Contravention of Victorianism: Magam Soliya (මාගම් සෝලිය) Almost five years back I wrote a review on a book called “Bodilima” (බෝදිලිමා) which was significantly different than what I had consumed as a Sinhala literature enthusiast. Its writer was Mohan Raj Madawala. Not only did I admire the bold decision of writing such a book, but harshly criticized the writer for joining a “popular culture” radio channel, as ...

True beauty of American Beauty American beauty is one of the nice movies I have ever seen. That’s not surprising because it’s an award winning movie. Anyway, its simplicity and context which aligns with the most wanton characteristics of fast moving life and its tragic consequences towards a family make me think more and more about ourselves. Though I use the ward “tragic”, this movie ...

Journalism and being the second vulture This is Kevin Cater’s most disturbing and award winning photo, which should be named as the photo of the century. More than the photo itself, Carters life and death come to my mind time to time. It is the ultimate tragic story of mankind… his death is a monument to the tragedy of replacing the human means with materialized objectives.As ...

Colours of Great Barrier Reef All in a sudden I decided to do it. Under any circumstance, there are things you should not delay. That’s what I thought when I decided to visit Great Barrier Reef. It’s a fantasy; it’s a dream.Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the largest coral reef system on earth that consists of more than 2900 identified individual reefs. Obviously, it’s one ...

Colours of Great Barrier Reef All in a sudden I decided to do it. Under any circumstance, there are things you should not delay. That’s what I thought when I decided to visit Great Barrier Reef. It’s a fantasy; it’s a dream.Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the largest coral reef system on earth that consists of more than 2900 identified individual reefs. Obviously, it’s one ...

Two books, two women and two countries I read “A Thousand splendid suns” (TSS) by Khaled Hosseini some time back and it was a “Splendid” book by all means. Book is mainly about story of two Afganistan women who face cruel challenges of their lives, which lead not only by cultural and social factors, but political atmosphere of the country. Beneath the main story, I also learnt ...

In search of Seahorses in Tasman Sea When I first speak to local diving expert, Peter, he simply said “it’s definitely not tropical...” So I understood that I am going to face a challenge here. In Sri Lanka all my dives were in tropical warm water, but now I am going to dive in cold waters (19 c) of Tasman Sea. In fact, it’s challenging. Below is ...

The Garden Village The Blue Mountains is a famous mountain range of New South Wales, Australia. It’s a world heritage site with a lot of important fauna, flora and etc. Honestly, I am not much impressed with those due to my “tropical” mentality, but for magnificent geographical formation and history that bound to old aboriginal heritage. By the way, I am also impressed ...

Era of manipulated reality These are three popular figures with their label?Bush is a bad man. His family business is war. Obama is a smart guy because he came in a long difficult path and became the US president. Again Hilary Clinton is a bitch because she interferes in independent states to empower US agenda. So that’s it. Why it happened that way? For ...

I always wanted to do something with Graffiti. I believe it as ultimate expressionism. Today all art media have some kind of connection with monitory system. Movies, Books or Paintings are commercial entities. So I like graffiti because it is done just to express something... no rewards.. it’s very powerful, dynamic and people-centric; No rules at all. Recently I found ...

Dedigama V. Rodrigo is just a name, that we used to see in the second page of most Russian books (translated to Sinhala) found in Sri Lanka. I called him “just a name” due to reasons. We have at least seen photographs of other translators and have managed to collect some information about them, but not about Dedigama Rodrigo. Dedigama ...

e-Bird database - Beyond the field note This post is for people who do birding. Now we have a complete online system to manage the bird watching records. It caters every aspect of maintaining an online birding database. Please try http://ebird.org/content/ebird/May be you are a recreational bird watcher, whose birding records will not go beyond your field notebook. Through this system

Moon is a friend of mine! Moon has a very special place within the minds of poets.. anyway, I guess people prefer night when they have to do something with their emotions .. Specially when you want to be alone with the tiny tear drops hidden in the mind. In such occasions, moon becomes the only observer.When I was young ...

Nudes and the City I have seen some of the photographs taken by Spencer Tunick, but I didn’t analyze or think of them much. They are simply a lot of naked people in different locations, particularly in cityscapes. Recently, I managed to go through his work very carefully with the inspiration came through a video watched about his work. Spencer ...

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