Curfew, moonlight, and Sri Lanka’s War


Curfew. An adult word. Floats across the power cut dark to the veranda. To us kids sitting around the carom board. Lit by a candle on an upturned Milo tin. Curfew. A thrilling word. It means no school. Waking late. Street cricket. Assorted fun with the gang along the lane. My ears pick up other … Continue reading Curfew, moonlight, and Sri Lanka’s War

Ancestral protrait 1938


The photograph is black and white of course. Time has slightly yellowed its lighter shades of gray. Its clearly taken at some sort of party in the evening. The two of them are barely recognizable. She is striking young and beautiful. The sari feels glamorous and contemporary. He has hair, no visible cigarette and wears … Continue reading Ancestral protrait 1938

Independence anniversaries


A hurricane is sweeping through Cernoland (medical emergencies aside). Its hard to keep track of what day it is. Days not spent in the office are called public holidays and weekends apparently. Such as our first truly independent, independence day. Without a war that defined the last 30 years, the corrupt politicians who kept it … Continue reading Independence anniversaries

Sri Lankan elections summed up in short video clip


Elections in Sri Lanka can be summed up in a short sentence. However the concept is best illustrated in the allegorical video below. The short sentence appears at the end of the video clip. It graphically depicts the relationship between the coolest people in Sri Lanka (politicians) and the voters (the partially cooled and the … Continue reading Sri Lankan elections summed up in short video clip

Coup theory


Sri Lanka's forth coming election date has one uncomfortable historical association. Election day falls on the day before the anniversary of the 1962 coup attempt was supposed to happen (January 27th). Fact that a former general is contesting the election has elevated this ignored anniversary into annoying prominence. It creates a cocktail of superficial symbolism … Continue reading Coup theory

Your emails 5000 years later


Present day Iraq is littered with 5000 year old memos, invoices, account ledgers, personal letters, business correspondence, payrolls, legal documents and the bureaucratic "paperwork" kings. All of which were originally written on slabs of wet clay commonly referred to as Cuneiform (indopedia.org has a brief overview for the impatient). When dry, these "documents" become rock … Continue reading Your emails 5000 years later

Pillar of the establishment


The carving on this pillar is supposedly the emblem of a local cheiftan in King Parakramabahu's Sri Lanka (1153–1186). The pillar is part of the King Parakramabahu's audience hall (highlighted in the Google Earth screen-shot below) within the Royal citadel of Polonaruwa. Despite it's elegent stone carvings, the audience hall is not a grand monument … Continue reading Pillar of the establishment