Vinod Moonesinghe

Vinod Moonesinghe

Vinod Moonesinghe read Mechanical Engineering at the University of Westminster. Returning to Sri Lanka, he worked in both private and public sectors. He wrote for YATV and for newspapers, including regular columns in the Sunday Observer and Daily News. He edited the Environmental Foundation’s Biosphere magazine, served on the Editorial Board of the US-based SARID Journal and wrote and edited for the ADB. Latterly, he wrote for and edited business magazines.

History

Kōpi Kāle ‒ When Coffee Was King

The Ethiopians cultivated coffee from about the 8th century. The Iranian philosopher and physician Abu Bakr Muhammed ibn Zakariya al-Raz (Rhazes) first recorded the…

Economy

Hitching Onto China’s Belt In Africa

On May 14, China’s President Xi Jinping addressed a summit on his country’s USD 900 billion international infrastructure investment programme, known as the “Belt…

History

Bracegirdle: The Young Anglo-Australian Behind Sri Lanka’s Independence Struggle

After the Matale Revolt of 1848, the independence struggle in Sri Lanka was quiescent until the 1930s. Only in 1931 did the short-lived Jaffna…

Economy

What “Kinky Boots” Can Teach Lankan Manufacturers

In February 1964, Patrick McNee and Honor Blackman, two of the stars of the British television action series The Avengers, came out with a…

Economy

From Cinnamon Forests To Cinnamon Gardens

The ancient Greek name for Sri Lanka, Taprobane, came from the Sanskrit Tamraparni – Tambapanni in Pali. The Mahawamsa says the term arose because…

Features

How Sri Lankan Cinnamon Invaded Mexican Cuisine

In 711, a force of 7,000 Berber horsemen, commanded by Tariq Ibn Ziyad, crossed the narrow strait (“of Gibraltar”, named after him) that divides…

Features

Slave Island’s “Key Cutters”

A few decades ago, the pavements of Union Place (now Colvin R de Silva Mawatha) were lined with artisans and traders. The most aristocratic…

Economy

The Bad Taste In Your Cup Of Tea

In September 2016, export prices for Ceylon Tea peaked, and total exports were 3% higher than the previous September. However, all was not well for…

Economy

What Ails Our Economy?

Sri Lanka’s economy, which struggled amidst the constraints of nearly three decades of civil conflict, benefitted very briefly from the “peace dividend”, following the…