Among ghosts and legends at Sasseruwa (Res Vehera ) Ancient monasteries, potent legends, the mystique of incense laden Buddhist temples is a heady combination and a good playground for amateur photographers. Sasseruwa also known as Res Vihara is such a Buddhist monastery, so named as the area was flooded with rays of light (Res) when the Bodhi tree was first planted. The tree was one of the first 32 saplings ...

Old man and the sea Lonely fishermen post tsunami, Southern Sri Lanka.  Photograph© Chulie de Silva. “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Remembering Amma with love Manel Kirtisinghe. 22 Aug.1922-17Jan.2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva. taken on 11 Oct. 2012 Sometimes our hearts borrow from our yesterday’s And with each remembrance we meet again with those we love. Love’s last gift, remembrance.

Death as a mirror of life The narrow road from Pinkande to Katudampe was shiny black newly tarred, clearly marked on the edges with white unbroken lines.On either side we passed lush green paddy fields, houses surrounded by small garden plots with coconut, mango, banana and fruit trees. A solitary young Buddhist priest walked briskly, the bright orange of his robes, matching the setting sun that ...

Sri Lanka. The Ultimate Island Safari Elephants at Minneriya, Sri Lanka. Feb.12 2014. Fleeing from Colombo and rushing off to watch elephants, leopards and generally loll among the peace and quiet of a wildlife sanctuary is one of the most desired getaways in Sri Lanka.  Leopard sightings are rare, and stories abound around the leopards and the lucky ones who managed to photograph them. Leopard at ...

Reflections & Refractions Reflections and Refractions by the river at  Katudampe temple, Ratgama, Sri Lanka 8 Feb 2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva Know all things to be like this: a mirage, a cloud castle, a dream, an apparition, Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen. Know all things to be like this: As the moon in a bright  sky In some ...

The Proud Peacock It is said that at the time of creation of the universe, when the primordial poison was churned out of the Sea of Milk and transmuted into the amrita of immortality, it was a peacock that absorbed the negative effects. Thus the bird is thought of as a protector, though its flesh is consequently considered by some to be ...

Colours of Hikkaduwa # 2 Boats at Sunset. Hikkaduwa. 11 Jan 2012. Photograph© Chulie de Silva Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns ...

Mel Gunasekera – an eulogy Mel Gunasekera. Photographer Unknown By Rohan Samarajiva Feb 02, 2014  – On the morning of the first Sunday of February 2014 I felt as though the ground I stood on suddenly disappeared. I learned from a tweet that my friend and leading economic journalist Mel Gunasekera had been murdered in her home. How could this happen?She was in the ...

How blue was my sea The primordial sea was very much a part of our life, but it was only recently I learned that the stretch of sea beyond the reef directly in front of our cinnamon stick fence was named Benny’s point  by surfers. Surfer at Benny’s Point. Siriniwasa, Hikkaduwa. 16 Jan. 2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva On 16 January of this year, I ...

A star danced when my Amma was born My mother Manel Chitrawathy Kirtisinghe in her mid-twenties. Rephotographed from an original . Photograph© Chulie de Silva Born on 22 August 1922, my mother Manel Chitrawathy was the eldest daughter of Romiel Anthony Fernando, a dashing handsome man and Eva Engelthina Dissanayake, a quiet daughter of the Dissanayake Walauwa, Panadura,   She as the lotus she was named after was ...

Some Don’t Forget and Some Do Manel Chitra Kirtisinghe22.8.22-17.1. 2014Photograph© Chulie de Silva Some don’t forget and some do- the memory of the past Some cry of sorrow and some sing to forget. Some see in the cooling clouds the lightening of thunder For some, they bring to blossom Their dry garden paths Looking at the stalk of a lotus some see the thorns … and ...

7 Photos and stories within stories “Shaken not stirred” was my first blog post in November 2007 — a result of getting copped in Bandarawela for photographing school children. It brought forth interesting advice from a very dear friend, writing as N.B.S. Silva ( this was his nom de plume and NBS stood for No Bull Shit Silva), who said if I had any sense I ...

Ceylon Cinnamon Vs. Cassia (i.e. Saigon Cinnamon) Reblogged from Rice & Curry: I don't usually reprint articles from other blogs in full, but I thought the information in this particular piece was important enough to share. It comes from the blog of one Joel Fuhrman Ph.D., a New York Times Best-selling author and nutritionist. Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon  The two major types of cinnamon used ...

Seenigama Devale and animistic rituals Seenigama Devale at dusk. Photograph© Chulie de Silva My father claims that he planted one of the coconut trees at this temple you can see on the old coast road to Galle, in a tiny hamlet called Seenigama. The little temple – a half a mile or so into the sea with a clump of coconut trees is a veritable ...

Sri Lanka – Lonely Planet’s Cut Price Paradise The reclining Parinirvana statue of Buddha, Gal viharaya, Polonnauwa . AD 1153-86. Photograph©Chulie de Silva The Lonely Planet — the traveller’s bible has given Sri Lanka the number 1 placing as the best travel destination stating it’s best for culture, off the beaten track and is the best value for money. Coral shores and warm blue seas at Hikkaduwa. Photograph©Chulie ...

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