New Site

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I have opened a new blog, which I will be using from now on. Thank you all for reading and engaging with this blog. It was marvelous. Please drop by here - http://blogsmw.wordpress.com - for a read in the future.

Between The Artist and Hugo: Nostalgia for what cinema is really about

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Originally published on Groundviews. Two of last years’ biggest films are about film; so as cinema as we know it is undergoing a radical and rapid transition – film to digital to 3D to CGI – are we now becoming momentarily nostalgic? Are we feeling slightly panicky for what we are about to leave behind, leaping forth into the great ...

The War is Over? (A Response to Indi)

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I wrote this as a comment to Indi’s post, The War is Over, Tell Your Friends. Indi makes what seems to be a petty issue with Groundviews and with Sanjana Hattotuwa into a misinformed (or ignorant) post of a number of badly thought out, extreme statements strung together for what may be shock value (I can’t think of any other ...

Vesak and Violence Against Women

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A Vesak pandol in Sri Lanka. This article was previously posted at Groundviews. I have not hidden my increasing disdain for the way Buddhism is practiced and promoted in Sri Lanka. To say the least, we have not only forgotten what it is truly about, we often downright contradict and insult it. I wrote about it ...

The Task at Hand

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As I spend two days going in and out of government offices and waiting at ministries, there is a moment in which it strikes me. It’s while I wait in a long queue at the Foreign Ministry, that I tap a confused boy, who I have noticed is Tamil, on the shoulder, and offer to help him decipher what each ...

Pitch Fever

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Let me start off by saying, I didn’t used to be a cricket fan. But in time I’ve come to appreciate the game and its various players. It’s a good game, an ingenious sport even - it’s intelligent, fun, and yes, gentlemanly. It’s not violent and doesn’t involve kicking and tackling and requires more grit and patience than sports that ...

Reject

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The days are getting hotter now in Colombo, and I’ve just finished watching Restrepo. It is an alarming and striking film. What it leaves me with, is the realisation of the strange predicament that my generation is in - the predicament of absolute and untainted access. Of how meaningful it is that we in our generation are privy to such ...

Hollywood

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We go through our whole lives waiting to feel that feeling. My Hollywood generation – we carry around within us this idea that love is electric, all-healing, all-consuming. We never, ever need to know what happens beyond the happily-ever-after, what happens after the teary ending of a heart-wrenching novel or blockbuster flick. We are sated with the false glory, the ...

Patriotic on Black Wednesday

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So much has already been said - so much has already been done. People have written angrily about it, stood on the road about it, attempted to talk about it - but it seems protest is merely self-expression now. Opposition is just a personal statement. People far more knowledgeable and proficient in these matters than myself have said and written ...

Get Over It

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Malinda Seneviratne recently penned this article in the Lakbima News. The matter of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is a hot topic these days. Some seem to think it’s a move in the right direction, others are cynical and say that it is a facade, carefully controlled by the President, to appease critical voices. Those critical voices don’t seem ...

Colombo Is

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Colombo is nice, if you know where to look. There are people doing interesting things with their time and sharing it with their friends. There are musicians who have long hair, artists wh0 have nice hands, and writers who are good with words but little else. Colombo is exciting if you don’t want your excitement gift-wrapped - here it comes ...

Letter to the Editor of Daily Mirror Online

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I wrote this letter to the Editor of DM Online regarding a shocking video-documentary that was posted there on 7 August. This letter was written with the support of many others who were equally horrified by the video. 11 August 2010 Dear Mr. Easwaran Rutnam, I am writing to you regarding a video posted on Daily Mirror Online titled “Women ...