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Thirusha, a whimsical artist extraordinaire

Views - 153 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:02

Thirusha Abeyewardene’s art is quick to catch the eye and hold one’s attention. Beautifully executed in her inimitable style, her creations feature a heavy emphasis on fantasy and the environment. A parent, a poet and a painter, Thirusha is deepl


Red goes live at CCC for Christmas

Views - 124 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Fans of Red FM can now come and meet their favourite radio personalities at its new Christmas booth set up at Colombo City Centre (CCC) for the season from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. everyday.


Painting the splendour of South Asia

Views - 102 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Sri Lanka had the pleasure of hosting the 8th SAARC Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings from 4-6 December. Organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre, participation was very encouraging this year, with official nominations for


Trading rubber for over 100 years

Views - 54 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

I cannot recall when we first leant that tea, rubber and coconut, in that order, were the main exports from Sri Lanka. Repeatedly we learnt in class about these products earning foreign exchange for the country. In recent years the picture has change


BAWA Staircases

Views - 190 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Geoffrey Bawa, the writer/photographer duo David Robson and Sebastian Posingis introduce us to a hitherto unexplored or un-described aspect of Bawa’s architecture. Before flipping t


‘Believe in yourself – you can change the world’

Views - 55 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Inspiring, absorbing, entertaining – that’s how I like to sum up ‘An Evening with Malala Yousafzani,’ the Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15 in October 2012. She was shot by the Taliban while


Padma De Alwis, a remembrance and appreciation

Views - 66 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

My mother Padma De Alwis (1932-2018) was a liberated woman. She was one of the early lady drivers in the island in the late ’50s and the early ’60s. She loved driving her Peugeot 203 fast down High Level Road and Galle Road. Once she drove from C


Latest ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka’ to be launched on 20 Dec.

Views - 55 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

A new book ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka’ authored by the island’s renowned Lepidopterist duo, George Michael and Nancy van der Poorten, will be launched on 20 December (Thursday), 6 p.m. at the Met Department Auditorium, Bauddha


‘Sub-Marine’ exhibition by Chudamani Clowes at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 46 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

‘Sub-Marine,’ an exhibition by Chudamani Clowes opens to the public today 15 December and will remain open daily until 4 January 2019 at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. London-based Sri Lankan-born


Promoting peace and reconciliation

Views - 62 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government and other humanitarian organisations have been actively and diligently working towards peace and reconciliation post the deadly war that has been tormenting the nation for three decades. Efforts taken in the form of educatin


GFH Chief Concierge honoured with Prestigious Les Clefs d’Or International Membership

Views - 152 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

The Galle Face Hotel, an iconic heritage property known to be South Asia’s Grande Dame and celebrated for its colonial charm,


Kingsbury partners with CE LA VI in $ 2 m investment to elevate Colombo’s nightlife landscape

Views - 722 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

The Kingsbury recently partnered with the award winning CE LA VI lifestyle brand in a $2 million investment to elevate


OLU Tropical Water powers Swim Week Colombo – Luxury Resort Wear Edition

Views - 107 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

OLU Tropical Water is once again the title partner for the fourth consecutive year for ‘Swim Week Colombo – Luxury


Scent’sationals now in Sri Lanka

Views - 74 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Scent’sationals opened its doors for business in June in Nugegoda to provide a unique shopping experience for those


E-Kitchen kicks off culinary service

Views - 79 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

E-Kitchen has devised a platform for the discerning connoisseur to avail of a novel throughput service through ‘tokenisation’


Thematic brunch at Flow, Hilton Residences

Views - 82 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Hilton Colombo Residences has announced the launch of four thematic weekly brunch packages at Flow starting from the month of July, designed for dining with family and friends.


Axe calls out to the bold, daring, intelligent and strong

Views - 79 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Axe, the global Unilever deodorant brand, is issuing a challenge to the audacious looking to ramp up the fun quotient in their life. The popular male grooming brand is whipping up a frenzy amongst young millennials in the city with three unique acti


Crysbro Golden Chicken gleams at Culinary Art Food Expo 2018

Views - 70 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Crysbro, the brand of Farms Pride Ltd., presented a striking demonstration of culinary excellence and awareness, highlighting Crysbro Golden Chicken along with a vast range of products at the Culinary Art Food Expo 2018. Raising awareness on the nutr


Dremron extends operations to Singapore

Views - 94 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Dreamron Sri Lanka’s leading cosmetics manufacturer, marketer and exporter in operation since 1998 has launched its products to many countries very successfully, mainly due to its quality matching to international standards. The latest addition to


Goodies just got better!

Views - 98 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Lakeside’s Goodies, known for its delectable chocolates, cakes, savouries and more, has got even better, with a new look, feel and colour scheme. The same great products that you’ve enjoyed are now available in brand new packaging and se


Weddings made easy with Retinue.lk

Views - 105 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

A wedding can be one of two things; a fairytale out of a Disney classic or a nightmare of the worst kind. It all depends on the planning. But the planning itself can be the most stressful of all. The answer to every bride, groom, family of the couple


Festive season at Harpo’s Cafes & Restaurants

Views - 89 Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

The joy of the season is celebrated in many ways and this year the theme at Harpo’s Cafes & Restaurant is the homely feeling it presents at all the restaurants


Galadari brings to life the Magic of Christmas and New Year

Views - 95 Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

With the seasonal cheer just around the corner the Galadari Hotel is abuzz with activity to ensure that an explosion of seasonal festivity is celebrated in style.


Start your evening right at Bommu, OZO Kandy

Views - 2484 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

If you live in Kandy or if you are just visiting, there really is no better place to unwind and relax than Bommu at OZO Kandy whilst indulging in breath-taking views of the historic city. Bommu has a wide selection of local and international cuisi


Hotel Show Colombo 2017: Country’s premier showcase gearing up for 2020 target of 4 m tourists

Views - 2482 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

Hotel Show Colombo 2017 – in keeping with the Government’s goal of competing and achieving success in inbound tourism by 2020; presents an opportune showcase for the industry specialists to converge, source, develop business and broade


MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris at Cinnamon Grand!

Views - 2461 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

Celebrity TV personality, restaurateur and judge of ‘MasterChef Australia’ George Calombaris arrived at Cinnamon Grand in the early hours on Wednesday, 7 May to begin his four-day tour in Sri Lanka.  He was greeted by Cinnamon H


Waters Edge brings power-packed adrenaline rush at exclusive F1 Power Brunch with Mette Bjerknes

Views - 2329 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

Waters Edge in collaboration with the Lanka Powerboat Association recently presented a fun-filled, adrenaline-packed day on the waters of the Diyawanna.  The press conference regarding the event was held on Friday 26 May under the patronage


Chadar Trek – Where the trekkers fall in love at first sight

Views - 5017 Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

    By Dhananath Fernando She is a gorgeous bride that reflects eternity, married to the majestic mountains of the Himalayas and protected by his countless siblings. All this is located in an obscure corner of our plane


Gelato in the Mediterranean

Views - 7269 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:18

By Aysha Maryam Cassim When in Galle, I never forget to treat myself to a black cherry gelato at Peddler’s Inn. I had my first Mediterranean gelato experience in Barcelona, Spain. That was a generous scoop of ‘Crema Catalana’ (


Singer-songwriter Lasith’s debut single ‘Mathaka Mal’ out today

Views - 7033 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:15

Singer-songwriter Lasith Fernando will be releasing his debut single ‘Mathaka Mal’ today, 21 January. He has made a name for himself as a working musician hustling the pub circuit of Colombo, performing in English. In ‘Mathaka


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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