Twelve Ways To Spend

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

lquote Twas the 12 days of Christmas and lovers in that timeless carol, braved high seas (with a fat wallet) to bring their true love 12 unusual gifts. Care to follow their lead the local way?
A Partridge in a Pear tree

rnThe Grey Partridge is found north of Puttalam, according to Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne of Jetwing Eco. Try a trip to Puttalam. And order a pear tree from Stark Brothers of Missouri, USA for around US$ 30 (plus shipping). You can take it to Puttalam if you like. rn

rnTwo Turtle Doves

rnThe Turtle Dove is a migrant bird that flies over occasionally from North Asia. It also coos. If difficult to find we suggest pigeons. You can find them at the Irida-pola and in Fort. But we recommend a vacuum for suspicious messes. rn

rnThree French hens

rnA chicken that talks French? Just chat up a few chicks and see what you can find. You can go get yourself a really cute chick at the Department of Livestock Development at around Rs. 90 per kilo live weight.