SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY

Asha adjusted her bra after a final pat on its other, non-fleshy contents; the fifteen thousand rupees now nestling securely in its pendulous grasp. It was the day she had to drop off the rent at her landlord’s house on her way back from work. She smiled widely and catching her reflection in the littleContinue reading “SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY”

VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH

We have all, at some time or another been overwhelmed, overpowered, bested by our grief, anxiety and wretchedness. At those times, some of us have also been lucky enough to have that one place where we have, for a while, found some degree of quietude and peace. This is a tribute to those secret littleContinue reading “VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH”

VERSE| I AM ALRIGHT

You ask me if I’m alright …I am alright, but the stabbing ache in my heart is not alright.You ask me if I’m ok …I am ok, but the stranglehold of despair around my throat is not ok You ask me if I’m fine …I am fine, but the icy grip of fear in myContinue reading “VERSE| I AM ALRIGHT”

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”

VERSE| RAVAGED

A tribute (brutal and raw so we don’t forget) to all those courageous girls who have been made victims of our ugly patriarchal social fabric, and who have stood up to their tormentors/ violators and even their protectors to stop the abuse. And to those brave, brave girls who continue to fight to survive anotherContinue reading “VERSE| RAVAGED”

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 Need To Find You Again

This dedication i wrote 8 years ago for my mother who passed away in October 2012 after a very brave, very arduous battle with cancer. She’s missed everyday, but now also celebrated every day. She remains the Queen of our Hearts. My heart’s shattered into little pieces.My mind struggles to synthesise reality.I find myself suspendedContinue reading “VERSE| I Need To Find You Again”

VERSE|Thank you for the Joy – Part 2

For my beautiful, wise mother on what would have been her 72nd birthday on the 8th of July 2020. And to all the other wonderful mothers who have left us too soon ❤️🌺 Sometimes i wake up in the morningFeeling a little less vibrant, a little more melancholy…I get dressed, and i look in theContinue reading “VERSE|Thank you for the Joy – Part 2”

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*”

VERSE|I Sat Alone with Sadness

I sat alone with SadnessI felt it’s grainy edges,I saw it’s grey-bound form,I touched its dark, dark heartAnd then I heard it moanit’s dolorous dirge.It whispered of a gloomthat quelled the light inside.It spoke of a despair that clung like gnarled old ivy.It lamented of an anguishthat congealed the blood within.And i mouldered in theContinue reading “VERSE|I Sat Alone with Sadness”