Back to Blogging

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I guess I am back to Blogging, albeit on a newer blog.This is what I posted -I am back to blogging is what I meant to say. For those of you have been in this long enough I have been blogging here since May 2006. But over the last year I have been inundated with a lot of things and ...

Sri Lanka and The Muslim Factor

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First published here.Recent events call into question the political position of the Muslim community within Sri Lanka, and the historical context which put them thereLast Friday a mob of about 2000 Sinhalese, led by a group of Buddhist monks, stormed into a mosque in the historical city of Dambulla. They caused disturbances so severe that Friday prayers had to be ...

This makes me very sad

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This video made me very very sad, this is in Bangladesh though I am certain such situations prevail in some parts of Colombo too perhaps not as intense, but present nevertheless.If you are in the UK and can help, by all means please do so. I don't usually give in to propaganda (or what I think it is), but in ...

Still standing

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A lot has been happening over the last few months, possibly the two or three months where such quick and sudden twists have happened in my life. I am however very keen to revert to the old and the times I loved and got used to after taking some time away from home.Does this sound like gibberish ? It is ...

The latest Al Qaida threat

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When we all thought that Al Qaida was gone after it's Jihadi leader was killed and fed to the sharks, it seems Al Qaida has come up with a new strategy to promote it's lethal violent ideology.The Onion News Network reports that there are now close to five million Al Qaida combatants posing as 'patriotic, peaceful decoy Muslims' so that ...

Death & Execution

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As I type this post, Troy Davis, a man convicted of killing a policeman twenty years ago awaits death. He will be executed by lethal injection in a matter of a few hours, two at most.I post paragraphs from one of my favouri

Of Sinhalese Buddhism and Racism

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I write this post with some level of pain and sadness. I write this also as a Sri Lankan and as a Muslim. My credentials in the Sri Lankan blogosphere are established, if not anything at least as someone with genuine love to Sri Lanka where I was born, where I lived except for five years of my life and ...

Proposals, Aunties and Marriage

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As I have said here, I am currently reading ‘Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim’. This is a semi autobiographical account of the life of the author Ziauddin Sardar, a British citizen who ca

Of Muslim Women and Marriage

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I am currently reading Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim. This is a semi autobiographical account of the author Ziauddin Sardar, a Pakistani immigrant who came to the UK as a child in the 1960's.It deals with how he had to negotiate two identities, that of a Pakistani and that of a child growing up in Britain and ...

When Louise Mensch wished me for Eid!

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Today is Eid here in the UK. After the longest days of fasting I have ever fasted for 30 days, today I celebrate Eid. It is a bit sad that I am not celebrating Eid with family, I used to go to a park in Colombo every Eid with my family and how I miss it. Today I will be celebrating ...

Guru and Indi debating Sri Lankan issues on Al Jazeera

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My good friend Guru and Indi Samarajiva debated issues on Sri Lankan politics and the way forward just a couple of hours ago on Al Jazeera’s The Stream. I met Guru for dinner last night and we discussed some of these issues on a very casual level, I knew the outcome of this debate long before it started.My personal opinion ...

Kumar Sangakkara's Cowdrey Lecture

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I listened to today's Cowdrey Lecture by Kumar Sangakkara delivered at Lord's Cricket Ground. I can't help but admit that I was very moved listening to it.I used to have reservations about him, but the content of his speech gives

On Sinhalese Political Oratory

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Sinhalese Oratory is something that has enthralled me almost if not as much as English Political Oratory. I get access to very good orations here in England, where one would understand is the place the best English is spoken. Unless you are American and you beg to differ.In the recent past, Sinhalese Oratory has been hijacked by Mervynesque jargon and ...

Osama : Whose bin is really Laden ?

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The other day President Obama in a midnight conference told the world that Osama bin Laden is dead. However, the body apparently was buried in the sea. Before I go on, I must say this lest any of my readers judge me. I am

Of Royal Weddings and War Crimes

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Last Friday was the Royal Wedding, that of Prince William and Kate Middleton of Britain. No, this is not another post about the Royal Wedding, I am sure you have had enough of it already.Anyway, I went to Buckingham Palace with some friends on the day of the Wedding, I was not necessarily interested in the occasion, but I did ...

The great burqa/niqab/hijab debate

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Interesting arguments on the New Statesman here by Mehdi Hasan. Two questions immediately come to mind:1) In the middle of the worst economic crisis in living memory, how can France’s ruling conservative party justify focusi

On being neglected

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No No,I wasn't being neglected. Well I have in ways.Anyway, I have been neglecting this blog and my photoblog. I have been long intending to blog regularly. But the rise of Twitter, links on facebook and my facebook photography page has meant that I tend to have a lot of discussions on them and this blog has beeen neglected!Anyway, I ...

Do you type 'x' at the end of a message ?

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Well Rugby too.This post was typed on Saturday night forgetting that it was Saturday night and not Sunday night! So the sports aspect of it is a bit stale - the rest still applies though! Apparently the England v India cricket match has been a stunner! I wasn't at home sadly, so missed it!Those who saw my facebook status yesterday ...