FICTION|SOILANT GREEN* – Part 2

COLOMBO; SRI LANKA: December 20th, 2021: “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree Have a happy holiday! Everyone dancin’ merrily In the new old-fashioned way!” Deen sang aloud, with the crazed optimism of the generally reduced and the beaten down. He had dragged the unwieldy box of christmas decorations to the lobby entrance and had dived intoContinue reading “FICTION|SOILANT GREEN* – Part 2”

FICTION| SOILENT GREEN* – Part 1

COLOMBO; SRI LANKA: September 21st, 2021; 10pm: I breathed in deeply. I had to reduce my heart rate, get rid of all the disquieting thoughts ricocheting in my head and get my Calm back. I closed my eyes and focused on my chakras….each one visible, glowing, holding me safe…. There was a loud clamour fromContinue reading “FICTION| SOILENT GREEN* – Part 1”

POLITICAL FARCE|THE AGE OF STUPID – Part Deux

May 24th, 2021: The President Is Dead. It was not exactly a shock but it did put the Administration into a bit of a tailspin. DT’s* tenuous hold on his vitality and even his lucidity, had begun to loosen quite quickly after he won the 2020 election – through the electoral college loophole yet again,Continue reading “POLITICAL FARCE|THE AGE OF STUPID – Part Deux”

OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable

US Hegemony, Its Lingering Pakistan/ Afghanistan Embarrassment and Media Morality It was the early 80s. I still vividly remember as a child, standing on the side of the iconic Mall road in Murree (a mountain resort town situated about 30kms northeast of Islamabad in Punjab, Pakistan, and also home to a number of missionary boardingContinue reading “OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable”

OPINION|Enter The Dragon!

Why another 4 years of a Trump administration will be the likely impetus for China to dominate the world As the 2020 US Presidential election looms largely ahead, I’m feeling increasingly ambivalent about the preferable outcome. Plain old gut-impelled common sense dictates that a Trump/ Pence-less administration is what the country is in dire needContinue reading “OPINION|Enter The Dragon!”

VERSE|The Lady with the Mona Lisa Smile

For the gracious Padmini Pelpola – the lady who lit up the porch every evening at number 12 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha. We were in the throes of the affliction, all lives tossed quite asunder,Everyone struggling with their own version of their worlds-turned-upside-down.I too was grappling with the changesIn a curfew-riddled cocoon of my own.ThereContinue reading “VERSE|The Lady with the Mona Lisa Smile”

VERSE|I Am Dystopia!

WHEN NATURE ROARS 2020 dawned on us, full of the goodness of even numbers,Of existential vision perfection, insight, wisdom; all symbolic rumbles,Of good things to come, of new beginnings and of blithesome continuity,Of travel and adventure, of togetherness and sunny opportunity.Just when the new year smile from our lips spread,To brighten the providential gleam inContinue reading “VERSE|I Am Dystopia!”

OPINION|What a Wonderful World!

I’m being facetious. It is quite far from being any version of wonderful, cohesive or civilised. As the Novel Corona traipses through our towns and cities like a merciless diabolist, we as humankind, as a planet, could not be rent more asunder. How did we get here? When did all the values of humankind thatContinue reading “OPINION|What a Wonderful World!”

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*”

POLITICAL FARCE|VERSE|The Ballad of Bubba Buckley

Folks, put on your Hillbilly hats and read the below in your best southern drawls! I was mindin’ ma own beeswax, toilin’ on the grange,potterin’ in my chicken coops, Tendin’ to ma mange;Got it off sweet Misty Dawn, the old ass at the farm,She’s in Donkey Heaven now and left me with the charm.I’d haveContinue reading “POLITICAL FARCE|VERSE|The Ballad of Bubba Buckley”