Sri Lanka – Ishara Naotunna


Ishara Naotunna (or Ishi) is eccentric, talkative and a slow thinker. Her best comebacks arrive 5 minutes after the conversation has ended.

I was born in…Colombo, Sri Lanka….I have spent most of your life in….Colombo, and now I live in.…Colombo. My favourite film from my country is….this Sinhalese movie called “machan”, quite controversial but hilarious. My favourite books / novels about my country are….Chinamen by Shehan Karunatilake and Colombo by Carl MullerWhen I need a reminder of home, I listen to….I don’t technically need a reminder, as I live here. I eat a lot of kottu (Sri Lankan dish made from a Sri Lankan roti called Godhamba roti and vegetables, egg, and/or meat, and spices), does that count? My favourite time of the year is....December – more slacking off time compared to the rest of the year ( this country has a LOT of public holidays). My all time local hero is….no one person in particular, but I admire strong women who rise up in quite a patriarchal society. My favourite local phrase is…..”maara fellow”. My favourite words of wisdom/words to live by are….every second counts. It really does. I often think yikes I’m 24, 25, 26, what do I have to show for it? So seize the moment and all that jazz. What I love most about my home (country) is….Kottu. And also the friendly/helpful people. So friendly and helpful that you wonder whether they just might be a little too inquisitive.


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