids remittances. The girls can stay home and mind the store now. Also keep a close eye on the roaming hubby.
What about the goats? Arent they not as sacred as the cow? There goes my mutton kurma!
Lets all stand up and offer our Pan Sil for the day, fellers.
Saadu, Saadu, Saadu!