Kataragama Mysteries and Realisations

Realisations about Sri Lanka’s multi religious pilgrimage site.


Why Anthropology texts on Sri Lanka are thrilling reads

The reason is deeper than I thought.

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

Why Sri Lankans are late (the REAL reason)

It's a 3+ minute read about power and intimacy.

9 Essential Contacts You Need in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan New Year is a time of renewal. A good time to look your extended network and ensure its links are strong. In a feudal society like ours, formal laws and norms are merely barriers of entry. To survive, let alone thrive, we need the right network of relationships. Even lesser beings like … Continue reading 9 Essential Contacts You Need in Sri Lanka

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

Indian Dinner Guest

He’s from somewhere small, obscure and violent in the wilds of Uttar Pradesh. So nasty that he had to flee to Dehli as a child. This is the first time he’s ever left India. You wouldn’t know that if you talked to him. Far removed from the “loud Indian” I’ve seen many Sri Lankans roll … Continue reading Indian Dinner Guest