One of the symbol which depicts the idea what Jaffna is. A gargantuan structure built in 1933 in order to provide a common acquaintance platform which can be used by everyone. One of the largest libraries in Asia run by the Municipal Council of Jaffna. Oftentimes called as the 'Knowledge Treasure of North'. It's a famously known landmark surrounded by big trees and plants located out of the Jaffna City territory and very close to the coastal area and famous schools of Jaffna where anyone can find a peaceful environment to utilize.
This library's collection include books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, films, maps, prints, documents, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, e-books, audiobooks, databases, and other formats of user available resources. There are facilities for the convenient reading of blind people. It offers mobile library access periodically. Reference sections, newspaper section, study hall, lending section, youth corner , a computer unit powered with wifi connectivity, an auditorium, lecture rooms, photocopy stall, kids section are the main sections and units in this library.
For more than hundreds of daily readers and users it provides essential services unexplainable just with words. The users are people with variety of age groups. Their quest varies with their purposes. But this library gives answers for each and every quests. Even a 3 years old child has things to deal with. Lot of university students and professors get enough resources to do their research works and thesis.
Karthigai Dheepam - a Festival of Lights
An old woman eagerly waiting in a morning market to sell spinach in order to make some money to fulfill the needs of the day. Yearning for something essential is clearly exposed in her eyes.
A tractor driver unloads parts of a plant to be used as a natural fertilizer. Still in some areas in Jaffna, farmers follow conventional methods in their agricultural activities. They are not ready to go with artificial fertilizers which create ill effects. They really love the nature and the work they do.
A worker unloading goods for the shop in the middle of Jaffna town even at the night time. A clear contrast between poor and rich can be seen as a white SUV passes there.
An aged peanut seller waiting closer to the Jaffna Central Bust Stand for the long travelers and arrived travelers who are on the beginning or at the end of their journey. Having peanuts during the long bus traveling is an untold culture among the Jaffna people. Eating peanuts, listening to old songs getting mixed in the air and sightseeing through the window is a heavenly feel which anyone could feel during the bus journey.
Process of collecting litter from home to home by the workers of Jaffna Municipal Council. Apart from using a tractor with an opened trailer to collect wastage, modern trucks specially designed for the purpose of collecting litter is used in Jaffna.
Coconut water, a drink highly concentrated with nutrients and minerals quits the thirst of people especially during the hot summer. A man having his own buddy truck selling coconut water in the area where very rare drinkable water is available.
A kind of addiction followed by strong believe of getting richer very shortly by buying lottery tickets. These lottery ticket stalls can be found very oftenly in city areas and in festival seasons. Different varieties of lottery tickets are used to attract people more easily. Of course really, some people get satisfied in spending a certain amount of money in buying these tickets daily in spite of their believe on the sake of luck.
Sellers getting prepared to sell lamps for 'Karthigai Dheepam' and also it's quite interesting as they also sell trunks of banana tree which shows these sellers more contrasted from other sellers.
A group of fruit sellers at the Jaffna Central Bus stand waiting for travelers to buy some fruits. Variety of fruits produced in local areas and also imported from outer districts are arranged in a colorful way to bring a pleasant feel to buy.
Jaffna's most wanted street food item is the prawn dumpling called as 'raal vadai' in Tamil. Delicious on time preparation sold in affordable price for everyone. These kind of stalls also contain other varieties of food item also. These street food stalls can be seen very closer to junctions and liquor shops.
A fish market close to Jaffna city famously known as 'chinnakadai'. Sellers are looking eagerly to sell varieties of sea food items they have.
A quick tour around the crowded streets of Jaffna. The increase in number of vehicles and traffic jams made the driving in city area little bit crazier than ever.
A girl child keenly watching her father working with his friends on their boat. To depart on night time, fishermen should be prepared in every aspects. They return to land with their sea foods after spending a whole night in the middle of the sea. Here, a group of fishermen working on their boat as an order of preparation for the night sea ride.
After the end of long term war, business conglomerates started to step into Jaffna. As a result, taller buildings were started to raise. Hotel, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, banks, hospitals and etc. are some of the inclusions inside the sturdy structures. Arrival of new architectural designs, technologies and facilities make people more attracted towards the business.