“Parangis on Three-wheelers” – A tuk-tuk connection between Ceylon and Portugal.

When the Portuguese were ousted by the Dutch in 1658, they left a significant cultural imprint that changed and enriched many spheres of Ceylonese culture. Beginning from the 16th century, The European colonial powers made an impact in many aspects of the life of the Islanders. The Portuguese, unlike the later Dutch and British integrated well with the locals. They intermarried with the daughters of the land, birthed a a new language, Sri Lanka Portuguese Creole, which flourished as a lingua franca in the island for over three and a half centuries. read more