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

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Colombo Airport VIP service : Silk Route


Airport security, customs and immigration rituals are great levellers. It doesn't matter whether you travel first or cattle class. You are at the mercies of bored officialdom and the humiliations they can inflict. Colombo Airport'S Silk Route "service" claims to spare those who can pay. The idea is you just hand your bags and documents … Continue reading Colombo Airport VIP service : Silk Route

Best Rocket Propelled Grenade Man we ever had


"The guy would take out bunkers with one shot" we were told. From the rest of the recollections you could practically see him taking aim, rock steady in the hell of jungle firefights. When we meet him, the calmness is still there. A fit man, on the way towards his late twenties. He is confidently … Continue reading Best Rocket Propelled Grenade Man we ever had

Into a Sri Lankan Heartland


The road is named after a corporal. It carves its rutted way through a landscape bursting with lush greens. Lakes of paddy fields on either side of the road. Punctuated by dark green islands thick with coconut and trees planted by great grand parents. At the foot of the horizon, another band of green, then … Continue reading Into a Sri Lankan Heartland

Sri Lanka’s deadly geo political game that everyone wants to deny


Political tremors over a controversial colonel from the last Sri Lankan war (see earlier post) is masking tectonic shifts in the island’s political future. Those who notice the details cannot ignore that there is a build up to a Vesuvius like eruption of war. Yet like the citizens of Pompeii, the rumblings are ignored, denied … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s deadly geo political game that everyone wants to deny

Controversial colonel’s return creates another political crisis in Sri Lanka


Rarely does the return of a famous son plunge a land into such a slow motion crisis. On the face of it the crisis appears to centre on emotional arguments about historical trivia. Yet it's divisiveness has frightening implications about the future post war stability of the island. To understand its significance, it is essential … Continue reading Controversial colonel’s return creates another political crisis in Sri Lanka

Armoured trishaw (3 wheeler) photos


Armoured three wheelers did exist outside my feeble excuse for imagination. This is what the most documented type of Armoured three wheeler looked like (image from wikimedia.org). I have to admit I never actually visualised one. Its called a Filatov armoured car. It was used by the Red Army during the war in the 1920s … Continue reading Armoured trishaw (3 wheeler) photos