From London’s Brick Lane to Davos, veganism on the menu

Views - 17 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Teenage London restaurant manager Abdul Muhaimen settled his first-year university bill by cashing in on a rising trend: veganism. Working with his father, the owner of City Spice restaurant, and Michelin star chef Rupert Rowley, th

19 for 19: Ways you can challenge the way you eat in the New Year

Views - 20 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:00

There’s so much more to eating healthier in the New Year than ditching carbs and including more water, fruit and vegetables in your diet (though all this is undeniably helpful). Here are our 19 favourite tips for eating healthier, giving your body

IdeaMart launches ‘ISayYouDo’, powering the next generation of lifestyle applications

Views - 38 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:00

IdeaMart announced the launch of its latest innovative product, ‘ISayYouDo’, a web platform that assists its users in managing, personalising and automating their daily tasks, lifestyle choices, access to relevant information, and entertainment o

A Valentine’s getaway to Amari Galle

Views - 39 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

Cuddle up and rediscover the magic of love on the most romantic day at one of the most romantic resorts down south, Amari Galle. For those lovebirds looking for an entire day to celebrate, Amari Galle has it all planned under one roof. Be it a spa d

Odel opens ‘Luv SL Treasures’ outlet at Shangri-La, Colombo

Views - 58 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

‘Luv SL’ – Odel’s unique tribute brand that celebrates Sri Lankan creative expression through merchandise – has opened an outlet at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, offering visitors a select range of high quality souvenir products truly ev

CMB 1948 – two young entrepreneurs creating waves with a classic collection of apparel

Views - 37 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

They belong to the Instagram generation – where they have built a cult following for their uniquely Sri Lankan brand. Yet for Akarsha Weerasooriya and Saliya Gunasekera, this is only the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey. CMB 1948 is the

‘Sour Metal’ crafting a new trend in vintage bling

Views - 281 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Sour Metal, a brand promoting vintage Sri Lankan jewellery, with an aim to rekindle an appreciation for the eccentricities and beauty of ancient Ceylon, was launched in Colombo recently. The designer and founder of Sour Metal, Saeeda Deen, is a gradu

Hair wizard Gerald Solomons on 2019 and the looks that sizzle

Views - 30 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Master stylist and hair wizard Gerald Solomons owner of Colombo’s most elite salon Chagall spoke of the upcoming trends for the year 2019. In Gerald’s opinion, though following a trend is important and obviously most people want to keep up with a

Second edition of ‘Lankan Isle’ now out

Views - 44 Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

The second edition of ‘Lankan Isle’ which came among the readers at the Colombo International Book Fair last September is now out. The dynamic quarterly which reaches out to a discerning audience, offering off-the-beaten track content, assures a

Exercise: How to keep everyone’s least favourite NY resolution!

Views - 30 Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

Thinking of taking better care of yourself by working out regularly in the New Year? Good. It’s important. It’s equally important to maintain that thought throughout the year until it turns into a habit and you develop a strong, healthy body for

2019 welcomes 70 years of menswear excellence by Hameedia

Views - 27 Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

Hameedia – the menswear specialist of global repute, celebrated the dawning of the New Year with the traditional multi-religious ceremony at its Ratmalana Head Office Complex recently. The customary milk-warming and multi-cultural activities, carr

SriLankan Airlines celebrate Thai Pongal

Views - 35 Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines celebrated Thai Pongal – the celebration of the first harvest of the year, at its home base at Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka. The Airline’s ground handling staff  greeted and celebrated Thai Pongal festival wit

Carnatic vocal recital by Sakthi Ravitharan

Views - 68 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

To celebrate Thai Pongal, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting a Carnatic vocal recital by Dr Sakthi Ravitharan a vocalist from Australia, on 16 January at 6 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

VOICES OF PEACE – they were just like us

Views - 41 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Although South Africa set a shining example in peace-building with its truth and reconciliation process to nations struggling with the aftermath of civil war, not many have followed in their footsteps. Before reaching for reconciliation, truth, espec

Busy start as a reporter

Views - 51 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Having supported the UNP at the 1956 general election, Lake House faced a daunting task in building relations with the new Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers. On the other hand, the new Government also wanted media publicity for its policies and pl

Resolve to make health and wellness a priority in 2019 with Nations Trust Bank American Express

