Sri Lanka: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Culture Smart! Sri Lanka outlines this fascinatingisland-nation’s rich and complex history, and reveals the forcesthat have shaped its sensibility and development over the years. Itguides you through the beliefs, attitudes, and customs of thepeople you will meet, and gives practical advice on how best toproceed in unfamiliar situations.Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, this resource-rich,lovely island just off the southern tip of India is full ofcontrast and diversity. Despite the lingering tension between thedifferent religious and ethnic groups in the wake of a bloody civilwar, and the glaring inequality between the wealthy elite and ruralvillagers, all Sri Lankans share a great respect for family, home,and friendship, and pride in their beautiful country. In return,politeness, respect, and a genuine attempt to understand theirculture, and acceptance of their relaxed pace of life, are key togaining their acceptance.Whether you come for business or for pleasure, Culture Smart!Sri Lanka is the ideal travel companion. By offering insights intoSri Lankan daily life, at home and in the workplace, and describingwhat Sri Lankans enjoy and how they interact socially, it willgreatly enrich your experience among this resilient, welcomingpeople.