Retreat at Nilambe, Srilanka Few weeks back, I’ve had the pleasure of spending 5 days at the Nilambe (Pronounced Nil-lamba) Buddhist meditation centre in Srilanka. It was a 5-day silent retreat conducted by Venerable Khema Dhamma, started on 4th December 2015.In here I will put down my experience living, meditating and experiencing things in and around the centre during that few days plus some ...

Thalagoya vs. Kabaragoya The words thalagoya and kabaragoya should sound familiar to anyone who grew up in Sri Lanka. Chances are, many of you may even have spotted one of these remarkable reptiles at some point in your lives. The kabaragoya is what is known as the Asian water monitor or Varanus salvator, while the thalagoya is the Bengal monitor, or Varanus Bengalensis ...

A slow kiss; that’s how she said her good bye to Fernando as he gave up on life with just a wisp of air lingering on his cold lips. Now she could look forward to welcoming 2008 with grief. Sadness is a must because it promises healing, she thought. She secretly never cared much for his art where he magically ...

Happy 68th Independence Day to all of you Sri Lankans, living here and abroad !! The morning festivities which ended a few minutes ago (before 11.30am local time), was in fact very simple and humble, to summarize a long chapter. There was absolutely no drag, and for the second consecutive time I saw people turn … Continue reading →

A Closer Look At Sri Lanka’s Illegal Elephant Trade Although there have been less than a handful of baby elephants born into captivity in Sri Lanka since the 1980s – not counting those born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – there has been, strangely enough, an increase in the number of registrations of baby elephants at the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). Giving sanction and passage to this sinister ...

A Closer Look At Sri Lanka’s Illegal Elephant Trade Although there have been less than a handful of baby elephants born into captivity in Sri Lanka since the 1980s – not counting those born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – there has been, strangely enough, an increase in the number of registrations of baby elephants at the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). Giving sanction and passage to this sinister ...

The sweat bubbled up slowly until his forehead was neatly aligned with globules of wetness. He muttered in his sleep, and lapsed into silence. Without any warning, he opened his mouth and let out an enthusiastic roar of screams. That’s when his parents came running into the room and having pulled at the switch, flooded it with light that seared ...

Our colleague Nalaka Gunawardene has written a summary/review of the World Development Report which this year focuses on ICTs, and included several references to Research ICT Africa and LIRNEasia research. Can a budget telecom like model help bring low cost internet within reach of South Asia’s majority of unconnected people? The Colombo-based ICT policy research organisation LIRNEasia has been studying ...

I never liked men who look like you Like they always know just what to do Hair carefully styled with the latest goo Pants, shoes and shirt, shiny and new I like my men weird, and awkward too Quirky and lanky and witty and lewd I don’t want a square, I don’t want a prude I’d prefer someone who’s slightly ...

The Sunday Times carries an expose on railway toilets that are reserved exclusively for tourists. I guess the problem arises from a well-meaning but misguided attempt to make the railway more tourist friendly. There is a problem of dirty toilets and the railway probably lacks funds to employ enough people to keep the toilets clean.The solution would be to introduce ...

It feels like being cut open ever so lightly, ever so precisely with the edge of a bleeding ribbon at a thousand different points of your skin It feels like being kissed lightly with soft lips that bruise your skin like blooming purple flowers or the bright fireworks you watched as a child as their reflections danced within your eyes It feels like a thousand ...

The day before the rapture took place, Kaplan’s nose started to bleed. The blood formed a rill down towards his chin. He smeared a streak of blood between his fingers and prepared himself by sitting down quickly and closing his eyes. The tremors started from his feet and moved up fast towards his head; it becomes so ferocious that his ...

Adam was agitated. Adam was flirting with the idea of taking a wee step over the edge and falling into the tawdry embrace of madness. He didn’t. For the moment. Instead he switched on all the lights of his house and listened. He waited. He listened. Intently. As sunrise approached, and his shadow crept up onto the wall, he felt ...

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