Views - 549 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00
I heard that a politico wants the people who call on him to address him as ‘sir’. He had put up a notice to that effect outside his office. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me bad to know. There is only so much that we law-abiding citizens
Views - 149 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00
I am writing in much lighter vein today, having dispensed with the drug mafia last week. But don’t let that weigh heavy
Views - 171 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00
The political-signal-sending-savvy President’s outspoken call to execute drug dealers has been debated to the death – very nearly literally – most of the past fortnight or so. While prelates and clerics may have had their two cents’ worth to
Views - 256 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief,
Views - 209 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10
I have a confession to make. Animals are among my favourite people – for, as Gerald Durrell might have suggested somewhere in his touching trilogy, they’re almost family. So when that poor leopard was clubbed to deat
Views - 318 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00
Some years ago, when the then President of Sri Lanka came in for calumny for having his son accompany him in a prominent
Views - 322 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38
I had a dream. That there were monsters ruling the land in the disguise of being military champions. But then some knights in slightly tarnished armour rode to the nation’s defence and liberated us from our saviours. And all was well again. At leas
Views - 124 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00
There was a time when one might have admired the country’s Grand Old Party (GOP). It was the party of the Grand Old Man
Views - 128 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00
I had been penning long pieces using what the subeditors at your favourite daily are pleased to call ‘dictionary words’, the idiots – all such words are in a dic!
Views - 126 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00
A wag said on social media recently that the inhabitants of our Blessed Isle must have liked the royal wedding so much
Views - 188 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00
No man is a hero to his wife or cat. Maybe canines pass muster with men because the former idolise the latter. As much
Views - 118 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00
Two things bother me. More than two, really! But let’s just stick to politics
Views - 122 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:54
A lamentable trend in national affairs of late has been to interpret reality on the surface of the status quo. If it is managed spectacles like no-confidence motions that divert attention from unpopular fiscal policy, for instance, we pick our horse
Views - 310 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00
Today, 5 April, as I write, my heart is strangely still at peace since the same time last year. Not because justice has been done… or even looks remotely like it will ever be done in a singular landmark killing on our once war-torn landscape. But b
Views - 260 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00
Today (as I write, on 15 March) is a red-letter day for democratic-republicanism. It commemorates the occasion on which a klatch
Views - 96 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00
I don’t know when power will come back on, and the people of politico-suburbia be reunited on social media. But at the time of writing
Views - 307 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:10
Just one thing today. TGIF. Hope together with the rest of pluralism embracing Sri Lanka that Jumma brings some measure
Views - 517 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00
If you live in Sri Lanka and truly love it, what’s happening right now must hurt “real bad” (as the vulgar phrase goes).
Views - 192 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00
A recent announcement from the retiring editor of a citizen-journalism forum had us reaching for our French dick. It said, “Plus ca change.
Views - 198 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00
I have a confession to make. Yours truly has really lost track of what’s happening in the arena we call national politics.
Views - 442 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:10
In the post polls blogosphere, sundry pundits are having a field day. It is open mic session in media, both social and mainstream
Views - 274 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00
By the time you read this heaven knows what other cat our political leadership would have let out of the diplomatic bag.
Views - 181 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00
If members of parliament are O-Level-failed, it’s a failure of the legislature that reflects poorly on the struggling electorate as much as on state education
Views - 194 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00
I feel something queer come over me, as the actress said to the bishop. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi in the air these days
Views - 208 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00
Welcome me back with a stiff one, cheerful reader, I’m coming to this party a little late. While I was away on vacation
Views - 172 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00
In his 1930 poem W. H. Auden issued this challenge: “Let us honour if we can / the vertical man / though we value none / but the horizontal one/”
Views - 107 Friday, 15 December 2017 03:10
Last week I challenged the powers that be to walk the talk on media freedom. Because it had become increasingly obvious that only murder and...
Views - 356 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00
I won’t beat about the bush today. I don’t want to talk about stuff and nonsense when there are better things to discuss such as ‘enterprising’ budgets and how this Government’s growth and development initiatives are made of ‘star stuff
Views - 148 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00
I was distraught to discover the other day that our Head of State had allegedly caused some distress to a naïve young politico.
Views - 193 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:08
One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin
Monday, 20 August 2018
According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on
Monday, 20 August 2018
Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of the banking sector have been increasing in the recent past. Gross NPA ratio reached about 3.3% as at end of May2018 recording an increase of about 0.8% over the past five months.
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