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‘Mega Pride’: Of lions, humans and evolutionary lessons

Views - 40 Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:47

Majestic. Proud. Aloof. Surveyor of all in worlds where threat is far more effective than execution, which of course others have been delegated to deliver. In the wilds, in grasslands or savannas, in day typically and atypically at night....


Beyond half a century of life through the lens

Views - 21 Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:34

For the first time in Sri Lanka, photographer Henry Rajakaruna is hosting three different photographic exhibitions in one location titled ‘Art of Blur,’ ‘Portrait of Humanity’ and ‘Photo Essay,’ from 7 to 9 September at the J.D.A. Perera


Amidst parrots and kangaroos

Views - 16 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:49

Meeting Ajahn Brahm (Brahmavamso) is always a treat. He is so friendly, simple and willing to chat. Though a busy traveller holding meditation retreats in numerous countries, during the ‘vas’ season Ajahn does not get about.


Mammals of Sri Lanka for Children – Nature

Views - 18 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:47

Education has become so competitive in the paradise isle that children will rarely be exposed to anything outside their school curriculum and sadly, even the little sport they are allowed to indulge in, is limited to an activity that will look good o


‘ONE WON – An expression through art’

Views - 15 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:37

An exhibition titled ‘ONE WON – An expression through art’ was held at The Stables, Park Street Mews, as part of the ‘Celebrate Colombo’ initiative, launched by SO Sri Lanka and Colombo Fashion Week


Art for all ages

Views - 15 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:36

Children are drawn towards expressing themselves better and at an early stage of their growing years, when they are given the opportunity to drawing doodles – most children crave to draw things out of their imagination....


Every book you need to read before it becomes the next ‘Game of Thrones’

Views - 8 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:32

When ‘Game of Thrones’ became the world’s biggest TV show, die-hards of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series suddenly found themselves in a strange position when it became such a pop culture....


The problem with Priyanka

Views - 20 Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:11

The actress Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, came under fire this week for scoffing at a Pakistani-American woman’s challenging question to her at the BeautyCon summit in Los Angeles.


Flowers by Shey: Fabulous floristry!

Views - 15 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:59

Celebrating a decade in the floristry business adorning weddings and brides, Flowers by Shey has set its mark in the industry as a florist who transforms venues into a natural setting, transcending formal décor and bringing something very different


On a cinnamon trail

Views - 191 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

“Do not learn this trade no matter what the reason, learn to repair vehicles instead. That is better,” Ajith Ananda, 48 said, concluding his chat. I had no response to give him. His body was wiry to the point of thinness, his speech direct. I ask


An experience never to forget

Views - 27 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

The most glamorous Randoli Perahera begins today, 10 August and continues until Tuesday, 13 August. The final Randoli Perahera is on Wednesday 14 August and the Esala pageant ends with the Day Perahera the following day


Mala Hot Pot brings ‘conversational dining’ to CCC Food Studio

Views - 108 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya Hot Pot, or Steamboat as it is known sometimes, is a famous Chinese cooking method wherein a variety of meats and vegetables are cooked in a ‘steaming’ simmering ‘hot’ pot, which is placed at the dining table – simila


Hilton Colombo hosts a chocolate extravaganza

Views - 156 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

The Colombo Hilton’s #EatDrinkHilton promotion is back and this time for the entire month of August, it is celebrating that most glorious of delicacies, chocolate. Kicking off the celebration in style, the Hilton L.A.B. hosted a special one-day on


How the Squirrel got His Stripes

Views - 35 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

Why do leopards have spots? Why does an elephant have a trunk? Why do peacocks have such beautiful feathers? I have always been fascinated by tales that describe nature or explain the world in a non-scientific way, and as I often say, fiction credibl


#thisissrilanka

Views - 204 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:10

Local social media influencers Shenelle Rodrigo (@sheneller), Shehaan Thahir (@shehaan23 and Yashvin Senanayake (@itsyashvin) create first-of-its-kind informative #thisissrilanka Youtube series, encouraging foreign and local budget tourism around the


‘M.O.B.’ by Chandraguptha Thenuwara at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 51 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

Thenuwara’s work is made up of the juxtaposition of objects and paronomasias; these works are exhibited annually on 23 July to commemorate ‘Black July 1983’


‘Figures Assembled II’ by Prageeth Rathnayake at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 54 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

