PANDEMIC 2020|Positivum Cogitandi*

I have waxed eloquent as far as Pandemic Diaries go, on the thrills and the gloom of being “benignly incarcerated”. This piece will dive into the nuts and bolts of the experience as I try and capture a typical curfew-bound day in the muculant environs of the Colombo lockdown. It all starts at around 9.30amContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|Positivum Cogitandi*”

PANDEMIC 2020|Home sweet Hom(age)

Of Garlic presses, Firestarters and the BBC Starting with a cliche isn’t usually one of my proudest writing moments, but i’m employing the poetic/ prose license bestowed on all of us by these downright bizarre times. While it would seem almost counter-intuitive to wax eloquent on any kind of ‘home-boundedness’ at this juncture in ourContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|Home sweet Hom(age)”

PANDEMIC 2020|The Journey to Calmness

Acceptance, Grace and Tranquility It’s been tragic, arduous, bizarre and even downright dull in the wake of the Bacillus Extremis. It’s been stressful and emotionally draining. The novel Corona, in all its microscopic might, has turned the world as we knew it, radically upside down and even inside out. It’s left many of us wonderingContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|The Journey to Calmness”

PANDEMIC 2020|Hairy Adventures – Part deux

Pandemic Special It’s been just short of a month since the current curfew conditions were imposed in our city, and quite a lot longer in some other metropolises. And while the world at large has been preoccupied with the more immediate imperative of procuring food and other essential provisions, nature has been gleefully taking itsContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|Hairy Adventures – Part deux”

PANDEMIC 2020|The Importance of being Gracious

(Quite as Important as being Earnest) These are strange, even somewhat chilling times as we navigate through a viral storm of unprecedented proportions. We have all been constrained to significantly modify our lives as we traverse the largely uncharteted waters of interminably extended curfews and lockdowns. Where the regular hustle and bustle of life asContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|The Importance of being Gracious”

PANDEMIC 2020|For whom the Curfew tolls

(The summons of the Paleolithic Man!) A bit of a rant, this. We’re one of the few countries where the citizens/ residents are being superintended by an all-out curfew rather than the slightly more assuasive (read: civilised) “Lockdown”. This is now Day 15 of the curfew and there is no end in sight. As muchContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|For whom the Curfew tolls”

PANDEMIC 2020|I have a dream

and i see Nature hazarding light but sure-footed steps into the concrete enclaves that have been striding into its realm for a few unlovely centuries now. It flits, it floats, it lingers a little longer; it sees, it feels and it widens its embrace. And then i awake. More and more, it’s a jungle outContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|I have a dream”

OPINION|The Myth of Super-Luxury Condominiums – Part Deux

(When the Food Chain upends – The age of fastidiousness, curfews and microscopic annihilators) The current high stress, painfully limiting, curfew-constrained environment has been a fitting test for how well the Super luxurious developments in the city have responded to the basic needs of their residents – like the politico with the 100 watt smileContinue reading “OPINION|The Myth of Super-Luxury Condominiums – Part Deux”

VERSE|I shot the Sheriff

And I think he’s called the Covid, the Covid 19.I also know this declaration seems somewhat extremeBecause I hadn’t been testedSo how could I have bestedThe microbe that has its pestilential clawsrender all it touches, grievously impure?Try “dead” to be factual!But hope doth spring eternal ….In this pandemic, we lasses are only gently brushing byContinue reading “VERSE|I shot the Sheriff”

PANDEMIC 2020|The End of History and the ‘New’ Man

In the most extraordinary and arcane turn of such events generally, the First World appears to be collapsing in on itself in the face of the most recent ‘Invasion of the Mighty Microbe’. The West is frenziedly battling on all fronts as the developing world watches on in mystified fascination – an extreme reality showContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|The End of History and the ‘New’ Man”