Upon arrival in Myanmar, most foreigners with a taste for literature turn first to George Orwell’s bestselling 1934 novel Burmese Days. It’s a dark portrait of a British teak merchant losing his humanity in 1920s Imperial Burma.
One of the main causes of traffic congestion in Yangon is the bad habit among impatient drivers of switching into the oncoming lane to bypass cars that are stopped or moving slowly. For the sake of saving a few seconds, these selfish drivers block traffic, and then force the cars behind them to slow when they cut back into the proper land.
The much hyped 7 Days in Myanmar photography exhibition opened December 14 at Witness Yangon Documentary Arts Space, and the gallery brimmed with people eager to take a look at a selection of large prints from the series of the same name, presented as a coffee-table book.