A summer by the beach

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It’s almost summer here. Almost. Because the rough winds still blow, and rain still comes. When that stops, I know this place will be packed with locals and tourists alike. Till then, I’ll enjoy the serenity it brings. Just the clear blue sky and the sea. I long for it. To speak into the distance, of my worries and pains, and happiness too. Perhaps smile.Filed under: Here and there

Short Story: Their Game (2013)

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The following short story that I wrote was awarded the third prize in the 2013 Creative Writing Competition (short story category) of the English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka and published in Channels, Volume 19 – 2013 (published by the English Writers Cooperative in Sri Lanka, September 2013) Amal was twice the age of the other boys. But, at 17, he behaved ...

A thought…

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When the war ended in May 2009, I had some hope. Here was an opportunity for Sri Lanka – for its regime and its people – to make things right again. But, alas! I feel that same hope today. An opportunity once again – and I dare say, perhaps for the last time – to make things right. This wouldn’t happen ...

What are walls made of?

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What are walls made of? Brick and cement? Or Hatred? A hunger for power, A disgusted desire to oppress? divide? Who toils over them? Who stands on the side? Whose blood, sweat and tears? To satisfy whose fears? What does it take to build a wall, and what does, to break it down, to make it fall? Whose blood, sweat and tears then? ...

What are walls made of?

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Converted a poem I wrote this evening into this image: What are walls made of? Brick and cement? Or Hatred? A hunger for power, A disgusted desire to oppress? divide? Who toils over them? Who stands on the side? Whose blood, sweat and tears? To satisfy whose fears? What does it take to build a wall, and what does, to break it down, to ...

Turning thirty

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I don’t remember how my twenties started. But, I do remember that it started off with a whole ton of dreams. Dreams of all shapes and sizes, tangible and not-so. Free of structures and rules, this was the age of possibility and opportunity; the age of new love, happiness and magic. Or so I was told. And to cherish ...

Turning thirty

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I don’t remember how my twenties started. But, I do remember that it started off with a whole ton of dreams. Dreams of all shapes and sizes, tangible and not-so. Free of structures and rules, this was the age of possibility and opportunity; the age of new love, happiness and magic. Or so I was told. And to cherish ...

To Seeya, a toast, a song and love

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This is Seeya. Last week, on June 30, he would have turned 100. He died a few months after he turned 98, just over one and a half years ago. He was born as the first World War was taking shape, and lived through a second, an independence for Sri Lanka, another brutal war and its end. Seeya was an ...

To Seeya; a toast and a song

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This is Seeya. Last week, on June 30, he would have turned 100. He died a few months after he turned 98, just over one and a half years ago. He was born as the first World War was taking shape, and lived through a second, an independence for Sri Lanka, another brutal war and its end. Seeya was an ...

To Seeya; a toast and a song

the womanist
This is Seeya. Last week, on June 30, he would have turned 100. He died a few months after he turned 98, just over one and a half years ago. He was born as the first World War was taking shape, and lived through a second, an independence for Sri Lanka, another brutal war and its end. Seeya was an ...

Int day for the elimination of violence against women

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#orangeurworld – part of a campaign to ‘say no & unite to end violence against women’ Nov. 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also signifies the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign. UNWOMEN states that according to 2013 data, globally 35% of women have experienced either physical and/or ...

Int day for the elimination of violence against women

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#orangeurworld – part of a campaign to ‘say no & unite to end violence against women’ Nov. 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also signifies the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign. UNWOMEN states that according to 2013 data, globally 35% of women have experienced either physical and/or ...

A mini road-trip

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A few pictures of a mini road-trip. This was some months ago. During the Vesak holidays, to be precise. A long weekend was not to be wasted. Packed and excited, we set off, starting off along the Southern highway and.. oh well. A double rainbow, or whatever this sort of rainbow is called, following bouts of rain on the Southern highway ...

A mini road-trip

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A few pictures of a mini road-trip. This was some months ago. During the Vesak holidays, to be precise. A long weekend was not to be wasted. Packed and excited, we set off, starting off along the Southern highway and.. oh well. A double rainbow, or whatever this sort of rainbow is called, following bouts of rain on the Southern highway ...

Nallur

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In the maze that’s Jaffna, Nallur always fascinates me. I don’t know why.Filed under: Here and there Tagged: Jaffna, Sri Lanka, travel

Nallur

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In the maze that’s Jaffna, Nallur always fascinates me. I don’t know why.Filed under: Here and there Tagged: featured, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, travel

A long hiatus

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…and am back. Will be posting again, more often. In other news, I’ve become a big fan of this one: “Wake me up“ Filed under: Here and there Tagged: me

A long hiatus

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…and am back. Will be posting again, more often. In other news, I’ve become a big fan of this one: “Wake me up“ Filed under: Here and there Tagged: me

I wish I could be…

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I wish I could be strong Like you, And bold and spirited too, That I could discard, so easily, mercilessly, and without care, Everything about you, Like you did of me, I wish I could be strong Like her, That girl, over there, And bold, and spirited too, Torn and alone, scarred and bruised, She stands tall, Vowing to fight on.Filed under: Uncategorized

I wish I could be…

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I wish I could be strong Like you,And bold and spirited too,That I could discard, so easily, mercilessly,and without care,Everything about you, Like you did of me, I wish I could be strong Like her,That girl, over there,And bold, and spirited too,Torn and alone, scarred and bruised,She stands tall, Vowing to fight on. Filed under: Uncategorized