Sri Lanka’s Instagram Entrepreneurs Thrive
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Sri Lanka’s Instagram Entrepreneurs Thrive

J.K. Methma Jayawardhana runs a business in which she might never meet her customer, even though her products are customised, intricate and deeply personal. The young entrepreneur is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa and founder of the brand Loha. “The main intention of ‘Loha’ is to reach passionate jewellery wearers through bespoke jewellery … Continue reading

Barbara Sansoni: The Numbers Didn’t Add Up, But the Sketches Did
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Barbara Sansoni: The Numbers Didn’t Add Up, But the Sketches Did

Barbara Sansoni was 11 years old when she met Maria Montessori. Having fled to India after being exiled by Mussolini during WWII, Maria’s school in the Olcott Garden Bungalow already had a small complement of students. Now, here was this child in need of her guidance. Barbara, enrolled close by in a boarding school in … Continue reading

Noorjehan Bilgrami and Sarah Faruqui: An Eye for Indigo
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Noorjehan Bilgrami and Sarah Faruqui: An Eye for Indigo

Noorjehan Bilgrami has spent decades fascinated by one colour. Born in Hyderabad, India Noorjehan was still very young when her parents chose to migrate to Pakistan as partition cleaved India in two. Moving to Karachi as a nine-year-old, she would nurture an interest in art until as an adult she made it her calling. However, Noorjehan … Continue reading

Avinash Kumar: Basic Love of Things
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Avinash Kumar: Basic Love of Things

Avinash Kumar treats the name B.L.O.T as part instruction manual, part personal philosophy. An acronym for Basic Love of Things, B.L.O.T is a two man audio-visual collective. Avinash’s friend and collaborator Gaurav Malaker is in charge of the music, while Avinash is the resident VJ. Having performed in Colombo before, Avinash was back to lead his … Continue reading

Mahesh Amalean: ‘You’ve got to get out there with an innovative mind’
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Mahesh Amalean: ‘You’ve got to get out there with an innovative mind’

It was 2008 going on 2009 when Sharad Amalean turned to his elder brother Mahesh Amalean and said, “This is going to unravel completely.” It wasn’t news to Mahesh, who as Chairman of MAS Holdings had watched as the company reeled under the economic downturn. As orders dropped, they had had to lay off people … Continue reading