The Very Best this Week

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

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Dear friends, I am the most rubbish blogger or website writer or … [Continue Reading]

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MARYANNE KOODA   Along a narrow trail that wound a short … [Continue Reading]

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See Udan Fernando's review here. I am lucky to be in Sri Lanka to see how … [Continue Reading]

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UDAN FERNANDO 20th August at 7 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Go get … [Continue Reading]

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Lionel Wendt theatre 20th Aug 7p.m. ‘Meya thuwakkuwak Nove!’

See Udan Fernando’s review here. I am lucky to be in Sri Lanka to see how differently and courageously a new director makes his debut!

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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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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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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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Special Call-Out: How a Master of Development Practice can change your journey!

  The deadline for applications  is now extended to February 15,  2014 and this year as well I repeat the special call-out for a Masters in Development Practice due to its uniqueness: An opportunity for those who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree to offer their valuable experience in development work as a requirement to qualify […]

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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

  BY SHARNI JAYAWARDENA     In Kandy.

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What is a ‘chapbook’? Why does he do it? Imaad Majeed interviewed.

This is a copy of a Chapbook stamped by the Jaffna Library. This is where you can take a look at what’s in it. Gaya: What is a chapbook? Imaad: A chapbook is a publication that consists of less than 40 pages. They used to be sold by peddlers known as chapmen in the Early […]

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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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MUST-SEE: Pattini-Kannaki devotion photo exhibition 22 & 23 Feb

By Sharni Jayawardena & Malathi de Alwis