Author Archives: Virandi Wettewa

Sari Connection – a post war love story of a different kind

Sari Connection – a post war love story of a different kind

Thangaruby was in her mid twenties when she lost her husband and three siblings to the war. She was stranded in a camp and made her way back to her hometown of Kokkilai in 2010. A widow with a 12-year-old son, she had no means of generating an income and was heavily dependent on herContinue Reading

The Good Sri Lankan Girl: An everlasting tale of exemplary morality and extraordinary charm

The Good Sri Lankan Girl: An everlasting tale of exemplary morality and extraordinary charm

Disclaimer: The following article is only 80% fact. The rest is fiction. She’s beauty and she’s grace, but most of all she’s chaste. Like a good book that can be judged by the appeal of its cover, the good Sri Lankan girl can be spotted from the decency of her attire. Clad in loose fittingContinue Reading

Beyond a Few Pages: Sri Lankan Novels

Beyond a Few Pages: Sri Lankan Novels

If you are reading this article, it is safe to assume you have at least the slightest interest in Sri Lankan culture. The fact that you are reading this also tells me you enjoy a little bit of light reading. For those whose love of the written word extends beyond a mere couple of pages, hereContinue Reading

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Sometimes I feel the supreme leader of the average Sri Lankan household is the tiny gecko that’s lurking behind your front door. Yes you read it right! It’s that gecko who decides to screech just as you are about to embark on a journey or perform an important task, signifying your imminent failure and sometimesContinue Reading

Sri Lankan Restaurants in Sydney

Sri Lankan Restaurants in Sydney

It’s been five years since I moved to Sydney to attend university (I’m from Sri Lanka), and whilst the choice of international food is limitless, there is always that sudden urge to have something Sri Lankan. Nothing really compares to a home cooked meal, and in my search for quick methods to make a mealContinue Reading

The Burghers of Sri Lanka

The Burghers of Sri Lanka

The fourth largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka, the Burghers, descends from European and Sri Lankan mixed origins. Consisting mainly of European male colonists who intermarried with Sri Lankan women, the group’s origins span across a range of countries, but Dutch and Portuguese heritage are most common amongst Sri Lankan Burghers. The word Burgher by definitionContinue Reading

Coconuts galore!

Coconuts galore!

Tourist brochures often portray Sri Lanka as a destination with beautiful sandy beaches (rightly so!), but those amazing beaches are not complete without the tall, straight or windy coconut trees that silhouette the coastlines. Coconut trees in Sri Lanka are not just limited to the coast but found almost anywhere in the island. Here areContinue Reading

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Nestled in Sri Lanka’s pristine east coast, Trincomalee is a coastal town located on a peninsular of the same name that divides into the inner and outer harbours. Trincomalee Harbour prides itself on being the fifth largest natural harbour in the world. The name Trincomalee comes from the three words Thiru-kona-malai, meaning Lord of theContinue Reading

Cricket in Sri Lanka – it’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life!

Cricket in Sri Lanka – it’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life!

Cricket has always played a big role in my life. If you are Sri Lankan, whether or not you love the game, play the game or watch it, somehow cricket has the ability to get in the way of everyday life. Say you are about to park your car somewhere in Sri Lanka. Not onlyContinue Reading

Speaking of the devil….

Speaking of the devil….

If you happened to watch the Sri Lankan leg of Amazing Race Australia in 2011, you may recall the chaos that followed the Sri Lankan Mask Festival, as teams were lost in a frenzy of masked dancers. The history of Sri Lankan masks actually dates as far back as the 15th century, with strong links toContinue Reading

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