Beneath the mist:  Vipassana meditation retreat On a clear day when the fickle mist lifts, you may catch a glimpse of the true face of the mountain. There will be countless green trees, heavy, moss covered rocks, tiny creatures and mounds and mounds of dirt. And if you are absolutely noiseless, you may hear even the gentlest rustle created by wind and manifested through things substantial ...

It appears state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have risen in salience in Sri Lanka recently. I am giving a keynote address on this topic at the launch of the Advocata Institute. The slideset that I will be using is here. The day before yesterday, I was debating on a TV talk show what should be done with the least defensible of the ...

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I’m almost surprised it’s taken this long. “GDP” was never intended to be the end all and be all measure of the health of economies. Yet, over 85 years since it(or a version of it) was first used, it continues to dominate the mainstream economic discourse around prosperity, growth, and development. The most recent critique […]

In Part 1, Damith speaks with former Sri Lanka cricketer and recent Interim Committee head about cricket governance and the Sri Lankan cricket constitution that is at the heart of a hugely politicized system. Wettimuny details the changes he wanted to implement whether we should hold out hope for ever seeing a functioning cricket board.  Part 2 – to ...

It was Herbert Simon who first talked of the attention economy: “Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” Now we see what the value of attention is. Ours is way below USD 11.86, but not zero and rising. What ...

“Post conflict starts the moment the conflict stops,” states General Daya Ratnayake, as he explains the challenges Sri Lanka faced as the war against terrorism wound to an end. “According to the Western theories and beliefs and their military doctrines, a serious and a protracted conflict as the one we just went through will definitely […]

Janith had written something on this that prompted me to put down a few thoughts. Its a very complex question that I have been puzzling over for some time.I have not had time to think through everything but I jotted a list of what I believe are the factors that lead to the phenomenon: A sense of alienation/isolation from the ...

I recently read an article about how Gen-Y look for job fulfillment vs security doing a stable but boring profession. Right now I’m seated at a production house, the place reeks of stale cigarette smoke and coffee. I see people my age, perhaps even younger walking about in jeans; work stations covered with their personal effects – pics of family, ...

I screwed it up again. I logged into one of my e-mail accounts from a shared computer owned by someone else. This is something I never do (unless there’s a top urgency) because I fear keyloggers. So now, time has come to change the passwords. Next factor of two factor authentication will keep me protected, but still need to fix ...

Is it safe to assume that no one reads these anymore? That Kottu has finally moved on to the netherworld. That the old blogger crowd, now probably married and old enough to have multiple grandkids, no longer cares?Good.I love being busy, because it keeps the mind occupied, but I recently had quite a long exam season (abridged with Avurudu) and ...

Murad Ramzeen, Trinity skipper of 2011, summed it up perfectly in our commentary ‘box’ when he described Saturday’s Trinity-Thomian clash as a game in which “both teams had been so good and so bad”. He was spot on. It was an error strewn game, which eventually was grabbed by the throat and shaken to life by S. Thomas’ in the final ...

Daddy was the best person this world ever gave us. We were easy children to have. we never demanded for things, never asked actually. We were obedient and fun. The only thing the parental unit always asked us to do was to study hard and live a good life. They never had the burden of classes outside school and they ...

Home Gardenning by a Blind man It took me a while to find out something interesting to make an entry to the blog. This is by no mean a big thing; nevertheless it is a yet another activity that gives me a pleasure and satisfaction. At present, I am staying at home more regularly than what I used to do in the past. Whilst being at ...

And… And then he comes along. After six months of refusals to meet him. Still he comes along. With all the nagging of getting medical tests done, and willingness to go shopping for soles for your stilettos. He chooses to be part of your life. Without you realising it, of course.  You think that life could not be different, but it ...

How do you rehabilitate a terrorist? A terrorist has not signed any convention or agreed to any code of conduct. Until the law catches up with him, he commits terrible misdeeds as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) did for 30 years in Sri Lanka. Their crimes against humans and humanity were so horrifying […]

From the Kitchen I just realised that I hardly write about cooking, which I happen to enjoy very much. I’m not the type who will cook rice and curry everyday and my close friends don’t find it strange anymore when they find me nursing a large steaming vat of Watalappan at 10pm in the night. My cooking style is a mix of recipe ...

This has got to be one of the best interviews on the discipline of economics that I’ve read in a while, and its with none other than Dani Rodrik – a trailblazer in empirical economics and author of the new book ‘Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science‘. My favourite bit from the […]

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