VERSE | CORONA NON GRATA

Lockdowns, inbound, not allowed to go out.While Queen Corona, that prima donna gaily traipses all about. She’s making sure we don’t forget Her microscopic savageness!So she merrily mutates every 60 daysIn Vietnam, Brazil, India and the UK.I do despise her with a passion so! That dung of Newt; that Toady’s toe!I tried to see theContinue reading “VERSE | CORONA NON GRATA”

VERSE|CUCUMBERS WITH EMOTION

They say with some frivolity that we humansAre nothing more than cucumbers with emotion.Even in this bizarre drollery There is some existential ironyAs we go from one diet to the next;One new year’s resolution to the next;One promise of commitment to another;One version of truth to another;One moral compass point to the next;One exhausted ideologyContinue reading “VERSE|CUCUMBERS WITH EMOTION”

OPINION| THE PRODIGAL SONS

A couple of months ago, after decades, the island of Sri Lanka welcomed the Pakistani cricketing legend of yore. Thankfully, the political mantle is still too new to disenchant the international fan base. Not that I think he is a corrupt bag of officious bones in the manner peculiar to many of his South AsianContinue reading “OPINION| THE PRODIGAL SONS”

TRIPPING GOALS| CALAMANSI COVE VILLAS

HOTEL: CALAMANSI COVE VILLAS BY JETWINGAT: Wijerama Road, Balapitiya 80550TYPE: LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL (with 12 villas in total)DISTANCE FROM COLOMBO: ABOUT 2 HOURS DOOR TO DOOR In the spirit of getting away from the urban milieu for a bit and taking advantage of the south western coastal season, the Calamansi Cove Villas visit came about.Continue reading “TRIPPING GOALS| CALAMANSI COVE VILLAS”

FEATURE|BY TUK OR BY CROOK

This endearingly sensationalist lot also believes in pithy, public declarations of the meaning and gist of their lives, emblazoned as they are on their carriages. There’s a sweet, almost nostalgic obsession with certain historical personages and quaint adaptations of favored English idioms: Like Che Guevara who always wants the tuk tuk contingent to rebel; Bob Marley who would like them to forget their woes in most likely, a moonshine-steeped, reggae rocked weekend. Then there is the tuk tuk driver throwing out a barefaced challenge that “if you’re bad, he’s your dad”; or the one who’s had it with arrogance saying “fly not high so you fall not low”; or the myriad others who loudly declare that their hearts are up (on their tuk tuk behinds) for the taking, and as many more who have publicly closed themselves to love… certain lady passengers always being an exception!

OPINION | A POST PANDEMIC FEIERABEND*

We’d rave and rant about the government’s woeful ineptitude, the kilos that just kept piling on, the hijacking of our religion by the crazed Right and the lack of a glass of wine when you needed to get just a little comfortably numb. We were, one and all, veritable shrinks; roles we inadvertently took on given the stigma attached to the clinical psychological recourse. But when we’re talking of a chronic mental pandemic, everyone pitches in to do their bit in braving a dear ones purgative assault on their senses. We absorb until our own cups brimmeth over, and then, we return friendly fire!

POLITICAL FARCE|AN ODE TO @therealdonaldtrump

**There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hallAnd the bells in the steeple too.And up in the nursery an absurd little birdIs popping out to say cuckoo cuckoo, cuckoo…Regretfully they tell usBut firmly they compel us To say goodbye…To YOU! And so my dear Mr. PresidentI wrote this ode for you,Continue reading “POLITICAL FARCE|AN ODE TO @therealdonaldtrump”

OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES

As the pandemic marches on, this is more true than ever. I have felt impelled to write this piece mostly because we have all now, as a planet, lived through a year of the Covid-19 blight. All 7 billion lives have, in some measure, been affected, afflicted or completely upended. And the sobering truth isContinue reading “OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES”

VERSE|PARADISE EARTH

Another day breaks on Paradise island,Little glimmers of it coming through the gap at the top of the curtain railThat was a structural detail i hadn’t intended to but, quite presciently, overlooked when i was putting up my blackout drapes.Still in bed, from the play of light and shadow on my wall,i know whether it’sContinue reading “VERSE|PARADISE EARTH”

OPINION|LOVE ACTUALLY*

In the current chaos of the world, an international relations argument for why, especially now, we need Imran Khan at the helm of affairs in Pakistan “Yatha raja, thatha praja* – As the King, so are the People.” A sage old saying that has not had more relevance and resonance than in our current erratic,Continue reading “OPINION|LOVE ACTUALLY*”