Its a question that the 2015 presidential election talk seems to avoid. Sri Lanka’s feudal politics is exciting. Economics is dull and dismal. In the minds of many economics has little to do with politics. The king always has money. We have all enjoyed his gifts. Come on, admit it. Even you, who grumble about […]

IF the president looses the election will he peacefully give up power? Become an elder statesmanship on a pension of a sub 100,000 rupee salary? Will his family walk away from their control/influence over large parts of the economy and government? Would the defence secretary go quietly into life as a private citizen? I doubt […]

The US president “pardons” a “thanks giving” Turkey each year. Which raises the question : what was the Turkey convicted of? A pardon is by definition : “The action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offence”. For a pardon to occur, the Turkey’s guilt in committing some sort of “error or offence” […]

Sri Lanka’s game of thrones is nearing another season finale. A renegade lord has come out of the shadows. He gathers his troops against his former master, the king. Their manoeuvres thicken the air with talk of wild conspiracies. The traditional rumour pot froths madly. So here’s a really wild one from that pot. The […]

Happy blog birthday to Jack Point, “The Court Jester” of the Sri Lankan blogosphere. His blog jestforkicks is 9 years young today. Making it one of the few still active “war era” (pre 2009) Sri Lankan blogs. Both facts earn Jack Point a place among the gnarled elders of Sri Lankan blogging. Yet I find […]

We put small white flowers into the coffin. I feel the room darken. Stoic aunties start sobbing. Two men in sarongs and high collared shirts appear and lift up the side flaps. The lid is shuffled out from near the toilet. Its ornamental screws are quickly tightened to soft crying in the background. Final punctuations […]

We put small white flowers into the coffin. I feel the room darken. Stoic aunties start sobbing. Two men in sarongs and high collared shirts appear and lift up the side flaps. The lid is shuffled out from near the toilet. Its ornamental screws are quickly tightened to soft crying in the background. Final punctuations […]

I keep a list called “books to look up”. Had it for years on various digital platforms. Its real title should be “list of things I want to read in heaven”. The heaven in this case is a cool veranda. Where time is meaningless. Intruded only by a mosquito free breeze. Its only other occupants: […]

I keep a list called “books to look up”. Had it for years on various digital platforms. Its real title should be “list of things I want to read in heaven”. The heaven in this case is a cool veranda. Where time is meaningless. Intruded only by a mosquito free breeze. Its only other occupants: […]

Publication of the long awaited “How to have sex in a Trishaw” book is on indefinite hold. Its publisher, the Vātsyāyana press, refuses to explain. It merely issued a tweet stating that “no date for future publication is planned”. The exploding speculation of the causes has focused on a falling out with extreme faction of […]

Publication of the long awaited “How to have sex in a Trishaw” book is on indefinite hold. Its publisher, the Vātsyāyana press, refuses to explain. It merely issued a tweet stating that “no date for future publication is planned”. The exploding speculation of the causes has focused on a falling out with extreme faction of […]

December dinner parties are a time for meeting recent migrants. On their first “homeland” visits after “settling” in a new first world. This year I began to notice a different type of migrant at these events. They scare me. More I think about who they are and what they left behind, the fear tightens. They […]

December dinner parties are a time for meeting recent migrants. On their first “homeland” visits after “settling” in a new first world. This year I began to notice a different type of migrant at these events. They scare me. More I think about who they are and what they left behind, the fear tightens. They […]

A new theme in less than a month. Not a very good trend. Last time there was a 5 year gap between such changes. The problem with being a minimalist is that small things end up mattering. Specially when there isn’t clutter. I loved the typography of the previous Syntax theme. What got me were […]

A new theme in less than a month. Not a very good trend. Last time there was a 5 year gap between such changes. The problem with being a minimalist is that small things end up mattering. Specially when there isn’t clutter. I loved the typography of the previous Syntax theme. What got me were […]

Its been a while. Which in itself, justifies the change. Nearly 5 years since I last did it. Perhaps I should have waited another month. But I’m tired of anniversaries and impatient. As you can see, the progression to the minimal continues. The emphasis is now squarely on what is written. Though the “meta” stuff […]

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