Poetry: For Mel On Sunday, the morning 2nd February 2104 while many people in Colombo were lounging enjoying a Sunday morning or hurrying to the next Colomboscope event - finance journalist Mel Gunasekara was found killed at her home. I have good friends who knew her well, and although I didn't share that privilege having known of this bright, wonderful woman I felt ...

ColomboScope 2014: My List! Organised by Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française, the Standard Chartered Colomboscope 2014 is Colombo's arts festival and celebrates contemporary literature, music, film and dance, bringing together national and international academics, authors, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and actors to reflect upon history in all its complexities. This year they share their theme with the Colombo Art Beinnale 2014 (soon will write ...

(Poetry this time. One of those pieces that were cathartic to write more than anything. The structure is well - unstructured, something I find myself leaning towards a lot more as of late when I do write poetry. A phase? Perhaps. On another note - Khaled Hosseini's new book, 'And the Mountains Echoed' is beyond amazing. MUST read)Waiting for Extraordinary ...

It seems prudent and apt that the final post of 2013 is a tribute to the wild ride that 2013 has been. I haven’t even completely absorbed the completely incredible experiences that it has given me, the untarnished memories, and the numerous lessons. This year I did a live international TV interview,made it to a paper cover, traveled, went viral ...

Last week in Bangalore, India over 600 Toastmasters from Bangalore, Mangalore, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka gathered for the Mid-Year Conference of District 82. The two days were a chance for the D82 Toastmasters to network, wrap up the first term of the year, watch the finals of the Evaluation and Hunrous speech contests and the fantastic educational sessions.One ...

Let the Youth's Voices Really Be Heard: Reflections from Navi Pillay's address at the Sri Lanka Youth Parliament On the 30th of August at the third sitting of Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, the Parliament and observers were honored with a visit from Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights who addressed them while she is in the island on her official visit. Before one reads any further please do keep in mind that I am ...

There is something about summer and the magic it brings. As someone once said “summer is like the ultimate one night stand, totally thrilling, hot as hell and gone before you know it”. I think what is magical about summer – is that it is always seen as a respite from real life. What happens during summer happens during ...

(This post is dedicated to the memory of those who suffered during Black July and the torturous events that followed)Yesterday marked 30 years since the blackest day in our nations history – we call it Black July. This marked the true beginning in many ways, of an ethnic conflict that leaves our earth soaked in blood, our families ravaged and ...

SomewhereThe state of our homelandBecomes a conversation piece(Have you heard the latest on the Geneva Report?)For people to deploreAnd pityAnd we frown.Why can’t they also cherish and celebrateWe ask,With the smell of the seaAnd the taste of thambili(not iced please)With the sound of papare(at an ear-splitting decibel)And the feel of prideWhen the bat and ball come out to playWhy ...

(This is something that I have always wanted to write - my reach-out the legions of broken-hearted people who wonder amidst the love poems, and the Romeo and Juliet stories - wonder why no one writes for them) You never know when it's going to hit or what will trigger it, but when it does it floors you for a ...

(Fictional prose after a long time - although this is not quite a short story, somewhere in between. Pain, frustration, love and fear - all best written than felt as they say. Enjoy!) She glared at him, for the first time in years feeling the full force of anger rise up within. It wasn’t anger alone in the cocktail ...

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