Culture Shock! Sri Lanka

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Overview

Whether you're conducting business, traveling for pleasure, or even relocating abroad, one mistake with customs or etiquette can leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth. International travelers, now more than ever, are not just individuals from the United States, but ambassadors and impression makers for the country as a whole. Newly updated, redesigned, and resized for maximum shelf appeal for travelers of all ages, Culture Shock! country and city guides make up the most complete reference series for customs and etiquette you can find. These are not just travel guides; they are guides for a way of life.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vi
Acknowledgements     viii
Map of Sri Lanka     x
First Impressions     1
Overview of the Land and History     6
The Land of Potential     7
A Brief Tour of Sri Lankan History     8
A Quick Ride Around the Island     17
Lankan Profiles     23
The Sri Lankan Mosaic     24
The Sri Lankan Soul     35
Socialising with the Locals     38
Ways Of Seeing     39
Social Etiquette     58
The Life Circle     59
Meeting the Locals     71
Gift-giving     73
Settling In     74
The Expatriate Experience     75
The Blue Card     75
House and Home     76
The Servant Question     81
Medicine and Hospitals     83
Shopping     85
Coping with Children     88
NightLife     89
Clubs     90
Cinema and the Theatre     90
Life on the Street     91
Charities, Cons and Rip-offs     92
Getting Around     94
Culture Shock in Sri Lanka     107
A Veritable Food Fair     114
The Flavours of Sri Lanka     115
Rice and Curry     115
Bring Me the Fire Extinguisher, Please     116
The Staff of Life     117
Cutlery versus Fingers     119
A Feast From the Seas     122
Spices     123
Sweetmeats     123
Fruits     125
Alternatives to Coke     127
Two Leaves and a Bud     128
Don't Drink the Water     129
Enjoying Sri Lanka     130
Sri Lankan Festivals     131
Beginnings and Ends     140
Vacation Time     141
Languages and Body Talk     143
Communicating with Sri Lankans     144
Spoken Languages     144
Unspoken Language     146
The Significance of Names     147
Spacing Yourself     148
Keeping In Time     149
The Importance of Face     151
What To Do?     153
Doing Business in Sri Lanka     154
Business, the Sri Lankan Way     155
Expectations     155
Work and Real Life     158
Absenteeism      164
Becoming an Effective Sri Lankan Boss     165
Politicisation     166
Corruption     167
Women in the Workplace     168
Sri Lanka at a Glance     169
Acronyms     173
Places of Interest     173
Famous People     173
Culture Quiz     178
Do's and Don'ts     189
Glossary     190
Resource Guide     192
Further Reading     196
About the Authors     201
Index     204
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