Forts were erected, men were stationed on their bastions and canon were installed by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, because this tiny island of ours was too good to lose. Be it cinnamon peeling, wood carving, irrigation marvels, frescoes of Sigiriya or verse on ola leaves, this fabled island of ours had it all. The museums, the tea houses, and spice stores of the West were thriving thanks to them.
Seventy years are behind us, since the so called colonial bonds were shed. Yet ‘mind- forged manacles’ continue to loom. Often we see greener pastures across the seven seas, taking for granted the treasure trove of an isle we call ‘home’. Lankan Isle’s endeavour is to remind the people of this land and those across the seas, of what makes this isle a wonder. It is also a celebration of the skilled Sri Lankan who is second to none in the world.