■ SRI LANKA, NEGOMBO: The sun was about to set and it was looking bleak for my visit to the beach during daylight hours. So Sri Lanka’s 2nd greatest rickshaw driver made an executive decision and drove by his daughter’s house in a village near Negombo for a surprise visit.
The stage was now set for another unique look into the life of a Sri Lankan family. This second house though was somewhat dimly lit but at least I got a feel for what it was like to live there. It looked like a very tight nit community and a happy place to live.
After a visit to Negombo beach where it seemed the whole city had decided to go for an evening swim we drove back to Colombo. I was dead tired and couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel. Then it dawned on me that all I had done was be a passenger whereas Aurun had been driving all day and still had another 2 hours ahead of him before he’d be back to his house. What a work ethic! This deserved a reward….