This is the one decent (recordable) image I got out of Unawatuna
When I was a kid I was fascinated by this plant. It’s a much better pet than the usual vegetation since it shyly folds up when you touch it. I still squat on the side of the road and play with it occasionally. In Sri Lanka it’s called Nidikumba. Nidi means sleepy and I think Kumba refers to Kumbhakarana, Ravana’s brother (and my uncle) who was a great warrior but slept all the time. Apparently its government name is Mimosa Pudica. This is a short video of Nidikumba on the side of the road in Unawatuna. The brief music is ‘When You Sleep’ by Cake. This is all I have produced this New Year.