| In Tamil films when two people are about to lock lips either of the two things occur: 1) an umbrella blocks the view, or 2) a train crosses just in time. And by the time the train is gone, kissing is done and the couple are holding hands in an awkward way.A viewer kept returning to the cinema for ...

Erasing Identities: Tracing Sri Lanka’s Post-war Journey through the Changing Realities of Trincomalee: My article that appeared on Groundviews today: "The experience of minorities in the beautiful eastern district of Trincomalee perfectly encapsulates the dark and depressing reality facing minority communities across Sri Lanka. Trincomalee’s remaking is part of a larger national-level project. The new Trincomalee is a microcosm of ...

A world gone dark. A life gone dry. Days deprived of inspiration. There is nothing for me here anymore. Only pain. More pain. I’ve had my dose of unparalleled happiness. Perhaps this is nature’s way of keeping the balance. This must end.

The Ending: A Short Story: ambivalent-ambition: It felt like a dream, one that was slowly fading away. I kicked desperately at the ground till my back reached the stump of the wall that remained. A trail of blood remained in my wake. I leant back, hands still pressed against the flesh, blood streaming between my fingers. I had felt invincible,… Excellent

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. ...

“‘Talk to us about reconciliation Only if you first experience the anger of our dying Talk to us of reconciliation If your living is not the cause of our dying Talk to us about reconciliation Only if your words are not the product of your devious scheme to silence our struggle for freedom Talk to us about reconciliation only if ...

Tamils, Trincomalee and the Real Scope for Peace | I was in Trincomalee for a few days after a long time. The trip was fantastic. But, fun aside, the trip was also a harrowing experience as a Tamil. The speed at which the history and heritage of the town has been reversed by the hegemonic state is remarkable. For example, a huge statue of Buddha (annexed) has been erected ...

·     |Myth-I: Ragging brings unity The claim that ragging brings unity is a patently false one since in almost all universities ragging is ethnic-based. A Sinhalese first-year student can only be ragged by Sinhalese seniors, a Tamil first-year student by Tamil seniors and so on. Moreover, ragging is faculty-based. Despite multiple attempts in many universities common ragging has been ...

Bullets For Water: Militarization Comes Home:  By Tisaranee Gunasekara - “We asked for water tanks; they sent army tanks” -A woman resident of Weliveriya[i] (BBC – 3.8.2013) They had every reason to feel confident and safe, to expect consideration and justice. They were almost exclusively Sinhalese and predominantly Buddhist. They would have supported the military wholeheartedly (quite a few would ...

I Am photo-story finalists | Facebook: Hello folks! I am (Elijah Hoole) a finalist in the I Am photo-story competition. If you find my photo-story interesting, you can vote for me by hitting the ‘like’ button. Check out the other interesting photo essays as well.  Thanks. 

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