Colombo Jumbo: The Origin of Colombo Street Names
by Geoff Ells
Published by Aradur Press (2012) - First Reprint 2016
240 pages with illustrations
"All street names mean something, even if the meaning is now lost for most people. The art is to rediscover it using history, botany, language, public records or even genealogy. This task has taken me nearly three years and is still not complete.
Colombo Jumbo sets about discovering the origins of the street names of Colombo and, in so doing, weaves a fascinating patchwork history of the Island. Exploring nearly a thousand old and new names, Colombo Jumbo uncovers the personalities, events, communities and changing landscapes which have shaped modern Colombo.
What emerges is a veritable political, religious, economic, social, natural and cultural history of Sri Lanka represented through the street names of its capital city. The values, icons and symbols of power celebrated by different communities at different times are all captured in their choice of Colombo street names."