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

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Kick ass poetry worth checking out


I avoid poetry as a survival instinct. There are a few poets that make the exception. Bukowski for one. Green Tea diaries is another. The first is dead. The second is not as prolific as she used to be. Thankfully there's the latest member of the trinity "Life that Demands to be Noticed". I've blogged … Continue reading Kick ass poetry worth checking out

2 good posts I read recently


I'm shocked I even have the time to peck this out. Let alone wonder amongst blogs for very long. But two very readable posts caught my attention. They have a gut level truth that hit me even when I was tired out and sleepy. The first post was by the Gypsy. What she says and … Continue reading 2 good posts I read recently

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka – native’s reaction


Reading about your own city and country in a lonely planet book is a strange experience. The shift in the point of view to that of a tourist's is a bit disorientating. Yet makes for a fun read. Whenever I come across a copy Lonely Planet Sri Lanka I can't resist flipping through it. Recently … Continue reading Lonely Planet Sri Lanka – native’s reaction

Sri Lankan writers: how do publishers treat you?


Just how badly, not so badly, or well are Sri Lankan writers treated by publishers in Sri Lankan? R of towards-a-utopia's comment and its follow up prompted me to wonder how local publishers treat local writers. Fiction or non fiction writers without awards or connected patrons. I've heard plenty of anecdotal stories that local book … Continue reading Sri Lankan writers: how do publishers treat you?

Good bookshop, Colombo Sri Lanka


Godage Book Emporium, Colombo carries books by Sri Lanka based writers. Specifically those writing in Sinhalese and Tamil. The type outside the markets of Barefoot and Vijitha Yapa - and old Sinhala favourites I read in School. Found both at . You can't miss the place with the name painted professionally on the sides. The … Continue reading Good bookshop, Colombo Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan military history: book recomendation


The title is Kandy Fights the Portuguese: a Military History of Kandyan Resistance. It covers (obviously) the Portuguese era of this island's history. The book is a very good read for 2 main reasons: The author C Gaston Perera writes well. He REALY knows what he's writing about. Thankfully he lacks post modern flourishes or … Continue reading Sri Lankan military history: book recomendation