Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last


This is the last book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. It’s under three minutes of reading time. So you have more time to read these books. Or the first and second posts of book recommendations. Why bother with all this? These posts are not guerrilla marketing. I’m not a fan boy. Just someone whose been … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last

Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2


This is the second book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. The first post makes the necessary excuses about the motive for writing this. In the interest of keeping each post under three minutes of reading, I broke up what I wrote in to thirds. The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist This is first person narration that … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2

Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1


Yudhanjaya Wijeratne wants book recommendations. Or so my spies, terrified informants, and omnipresent digital surveillance AIs tell me. So here's the first of the recommendations. Written using time I don't have. Why I'll explain in the next post. Suffice it to say that Yudhanjaya is an important enough author. Important enough for the voices in … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1

War zone travel reading book


If reading is a form of travel, Ryszard Kapuściński's "Travels with Herodotus" is a multifaceted journey. A fun read. An insightful non academic introduction to a literary classic - the "Histories" by the Herodotus. A travel book through the painful days of post colonial Africa. A meditation on the nature of journalism via an ancient … Continue reading War zone travel reading book

Reading hit list


I keep a list called “books to look up”. Had it for years on various digital platforms. Its real title should be “list of things I want to read in heaven”. The heaven in this case is a cool veranda. Where time is meaningless. Intruded only by a mosquito free breeze. Its only other occupants: … Continue reading Reading hit list

Photo of my Dick


This post is the result of suddenly deciding to take the photo below. Its cover of of the only book by Philip K Dick I own which sums up the genre of alternative history fiction. Its a genre whose subject matter fascinates me and whose writing frequently disappoints. The disappointment stems from work that leave … Continue reading Photo of my Dick

Rare success in explaining Sri Lanka to non Sri Lankans


I find it impossible to "explain" anything Sri Lanka related to non Sri Lankans. Until recently, I never thought it was possible. My own failures and those of others I have seen were catastrophes of miscommunication. Thankfully I have found an exception. Before revealing it to you, its essential to appreciate the difficulties of "explaining" … Continue reading Rare success in explaining Sri Lanka to non Sri Lankans