Views - 158 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 - 153 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 - 213 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 - 150 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00
Two things bother me. More than two, really! But let’s just stick to politics
Views - 157 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 - 346 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 - 289 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 - 117 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 - 326 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 - 547 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 - 219 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 - 223 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 - 471 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 - 298 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 - 197 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 - 212 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 - 236 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 - 198 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 - 149 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 - 374 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 - 162 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 - 209 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 - 231 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 - 234 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 - 246 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”.
Views - 452 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00
Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?
Views - 405 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00
I think you know what one means. There is always someone else whose fault it is that life sucks.
Views - 226 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00
Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,
Views - 221 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00
I have been thinking about prison and their inmates a lot recently. Not because it is the pleasantest of subjects. But because I have been bombarded by media, social media, and antisocial elements on the subject. And I’m beginning to smell a rat. O
Views - 562 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00
I never thought the day would dawn when I could agree with Wimal Weerawansa. Which might explain the heavy rain these days? He says he can’t understand Sarath Fonseka’s stand on war heroes.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
The whole world was traumatised on 21 April by the tragic events in Sri Lanka; many ‘educated terrorists’ had decided to walk into churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka and blow themselves up. The attack took the lives of more than 250 people.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
About three years ago when passing through Punanai along the arterial road between Habarana and Batticaloa, I noticed a few brick structures appearing in a parched land amid thick shrubs and woody trees. It was almost a desolate spot where I could no
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
In Ashoka’s Edicts, it is rightfully stated, “Never think or say your religion is the best. Never denounce the religion of others. But honour in them whatever is worthy of honour.” [It is widely believed Ashoka the Great was the first leader t
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
“The memoir of an unrepentant dark-skinned girl, a misfit who fitted in, a juggler of home and work, who thanks to her good karma escaped relatively unbruised. Still unsure why she stubbornly refuses to conform. But as you flip through these pages