Sri Lanka – Kaushalya Kathireson


Meet Kaushalya Kathireson from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She once had a pet goat. She’s also constantly confused (perhaps this will be evident as you read on…..). She can be bribed with chocolates. And she loves people who can make her laugh.

I was born in……Kandy but grew up in Colombo. I spent a year in Malaysia and then a couple more in India in my pursuit of knowledge (well technically for my A/Ls and then my Undergrad). My favourite novels from my country are…..Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka and The Sweet & Simple Kind by Yasmine GooneratneWhen I need a reminder of home, I listen to.….any Sri Lankan radio station I can find online. My favourite time of the year is…..that day when you wake up happy for no reason. My favourite local phrase is…..a toss between Bokeng and Full Aathal. The first literally means ‘from your gut’ and is also used as a phrase to say you’re giving it everything you have, while the second is more like mojo. My favourite words of wisdom/words to live by are…..‘One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching’ is something I’m still trying to live by this saying, haven’t got there yet though…‘Nothing is not better or worse than anything’ and ‘This too shall pass’ are my reassuring quotes. ‘I’m like a peacock, you gotta let me fly’ – I like this one coz … well I just do. And the word ‘Sonder’. It’s soooo deep.What I love most about my home (country) is…..the Poya Days!!! I mean who doesn’t? And of course the diverse landscape, and the cricket.


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