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Rukshani Weerasooriya Wijemanne is a corporate lawyer turned stay-at-home amma of two little girls, one of whom was born during the lockdowns of 2020.
Both her girls love a good Seeni Bunis.
Children in Sri Lanka have had a taste of some especially horrible things in the recent past.: terror attacks, curfews, power cuts, school disruptions, food shortages, violence and epic political letdowns to name just a few. And yet, in the midst of it all, an unlikely hero has emerged - the neigbourhood Choon Paan Man! He has magically shown up, no matter what, every day, just in time for tea. His freshly baked Gnanakatha and Kimbula bunis have seen whole communities through. Could the Choon Paan Man be our very own Santa? 
Mr Choon Paan is a humble tribute to this local legend.
"Appealing, Insightful" - Wendy Holsinger
"Beautifully captures the reality of what our kids have been going through" - Ranjula Mendis
"A delicious read, bound to make any Sri Lankan nostalgic" ~ Samantha Van Eyck, founder, Jellybean Foundation
ISBN 978-624-99563-0-8
Author Rukshani Weerasooriya Wijemannne
RS. 1,600
10 In Stock

Anoma is an alumna of Central St Martin’s College, University of the Arts, London, UK. She has exhibited extensively internationally and showed at the 58th Venice Biennale. Anoma has also exhibited at Sotheby’s Gallery, Hong Kong and her solo exhibitions have included those in London, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Maldives and New Delhi, with group shows in Singapore, Brisbane, Dubai, Colombo, Hong Kong and London. 

Often suggestive and implied the paintings are reflections on man's existential anxieties, contemporary concerns about the human condition, and the fragile state of the planet. Working in oils, mixed media, sculpture, video and digital art, her multimedia trilingual exhibitions on Climate Emergency, Sustainability, Inclusivity and Reconciliation are themes she continues to push boundaries on.

This monograph encapsulates several decades of the artist's exhibitions on inclusivity, transformation and coexistence with man and the planet through 200 illustrations presented chronologically, describing the stylistic shifts and thematic preoccupations.

It includes a rare description of the artist's creative process and personal journey and includes insightful essays by Professor Emeritus Gananath Obeyesekere, Rosalyn d Mello, Richard Simon and Professor Emerita Jane Rapley OBE. 
The book is designed by Micha Weidmann Studios, London and printed in Singapore and is 34x26cm with 250 pages with over 200 illustrations. More on www.anomaw.com and @anomawijewardene
Author Anoma Wijewardene
RS. 12,500
5 In Stock

Nalini Ellawala's memoirs span two centuries and five generations. She writes of the transformations she has witnessed during the course of her life, in our society and in Sri Lanka's physical environment. She also reflects on the remarkable inner journey that she has undergone, because of social activism and her sensitivity to nature

ISBN 978-624-98702-0-8
Author Nalini Ellawala
RS. 1,500
36 In Stock

Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham is an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at Colgate University.

Assembling Ethnicities in Neoliberal Times interprets contemporary fictions to unpack neoliberalism's entanglements with nationalism and racism during Sri Lanka's war. Perera-Rajasingham does so by theorizing ethnographic fictions, a form that has both internalized certain colonial Orientalist impulses and critically engages with categories of objective gazing, empiricism, and temporal distancing. The book explores colonial-era travel writing by Robert Knox (1681) and Leonard Woolf (1913); contemporary works by Michael Ondaatje, Romesh Gunesekera, Shobasakthi, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, and Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan; and cultural festivals and theater, including vernacular performances of Euripides's The Trojan Women and women workers' theater.

Assembling Ethnicities in Neoliberal Times brilliantly analyzes various ethnographic fictions and state-produced narratives to show how the Sri Lankan state and the LTTE, through neoliberal policies and internationally funded and oriented structures, created and maintained ethnic divisions between Sinhalese and Tamil people to justify war. The book could be useful to scholars studying such varying topics as South Asian politics, postcolonial capitalism, South Asian literature, and ethnographic methodology.  ~ Si Sindu, author of Blue Skinned Gods

Arguing for analyses beyond singular paradigms such as majoritarianism, ethno-nationalism and ethno-racism, Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham views Sri Lanka's ethnic and religious identities—especially how they undergird war and virulent nationalisms—through the lenses of assemblage and neoliberalism. Perera-Rajasingham deftly draws upon a range of archives, literatures, films, documentaries, and visual and theoretical material to construct a theoretical apparatus and methodology that are nuanced, sophisticated and informed by a strong grasp of existing scholarship. ~ Manav Ratti, author of The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature

Perera-Rajasingham's book is poised to make a contribution to a growing subfield of studies on neoliberalism. It will also expand the field of postcolonial studies, specifically Sri Lankan Studies, by including analyses of non-Anglophone literature and juxtaposing literary and performative works with festivals, monuments, and art. ~ Maryse Jayasuriya, author of Terror and Reconciliation: Sri Lankan Anglophone Literature, 1983-2009

ISBN 978-624-5529-04-9
Author Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingam
RS. 2,000
2 In Stock

Manuka Wijesinghe is an author, poet, playwright, dancer and actress. Manuka’s work has been shortlisted for awards including the Fairway Literary Prize which nominated Sinhala Only among its finalists in 2015. Her other work include Silhouettes for Justice (1994) – a collection of poetry – and the following plays which have been performed but remain unpublished: The Mad CowFlight 582 to ZurichKarmaMy WayThe Affair and Marital Misadventures.

Like Moths to a Flame is the result of several years of walking in war weary terrains understanding the nature of man, his faith, his speech, his desire, his diversity and his cultural priorities. It is the story of men and women who have been slighted, insulted, disregarded and cornered into a dead end street with no exit. They were forced to find the means of escape. Terrorism was one such means of exit. Like Moths to a Flame is the story of one family. Of a diligent father, a beautiful mother, a mystic grandfather and an angered grandmother. Where did they come from? Why did they bond? How did they live in the present, bound to prisons of past experience? In Like Moths to a Flame, one sees how a seemingly normal compound unit; a family, gives birth to a child who is their antithesis. One touches the seed of Lanka's tragic history. It need not have been sown, but it was. And, as the novel's only voice of reason says, 'Life is a journey to the grave, not a journey into a Homeland.' 

ISBN 978-624-205-019-5
Author Manuka Wijesinghe
RS. 2,600
1 In Stock
Pages: 460
Published by: Vijitha Yapa Publishers