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CultureShock! Sri Lanka

Book Description

Chock-full of useful tips and information, this book covers a wide range of practical issues, such as how to get your blue card, ways to get settled into your new home, and how to conduct business in the Sri Lankan environment. Find out how to communicate with the Sri Lankans and how to enjoy their delicious curries without needing a fire extinguisher! Discover what lies beneath the Sri Lankan profile and how religion, caste, and politics influence the lives of the locals. The book also guides you on the customs and cultural ways of the Sri Lankans and how you can integrate seamlessly into their society. Written in an easy-to-read style, CultureShock! Sri Lanka is the guide you must have to truly enjoy your stay in this country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Sri Lanka
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2: Overview of the Land and History
    1. The Land of Potential
    2. A Brief Tour of Sri Lankan History
    3. A Quick Ride Around the Island
  11. Chapter 3: Lankan Profiles
    1. The Sri Lankan Mosaic
    2. The Sri Lankan Soul
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising with the Locals
    1. Ways Of Seeing
    2. Social Etiquette
    3. The Life Circle
    4. Meeting the Locals
    5. Gift-giving
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. The Expatriate Experience
    2. The Residence Visa
    3. House and Home
    4. The Servant Question
    5. Medicine and Hospitals
    6. Shopping
    7. Coping with Children
    8. NightLife
    9. Clubs
    10. Cinema and the Theatre
    11. Life on the Street
    12. Charities, Cons and Rip-offs
    13. Getting Around
    14. Culture Shock in Sri Lanka
  14. Chapter 6: A Veritable Food Fair
    1. The Flavours of Sri Lanka
    2. Rice and Curry
    3. Bring Me the Fire Extinguisher, Please
    4. The Staff of Life
    5. Cutlery versus Fingers
    6. A Feast From the Seas
    7. Spices
    8. Sweetmeats
    9. Fruits
    10. Alternatives to Coke
    11. Two Leaves and a Bud
    12. Don’t Drink the Water
  15. Chapter 7: Enjoying Sri Lanka
    1. Sri Lankan Festivals
    2. Beginnings and Ends
    3. Vacation Time
  16. Chapter 8: Languages and Body Talk
    1. Communicating with Sri Lankans
    2. Spoken Languages
    3. Unspoken Language
    4. The Significance of Names
    5. Spacing Yourself
    6. Keeping In Time
    7. The Importance of Face
    8. What To Do?
  17. Chapter 9: Doing Business in Sri Lanka
    1. Business, the Sri Lankan Way
    2. Expectations
    3. Work and Real Life
    4. Absenteeism
    5. Becoming an Effective Sri Lankan Boss
    6. Politicisation
    7. Corruption
    8. Women in the Workplace
  18. Chapter 10: Sri Lanka at a Glance
    1. Places of Interest
    2. Famous People
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Authors
  25. Index