Wednesday, January 9, 2013


One by one, Felix cracked his knuckles. He then did a few slow head rolls by a few slow shoulder rolls. Then, using his desk and chair as braces, turned to the left until his back cracked. He then repeated in the opposite direction.
            It was time to get down to business.
            Apparently, while volleyball was the national sport, cricket was actually the most popular spectator game. Felix then read on about how British colonization had influenced the spread of cricket across the country. He also read about how in the last two decades they had become an outright international powerhouse in the sport.
            Felix then got up and went to the bathroom. He somehow managed to come back with a bowl of chips and a glass of soda. After watching a few videos of the Cricket World Cup, he brought the bowl and glass back down to the kitchen.
            At the computer again, he steeled his resolve.
            Felix started reading about how Ceylon tea was considered amongst the finest in the world. He read on about how the rust blight had killed off the previously prosperous coffee growing empires.
            Once again he did some stretching, this time yawning as he did.
            This time Felix read about how Buddhism was the predominant religion. Apparently it was more popular there then Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity combined. He also learned that conflicts between various Buddhist sects had long been a cause of various incidents of internal strife within the country.
            Exasperated, Felix dropped his head onto the table.
            There was a knock at his doorway.
            He looked up to see his mother standing there.
            “How’s the school project coming along?” she asked. “Can I see your re-design of the Sri Lankan flag?”
            “I’m working on it,” Felix replied. “I’m working on it.”

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