REFLECTION|The New Superhero: Your Inner Voice

Is it just me or is the universe really trying to say something to this little blue planet, the size of a pin point in the gigantism of the cosmos? Is it me or is nature needling us with just a little more force than it’s usual maternal nudge for us to finally awaken? IsContinue reading “REFLECTION|The New Superhero: Your Inner Voice”

FICTION|2020: A Cosmic Odyssey

THE GENESIS “It was the winter of our global discontent as we looked to the only country we’d been conditioned to, for solutions to all our real and existential problems”. That was a recurring information echo in my head after our last Ripple Effect Round Table* (Re-Rt). There was some compelling information to be had;Continue reading “FICTION|2020: A Cosmic Odyssey”

FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 2)

“….. If you change your mind, I’m the first in line, Honey I’m still free, Take a chance on me!” Farzana hummed along to ABBA’s whimsical lyrics as she sat in the lounge, clumsily dabbing on the 4th layer of metallic silver nail polish on her fingernails. The 2 battery operated tealites were already dancingContinue reading “FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 2)”

FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 1)

“Kya museebat hai! Aa rahi hoon na!”(1), came the plaintive screech from the inner sanctum of the house. With A fleeting look of trepidation on her face, Shabana the part-time domestic hesitated momentarily outside her querulous employer’s bedroom door. Then with a toss of her well oiled head, she turned back towards the kitchen. She’dContinue reading “FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 1)”

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”

OPINION|The Goodliness of Godliness

The Covid “Whys and Wherefores” I, like 70% of the planet’s human population, have been sitting in the now very, very, very familiar environs of my home for the past 6 weeks. Please note that the last very is purely a function of the extreme intimacy with ones personal spaces nurtured by pandemics and possibly,Continue reading “OPINION|The Goodliness of Godliness”

FICTION|The Fatigue

I was so tired. I arrived at my grandmother’s house, Z___abad, at a little past 3pm. It was a cool mid-March evening and the slight chill in the air felt soothing. I made my way up the broad walkway towards the main house. The familiar spring foliage in the inner garden was in full, salutaryContinue reading “FICTION|The Fatigue”

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)”