The economic crisis currently impacting Sri Lanka is sad to witness but has been brewing for some time. The port of Colombo, strategically positioned between the southern tip of India and the northern entrance to the Straits of Malacca was until recently a relatively stable trading hub, bustling with activity, for vessels trading back and forth between Europe and the Far East. Anyone who has visited will attest to the fact that Ceylon as it was previously known was about as close to a prosperous tropical paradise as you could get – anyone else remember swimming in the pool at the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel? Following the granting of a bloody independence to India in 1947, Ceylon followed in 1948 which in stark contrast was an entirely peaceful transition. Not until 1972 was the name Sri Lanka adopted as the country sought to shake off its colonial legacy.