Views - 43 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

We all understand that our health and wellness is of utmost importance. That’s why increasing physical fitness and setting aside time to relax are often one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. This New Year, Nations Trust Bank American Ex

Revitiz hair nutrition partner at Le Coiffeur Thilaque Academy graduation ceremony

Views - 48 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

The 2018 graduation ceremony of the Le Coiffeur Thilaque – Academy of Hair & Beauty owned by Thilaque de Silva was held at the Hotel Galadari recently. Thilaque de Silva who has over 30 years of vast experience in hair dressing is known to be the h

Serendib Leisure hotels kick off 2019 in grand splendour

Views - 34 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Celebrations were in full swing at Serendib Leisure hotels to kick start the New Year in true Sri Lankan flair. As 2018 came to an end, the night came alive with boundless energy and stellar live entertainment to ensure every guest delightfully rang

Celebrate Thai Pongal at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

Views - 57 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Often called the “Harvest Festival”, Thai Pongal is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of harvesting crops in the fields. This harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God, is a four-day festival celebrated by one and all. The term ‘Pongal’

Celebrate Thai Pongal at Cinnamon Grand

Views - 45 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Celebrate the Hindu harvest festival popularly known as ‘Thai Pongal’ at Cinnamon Grand’s South Indian restaurant Chutneys on Tuesday, 15 January with a festive vegetarian buffet. Decorated with traditional kolam and other accessories, the Pong

Inside Access information blog recognised at SLT Zero One Awards

Views - 40 Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:00

Inside Access (, an initiative powered by Access, was recognised as the first runner-up for the Best Community Empowerment Programme under the Media and Publishing Sector at the SLT Zero One Awards 2017/18, held recently. The awa

Anarga Enterprises online store goes live at

Views - 47 Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:00

Anarga Enterprises ‘Excellence in everything’, was successfully launched at a special ceremony in, Moratuwa, on 22 December 2018. Anarga is an online store owned by Prathibha Perera, upcoming young entrepreneur, who specialises in a wide range of

Seminal exhibition of Sri Lankan heritage art opens in Los Angeles

Views - 182 Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:00

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) recently opened an exhibition titled ‘The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka’, which is the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a US museum. Drawn in part from LACMA’s collection

Kolam to exhibit at Rithihi from 10 January

Views - 123 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Placing the spotlight on a craft which is unique to the Jaffna peninsula, Kolam, a collective of designers articulate dexterous artistry in pattern and skill and a first time exhibition of saris, jewellery and handbags from 10 January at Colombo’s

BOC Multi Currency Travel Card integrates with CH17 Loyalty

Views - 55 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Bank of Ceylon’s Travel Card, the most convenient, safe and secure multi-currency card will add more benefits and privileges through an exclusive arrangement with CH17 Loyalty – program dedicated for CH17’s corporate membership. A Memorandum of

7th helicopter tour for Mobitel 4G nation winners

Views - 23 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Mobitel once again launched an exciting and memorable helicopter ride for its most loyal customers making them aware of the widespread nature of Mobitel’s 4G network. This initiative was a fun activity for loyal customers on board, whilst highlight

Fashion Bug loyal customers rewarded with whale-watching experience at Mirissa

Views - 26 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

As a part of their ongoing customer engagement program, Fashion Bug provided an exciting opportunity to all loyal Reward Card holders as they were taken on a whale-watching trip to Mirissa. 40 lucky winners were selected out of about 50,000 customers

Celebrating 5 years of Bellissima

Views - 61 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

When it comes to biscuit pudding in Colombo, a name that constantly comes to mind is Bellissima. Yes, the artisan biscuit pudding brand, which has evolved over the years, and has become one of the most popular go to dessert options among trendy local

Khomba Baby Soap re-launched to offer more herbal goodness

Views - 73 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Khomba Baby Soap, Sri Lanka’s No. 01 herbal baby care product, has been re-launched with new herbal ingredients and new soothing fragrances with an expansion of the portfolio. The predominantly margosa (neem/kohomba) based range of products has un

The Body Shop launches new Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Facial Mask

Views - 35 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

‘Don’t Let Sensitive Skin Hold You Back!’ promises The Body Shop, the leading British beauty brand known globally for its commitment to expert-endorsed beauty and skin care. The socially and environmentally conscious name has just released its

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Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available

On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

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