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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

An exquisite experience of Tharu culture in western Nepal

An exquisite experience of Tharu culture in western Nepal

I never imagined that my own culture could bring me such a beautiful spectrum of joy and happiness until I spent a day at a home stay facilitated village called Dalla in the Bardiya region of Nepal’s west. The village is populated by one of Nepal’s indigenous ethnic communities known as “Tharu”. In Dalla, IContinue 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

From 1947 to 2015, Jinnah to Khan

From 1947 to 2015, Jinnah to Khan

“It was 11:59pm on the evening of 13th August 1947 when I heard the news broadcast, spoken by Mustafa Ali Hamdani, that Pakistan had been declared an independent state. It was great success for Muslims of the subcontinent, as we had finally achieved our own independent country. I was waiting for this news for aContinue Reading

Jailbreak Radio – A Radio Lifeline for Inmates

Jailbreak Radio – A Radio Lifeline for Inmates

Jailbreak Radio gives a voice to some of the most isolated people in Australian society – prison inmates, their families and friends. It provides information on health issues pertinent to people in prison as well as connecting them to the outside community through powerful music, poetry and stories. I’ve included below a few stories andContinue 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

Finding Your Identity in Sydney’s Coffee Scene

Finding Your Identity in Sydney’s Coffee Scene

Coffee? Ah, the question uttered many a minute all over Sydney. It implies a chance to take a break, have a chat and get caffeinated. Three things we all very much like to do. Coffee was once a simple matter of dissolving a teaspoonful of powdery stuff in boiled water, and adding a splash ofContinue Reading

The Public Library: A Festival of Knowledge and Ideas, Every Day of the Year

The Public Library: A Festival of Knowledge and Ideas, Every Day of the Year

If you’re lucky enough to visit Sydney when our many festivals are on, such as Sydney Festival, Art and About, Vivid, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Biennale of Sydney and Sydney Film Festival and so on, you will be immersed in ideas, ideas and more ideas! We’re all loving Vivid at the moment. It’s an 18 dayContinue Reading

Finding Serenity in  Faisal Mosque

Finding Serenity in Faisal Mosque

It’s evening, and I can hear the call of prayer from my house. I know it’s coming from Faisal Mosque, which is only a few minutes’ drive from my house. I suddenly feel the urge to go and offer my evening prayers at this magnificent mosque. I grab my car keys and head in theContinue 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

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