The Very Best this Week

THARINDU AMUNUGAMA   Waves of sea, Break one upon the other, … [Continue Reading]

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GAYA'S INTRO:  He left his parents behind in Northern Jaffna to join up ten … [Continue Reading]

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BY DAVID BLACKER For those saying that Victory Day should be retained, and … [Continue Reading]

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Ok, so it's Mother's Day. I've duly forwarded the poetic messages I … [Continue Reading]

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POPPY DAY? We didn't have horses who died in battle. We didn't have … [Continue Reading]

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To have or not to have? Questioning victory day, military parades et al.

BY DAVID BLACKER For those saying that Victory Day should be retained, and who use VE Day as an example, and also cite the reasoning that we need a day to remember the men who fell in the cause of national unity, let me point out a few things: 

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Happy (surrogate) Mothers’ Day!

Ok, so it’s Mother’s Day. I’ve duly forwarded the poetic messages I received from my lovely friends to ten other mothers and acknowledged the hot pink  roses and gift stickers on viber that another mum-friend sent me. My own mother passed away a week or so ago. However, when she did pass away, I had to do […]

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No poppies by request! Remembering with olu-nelum-manel, ambal-thamarai-alli!

POPPY DAY? We didn’t have horses who died in battle. We didn’t have bagpipes. Poppies don’t really mean much to us in Sri Lanka. But the poppy campaign meant a great deal to the old war veterans when they came to Grants Advertising and asked for a creative poppy campaign, free of charge. Tikiri de […]

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Sri Lankan–Africans from Puttalam: visiting my “long-lost relatives”!

MARYANNE KOODA   Along a narrow trail that wound a short distance from the Puttalam /Anuradhapura road, lay the quiet village we were searching for.  We reach Sirambiandiya after a four hour trip by bus from Colombo.  We are unsure of what type of reception we will get, as the research we had done on them, told of […]

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Remembrance day 2015: I remember going to ‘the front’

GAYA’S INTRO:  He left his parents behind in Northern Jaffna to join up ten years ago, strangely coincidentally on May 19th 2005. He has much to remember…   BY ARAVINTH RAJESH   Ten years ago,  this day this time… many things were in my head.

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Let’s give a moment’s silence for the 150 poorest of the poor buried alive in mud. RIP !!

Dear friends, I am the most rubbish blogger or website writer or whoever.  My motherhood and otherhood life is too busy and demanding to consistently write and respond on the digital media. I hardly have time to read. But this is different. At times like this, you are once again reminded of who you are […]

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MUST-SEE: ‘Meya Thuwakkuwak Nove!’ This is not a gun!

UDAN FERNANDO 20th August at 7 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Go get yourself and a friend a ticket. Details here ! Seeing Chamila Priyanka’s Meya Thuwakkuwak Nove left me with a flurry of thoughts, moved by the gust of politics created by the play. I still have not fully recovered. It was such […]

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“இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் & ශුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා”

It’s Avurudu time. We live in Italy where there is no koha, alas. Other avurudus were sad and void of hope; in short, pretty hopeless. There was no end in sight. Kohas sounded hollow and Avurudu only meant that Southern Colombo people could leave the city for a long weekend confining themselves to safe cities […]

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Image of the Week

THARINDU AMUNUGAMA   Waves of sea, Break one upon the other,

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Image of the Week

  BY SHARNI JAYAWARDENA     In Kandy.

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Remembrance day 2015: I remember going to ‘the front’

GAYA’S INTRO:  He left his parents behind in Northern Jaffna to join up ten years ago, strangely coincidentally on May 19th 2005. He has much to remember…   BY ARAVINTH RAJESH   Ten years ago,  this day this time… many things were in my head.

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No poppies by request! Remembering with olu-nelum-manel, ambal-thamarai-alli!

POPPY DAY? We didn’t have horses who died in battle. We didn’t have bagpipes. Poppies don’t really mean much to us in Sri Lanka. But the poppy campaign meant a great deal to the old war veterans when they came to Grants Advertising and asked for a creative poppy campaign, free of charge. Tikiri de […]