VERSE| IN NATURE’S EMBRACE

The green of the earth And the blue of the sky; The cool, mellow breeze That caressingly passes by.The trilling of the birdsThe humming of the bees;The rustling of the leaves In their verdant canopies.The well-loved paths Fringed with emerald grass;The spring-born butterflies Delicately flitting past.That one beloved companion Who matches steps with mine,Our heartsContinue reading “VERSE| IN NATURE’S EMBRACE”

VERSE|DUST IN OUR EYES

Inspired by the vastness of our universe, and the impermanence and fragility of our own little blue green planet. The moon hangs low like a key lime pieIn a firmament strewn with golden gleams of zest;The sky like a cosmic porcelain platterHolds this sweet perfection in a state of restI sip on my tea asContinue reading “VERSE|DUST IN OUR EYES”

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”

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!

FEATURE|FROM TROPICAL URBANIA, WITH LOVE

Maybe it’s the naive rambling of the blissfully ignorant, or the intuitive musings of the arduously life-initiated, or maybe it’s just the endorphins doing an extra merry jig in the face of our pandemic-crippled times – but here goes in the vein of the duly afflicted: I am Mahvash, and i am a true blueContinue reading “FEATURE|FROM TROPICAL URBANIA, WITH LOVE”

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”

SHORT STORY|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 “SHORT STORY|SOILANT GREEN* – Part 2”

SHORT STORY| 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 “SHORT STORY| 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”