Views - 277 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 - 225 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 - 339 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 - 331 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 - 133 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 - 143 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 - 135 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 - 197 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 - 131 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00
Two things bother me. More than two, really! But let’s just stick to politics
Views - 134 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 - 320 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 - 270 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 - 105 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 - 313 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 - 527 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 - 201 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 - 206 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 - 453 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 - 287 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 - 188 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 - 202 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 - 217 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 - 183 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 - 123 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 - 364 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 - 154 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 - 200 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.
Views - 218 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:10
It would be punny if it weren’t pathetic. I won’t floor the pedal on the issue – even though it is quite a gas. Because by now (even if your tank is still empty – and especially if it is) you must have had it ‘up to here’ with all the
Views - 220 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00
There were a few things that would get us island folk in a flap in days gone by. Cricket, coconut spirits, cost of living – these about cut it then. Today you can add constitutional reform to the heady mix that has us islanders ready to get our sar
Views - 228 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00
Every now and again some state mandarin will make a statement that reminds people (ok, me) of Monty Python’s “Flying Circus”.
Friday, 14 December 2018
The crisis that has been developing in Sri Lanka, manifesting itself in varied forms at different times since independence, has now taken the form of a constitutional crisis, threatening the survival of the Sri Lankan State. Regardless of the Court
Friday, 14 December 2018
The current female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is around 36%. This means that a disproportionate majority of women still remain outside the labour market, with limited or no access to wages, pensions and other benefits tied to gainful emp
Thursday, 13 December 2018
We are living through fascinating times dominated by online conversations with offline taking backstage. From the Arab spring to Yellow vests in France, the online has proven its potential and power – be it destructive or constructive! A reading o
Thursday, 13 December 2018
“Leader of PLOTE and TNA MP D. Dharmalingam …stated that he believes that Ranil Wickremesinghe has handed in a written assurance of several promises. …The promises are said to include agreements on constitutional amendments, freedom for politi