Yes, We Have No Bananas.

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Fruit seller in an Ambalangoda market.

There are about two dozen banana varieties in Sri Lanka. Some are as small as my thumb and as sweet as candy. They grow wild around most of the island and are a ubiquitous snack food, appearing on practically every table top and counter in the country. The title of this post isn’t about the song of that name but about the South Asian practice of shaking the head “no” while saying “yes”. It still confuses me after all these years.

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