Lucky family wins return air tickets in Hameedia Father’s Day promo

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments  |  867 views  |  

Suranga Fernando of Colombo 4 won three return air tickets to Singapore in an exciting and one of a kind promo for all dads in the country conducted by Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist, Hameedia.  Read More →


How did the Provincial Councils become white elephants?

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  717 views  |  

By R.M.B Senanayake Lalith Weeratunga, the Secretary to the President, has said on Twitter that the Provincial Councils system is a white elephant. Yes indeed, for reasons that lie fairly and squarely at the door of the Central Government.  Read More →


Belgian designer launches hijab sportswear line

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  751 views  |  

Dubai-based designer Sarah Sillis has created a collection of sportswear clothes aimed at Muslim women who wear the hijab. Sillis, originally from Belgian, started wearing the headscarf a few years ago.  Read More →


Rising Muslim-Buddhist tensions in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  624 views  |  

IRIN: An increasing number of Muslim Sri Lankans, who make up around 9% of the population, are feeling uneasy amid fears of growing sectarian tensions, say local people and observers. “We just don’t feel we belong here anymore,” Fadhil Ahamed, who works in a food store in Colombo, told IRIN. “I had a shop where I sold Halal food, but several Buddhist monks who were aligned with a Government politician told me not to sell Halal food as this was a Sinhalese Buddhist country.”  Read More →


Mango unveils Summer collection

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  630 views  |  

The Mango Summer 2013 collection is just out at the Mango Flagship store located at 1/1 Bagatale Road, Colombo 3. A summer season in which monochromatic black and white outfits play a starring role. Volumes of oriental inspiration: double-breasted garments, sarouel trousers and obis taken in at the waist, while introducing new proportions in the season – with red as the colour of attraction.  Read More →


‘Photo Fun Booth’ comes to town!

Published : 6:21 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  942 views  |  
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By David Ebert Q: What is your whole idea behind the Photo Fun Booth concept? A: Public Art or Taking Art to the Public is a concept the Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA) is keenly working on. The aim of CoCA is to make art accessible, thought provoking, influential and impacting to the public, in an effortless everyday situation. ‘Photo Fun Booth’ is inspired by the late 1920s photo booths. The booth’s fun and interactive qualities set the stage for the public to express themselves and explore the multiple roles individuals play according to the different life situations. It encourages dialogue and it encourages openness and acceptance. The theatrical atmosphere of the ‘Photo... 


Acclaimed Australian indigenous dancer in Colombo on Monday

Published : 6:19 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  604 views  |  

Acclaimed Australian Indigenous dancer and choreographer, Albert David, will visit Sri Lanka from 24-26 June for a series of workshops and a performance. The Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie said: “We are delighted to bring a performer of Albert David’s calibre to Sri Lanka. This is an opportunity to present to Sri Lankan audiences some of the rich cultural heritage of our indigenous community. Albert David’s visit will also be an opportunity for our two countries to strengthen cultural links.” Born and raised in the Torres Strait Islands, Albert David’s dance creations incorporate Aboriginal traditional dance. He has spent time with indigenous communities throughout Australia... 


Bombay sweet paradise!

Published : 6:18 am  June 22, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  885 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  |  640 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  |  854 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... 


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