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Asiff Hussein

Asiff Hussein

Asiff Hussein is a Freelance Writer and Author of a number of publications in the fields of Ethnology, Sociology and Linguistics. His works include Zeylanica, a Study of the Peoples and Languages of Sri Lanka, Sarandib: An Ethnological Study of the Muslims of Sri Lanka, Ivilly Pevilly: The Gastronome’s Guide to the Culinary History & Heritage of Sri Lanka and Caste in Sri Lanka: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. He holds a B.A. Degree in Social Sciences from the Open University of Sri Lanka, a Post-graduate Diploma in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya and a Diploma in Journalism from the Aquinas College of Higher Studies, Sri Lanka.

Culture & Identities

7 Exotic Items Of Clothing We Adopted As Our Own

Clothing, influenced by fashion trends, has been fickle in many cultures, liberally undergoing changes over time.  This is more so today than ever before….

Everyday Sri Lanka

More Colpetty Places And Their Stories

We continue our survey of Old Colpetty with this sequel on More Colpetty Places and their Stories to take our readers on another trip…

Culture & Identities

Parsis Of Sri Lanka: Denizens From A Land Far Away

The Parsis of Sri Lanka are an intriguing community. They are very small; so small that you can count their families—the Billimorias, Captains, Choksys,…

Histories

Is The Sinhala Language Haunted?

The Sinhala language should be a goldmine for anyone looking at unearthing the jewels of the past. It is embedded with strata or layers…

Histories

The Colpetty That Was

Colpetty, the small yet plush ward of downtown Colombo, still has a certain charm to it. It’s a mini town of sorts, with a…

Histories

Three Strange Sri Lankan Customs And The Stories Behind Them

Sri Lankans had, and still have, some strange traditions that are thought of as indigenous. However, much of these have their origins in other…

Food

Ten Vedda Delicacies Hard To Come By Today

When we think of the Veddas, we often think of them as hunters, chasing after anything they can make a meal of. However, little…

Everyday Sri Lanka

Curious Crustaceans: Fascinating Crab Stories From Long Ago

When we Sri Lankans think of crabs, we invariably think of the edible kind from our seas and lagoons that make such a scrumptious…

Food

Straight From The (Ceylonese) Street

Sri Lanka prides itself in its street food, and not surprisingly. It’s the most egalitarian grub in the world, bringing together plebeian, patrician, and…

Culture & Identities

Ten Things We Have The Arabs Of Yore To Thank For

The Arabs of old were simply besotted with Sri Lanka, as is evident in the many names they bestowed upon our beautiful island, like…

Culture & Identities

Ten Interesting Facts About Sri Lankan Names

Little do we realise that names are the foundation of all knowledge. Naming people and things makes it easier for us to make sense…

Histories

Five Scary Diseases That Terrified Our Ancestors

Many of us are no doubt familiar with the Black Death, having read the chilling accounts of the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe over…