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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/UPON A SLEEPLESS ISLE by ANDREW FIDEL FERNANDO

Book Review: Upon a Sleepless Isle Sheila Kumar, SEP 08 2019 Sweet and hot sambol As I ate a vegetable-stuffed roti sitting on the rock, an East Asian couple spotted me and became transfixed, in the way safari-goers might upon seeing rare wildlife. At first they viewed and photographed me from a   safe distance, wary,…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/THE DAMBULLA CAVES

Sheila Kumar, OCT 13 2018   Sri Lanka`s Dambulla Cave Temple stuns the viewer into an awed silence Of late, I have broken a long-time habit, that of reading up on a place before I visit it. Because, when you go someplace you know little or nothing about, the visual pleasure of what you come…

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PHOTO FEATURE: SYLVAN SRI LANKA

All photos by Sheila Kumar. All images are subject to copyright.   The sea at Negombo     On the road to Sigiriya     At the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage     The magnificent ruins of Pollonoruwa       His feet in one the caves at Dambulla     The pathway that leads to the…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/ZEN SITES IN SRI LANKA

  TRAVEL Walking the path to Zen Sheila Kumar makes a trip to three well-preserved heritage sites in Sri Lanka and learns some lessons for life along the way         Ritigala, deep inside very dense forests (`Strict Nature Reserve,` announces a signboard), ringedby the high and dense Ritigala mountain range, is not…

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REVIEW: THE AMAZING RACIST by CHHIMI TENDUF-LA

The Amazing Racist by Chhimi Tenduf-La Eddie Trusted, your average English teacher (ha! that gives you pause, right?) wants to marry the girl of his dreams, the voluptuous, flirtatious, manipulative Menaka. Eddie happens to be in Colombo and Menaka just happens to be the daughter of tough, eats-Englishmen-for-breakfast Thilak Rupasinghe, the man who can and…

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REVIEW: THE ELEPHANT COMPLEX by JOHN GIMLETTE

Elephant Complex by John Gimlette (Quercus Publishing) This book came out just a few months ago, in the winter of 2015, so I`m not too behind time with the review. However, even if I were, I`d still be writing about it because the book is such a rewarding read. This is travel writing that delves…

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REVIEW: THIS DIVIDED ISLAND by SAMANTH SUBRAMANIAN

This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian. I have to come at this from left field. Midway through the book, I shut it for a while and as I was doing so, my eye fell on the blurb at the back. `A hugely enjoyable book…` it said. Which stopped me in my tracks for a full…

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NOON TIDE TOLL by ROMESH GUNASEKERA

Noon Tide Toll by Romesh Gunasekera (Penguin Books). If it`s Romesh Gunasekera, you know you are in for a dashed good read, a moving read, and this book is no exception. Using the driver of an old Toyota vanVasantha as his mouthpiece, Gunasekera crafts 14 short stories of Sri Lanka as it is today. Vasantha…

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THE SEASONS OF TROUBLE by ROHINI MOHAN

The Seasons of Trouble by Rohini Mohan (Harper Collins.) This is really of the lest- we- forget genre. We have had some competent, even accomplished wordsmiths chronicling the conflict and after in Sri lanka, the likes of Nirupama Subramanian (Voices From A War Zone), Samanth Subramanian (This Divided Island), Romesh Gunesekera (most recently Noontide Toll) and…

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