Monday, April 16, 2012

Want to buy some fake sapphires?



Pssst! Want to buy some fake Sapphires…?

 By
Gyan C A Fernando
Illustrated by N Senthilkumaran

T
he good old Republic of Sri Lanka is famous for some of the nicest precious stones in the world and as one might expect, most Sri Lankans seem to be obsessed with buying, selling, acquiring or mining; legally or illegally, mostly the latter.

"El Bandido", my Paraguayan business partner
"El Bandido", my Paraguayan business partner
Most refer to precious stones as Gems but quite often as Gem’s (sic), with a total disregard for the correct usage of the apostrophe.

Gem’s..er…I mean Gems… are rather nice, but they tend to bring out the baser instincts of Srilankan-kind.