I feel lucky to have a few moments to type this. A tsunami of family and social events have swept me away from this blog for over a week. I have received a prescription strength overdose of relatives, friends, relatives of friends, and friends of relatives (RFRFFR). Consequently it has led to numerous realisations (particularly about politics and the election) that will find expression in other posts assuming I get the time to peck them out. The short version is that I’ve decided to vote for the current president (a shocking reversal from an earlier stance). I am also more optimistic than ever about Sri Lanka’s future (irrespective of the winning moustache).
The social storm has included two piriths plus alms givings within the last 6 days alone — outside various dinners and lunches. I thought this sort of social frenzy would fade out after the new year “season”. Specially when the overseas people went back. Turns out they came later and are staying longer. In the middle of that I’ve managed to get sick and be subjected to numerous vile traditional portions cooked up by relatives highly qualified in western medicine. Needless to say I’ve recovered.
The benefit of being immersed in this family soup is a serious replenishment of a vast far flung Sri Lankan social network. I still can’t accurately describe its dynamics. The best that I can say that it is spread over 4 continents and more countries than I prefer to track. Its big, complicated, and all the nodes know what’s going on with all the other nodes. The female nodes have an option on everything. The male nodes (the older, wiser ones – a group I don’t belong to) realise the sanity of not voicing any.
An unexpected trend that I have noticed after my absence is that this blog is now going entirely on non kottu.org traffic. Mainly direct traffic, with a mix of google searches and referrals. Never thought it would happen but a happy trend none the less.