Red flags don’t wave away exploitation, Buddhist flags don’t confer enlightenment and national flags don’t make nations.

 

MALINDA SENEVIRATNE

 

Gaya’s Intro:  May Day rallies, dancing around maypoles and flags in all shapes, colours and sizes mark the month of May.

Yesterday I passed by a farmhouse in the tuscan countryside that had a dual flag one above the other; a common sight over here . The flag below was the Italian green, white and red flag of the Republic and above it a flag very similar in colour to the Buddhist flag with one word on it: PACE ( pah-che) as in Peace. The dual flag is an improvement on the national flag. There is no compromise of the national identity in the Universal Value Flag of Peace flying above it, only an affirmation of a value held by Italians. I think this is a great combo. We would have to use the universal flag design though cos designing a new one would result in certain death of the concept. Then comes the language issue : I suggest  Samadhana 2012 Benefit Reading Series Peace,in one graphic element not walking all over the design. [Read more…]

Train-riders of my childhood inspired by reading Malinda Words: A short story about Route 167 and parallel lives

 
 

Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010)

Gaya: Sometimes people tell you mula amathaka karanna epa. Don’t forget where you began, literally.
 
Sri Lanka was a wonderful childhood place ( I was born in 72 ) cos we were all relatively dependant on each other for entertainment – telling stories, traveling in the train together and climbing over garden walls to play with the neighbour. There were no organised holidays to exotic destinations in my neighbourhood nor iPhones or isolating entertainment devices that reinforced my own individuality. So yes, my remembering where I began is bound up with a whole lot of people and funny memories. 
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