Markets, Super and Not in Sri Lanka

Trishaw passing a roadside market in Sri Lanka

Going to the supermarket was a luxury to Sri Lankans. Now it’s a standard thing.

The year is 1980 and my father gets into his Austin Cambridge to drive to Colpetty to do some grocery shopping. Cigarette in mouth, shutters down, he drives past his usual shopping spot, the Wellawatte market. He drives further down Galle road, passing many other…