Christmas is a popular religious holiday, and even those who don’t belong to the faith look eagerly towards when the heavy rains of November give way to balmy weather that marks the beginning of the season.
Everybody has a short eats-related memory. Mine is going to the Perera & Sons kiosk at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) after weekend morning swims, aged 7, with my grandfather. Always the same order: fish pattie, chicken Chinese roll, Milo. Perera & Sons, patties and rolls became forever associated with my grandfather, and with the faint smell of chlorine.
The annual Sri Pada season was declared open on 29 December, and will last until Vesak Poya Day in May.
Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s award-winning novel Funny Boy will premiere on Netflix on 10 December. In the weeks leading up to its release, the film has attracted both critical acclaim as well as criticism in relation to its casting, and Mehta’s own associations.
Here’s a look at two individuals who have been instrumental in helping Sri Lanka’s Tamil rap music industry grow, even making inroads into Kollywood.
‘…in early December 1977, my twelve-year-old self realized I would not be back for some time. So I scribbled something on a piece of paper—something to the effect of ‘I will be back’ —and buried it next to the lemon tree by which I had morning class[…]
That was the end of my Sri Lankan childhood.’
Although he grew up in Sri Lanka, Razeen Sally (54) and his family left the country having experienced increasing tensions, against the setting of a rising civil war.
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