Exclusive: A Day at Detention by Niromi de Soyza

Gaya’s intro : A woman who knows the scars of surviving war in Sri Lanka goes to meet another in Sydney Australia. The former came to Australia a long time ago and is now a lawyer, a mother and a famous author. The second however arrived recently and is now in detention with no right of appeal and no time limit. She too is famous albeit for the wrong reasons. Their meeting and conversation takes place in a space that is in stark contrast to the battleground of Sri Lanka. I am delighted to receive this account from Niromi herself and to publish it on iSrilankan in solidarity with women who were affected by the long war in Sri Lanka wherever they live right now.
 

A Day at Detention

 

by Niromi de Soyza

 
As soon as I step into the reception room which reminded me of a sterile hospital cafeteria, a woman with long dark hair in a black blazer catches my eyes. The epaulettes on her jacket give her small skinny frame an air of authority. I recognise the young woman easily as Ranjini, she looks exactly like in the pictures splashed across newspapers and news media over the past few weeks – sparkling eyes, a big bright smile and the unmistakable side-parting of hair.
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Meet Rajan Karunakaran of Project Belonging


 Storyowner

 
Rajan Karunakaran (48 years) arrived in Switzerland in 1984. He talks of how, being a taxi driver to him is more of a culture than a job and the way leftist political ideologies have influenced his life. Rajan now lives in Baden with his 17 year old son of part Cuban origin.

Rajan is a natural storyteller telling his story with humour, laughter and courage. It is in Tamil with supers in English which I am sure could not do justice to the original. [Read more…]

Interview with Tanuja Thurairajah: 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…”

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Tanya Ekanayaka: The first Sri Lankan to perform her own composition for the Piano at the John F. Kennedy Centre

 

Callout

 
Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka debuts in the USA in a Millenium Stage Performace at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington DC.

The first Sri Lankan to perform her own composition for Piano at this venue, Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka is a heady mix of musicology and linguistics. [Read more…]

The fun part was that we didn’t have to wear our Ladies College uniforms that day !

HASHINI, Belgium : I enjoyed celebrating the Sinhala-tamil New Year at Ladies College. It was a very special and ‘play-full’ day.

The fun part was that we didn’t have to wear our uniforms to school. [Read more…]

Skype in the time of Avurudu


AMALI, London: “We went on skype just before 7.20 pm SL time, my mum had already prepared everything on a traditional wooden stove with a pot and milk.

She told me to put milk and rice in a small pot and let it simmer on the owen. We live next to a temple in Sri Lanka, so we could hear the bell and pirith starting at 7.20pm. [Read more…]

Labuwa Wu Nawa Wasara…

 

 

GAYATHRI Melbourne :

labuwa wu nawa wasara oba samata, saamaya saha preethiya supiri

awuruddhak weva kiya melbourne nagarayen sita prarthana karami.
Born in Colombo.

“Aluwa is going to be tomorrow; the blender is too loud, it’s waking up people! “

 

 

 

KASUNI, Christchurch: ” I wish a happy new year for my Sri Lankan family all over the world from all walks of life /race and religions.
Let this be the beginning of an era of mutual love and respect for a better tomorrow ”

Born in Galle, grew up in Bentota and lives in Christchurch, NZ.

“அனைவருக்கும் இனிய சித்திரை புத்தாண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்”

KUBE JEEVENDRA:  Batticaloa: “அனைவருக்கும் இனிய சித்திரை புத்தாண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Kube  is born in Batti, studied in London, returned to Sri Lanka, works in Colombo and is spending Avurudu in …. Batti 😉

“The Greenery…the Chill wind… & the true people and their hospitality….. I’M BACK TO BATTICALOA de Eastern

paradise”

இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் & ශුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා to all my beautiful Sri Lankan Brothers & Sisters ♥

 

AMALI, London “May the Gods bless us with Peace, Unity, Love & Happiness. ♥

“We went on skype just before 7.20 pm SL time, my mum had already prepared everything on a traditional wooden stove with a pot and milk.

She told me to put milk and rice in a small pot and let it simmer on the owen. We live next to a temple in Sri Lanka, so we could hear the bell and pirith starting at 7.20pm. [Read more…]