Is Imad Reyal Tuskers ready? Lankan born Imad Reyal stole the spotlight last week in the Asia Rugby Championship Division II when his scintillating performance took the United Arab Emirates to a title win. Imad Reyal in action against Thailand in Uzbekistan. (Photo credit – Asia Rugby) Starting off in the UAE XV’s jersey for the Division II tournament held in Uzbekistan, Reyal was ...

Kitchen Spring The apron Was on the cooktop And the mittens were On the oven grip The rice cooker stood at The edge of the counter Just like yesteryear I felt the edges of the pantry And gripped the apron Still it was cold and numb As a winter snowman As I looked for a sign of life – For the ...

Sometimes the mind plays games with you. It gobbles you up with guilt when you know, you are helpless and you cannot do anything to change the situation. Yet, the mind doesn’t seem to understand this. It keeps reminding you of something you didn’t do, like a cancer, it conquers your soul. It leaves your paralyzed; makes your whole life ...

Excellent blog post by a volunteer about the good and the bad of the relief efforts in the recent floods & landslides to hit Sri Lanka. As Indi brilliantly put it “Sri Lankans are actually amazing in a crisis, but if we were organized we could actually be effective.” three sugars in my tea. Endless lessons have been learned in ...

A Vesak Pandol (Through A Child’s Eyes) Bulbs in bursts of light From a larger than life edifice Where they fire in sequence Around a solitary figure – Legs crossed and meditating In a hermitage –; and from this perch Incandescence streams as straight lines And reflects on tiny irises As they look up bedazzled At the wonder above And from this lowly vantage point Rises ...

The Floods, Update 2: Get Me A Pencil Three days since my first, hurried update. If there is such a thing as too much goodwill, I think I’ve seen it. Gripped by a desire to help out our fellow Sri Lankans, we’ve cooked, screamed, delivered, run supplies by the truckload and picked clean the shelves of our supermarkets. The result? Incredible good – people fed, clothed, supported to another ...

The Sri Lanka Airforce website has powerful photos of the current flooding. All taken from SLAF relief flights. The photos make words useless. Even the mundane ones hace a strangeness about them. The expressways standing neat and clean against the brown water. Rivers and the roads merged in the same flat colour. Each roof sticking…

Vesak 2016, One Like No Other Today is Vesak Poya (full moon) Day. It is probably the most important festival of the year in the Theravada Buddhist calendar. Buddhists commemorate the three most important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on this Vesak Poya Day (always the first full moon in the month of May). First is the day Siddhartha Gautama was born, which took ...

Here’s what we can make out right now. Kotikawatta, Kelaniya, Biyagama, Malwana, Wellampitiya, Kolonnawa, Aranayaka, Dippitiya, Kilinocchi,Meethotamulla, parts of Ja-Ela and Wattala are flooded. According to Anura Yapa’s statement in Parliament, we have: 1. Affected Div Secs: 219 2. Displaced families: 98,075 3. Displaced individuals: 414,677 4. Deaths: 43 5. Injured: 28 6. Homes fully damaged: 286 7. Homes partially ...

May 18: We Have a Lot to Mourn Vaaharai community marks May 18, 2016 (source: Tamil Guardian) I am astounded; the government has called off this year’s ‘Victory Parade’ and no one is really talking about it. Why are we not talking about it? Why isn’t everyone talking about it? Why aren’t we all so very glad? In an interview with the Sunday Observer, our present Defense Minister ...

Six Haiku Poems Fiery Fire danced In a flaming dress As the wind sang First Time Love fruit Ripened to time To pluck Foliage Red dresses In a clearance sale Autumn Star-crossed Lovers Night and day In circadian cycles Romeo and Juliet Ballet of Destruction One ballerina In an endless pirouette Tornado Poya (Full Moon) The full moon Passed one perfect day As a sculpture of pi

George Redhawk: the World Through My Eyes I first came across George Redhawk by accident. Someone on my Facebook shared a GIF. A GIF, for the very few who don’t know what I’m talking about, is a short, animated image, usually looping in on itself. This one showed a human face; a man, woman, I can’t tell, but on his head was a phoenix vomiting fire. His eyes and ...

I drew her near Swept her off her feet I took her in my popeye-like arms And laid her on a bed of lilies She looked at me And the first time too had a look about it When the tongue is drenched And the eyes are spring And the lips are swollen to pout And a gale blows ...

Circus The oldest truth is We all love ‘love’ – the notion The feeling and the jargon The gifts and the tokens After all everything cheesy Is impaled by cupid’s arrow Like the cup that reads “true love” Or the card shaped to a heart Yet some people Rarely curdle, jaundice and flavor To the cheesy side of love No ...

Love (Yet Another Poem) Seemingly necessary From the puritan to the erotic Kiss to the bliss And stamped by adhesives – Palms, shoulders and lips – Even held and rocked like a cradle And scribbled on some post-it notes Sticky till everlast And that necessity Which programs to a compulsion Yields fiber that is drift-proof Blind and gullible And lithifies to A bedrock.

Whalers The whaling vessel Still lurks and harpoons still rocket beneath Where rays of light mix with trays of brine As tail-gating whalers Chase the meat of gentle-giants To make strange amulets Distill oil and to carve and tear Some well-cooked flesh With flat incisors and jagged molars And in this strange battle Between monster and meek And metal and ...

Tillage A picnic basket stood In the middle of nowhere There were croissants and marmalade Scones and pastries Some orange juice and a coke bottle We were surrounded By dancing airstreams and tweeting birds And we could hear the grasshoppers And sense the sunbeams bouncing off Our cheekbones And you and I Munched on the sugar treats And sipped some ...

A Refugee Child The kite travelled far Through a bridge of time And a wall of barbed-wire Into a new land, a new country Into the arms of a refugee child Who found a little bit of color On the fringe of a fence And he looked at the flying wonder Stranded on mother earth Knowing he too had a kite in ...

Sri Lanka’s Most Dangerous Snakes Sri Lanka is home to a number of interesting species of snakes, and while this may bode well for reptile lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, there are others who – quite understandably – aren’t overly excited about it. We suspect this may have something to do with the fact that some of these snakes are highly venomous, which means they have ...

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