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Author, Senior commissioning editor and co-founder of the Perera-Hussein Publishing House, Ameena Hussein is a sociologist whose essays and opinion pieces have been published internationally. Her work often reflects, celebrates or critiques little known aspects of the Sri Lankan Muslim community.

Shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize 2020

Translated to Sinhala by Badra Rodrigo

The fabled Moroccan Scholar Ibn Battuta is reputed to have travelled further through the medieval world than any other explorer, including Marco Polo. When Ameena Hussein sees a grimy street sign in Puttalam bearing his name, it precipitates a quest of her own, tracking Ibn Battuta’s trajectory in Lanka or Sarandib as he knew it.

From the pearl rich north-western coast, through Sri Pada known as the Mount of Lanka, down to Dewinuwara with its magnificent temple hosting dancing girls and Brahmin priests and onwards to Colombo – already a formidable maritime presence, she follows his trajectory to rejoin his starting point at Puttalam. Along the way, she seeks Ibn Battuta’s memory in the minds of men, and discovers a land brimming with myth and legend as colourful as the traveler himself.

 

"A book for those who love the marvelous, multicultural land of Lanka" – Tim Mackintosh Smith
"A rich tapestry, bringing to life 14th century Sri Lanka" – Shyam Selvadurai
"A beautiful, sweeping book that shines light into the past" – Nayomi Munaweera
"A fabulously entertaining and remarkable feat of research" – Nira Wickremasinghe

ISBN 978-955-7743-05-9
Author Ameena Hussein
RS. 1,190
4 In Stock
Published by: Sarasavi Publishers

Mr Noordeen was appointed as a consultant Orthopaedic and spinal surgeon at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in 1995, as well as the Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He is a Professor in spinal surgery, KUM, National University of Malaysia, and visiting professor University of Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Part manual and part manifesto, Letters to a Young Doctor is a timely and passionate book to help future medical students and young doctors navigate and survive medical education and practice, presenting an unvarnished depiction of medicine as it is today and the challenges the profession faces. Spiritually charged and deeply personal, this urgent book offers guidance and hope through Dr. Hilali Noordeen's hard-won experience and wisdom.

'A brilliant and impassioned cry from the heart of the current state of medical education and practice, from the top of the profession. That it is also spiritual, wise and funny makes this book something special.' ~ Jesse Norman, MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, author of The Big Society

 

'A delightful and witty account of the life of a successful surgeon, whose own warmth and empathy has clearly defined his medical practice. His plea to revisit reforms in our health service - which rely on command and control and which are destroying the values of care and compassion - is timely and powerful. Letters to a Young Doctor is both a lively guide for young doctors and also a serious message to our society.' ~ Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

 

'At a time when, more than ever, we are focused on the NHS, this is a reminder of the compassionate care that needs to be at its heart. Part polemic, part guide to a medical career and part memoir, Letters to a Young Doctor is also very funny and written with passion, elan, and fluency. It should be prescribed reading for any budding doctor, not to mention their parents' ~ Rachel Kelly, writer, mental health advocate and author of The Sunday Times bestseller Black Rainbow: How Words can Heal: My Journey Through Depression

ISBN 9781913532222
Author Dr. Hilali Noordeen
RS. 1,500
159 In Stock
Pages: 160
Published by: Whitefox Publishing Ltd

Reviewed as one of the most comprehensive books about Sri Lanka and as being on par with the best international publications, Eloquence in Stone narrates the story of this island nation. It begins with the cliffs and caves where ancient man lived as far back as 150,000 years ago in Sri Lanka and then moves onto the stone tools they produced 35,000 BP, and the script of the ancients that dates back to 500 BC. One of the first man-made tanks in the world was built in the citadel of Anuradhapura. This tank was the starting point of a sophisticated irrigation system which harnessed monsoon rains and channeled the waters for long distances from one tank to giving rise to a rich agricultural civilization - a society that built ships and traded in elephants and spices and one which adopted the rituals of Buddhism and Hinduism, built magnificent statues and temples embellished with sculpture and murals. It is a culture and a way of life that continues in much the same manner to this day. The descendants of this ancient people cultivate the same fields, dance to the same drums and worship at the same temples. The world of the 20th century is yet to enmesh them fully and this book is a peon to this heritage.

 

Produced by a team of Sri Lankas foremost photographer/travellers, the book is of interest to all Sri Lankans, historians, archaeologists, Asian Studies specialists, anthropologists and sociologists. It is also a book that lovers of beauty beautiful writing and beautiful photographs will treasure.

 

The book ends with the words of Nihal Fernando, the man who inspired the book - This is the dream I have had for the last fifteen years. I want to tell the story of this country and its people. I want to make people think about our past and what we are doing to it before it is too late.

 

ISBN 978-955-9236-06-01
Author Nihal Fernando, Sinharaja Tammita-Delgoda, Anu Weerasuriya, Luxshmanan Nadaraja, Christopher Silva, Devaka Seneviratne, Roshan Perret
RS. 11,000
10 In Stock

Shehan Karunatilaka has done questionable things to nature over the years. He hopes to spend the rest of his days planting seeds, growing crops, and lying under trees. He has writted books about cricket, ghosts and excrement.  He is the father of a gardener and a lumberjack

Ruwangi "Roo" Amarasinghe went to the beach once and decided never to leave. She draws pictures inspired by sci-fi, nature, and the cosmic universe. Since illustrating this book, she's noticed trees and plants staring suspiciously at her.

What if plants and trees could walk and talk and think and act? What if they're doing these things right now, when you're not looking?

 

Meet the angry Jak, the wise Banyan, the elegant Casuarina and the little Cactus, hear about their secret lives, and find out what they think about us!

Amusing, surprising, and thought-provoking, Those Sneaky Plants is a book for children of all ages. Inspired by ecology and questions about the future, it asks if humans should look after nature, or if nature should take care of us?

Written by Shehan Karunatilaka, illustrated by Ruwangi Amarasinghe, and designed by Fold Media Collective, it is a book filled with pretty flowers, friendly trees, and big ideas.

ISBN 978-624-98196-0-3
Author Shehan Karunatilaka
RS. 1,750
35 In Stock

Carmel Miranda is a doctor by profession and voracious reader by hobby. Crossmatch, winner of the Gratiaen Prize for the year 2020, is her debut novel

Winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2020

When a poor young boy succumbs to his injuries in the ICU, no one considers it anything but the result of a tragic accident. No one, that is, but Lotus, an introverted daydreamer who is drifting into a career in medicine more by parental choice than her own.

As a chance witness to his final moments, she is unwittingly drawn into his case and soon finds herself both angry and upset trying to understand what really happened to him.

Why, for instance, did the boy dash recklessly across the road into the path of a passing vehicle? Why did he have a contact with the same name as hers on his phone? What was his link to the luxurious Lotus Hospital?

Her sense of justice aroused, she follows a trail that takes her through the hospitals, slums and mansions of Colombo, juggling all this within her gritty life as a medical student. 

"Carmel Miranda's first novel creates a unique narrative that combines a sensitive and nuanced understanding of the Lankan medical world with a powerful and moving, yet unsentimental, psychological account of love, loss and reconciliation." ~ Arjuna Parakrama, Senior Professor of English, University of Peradeniya

ISBN 978-624-5522-00-2
Author Carmel Miranda
RS. 1,500
2 In Stock
Pages: 254
Published by: Katha Publishers
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