FEATURE|CHILDREN OF THE WEATHER GODS*

This piece is inspired by the dramatic elements of surprise that are innate to tropical weather. An ethereal tribute to Sri Lanka.Title inspiration from Mark Medoff’s 1979 play titled “Children of a Lesser God”. Screen-adapted in 1986 by the same title. Indra: Hindu storm godYu Shi: Chinese rain godZeus: Greek storm godCalandra: Greek goddess ofContinue reading “FEATURE|CHILDREN OF THE WEATHER GODS*”

TRIPPING GOALS | CALAMANSI COVE VILLAS – Part Deux

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 So back we went a-tripping to Balapitiya; the second time in a month – that seafront is quite fabulous! (Read about the first visit here: https://theroamingdesi.org/2021/02/11/trippinggoals/ ) I haveContinue reading “TRIPPING GOALS | CALAMANSI COVE VILLAS – Part Deux”

VERSE| HARRY HARRY, QUITE CONTRARY

This is well meaning satire. (Clarifying for the benefit of those readers who are still in awe of the Royals and may feel quite contrary about such outrageous literary endeavors 🤓)Read to the lilt of “Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?” Harry Harry! You’re so contrary How does this scandal go?With MeghanContinue reading “VERSE| HARRY HARRY, QUITE CONTRARY”

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 | LOVE ACTUALLY – Part Deux

In the spirit of well-meaning satire, a droll little tribute to our visiting PM, Imran Khan. You’re still our best hope. (Read to the general lilt of “Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…”) The flags are flying at full mastThe PM’s coming to townThe green and white, oh what a sight For diplomatic,Continue reading “VERSE | LOVE ACTUALLY – Part Deux”

FILM PICKINS| STAR TREK – VOYAGER (1995 – 2001)

I have about 40 episodes to go before Voyager reaches home or arrives at the fate sketched for it by her creators. And I still have to see a heart-warmer akin to the Vick Fontaine episodes of DS-9. The Voyager crew, however, does make ample use of their holodecks to recreate 19th and 20th century European utopias such as they are/ were. And so, between leisurely trips to Sandreine’s in scintillating Paris, and Fair Haven in old world Ireland, the crew and I have called upon all our Netflix binge prowess to go a-tripping across the last 30,000 light years or so to the final finish.

SOCIAL FICTION|A BRAVE NEW WORLD*

A tribute to the brave young men and women who battle everyday to come to terms with their identity and a perennially judgmental, dogmatic society. May each of you find the strength to be the truest and best version of yourself. Geena woke up with a monster of a headache. She sat up slowly, disoriented,Continue reading “SOCIAL FICTION|A BRAVE NEW WORLD*”

FEATURE|THE ENIGMA OF LEISURE TRAVEL IN 2021

In our current lives, buffeted as they are with uncertainty on so many fronts, I would define leisure travel as any trip that allows you to relax and/ or rejoice; to realign body, mind and soul to attain some semblance of inner peace and quietude. Whether it takes a solitary retreat in the middle of a forest, or a full moon party at a crowded beach, the purpose of leisure travel is to rejuvenate the traveller. To revitalise the trip-maker to get back into the fray of life, feeling less burdened and more prepared to take each day as it comes.

FOOD SWINGS|The Capital Bar and Grill

Ensconced in the modern, luxurious environs of the Shangrila Hotel, this venue is almost a nostalgic throwback to the bars of the 40s and 50s, with a lovely modern twist. From the repertoire of live music to the atmosphere, it is warm, retro and relaxing.
I’ve been a number of times to the bar and admit, i have had a varied gamut of experiences. 


FOOD SWINGS| “RARE” At Uga Residence

They had a good/ wide selection of wines available (which is a bit of a rarity even at the better bars around town). And they served it beautifully with a decanter and the works. I’m a bit persnickety about how the wine is stored and how it is served since it makes all the difference in flavour preservation. Good storage ensures the sulphites in the wine don’t ferment and “vinegarize” the wine. Good pouring service, with a decanter or an aerater ensures that the wine breathes as much as possible from a newly opened bottle, for the flavours to really come to the fore.