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Maradana Rain

Then the rain comes. A drizzle at first. Handbags open. Umbrellas come out. The men pick up the pace. Then a shower. Slowly, but with increasing swiftness, Maradana is transformed. Not many can stand music of the raindrops.

Democracy versus the Strong Man: An Inquiry Into Values

Democracy:  “A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” – Oxford English Dictionary “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” – Abraham Lincoln Around 500 years before the birth of Christ, Greece changed the world. In a nutshell, things were quite similar to the world today: the rich were very rich, the poor were very poor, and the… Read More »Democracy versus the Strong Man: An Inquiry Into Values

What does it mean, to love Sri Lanka?

We Sri Lankans have a complex relationship with Sri Lanka.  Like all humans, we hate certain things. The dust. The public transport. The electricity bill. The mid-year heat and the politicians with their promises and that random uncle who always gets drunk at the wedding. But we love our country. If the US takes a go at us, we curse Obama and his warmongering. India rumbles a few kilometres away and ye… Read More »What does it mean, to love Sri Lanka?

On Yahapalanaya, Corruption, Integrity and How You Can Make a Difference

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!” -The Who, We Won’t Get Fooled Again I think every sane, responsible Sri Lankan, at some time during the past 30 days, has wondered whether the new Yahapalanaya government will turn out to be the same as the old regime. It was a risk we took. One month later, things are rolling roughly in the direction we wanted it to, though… Read More »On Yahapalanaya, Corruption, Integrity and How You Can Make a Difference

Why do people Google sex (and why do you care?)

So once again, according to Google trends, Sri Lanka is the highest volume of searches for the word “sex”. The fact itself is not interesting. What’s interesting is that this thing is actually news. It’s all over LBO,newsfirst.lk, Daily Mirror, Lanka E Gossip – in fact, FT.lk has proudly announced that “Sri Lanka’s web sex obsession persists!” And people are sharing this left, right and center, with some damning moral arguments being made. Dammit,… Read More »Why do people Google sex (and why do you care?)