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Another variety of a food stall in one of the Batticaloa side roads. Even shops that don’t sell alcohol try to put up fencings and grates to protect their goods.


  1. I’m confused. Are those flimsy barriers meant to protect goods left without supervision, or just a sort of small crowd control when the vendor is actually in operation?

    1. Carl, deducing from the street and the traffic I’ve experienced there, I doubt there can be much of a crowd. The best explanation I could come up with are the omnipresent crows (and sometimes monkeys). For them the material strength should be sufficient.

  2. Hmm, crows could certainly be a problem and I’m familiar with them here. But your mention of monkeys made me laugh. Then I had another thought, which is that gray squirrels fill the ecological niche that exotic monkeys do nearer the equator. Of course, it’s possible that a Sri Lanken visiting New England would find a gray squirrel quite exotic.

    1. The squirrels I’ve completely forgotten – they have a striped variety, smallish, maybe 4″ w.o. tail. In the hotel I used to stay in Colombo they came to the veranda during breakfast to indulge in the breadcrumbs. And of course they are skilled thieves when nobody looks.

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