Nine Lives (available at the Barefoot Bookshop)

A Buddhist Monk Takes up arms to resist the Chinese Invasion of Tibet-then spend the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the continuity of ancient traditions.

Exhibition of Photographs

“Standing there, surrounded by that matchless prospect, there on that proud pinnacle and above that enchanting view, one may well refuse to accept that rock-mark as the answer to his question. I want a higher, nobler answer, and is it not afforded? Let each decide for himself, but I like to believe that these legends are all after-thoughts; that the place was already sacred to the primal religions of humanity-the worship of nature –as the enduring, all originating, all absorbing universal whole; -that to this faith, man’s first, and perhaps his last, this spot was already consecrated as its most fitting temple. In a question of this I care little for historic absences or their absence. There are many things which history knows nothing, many more of which it has not chosen to tell.”
Ceylon Observer 2 October 1869 Quoted in Adam’s Peak by William Skeen p.10-11

Paths to the Peak: Ecology, Landscape and Culture on Sri Lanka’s Sacred Mountain

Ian Lockwood is an educator, photographer and writer with an enduring interest in the ecology, landscapes and cultures of South Asia. He and his wife Raina work as teachers at the Overseas School of Colombo. They have two children in the primary school. Prior to this Ian worked as a Geography and Environmental Science teacher in Bangladesh and India. His family is originally from Boston USA but has been living and working in South Asia for four generations. Ian’s paternal grandparents taught at Jaffna College for thirty years and his father Merrick was born in Vaddukoddai. Photography has been a family past time and his father influenced an insatiable interest in black & white landscapes. Ian has published numerous articles and photo essays dealing with ecology, landscape and culture in India’s Western Ghats. He has exhibited his photographs in Dhaka, New Delhi, Mumbai and New York City. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Political Economy from the College of Wooster and two Master’s Degrees in Secondary Education (TCNJ) and Ecological Teaching & Learning (Lesley University). Ian has climbed Sri Pada 12 and a half times over the last six years. Further examples of his photography and writing can be found at



Did we love each other
to end up
so mad, hurt and shy


work overtakes love
children overtake love
phone rings overtake love
is our love not deep
for our souls

for pol sambol

Instead we shun
the longing
to be real,
to manifest

the gentleness
kind thoughtful


I guess
that’s enough
to distract our


Around my French Table

One copy left at the Barefoot Bookshop. rs. 4000/-

‘Around My French Table is the book that grew and grew and it grew to be so big that there wasn’t room for the glossary, so here it is. Like the glossary in Baking From My Home to Yours, this one will give you information on tools, techniques and ingredients. If you find that something’s missing – scream! The good thing about having it here, online, is that I can add and edit.’

Closed Sunday, labour day. what’s coming up?

film night
exhibition of photographs by Ian Lockwood
exhibition of paintings by Laki
official opening of studio upstairs

Non aligned exhibit will continue to be up till the 15th of May
a new shipment from Bloomsbury, UK
Indian edition of ‘Chinaman’ published by Random House, India.
Silver jewllery from India
and more.

suggestions on how we can improve on our product and serve you better will be welcome.

Happy Labour day everyone