Why entrepreneurship is despised in Sri Lanka


From my experience of being taught to despite entrepreneurship while serving time in Sri Lanka's school system.

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Sri Lankan war’s forgotten turning point: key to reconciliation, not peace


The Sri Lankan war’s forgotten strategic turning point is becoming the key to long term reconciliation. Yet it may not lead to peace.

Powerful art show


Saw a contemporary art show in Colombo that had an unexpected personal impact. That's rare.

Why Anthropology texts on Sri Lanka are thrilling reads


The reason is deeper than I thought.

Unique perspective on IPKF operations Jaffna 1988-89


The Indian Peace Keeping Force’s (IPKF) operations is one of many tragedies in Sri Lanka's history. A podcast by an ex US Navy SEAL examines it from a military history/counter insurgency perspective as meditation on the nature of discipline The centre of the discussion is the book Assignment Jaffa by IPKF commander Lt Gen SC … Continue reading Unique perspective on IPKF operations Jaffna 1988-89

Inside the majority


I have lived on both sides of majoritarianism. By birth I belong to Sri Lanka’s ethnic/cultural majority. Later, spent a chunk of my life as a visible minority. Both experiences created very personal realisations about majoritarianism and the mindset it creates. It’s absurdity, it’s toxic pervasiveness and why politicians love it. The unifier of all … Continue reading Inside the majority

11 years a blogger


This “blog anniversary” is about the now. The back links to the original “Hello World” has the history of how I got here. Plus the tributes to those who inspired me along the way. The future, as always is a fog. What’s “real” is the continuing need to write what the voices in the head tell … Continue reading 11 years a blogger