I went to Pettah over the weekend, looking for this particular Motorola. It was a cool day, laden with yesterdays rain. First I drove through Pettah looking for a theoretical parking spot and finding none. The streets are occupied with people, flowing around the slow moving car like ambivalent waves. No parking no parking no parking. I had originally parked next to a fetid garbage dump/housing project but decided it was too far. In my meanderings that’s exactly where I ended up, and where I parked again. Hop a three into Pettah. I remember seeing cool stuff in Pettah when I was a kid, but as far as I can tell Pettah is full of junk. No offense. Seriously though, it’s a bunch of too-tall socks, cheap cloth, knives, and electronics from 1983. It feels like Blade Runner except without any cool stuff. Maybe I’m wrong. I walk past a big kovil and get some peara (guava) in a bag. They put some chili on it, which I’m not used to. It’s pretty freaking good.
A Pettah Kovil. Much taller and cooler
Pettah is, above all, different. As boring as Colombo is compared to the rest of Sri Lanka, there are still some interesting spots. Fort was cool before security concerns shut it down, and Wellawatta is interesting as a South Asian city with cramped high-rises and dosai joints. There are some tree lined roads near Thumulla where you feel almost free. Pettah is more entertaining for the mess and crowds – the bazaar. My problem is that most of the stuff at the bazaar is just crap. Worse than crap, it’s the same crap. My main gripe with shopping in SL is that every store sells the same stuff. You find the same overpriced electronics at every store in MC and Unity, and in Pettah it’s the same thing. Except the electronics are from 1983. There’s also the same cloth, same patterns, same same.
The achcharu is good though.