The Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper, portrayed by Emmy award-winning actor Jim Parsons found himself in Los Angeles’ Little Sri Lanka, grabbing a parcel of mutton curry with coconut milk after he sought relationship advice from an astrologer.
The latest episode “Workplace Proximity” aired last night in Canada, the American television series was into its seventh successful season and based around young scientists roommates living in Pasadena, California.
The lead character Dr. Sheldon Cooper returned home after spending the evening in Los Angeles’ Little Sri Lanka with a parcel of mutton, coconut milk, and a business card for a witch-doctor astrologer. Mutton curry is considered to be a popular dish among Sri Lankans, while coconut milk is an ingredient, and an unlikely side dish as portrayed in the episode last night.
Many who live on the South Asian island nation place great importance on astrology. Important state and family functions are held according to the auspicious times chosen by astrologers.
The community in California is considered to be home to some of the most vibrant and active Sri Lankan expatriates in the United States. Every year the Sri Lanka Foundation hosts ‘Sri Lanka Day Celebrations’ in Santa Monica showcasing musicians, dancers, food and businesses.
In 1964, Sri Lanka’s first immigrant to the United States, Rajah Rutnam was instrumental in establishing the first Sri Lankan restaurant in California, located in Hollywood and aptly named ‘Rajah’s Elephant Walk’.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed November 19th 1976 ‘Sri Lanka Day.’