Tyron Devotta

North-south brand against east-west brand

/ Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

  Is it time to stop thinking north and south? For too long now we have been working this equation; either to create problems or work ...


When CSR reporting becomes a nation statistic

/ Friday, 13 March 2015 01:27

Still on the subject of CSR, one begins to wonder if in order to be a socially responsible entity; you should be judged by what you do or who you real...


News… What next?

/ Tuesday, 4 December 2012 23:51

The speed at which we get news these days is amazing. Digital media has revolutionised the way we look at information and if that sounds cliché...


No stereotyping the Bollywood women!

/ Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:07

Anushka Sharma and Sunny Leone are probably two obscure names to the Daily FT reader. I must admit this was true for me too until very recently when I...


South Asian ports need synchronised development

/ Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:06

With the opening dates of terminals in the Colombo South Harbour Project in Sri Lanka and Deep Water Container Port in Pakistan now set as 2013 and 20...


India connecting

/ Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:34

There were some interesting bits of news in the papers about a week back, with some stories having a certain thread running through them.  The US...


A new journalism

/ Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:20

There is a notion, a thought, a germ of an idea that is forming amongst some of my ex-journalist friends, that there is a need for a newspaper or maga...


Living the Lankan way

/ Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:15

The other day I was shopping with my wife at Odel – that’s where I do most of my clothes buying; not because I want to be fashionable but ...


Of hair, shampoo and not understanding the opposite sex

/ Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:03

A couple of weeks ago I was at a supermarket and was accosted by a particularly aggressive marketing person (one uses the word person when one refers ...


Not in my backyard

/ Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:26

With the heat bearing down on us and indications pointing to the weather getting steadily worse before it gets better, cooling off with a dip in a poo...


Being perfectly Frank

/ Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:03

A pre-’70s class from an elite school was meeting at a Hikka hotel and one of the members of this class, I am told, was the former chairman of a...


‘Sa’ in the theatre

/ Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:02

I was in an operating theatre recently, and yes, I was the guy they were operating on. It was what medical practitioners call a minor procedure; I was...


Getting up to speed

/ Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:02

Last week I wrote about how there was a clash of speeds, how various sectors of our economy were not synchronised with each other. My focus was on the...


The slow road to Galle

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:01

When I travel I like to amble along, as I am a strong believer in enjoying the journey as much as the destination. On an average it would be safe to s...


The thin grey line

/ Wednesday, 25 January 2012 00:05

There are three stories that I’d like to talk about in this column, which might seem unconnected, but I see a connection and hope my explanation...


Data over voice?

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:02

I lost my phone on New Year’s Day and I have not replaced it as yet! Actually life has been good without it. How do people contact me? Those who...


Is it the end of the world?

/ Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:02

2012 has arrived and if we are to go by Mayan predictions, this is the year that the world will come to an end – to be precise 11-and-a-half mon...


Is snail mail becoming a redundant mode of communication?

/ Wednesday, 28 December 2011 00:01

The Christmas season is a time in which we use the post a lot. Christmas cards are still quite traditional and sending greetings via snail mail has it...


A Christmas grumble

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2011 00:03

It’s Christmas and it is open season on us shoppers as the retailers wait to get us. In fact the world over, especially in the USA, the beginnin...


The Information Age

/ Wednesday, 30 November 2011 00:09

The Information Age, also commonly known as the Digital Age, is an idea that the current age will be characterised by the ability of individuals to tr...


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