Writing on poverty, celebrating resilience: Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers
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Writing on poverty, celebrating resilience: Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Let it keep, the moment when Katherine Boo found herself lying on the floor with a punctured lung and three broken ribs in a spreading pool of Diet Dr. Pepper. Rewind, see her tripping over the unabridged dictionary, her body breaking as it met the floor. Keep rewinding, back over a decade to the beginnings … Continue reading

Naresh Fernandes: Writing to the Beat of Bombay
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Naresh Fernandes: Writing to the Beat of Bombay

Naresh Fernandes arrives for his session at Cinnamon Colomboscope covered in sweat. It’s a hot day but Fernandes has been on a brisk walk around Slave Island. He is fascinated with the parallels he sees between this city and his own – the frenetic development, the deepening class divide,and the contradictions inherent in democracies that … Continue reading

Parenting in the Age of Digital Media
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Parenting in the Age of Digital Media

The tragic suicide of a friend when he was 13 years old inspired Arun Ravi to develop Mevoked. He remembers his friend’s parents wishing they had only known of the despair their son was feeling. Decades in the making, Arun’s new app is an answer to them. When you install it – a basic version … Continue reading

Delon Weerasinghe: A Carnivore in the Kitchen
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Delon Weerasinghe: A Carnivore in the Kitchen

For Delon Weerasinghe, going grocery shopping is not unlike setting out on a treasure hunt. Many of the ingredients he keeps in his small pantry aren’t easily available and an adventurous spirit is a prerequisite for cooking with them. What comes out of his kitchen is, as a result, rather unusual – like the lotus … Continue reading

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Kannan Arunasalam: On making the ‘I Am’ series

In Kannan Arunasalam’s ‘I Am’ series every one of the narrators is given a title, a designation if you will. Retired school principal S. Thoradeniya is dubbed ‘The Reader,’ Bala Tampoe is ‘The Union Leader,’ Helga de Silva is ‘The Warrior Queen,’ The Venerable Walatara Sobhita Nayaka Thera is ‘The Chief Monk.’ If one were … Continue reading

D.B. Nihalsingha: The Life and Times of an Iconic Journalist
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D.B. Nihalsingha: The Life and Times of an Iconic Journalist

His pen might as well have been a scalpel. With a few well chosen words, D.B. Dhanapala could slice past pretence and posturing to lay his subject bare before you. He chose to write about prominent Sri Lankans who had been scholars, journalists, healers,artists and diplomats, but politicians were perhaps his favourite fodder of all. … Continue reading