Sri Lanka has an official handball team. Its first international competition was the 2010 South Asian Games in Dakar – the first time handball was included. We were too distracted by politics to notice. I’m not sure if many people would have cared even with the cultural baggage handball carries in Sri Lanka.
The words “handball” and “Sri Lanka” are triggers for deep questions/conversations beyond the chuckles about the Machan film and the real fake handball team. Wonderful tools to derail futile haggles about politics at parties. Starting with:
is the really real national handball team a case of life imitating art which has already imitated life?
the bottomless conversation pit about why people are fleeing Sri Lanka to enslave themselves as undocumented workers (an excellent topic if you want to start a brawl at a party or between blogs).
I’ll let you complete the rest: