The Very Best this Week

සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා! இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! The government … [Continue Reading]

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A land of kiribath and kitul

සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා! இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! The government has announced when to take a bath for the old year and some of our friends are taking a much-deserved break from the heat and stress in Mirissa with the dolphins and up in Jaffna at the Keerimalai Tank—called Keeramale Ponds on FB  incidentally. Walking for a cancer […]

In memory of Nandakka!

KASUNI THEWARAPPERUMA A little remembrance on this day for Nandakka. For some, she might have been a servant, but to us she was family. That’s why we called her Nanda-akka (Nanda-big sister). She carried my dad when he was a baby and she looked after us. Cooked like a demon and was a friend to […]

NOT the national anthem !

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls

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 […]

MUST-SEE : ‘STRANDED’ an art exhibition (and so much more) by Sivasubramaniam Kajendran

  STRANDED: Listen to a conversation on the forthcoming exhibition by Sivasubramanium Kajendran Première at  2.30 pm on 28th March at the Art Gallery, University of Fine Arts, Jaffna. Exhibition dates: 28th March-1st April 2016. I still hear Siva’s strong voice as he concluded our conversation a little while ago with the words ‘give my regards to your family.’ […]

A Sri Lankan lesson in Free Speech: Kenan Malik’s op-ed in the NYT today

Gaya’s intro: When I read this op-ed, A Sri Lankan lesson in Free Speech by Kenan Malik today in the New York Times, I remember the struggle, for human liberty and freedom of speech. it was not battled not on the lines of digital and global hashtag campaigns of today thriving on global ‘likes’, but the […]

In Benghazi today or Jaffna then, the teachers kept on teaching despite the shelling!

The BBC reported this today on a school reopening in Beghazi and I was reminded of what the Jaffna teacher said …

Do you remember Johnny Batta? The irony of it all…

A comment on De-Mining Sri Lanka: A Job for Widows and Survivors Read Smriti Daniel’s article on Al-Jazeera published on 12 January 2016. Enter a world you didn’t know existed, but one which Vimaleswaran Gunamala, Ananda Chandrasiri, Damian O’ Brien of the HALO trust —and even His Excellency the British High Commissioner James Dauris, who […]

‘I can’t remember my sister’s face’ – the story behind ‘Stranded’ by Sivasubramaniam Kajendran

BY GAYA FERNANDO Stories find you and not the other way around sometimes—Siva Kaja’s story just burst on me without warning. It was not a by-the-book introduction. He sent me a photo of his exhibition STRANDED on FB and I asked him to send me a write-up that I could share with my friends in […]

Don’t miss out on Kenan Malik in Galle, Colombo or Jaffna!

A must-see, must-hear, writer-lecturer-broadcaster is in town—Kenan Malik— the author of the book I am reading right now and one of the cleverest dudes of our times. Which town? If you glance to the right you will see the ‘what’s on’ listings of  the three listed events in Galle, Colombo and Jaffna as part of the Galle […]

Interview with Tanuja Turairajah on the making of Project Belonging

Living as a migrant for the first time in Zürich, Tanuja Thurairajah found herself thinking about the narratives that people were exposed to in their daily life. “When I came here I met other Tamils, but somehow I felt that they reached out to a different narrative and I reached out to a different narrative…”

A Masters worth its Salt: Master of Development Practice, Peradeniya Uni

GAYA FERNANDO [Re-posting this from 2012 Dec ] Some people get into development work without a clue as to what it’s all about. They joined up to a corps of people who wanna make the world a better place. That’s fine. Then there are professionals who slog away at commercial jobs and half-way take a break, […]