About

Smriti June 2020 - A Rectangle

I’m a freelance feature writer and communications consultant based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This site offers a limited portfolio of my writing.

2019 has been a good year for books – Publications will give you a taste.

To help you get started with my journalism, here are some of the pieces I wrote as a Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Journalism Fellow and as a Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow.

Here, you’ll find a selection from a series for Commonwealth Writers, written during my stint as their Regional Correspondent for South Asia in early 2015, and later as a contributing writer to the site. Here and here are two of my favourites from the series.

Follow the link to find my reporting for Al Jazeera, including this longform piece about a man who lived in a hospital for 75 years.

This article for Scroll, about how Sri Lanka’s Muslim women are being deprived of their fundamental rights under the current Constitution, was widely shared.

Many of the pieces re-published here first ran in The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka.

Under the list of categories, you’ll find my section on Writers: Vikram Seth makes me wait five years for our interview; Richard Dawkins is in pursuit of truth; Sarah Waters wonders ‘what if the lovers were female?’; Louis De Bernierre doesn’t care for lazy readers and Jeet Thayil might never publish another collection of poetry; Amitav Ghosh comes to the end of a decade with his Ibis Trilogy; Commonwealth Prize-winning author Shehan Karunatilaka’s  tells me what to expect from this new novel (hint: think ghosts); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her extraordinary novel Half of a Yellow SunSonali Deraniyagala‘s heart-wrenching memoir is the best possible memorial, and in an old favourite, Kiran Desai sits down to talk to me fresh from winning the Booker Prize.

Under Filmmakers, sit down with Mira Nair for a conversation that ranges over the extraordinary career of one of India’s most accomplished directors.

Under Archaeologists, you’ll meet Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi and look with him at the face of Alexander the Great, walk the Old Kandy Road again and be present at a dig where the remains of prehistoric humans are unearthed.

Under Sportsmen (and women)Mahé Drysdale is an Olympic gold medallist at last and in Dancers, Thaji carries on the legacy of the company her grandparents Chitrasena and Vajira founded. Under singers, tenor Sean Panikkar is proud to be an Asian in opera.

Under science and technology, meet a Colombian conservationist locked in a battle with exotic frog smugglers, discover how Sri Lankan and Australian researchers are creating a new anti-venom, go into the field with pioneering leopard researchers, and watch as robots lend a helping hand on Australian farms.

Keep browsing to find more of my articles for AL JazeeraScroll.in, Businessline, Conde Nast TravellerLiveMint, The Hindu, The Times of India (Crest), Open Magazine, Adda, Roads&Kingdoms and SciDev.Net.