The country is a major tea exporter, a booming tourist attraction with ancient Buddhist stupas and majestic Hindu temples and home to a diverse community. In this issue of Convergence, we are placing our travel spotlight on Sri Lanka.
A country that has been steadily growing and building itself from a civil war that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka should definitely be on any traveller’s list. From the colder regions in Nuwara Eliya to the simpler farming towns in Jaffna to the coastal towns in Galle, the country offers something sweet, spicy or savoury that will resonate with a variety of taste buds. Step inside the land of Lanka on page 96!
We would also like to take the opportunity to wish all Hindu readers an auspicious and blessed Happy Deepavali! The Festival of Lights falls on October 18 worldwide and is often celebrated with sugary sweets, fireworks and new clothing materials. Be a part of the celebration by being in the know of the culture’s sweet delicacies and drop by a store or two here to satiate those sugar cravings! Read our list of 10 top Indian desserts on page 59 now!
If you’re looking for travel alternatives, soak in the sights at Southeast Asia’s ‘Pearl of the Orient’ – Manila or try Russian beet soup while exploring Moscow! Do not forget to purchase the country’s famed Matryoshka dolls as souvenirs too.
For travel anecdotes and inspiration, read all about former Miss Malaysia and Miss World finalist, Deborah Henry’s travel tales on page 66 and learn about her school for refugee children under Convergence of Inspiration on page 91.
Lastly, we’ve got exclusive interviews with in-flight catering company, Brahim’s Holdings Berhad as well as the latest news from Malaysia Airports’ experience-sharing online travel portal, FlyKLIA on page 88. Read or write reviews about your travel tales and tips on FlyKLIA, today!
Happy reading, happy holidays and happy travels!
The Editorial Board, Convergence