“A Bumbling Englishman in a Sri Lankan Disguise”
Posted on October 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

In a new BBC3 miniseries titled Asian Provocateur comedian Romesh Ranganathan “is sent by his mother on a ramshackle odyssey around his parents’ homeland of Sri Lanka in an attempt to connect him with his roots”. In the process he goes stilt fishing, recycles elephant dung, hunts with the veddahs, practices some angampora (ancient Sri Lankan martial art) and gets his head rubbed by a chicken. You know, just regular Sri Lankan things we do everyday. Apparently Romesh

Grew up in Horsham, doesn’t speak a word of Tamil, doesn’t know any of his relatives, has no idea about his cultural heritage and has almost zero desire to go to Sri Lanka. Like thousands of other British children of immigrants, he knows very little about the land where his parents came from. As his mother Shanti says – he’s a coconut. Sri Lankan on the outside but British on the inside Now Shanti wants her son to connect to his roots – so she has decided to change all that by sending Romesh on an odyssey around the motherland. Not that he’s that happy about it.

Catch the whole of Romesh’s hilarious journey of cultural acclimatization here, or on You Tube. And read his thoughts on his experience on the Guardian here.



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