Nawam Maha Perahera To be honest I haven’t been to a Perahera before. I have seen few mini Peraheras while passing by but finally I decided to go and see a Perahera for the soul purpose of capturing some photos. I wasn’t sure whether I will be able to roam freely to get good angles but to my... Read Full Article >>

This is a bit late cause, er, today is a holiday (thanks Pope) and I just woke up. But anyways, this is a live YouTube feed of the mass Pope Francis is conducting in Sri Lanka; in Colombo at Galle Face Green. Vatican Radio has amazing coverage (got the link from there) and you can see the Pope’s statements ...

From dreams and visions to realities and hope:  A Christmas Reflection Photo courtesy Modern Magazine We keep Christmas this year amidst manifestoes, dreams and visions. Politicians want power; they resort to lofty manifestoes. People long for sincere governance and bread at affordable prices; they persist in dreaming dreams. Prophets resent deceit; they dare to see visions. Some scheme, most dream and others see visions; this is the gist of our ...

Capturing the hearts of youth with reel Veteran teledrama director Ananda Abeynayake believes children are reluctant to listen to Dharma while being seated in one position for an hour, but they can be influenced to watch a teledrama on religion Sansare Piyasatahan,popular Poya Day single episode Buddhist teledrama series directed by veteran teledrama director Ananda Abeynayaka celebrates 21 years In an era where teledrama directors constantly get ...

US President Barack Obama’s speech on 10 September in which he vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the forces of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ signals a fresh imperialist military offensive in the Middle East. Triggered by the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rapid conquest of territory in recent months, including significant oil fields and refineries in Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq, capture ...

US President Barack Obama’s speech on 10 September in which he vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the forces of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ signals a fresh imperialist military offensive in the Middle East. Triggered by the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rapid conquest of territory in recent months, including significant oil fields in Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq, and beheadings of ...

9/11 and My Muslimness Photo of ‘World Trade Centre’ by Anuradha Henakaarachchi at the Colombo Art Biennale 2009. Originally published in Groundviews I was sitting in my garden, gazing at the stars listening to my Walkman, which was the only thing to do back then as you ticked off the minutes until the regulated power cuts that cursed Sri Lanka at the time ...

Shaping our Future: Global Shapers Annual Curators Meeting 2014 #ShapersACM What happens when you put 356 passionate, remarkable, loud, very special and stellar people; from 156 different cities spanning over 150 countries together for 4 days in the beautiful city of Geneva?The experience of a lifetime (please forgive the cliche).Who are the Global Shapers and the Global Shaper Community (GSC), you may ask? You can explore the various Hubs, Shapers, ...

Is this a regional trend? I came across this report from Thailand, soon after reviewing a book of energy policy and politics by Minister Ranawaka from the JHU, the Sri Lankan political party which has monks in leadership positions and which got into Parliament by fielding an all-monk slate of candidates in 2004. The monk’s role in energy reform has ...

I was watching the VICE videos from inside ISIS controlled territory and struck by one thing. Well, among other things. I was struck by the complete lack of women. Anytime men are allowed to control anything – religion, power or the remote – they do terrible, inane or plain dumb stuff with it. Same goes for women having complete control ...

On a wet and gloomy day in Kandy, I did one of the Three-Temples Loop as an outing with friends. These temples are some of the legacies of the Kandyan kingdom. There are actually at least two Three-Ttemples Loops around Kandy, including Embekke Devale-Lankathilake-Gadaladeniya and Gangarama Viharaya-Degaldoruwa-Galmaduwa Gedige. We visited the former trio of temples, which are situated about

Islamic Intellectual Resurgence : Looking Westwards From my experiences in living in three different and distinct regions in the world, I have always maintained that an intellectual Islamic resurgence has the greatest chance of starting in the West. Dr Tariq Ramadan in his reasons for not attending the ISNA and RIS conferences very clearly outlines the following, which are as pertinent to the West as ...

Islamic Intellectual Resurgence : Looking Westwards From my experiences in living in three different and distinct regions in the world, I have always maintained that an intellectual Islamic resurgence has the greatest chance of starting in the West. Dr Tariq Ramadan in his reasons for not attending the ISNA and RIS conferences very clearly outlines the following, which are as pertinent to the West as ...

The Good Chain A bunch of individuals have got together to do something about all the online and offline religious intolerance and hate that has been going around the country over the past year. They did not want to take to the streets with placards to show how they feel, instead they came up with The Good Chain. Their idea is basic and ...

The Good Chain A bunch of individuals have got together to do something about all the online and offline religious intolerance and hate that has been going around the country over the past year. They did not want to take to the streets with placards to show how they feel, instead they came up with The Good Chain. Their idea is basic and ...

“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So […]

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