An exhibition titled ‘Figures Assembled II’ by Prageeth Rathnayake is being held at the Paradise Road Galleries, The Gallery Café, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3, from 1 to 21 August. The gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. until midnight


Jean Arasanayagam, a life lived in exuberance A personal and professional tribute

Views - 52 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

By Harshana Rambukwella Kindura Feathers slice off your waist, Tail plumes splay the air, Claws grasp earth, Fingers touch flute, Music twitters from those human lips, Your imperturbable profile Does not suggest Discrepancy of disembodiment, Yet your


A timely publication

Views - 54 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:02

The name Gunapala (GP) Malalasekera is synonymous with scholarly presentations on Buddhism accepted by the entire Buddhist world. The knowledgeable Buddhist leader and university don was a pleasing personality who was easily accessible. As the first


CMSC to perform Bela Bartók’s 44 Violin Duets on 25 August at Goethe -Institut Hall

Views - 254 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:02

CMSC to perform Bela Bartók’s 44 Violin Duets on 25 August at Goethe-Institut Hall The acclaimed partnership betw


Singer-Actress Doris Day’s evergreen signature song ‘Que Sera Sera’

Views - 6955 Saturday, 27 July 2019 11:00

When I was just a little kid enrolled at the Santa Maria Montessori school in Wattala, a song we sang without knowing its meaning then was ‘Que Sera Sera’; when I was a boy studying at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School in Kollupitiya, a song we wer


For the love of whales

Views - 284 Saturday, 27 July 2019 05:20

Dr. Asha De Vos is on a mission, a labour of love some may call it, to make an indelible mark on the planet. And with good reason. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some new bit of information released, further cementing the notion that we as a sp


Celebrating a historic event

Views - 35 Saturday, 27 July 2019 05:11

Australia has commemorated 50 years of the first man landing on the moon with the release of four colourful stamps. The stamps, each valued at A$ 1, are part of several products released on the historic event.


Everyone’s friend

Views - 46 Saturday, 27 July 2019 05:10

The recent picture of the female Netherlands Ambassador in Sri Lanka coming to see Mayor Rosy Senanayake riding a push bicycle brought back memories of the popular song ‘Bicycale Bicycale Duppath Apage Bicycale’ we had been singing from our schoo


The essential guide for COLOMBO and its region – travel

Views - 53 Saturday, 27 July 2019 05:07

For those of us who live in the capital city, life has become so hectic that we can do little else besides the daily trek to work and back – and if we’re lucky, we squeeze in a little time to visit friends.


Dayanita Singh’s ‘Box 205’ at Barefoot Gallery today

Views - 42 Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:51

An exhibition by Dayanita Singh, titled ‘Box 205,’ opened at the Barefoot Gallery on 24 July in association with Bawa 100. ‘Box 507,’ an unbound book of 30 image cards held together in a wooden structure, which will be on view until 7 p.m. to


Taste the best of authentic Thai cuisine at Waters Edge

Views - 43 Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:49

The exotic flavours and fragrances of Thai food make it one of the most coveted international cuisines enjoyed by most countries in the world. Thai food is generally prepared with a spicy edge and a strong aroma and the speciality of this cuisine is


The Ceylon Crab, Colombo’s best-kept crustacean secret

Views - 216 Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:47

With the island abundant in its supply of shellfish, crab in particular has long held a special place in many a Sri Lankan heart (and stomach), and as such, when it comes to a quintessentially Sri Lankan communal meal, there really isn’t anything t


Metal Maiden

Views - 368 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Shehara Jayatilaka- Napoleon, Sri Lanka’s first female metal soloist, is getting ready to launch her debut studio album ‘Fountain of Memory,’ including eight originals, lyrics and melodies written by her, to be launched in September. Weekend


‘Smoking Hot Burgers’ at Café Kai, Hilton Colombo

Views - 57 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Café Kai at Hilton Colombo is presenting unique gourmet burgers from 18 to 27 July. The gourmet style burgers have an international flavour and include The Crabzilla from Japan, NY Black Iron Burger from USA, The Asian Cheesy Shrimps, Samurai Pork B


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Trendvertising: The new world of communication in a hashtag world

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Rahul Bose, an Indian actor, caught a lot of attention for a video post that went viral, where he complained about the price of bananas during his stay at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. As he explained in his story – he went to the gym at his hotel w


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Monday, 19 August 2019

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


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