Subramanian weaves in numerous details and provides context and insight without being pedantic. This isn't a short book, but he describes the richness of the country as concisely as one could hope to..
Boasting far more attractions than we can list from jungle safaris, elephant sanctuaries and white water rafting to spiritual temples, sun-drenched beaches and mouthwatering cuisine, this once inaccessible country is quickly climbing its way up every globetrotters' bucket list.
As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.
The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.
Even as the Sri Lankan conflict seems to be drawing to a close, the government, which has a long history of abducting Tamil civilians and suppressing information, has increased its security forces in the capitol.