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Are you ready for Sri Lanka?

SRI LANKA wants YOU! Yes, YOU ... the traveller. And the longer you stay on the island, the better it would be for the country's fledgling tourism industry.

The end of the 30-year-old civil war in the country in May 2009 resulted in more tourist arrivals to Serendib (the origin of the word "serendipity"), as the Arabs called it in the ancient past.When the Portuguese arrived in 1505, they named it Ceilao, which was transliterated into English as Ceylon.

Tourism officials predict high numbers of visitors from abroad, notably India and China, in the future.

Tourist arrivals reportedly "grew by an impressive 50 per cent or an increase to 160,000 from 106,000 visitors in the first quarter of 2010, compared to 2009".

The downside of rising/increased tourism has generated debate as this website indicates. The concerns are valid. The rights of locals and proper care of the environment must be high on the list of priorities when tourism officials plan for the industry…

I can't write -- I'm stuck

I hit a mental block recently and found myself unable to produce a decent post. As you can see my last piece was published on May 3, this year.

A conversation with a good friend, who is also a journalist, compelled me to rethink my situation. Until our discussion on the times when we were unable to produce original work, I was quite happy to let 2012 pass without writing anything for this blog.

But Suzanna Pillay would not allow me to dwell on my current lack of enthusiasm for writing. She goaded me into action and here I am. Thank you SP!

The best place to start is to read about other people's experiences in overcoming mental blocks. I chanced upon these two websites (see below) which offer tips to those who often find themselves stuck.

1. 10 ways to overcome mental blocks and boost creativity

2. Do you recognise these 10 mental blocks to creative thinking?