Problem: a corrupt administration, an Executive Presidency that basically constitutes of a legal dictatorship, a Rajapakse dynasty with dominance over every major branch of government Solution: Maithripala Sirisena? Until a few days ago, my Facebook was filled with the usual pro-and-anto-feminist rants, pictures of far-off lands and the occasional raging Dota 2 player. Nobody gave […]

The Sri Lankan Kade The Legend of These Roadside Boutiques AKA The Local Tea Shop          Kades, the traditional Sri Lankan shops or booths, sell an overwhelming variety of goods. Mostly gone from urban areas they are still common in rural areas. If you happen to be travelling in Sri Lanka by road and require refreshment, desist from stopping at that modern establishment with its ...

TBCAsia’s done and dusted, and I’ve finally gotten back to work. For those who haven’t heard of it, Travel Bloggers’ Conference Asia was an event put together by Cinnamon Hotels and the might of John Keels; it brought together some of the world’s most popular travel bloggers – into a single conference room. But perhaps […]

8-12-86 Hello John: Thanks for the good letter. I don’t think it hurts, sometimes, to remember where you came from. You know the places where I came from. Even the people who try to write about that or make films about it, they don’t get it right. They call it “9 to 5.” It’s never 9 to 5, there’s no ...

Oh won’t you stay, Let the midnight weep your absence Run into my arms, fall unto me Like a ripened leaf in autumn, weary An exploding star, in all your darkness Your rage, your light, your fire, I admire Your vividness Your undefined depths, I am aware That you are, but dust In all your […]

Chaaya Village is an interesting place. They say Cinnamon Lodge – which is almost next door – is the fancier of the two, which I can’t comment on – this is the first time I’ve been anywhere in the vicinity of Habarana, let alone the hotels here. Right now, if I look out of the […]

Progress That Cavori shirt is from 2003. And it fits perfectly. I promised myself, back in 2008 (when I was obese), that I won’t change my wardrobe until I can fit into all my old clothes. Hard work + Clean Eating = Progress.

Published in the magazine AMIRTHAGANGAI in January 1986. Editor: Chembian Selvan (Rajagopal) Chenkai Aliyan in his book ‘History of Short stories’ says, “This story is one of the best of the year 1986.” Translated by the author: Kathir Balasundaram SITUATION: In the late 1970s, low-income people started going to the Middle-East in the effort to find higher paying jobs. ...

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