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War? What War?

Forget bombs, curfews and the war: Colombo's having a blast of a different kind

War? What War?
War? What War?
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THE deep bass riffs blast through the streets of Colombo. Those muffled explosions in the background aren't bombs going off, it's just a hard rock band amplified through the speakers at Blue Elephant, one of the most happening discotheques in the Sri Lankan capital.

Forget the horror stories of regular bomb attacks on the city by Tamil rebels, the banner headlines chronicling Sri Lanka's 15-year-old separatist war. It's Friday night, and Colombo is staking its claim to the title of the most cosmopolitan capital in South Asia.

The evening typically begins at one of the dozens of clubs dotted round the city, where hundreds of men and women ranging from teenyboppers to the happily middle-aged congregate on the weekends. 'I am at my second home,' says Ray De Silva, senior executive in a tea export firm, relaxing at the century-old Gymkhana Club. This is the start of the weekly partying ritual that Ray has diligently followed for the last two years. While the members-only club is primarily a sports club, on weekends this is where the evening begins. Patronised by a cross-section...

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