Bombay sweet paradise!

Published : 6:18 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  872 views  |  

Panaash Delicacies serves up some irresistible Indian offerings By Cheranka Mendis Blessed with mixed ethnicities, Sri Lankans have the privileged of enjoying various cultural and traditional experiences, among which food and dining take precedence. For those of us who love their quota of sugar, Indian sweets are a favourite with a wide variety of sweetmeats to choose from. Usually packed with sugar, milk, condensed milk and ghee, Indian sweets or Bombay sweets, as they are commonly known, have become a must-have during the Ramazan season and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year even though it is widely available island-wide during all seasons. With the former close at hand, Weekend FT visited Panaash... 


Kaffeine: A healthy food haven

Published : 6:16 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  635 views  |  

By Rashika Fazali There aren’t many places in Colombo that are pet-friendly. In fact, there are no food places which are pet-friendly, but Kaffeine is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ cafes which has no restrictions when it comes to your pets. The owner of Kaffeine, Dushy Daniel who is also the chef, revealed how she made it a pet-friendly café: “A couple once came with their dog and asked me if it’s possible to serve the food in the car because they figured they couldn’t bring their dog in. I don’t have an issue with dogs, so I asked them to come in. They’ve being regular customers ever since.” Kaffeine situated off Maya Avenue and right on top of a clothing store called... 


Nine yards of grace at Saree House

Published : 6:15 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  833 views  |  

By Cheranka Mendis The months of June, July and September are popularly known as wedding months, a period when saree shops are stocked to bursting point with material and ladies frantically look for something that is both unique and nice, something that they can be sure no one else will be wearing. At Saree House, a small boutique run by Krishna Kamalesh, what you get are one-of-a-kind designs handpicked and brought down from Mumbai, a destination known for its unique creations of the nine yard drapery. Having started the business two years ago, more as a past time than a commercial venture, Kamalesh recalled that it all started happening when they brought down a few sarees upon their visits... 


Conserving the ‘Ambassadors of the Ocean’

Published : 6:13 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  554 views  |  

By Marianne David The conservation of sea turtles is becoming increasingly important, especially in the backdrop of the numerous threats posed to their survival. Sri Lanka has a major role to play in this regard, being home to five of the seven species of marine turtles in the world. Of these five, two are currently critically endangered. The sea turtles calling our shores home are the Green Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Loggerhead Turtle. The Leatherback Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle are the two most critically endangered. Species not found in Sri Lanka are the Flatback Turtle and Kemp’s Ridley Turtle. Threats facing turtles In an interview with the... 


The Turtle Conservation Project of Sri Lanka

Published : 6:11 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  382 views  |  

The TCP was established in 1993 and in March 1995 it was registered as an Independent Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA). TCP aims to devise and facilitate the implementation of sustainable marine turtle conservation strategies through education research and community participation. TCP operates according to an approved constitution and is currently coordinated by a committee of seven residents of Sri Lanka.  TCP maintains its head office at Panadura and field offices in Rekawa (Tangalle), Kosgoda and Kalpitiya. As an independent Sri Lankan NGO, TCP aims to assist Government departments, academic institutions and other NGOs in devising... 


Turtle evolution and physiology

Published : 6:10 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  680 views  |  

Marine turtles have inhabited the earth for over 100 million years. They are a successful group of animals that have witnessed the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and until relatively recently have survived in great numbers. Today seven species of these ocean dwelling reptiles remain. All of them are now threatened with extinction, mainly due to man’s destructive activities. Marine turtles evolved from large land living tortoise-like animals. Over millions of years they have become very well adapted to living in a marine environment. With their long and muscular oar-like fore flippers rudder-like hind flippers and their flattened streamlined shells marine turtles are fast and agile swimmers.... 


EDMC to the fore

Published : 6:07 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  550 views  |  

By Rashika Fazali It just happens to be ‘the’ music played anywhere and everywhere. Parties may start off with RnB, but will end the night with Electronic Dance Music (EDM) which has gone viral in the country. Top EDM artistes such as Avicii, Afrojack, Dash Berlin and Above & Beyond have graced the country, playing to packed crowds, which is a sign that that EDM is the current king of music. EDM City (EDMC) caters to the typical EDM lover, playing a lot of the non-commercial music that you don’t hear every day or week. Commencing last year in October, EDMC has gathered a group of top Sri Lankan DJs, who as a part of the station, broadcast their mixes and enhance the knowledge of the... 


‘Flight of Flamboyance’ by Varuni Jayasekara Academy

Published : 6:06 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  648 views  |  

The Bishop’s College Auditorium will come alive with ‘Flight of Flamboyance,’ an evening of entertainment presented by the students of the Varuni Jayasekara Academy of Speech, Drama and Communication, this evening. The event commenced yesterday, 21 June. Embodied into the program is an array of dramatic selections, choral work and musicals performed by students from the age of four to 27 years. The evening promises a ‘flight of flamboyance’ from the streets of London to the Land of Oz to the jungles of India and forests of Sherwood. Enjoyable and appealing to both the young and the old, other items include ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ and a musical medley comprising songs from... 


Landscape paintings: An interesting theme

Published : 6:05 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  

Reference was made in the last column about the innovative ideas of Australia Post in releasing stamps. One such recent issue covered selected paintings on landscapes from the National Gallery of Australia. At a glance one may wonder whether landscapes can be an interesting theme for stamps, particularly because Australia is not a country noted for beautiful scenery. The stamps, however, confirms how much one can enjoy in seeing different landscapes in the colourful stamps. The paintings convey a range of captivating Australian terrain, from lush coastal regions to the dry interior. Much care has been taken in selecting the paintings which have been done during a long period from the late 1830s... 


Shilpa National Crafts Festival to boost local craft industry

Published : 5:04 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,056 views  |  
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By Cheranka Mendis Sri Lanka’s local crafts industry, which benefits close to 25,000 persons directly and 100,000 indirectly, is a sector that needs immediate attention for improvement. Primarily based in the outskirts of urban Colombo, the crafts practiced by the artisans are those that have been passed on from one generation to another – from fathers to sons and mothers to daughters. With the extensive development and urbanisation of the country, attention on local crafts and handicrafts have diminished over time with those in the industry itself moving towards finding greener pastures in other areas of work. In a bid to rejuvenate the ailing crafts industry, the National Crafts Council... 


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