David Annoussamy est déjà connu de nos lecteurs par son ouvrage sur la littérature tamoule qui a reçu un accueil très favorable. Il nous offre aujourd'hui un panorama des aspects essentiels de la culture tamoule où l'insolite côtoie le sublime. La culture tamoule s'apparente à la culture indienne mais s'en distingue assez pour mériter une présentation séparée. Elle est exposée dans cet ouvrage par un Tamoul qui l'a vécue pendant 88 ans et qui s'est efforcé de l'approfondir tout au long de sa vie. Elle est décrite en une langue simple et claire pour être saisie même par ceux qui n'on eu aucun contact avec le pays tamoul.
Cet ouvrage sera davantage apprécié par les Tamouls qui ont quitté le pays depuis une période plus ou moins longue. A sa lecture, ils seront contents et fiers d'appartenir à cette culture. Même ceux qui ont gardé le contact avec le pays seront ravis de faire plus ample connaissance avec cette riche culture et d'en découvrir les tenants et les aboutissants.
Gunawardena has a poetic voice that is always a quiet and thoughtful one
A recording of brief and witty, carefully crafted impressions of life as she lived it. Here is a collection of poems that reveal a country loved and known.
'The limpid simplicity of her language reveals nuanced complexities of response and judgement that actively engage the reader's mind and emotions when the writer presents the interplay of cultures or personalities, or of the past, recent past and the present. She depicts herself as an unobtrusive observer "I love to watch through glass". She is also so acute and honest that her poems can evoke disturbing echoes' – Lakshmi de Silva
'The pull of her Motherland is clearly seen, yet without cloying sentimentality or paeans of praise to its scenic beauty' – Anne Abeysekera
The Big Girl & Other Stories is a retro-collection of stories by the talented posthumous author Alagu Subramaniam.
They recount scenes of life in Jaffna more than 50 years ago. The book which had disappeared from circulation has now been updated and reprinted in its entirety. These stories evocatively capture the ethos of an era now past and will leave you nostalgic for a simpler time.
"Mr Subramaniayam could have had a sound practice at the English Bar, but he preferred to pursue his literary work, which is of a higher order" - Lester Hutchinson, D es L., Former MP (British House of Commons)
"Stories told sardonically and succinctly" - Philip Day, Sunday Times (London)
An expatriate reflects upon the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Sport, Society, and New Zealand
After a forty year voluntary exile an expatriate Kiwi returns to New Zealand to travel around while reporting on the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Return to Rugby Land is a challenging and provocative social commentary encompassing more than just the games or the scenery. Scott explores sport's place in society, along with the myths, psyche, and anxieties of a small nation. While questioning comfortable shibboleths, including about Maori and women, his personal account offers heartfelt insights and a broad understanding of New Zealand inextricably linked to the omnipresent game of Rugby.
Journal de bord d'un vaisseau français aux Indes Orientales sous Louis XIV
Le 16 mars 1671, le navire du roi le Breton appareille de La Rochelle pour apporter à l'Escarde de Perse qui se trouve aux Indes, la plus importante flotte jamais vue dans cette partie du monde et envoyée par Louis XIV, un coffre plein de 100,000 livres, des hommes en renfort et les lettres du roi.
Incidents in the life of a surgeon, working in Ceylon Sri Lanka, from 1965 to 2005
"One month after assuming duties as DMO, I took delivery of the car in Colombo. That evening, with me seated by his side, my driver drove it through the night to Koslande 200 miles away. We reached home at about 2 a.m. the next day and went to sleep, dog-tired. On the next morning, we found a patch of oil beneath one wheel of the newly acquired car. The fault was a leak of brake-fluid. A faulty brake-washer from the wheel-cylinder had caused it. It was easily replaced, though it seemed an inauspicious beginning to a relationship with my new vehicle."
As a natural sequel to the hugely successful Remembered Vignettes, Dr. Philip Veerasingam traces his trajectory as a country doctor posted in remote and rural parts of Sri Lanka, culminating as Consultant Surgeon in Colombo. Travel with him on this fascinating journey and re-live the difficult working conditions and the necessity to improvise solutions on the job.
There comes a time when a girl must decide whether to leave or stay. This is the journey to that moment of choice.
Within the confines of the Galle Fort, Yasmin and her best friend Penny enjoy an idyllic childhood of sea swims, bike rides, and movies in a world that was fun, glamorous and free. But Yasmin comes from a tightly knit, conformist community that thrives on tradition, family bonds and honour, and eventually her friendship with Penny must end.
This sharply insightful novel depicts a young Muslim girl's struggle to balance the traditions of a loving yet conservative father, who wants to keep her safe, against the more liberal Westernized Sri Lankan world outside. Stay, Daughter is a beautifully crafted story suffused with love, humour, and compassion. A novel that provides a glimpse into the microcosmic Galle Fort Muslim community of the 1960s post-independent Sri Lanka.
A unique and important voice of our time - that of Muslim women.
Sri Lanka marked 70 years of independence on February 4th 2018. While there is much to celebrate in our overthrowing a 500-year yoke of colonial rule and embracing democratic politics, it is undeniable that Sri Lanka's post-independence trajectory has also been rather turbulent and bloody. Communal riots, youth insurrections, natural disasters and a protracted civil war have cast a long, brooding shadow across recent decades. Any reflection on our past must therefore acknowledge the positive advances we have made as a nation as well as question and learn from our less positive experiences.
