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

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

Don’t just like it: like button alternative


Social media like buttons are conversation killers. They reduce engagement to a lazy gesture. Just grunt your approval and shuffle on. Each passing month reinforces that "feeling". It is satisfying to see a few stars pop up after a post. Yet it indicates a barrier to conversation. These days it seems to take more effort … Continue reading Don’t just like it: like button alternative

10 years a blogger


I posted my first post on this blog a ten years ago today. Since then I managed to squeeze out posts on a regular basis. Twenty in month when I was time rich. One a month at my current ebb. Ten years of regular practice should improve any activity. The only improvement I admit to … Continue reading 10 years a blogger

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