At what point does an idea go from unthinkable to accepted as “normal” or “obvious” in any culture? In the 1700s USA, dark skinned/African origin humans were regarded as commodities. That was the “normal” of the time. It was unthinkable that a dark-skinned person could be president. Over the last 300 years, perceptions changed to … Continue reading Unthinkable to normal – paths in Sri Lankan culture
New sci-fi novel makes Sri Lankans face their nightmares.
Sri Lanka's game of thrones is nearing another season finale. A renegade lord has come out of the shadows. He gathers his troops against his former master, the king. Their manoeuvres thicken the air with talk of wild conspiracies. The traditional rumour pot froths madly. So here's a really wild one from that pot. The … Continue reading Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Conspiracy theories
"Get your green card and go! Leave this god forsaken country". A verbal punch in the face from my father. Before I can react: "I have lived my life. You have to think about those wonderful children..". It trails into a familiar muttered "kiyala va-duck-na" (no point talking about it). Then deflates to a sigh. … Continue reading Get your green card and go! Leave this god forsaken country
Bagged these pictures on the Dambulla-Kurunegala and Kandy-Colombo roads. The designs on the backs of these buses are clearly template based with a limited set of variations. The mystery here is the choice of symbolism - the space shuttle, ships, cartoon characters, swans, the Fleur-de-lis (on the bus below), the Dharmacakra, etc.. Any thoughts/rationales (if … Continue reading Vehicle graphics Sri Lanka: themes, variations and symbols