The Archive of Memory is a collection of 70 narrative fragments that offer compelling, personalized perspectives on these past 70 years. They recall significant moments in our post-independence history through mundane, everday objects as well as unique artefacts and souvenirs.
Embarking on a new adventure as a young explorer is very exciting.
However, it is often difficult to retain the wonderful memories we make during our travels. The tiny details elude us and photographs do no justice. Do you want to remember all the sights, sounds and smells of your adventure? Do you want to recall the good times and the challenges overcome? Then this is the Travel Journal for you and your kids!
1952 dans l'Etat d'Andra Pradesh, au sud de l'Inde. Bhaskar est un jeune intouchable, un “harijan" (enfant de Dieu) comme les a appelés le Mahatma Gandhi. Il est l'ardent sécrétaire général d'une association de bienfaisance.
Il rencontre Aruna Devi une jeune veuve.
Malgré leurs différences de castes, elle, brahmane, lui intouchable, ils décident de se marier. Malheureusement, les discussions incessantes entre les époux montrent à quel point les traditions ancestrales et la modernité s'entrechoquent au quotidien. Les différences de milieu social se font jour, la pression familiale s'intensifie et ce mariage progressiste n'y résiste pas.
Ranganayakammná née en 1939, est un auteur de langue télougoue. Romancière et essayiste engagée, elle est également traductrice et critique littéraire. Au lendemain de l'indépendance de l'Inde, elle a contribué à ce vaste mouvement d'idées, faisant une large place aux réformes sociales, adoptant parfois, dans les années soixante, un discours révolutionnaire. Publié en 1962, Sacrifice (BalipiTham) a touché un très large public en Inde et remporté le prestigieux prix'littéraire (Sahitya Academy) en 1974.
Aparna Halpe's poetry captures the nuance of personal journeys through loss, dislocation and exile, foregrounding the collective history of a nation and a people fractured by the lived experience of racial, cultural and class based conflict Precarious traces the journey from the comforting confines of home, to the chilling, ironic spaces of an adopted city - Toronto. Fittingly, the poems broker an uneasy truce between real and imagined belonging, returning full circle to the point of genesis.
'Beautiful meditations on nature, myth, history, violence and longing. Aparna Halpé combines linguistic precision with poetic sensuality, to deliver a collection that will leave you 'looking for mermaids' while 'learning how to drown'.' - Shehan Karunatilaka
'What lingers after reading Aparna's poems is not just a memory of a dissected land or 'strangled ice' surrounded by words & music, but half light rain frozen between precariousness and unknown pain.' - Cheran
A translation of a manuscript by Eudelin de Jonville who came to the island of Ceylon in 1798
Available in French and English. de Jonville came to Ceylon as a naturalist and a member of the administrative staff recruited by Frederick North, first British governor of the new colony. During the seven years he spent in Ceylon, he travelled, investigated, questioned, counted and measured, drew, painted and above all wrote an astonishing manuscript.
'The co-author Marie-Hèlène Estève of this new book should be congratulated for her painstaking detailed biographical research on this 'most elusive of the naturalist'. In other words Joseph Marie Eudelin Marve de Jonville has re-emerged from this splendid biographical account of Jonville. The book is replete with seven water color drawings and several other black and white drawings' – Hemantha Situge
Enter a realm of occupational angst, parental abandonment and working class mentality...
Chiranthi Rajapakse gives us a fine collection of short stories with an unforgettable cast of small city characters who cope with life in a fast changing environment. Insightful and original, these stories offset relentless progress against guilty introspection. Her measured prose is subtle and sober, evocative of the yearnings of a country in flux.
'Voices of Peace' weaves together the narratives of ten former LTTE cadres and ten SLM personnel who actively fought at the front lines.
These once active agents in war; have become passive witnesses in the transition to peace. This book provides a platform for the stories of these unheard voices of Sri Lanka's protracted conflict and a safe space to restore their agency, by empowering them in the ongoing peace process. In 'Voices of Peace' we hear their story by listening to them rather than talking about them. In a country that has long been divided, it gives us the opportunity to interact with both sides of the conflict, blur the lines between divisions, and start thinking about our common goals. It is a discovery of what 'we do not yet know' about the conflict and post-conflict situation. By listening to their voices, we can discover what more needs to be done for peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. 'Voices of Peace' aims to encourage meaningful public discussion and the continuation of dialogue, and help pave the way to a Sri Lanka where diversity is recognized, accepted, and even celebrated.
Join Michael Rohan Sourjah on his motorcycle adventures around the world. Get on to a legendary Royal Enfield and let yourself be guided to the far corners of Sri Lanka, exploring everything this amazing country has to offer.
Ride to the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and marvel at ancient ruins and reservoirs; get on fantastic motorcycling roads that take you through majestic mountains, extensive tea plantations, forests and lovely waterfalls; cruise along the coast to explore imposing colonial military forts; relax on clean sandy beaches and visit old temples, kovils, churches and mosques; join wildlife safaris to watch elephants, leopards, birds, whales and dolphins and combine all of this with a variety of delicious food and drinks from different cultures that make up the hodgepodge of people living on the island.
The scholar, historian, colleague, friend, and mentor who dedicated his life to Sri Lanka
This libr amicorum is a book of original writings (research, fiction, poetry..) compiled by friends of Fr. Martin Quéré to celebrate his first 50 years in Sri Lanka. The subjects are concerning his fields of interest, as a historian (of religion, of the Portugese period in Sri Lanka, of the French battles in Trincomalee), as a reader of literature, and as a man well versed in many languages.