Sri Lanka – Virandi Wettewa


Virandi Wettewa is a PhD student and tutor at the University of Sydney. She loves travelling, poetry and learning different languages.

I was born in……Kandy, Sri Lanka,  and I have spent most of my life in…….Kandy, Trinco and Badulla. I spent my undergraduate years in the UK and Singapore and I now live in Sydney, Australia. My favourite local films are…..any classics from the 70s and 80s with actor Vijaya Kumaratunga. Whenever I need a reminder of home, I listen to….Calypso style Baila. It’s a genre of music that is a fusion of Caribbean beats and Portuguese dance rhythms that has evolved from colonial times to be uniquely Sri Lankan. No Sri Lankan festivity is complete without a Baila dance session! My favourite time of the year is……anytime with sunshine (which when I am in Sri Lanka happens to be most of the time!). My all time local heroes are…..the Lankan Lions (Sri Lankan Cricketers). Players like Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan are definitely to blame for the cricket craze that I so willingly suffer from. My favourite local phrase is..….‘ne?’ which literally translated means ‘no?’ but technically means ‘yes?’ and is used like a rhetoric affirmation after almost all sentences. You understand what I mean by that ne? Ok so let’s move on then no? My favourite words of wisdom are.……‘there are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it’. Thank You Oscar Wilde for showing me to be content with all that I have and have not! What I love most about my home (country) is….the smiles, the cricket and the elephants!