Intimate encounters with the world


This is the season for intimate encounters with the world. It can happen anywhere. During chance meeting at Odel. At one of the season's many presex parties. Or any social gatherings. Iresspective of the place, the best encounters occur through one portal: the eyes of visiting expats and the duller details of their daily lives.  … Continue reading Intimate encounters with the world

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Portrait of an Immortal : Sri Lanka’s eternal elite


His cologne takes your attention before you see him. Forcing your instincts to turn and notice. That his Versace, Patek Phillipe and the rest are real. That you are in the presence of a higher power. A power that does business with men who toy with the fate of nations. Over food, wine and single … Continue reading Portrait of an Immortal : Sri Lanka’s eternal elite

Sri Lanka’s Unsung Heroes : Undetected Mission Critical Personnel


Mission critical processes of large Sri Lankan organisations are often dependent on invisible people. Invisible to the planners, HR managers, executives and common sense. Yet they are essential for getting things done in the complicated chaos of daily Sri Lankan life. The seemingly unrelated support services of Undetected Mission Critical Personnel (UMCP) are often the … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s Unsung Heroes : Undetected Mission Critical Personnel

Sri Lankan New Year Gathering’s Realisations


Sri Lankan New Year traditions are about renewal and continuity. But I feel an undertow of something cracking that illusion. It hard to notice or realise initially. There are children of cousins gleefully tearing through the house. A happy shrieking gaggle of British, American, Australian and Sri Lankan accents. Elders too senile or physically delicate … Continue reading Sri Lankan New Year Gathering’s Realisations

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

Halal controversy shuts down iconic Sri Lankan club


Sri Lanka's Halal controversy has claimed another victim. This time it's the permanent closure of a club that was a part of the country's early anti colonial era resistance. How this came about is a complicated story. The details are easily lost amidst charges of islamophobia, cultural exploitation and the manic news cycle. It also … Continue reading Halal controversy shuts down iconic Sri Lankan club

Colombo weather and identity politics of exile


Memory and experience of climate/weather is an unmentioned of identity. For Cerno, complaints about my country's weather is offensive enough to unleash the hounds.