But he was lying there beside her, waiting for her answer. A stranger. They were strangers.
She turned slowly away from him, towards the window. And against the bright blue sky, she saw the storks flying away in formation, an arrow in the sky. They'd started their long journey at last, back to their other home. They'd dared to dream again. And roam the skies for something they'd loved and lost, perhaps.
'Perhaps,' she said turning back.
In poetic vignettes set against the fascinating exotics of Australia and France, Chandani Lokugé weaves a haunting and meditative story on the spectral gains and losses of travel, the nature of its transience. Through it, she dignifies with grace and tenderness, our unassuageable yearning, when we have lost everything and even ourselves, to anchor to something, someone, somewhere, and the unexpected moment of our arrival.
"A haunting, mystical reading experience, suffused with history, art, and recovery from trauma. An inspired travelogue... the damaged genius of Van Gogh brooding over the narrative, with hints of both joy and anguish." - Chris Ringrose
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.
Il était une fois à Ceylan de jeunes et beaux Anglais qui étaient de vrais princes charmants..., tel ce bien aimé Hollicott, que la mort subite d'un parent anoblit au terme de l'aventure ! de Croisset est un conteur et un prestidigitateur de talent : il fait à Ceylan s'évanouir tous les Ceylanais, et avec eux les conflits effectifs de l'île, pour ne sortir de son chapeau que des fantômes auxquels il donne un peu de consistance, ces Anglais qu'il nous montre déambulant dans un univers clos, et à bien des égards absurde, tout en débattant avec assurance de leur supériorité
Il arrive toutefois aux magiciens, même aux meilleurs, de s'illusionner eux-mêmes : “Est-ce la magie au clair de lune ?” se demande-t-il à Anuradhapura.
Ameena Hussein's debut collection of stories received critical acclaim as well as an instant following in popular readership. FIFTEEN is a collection of diverse, edgy, punchy stories that explore various aspects life, predominantly from a woman's perspective, grappling with various social, cultural and religious constraints
This book attempts to pinpoint, through a study of the island's past and present histories, what constitutes the basis of its multiple identities, which has been constantly nourished by outside elements and shaped over the past two thousand years.
Sit back and let yourself be swept along in Sunela Jayewardene's intrepid journeys across Lanka's lush countryside. Join her and rediscover myth & legend, history & heritage as she adroitly describes nature's enduring beauty and oft forgotten traditions that pulse to the beat of an unseen drum. Line of Lanka is a brilliant and unusual portrayal of a country and its people that will change your perceptions of Sri Lanka.
'With a poet's eye for beauty, Jayewardene explores the spiritual landscape of Sri Lanka' – John Gimlette, The Elephant Complex
'A personal travelogue that defies easy bracketing' – Sanjana Hattotuwa, Groundviews
'A composite of many stories woven out on forgotten trails' – Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
Dense green forests in Yala, white-sand coasts in Trincomalee, azure waters off the south coast, Anuradhapura's ancient temples, and cricket.
Civil war, political assassinations, internally displaced communities, industrial-scale corruption.
All are Sri Lanka. As are smug bureaucrats, nosy neighbours. and stray dogs with serious axes to grind.
Through the eyes of Andrew Fidel Fernando, cricket writer par excellence, both a local and a tourist in his home country, Sri Lanka comes to life as he hurtles down hills in Kandy, breathes in the history at the rock fortress of Sigiriya, grapples with the aftermath of war in Jaffna, and has himself evicted from restaurants near Galle. Weaving through all manner of villages, paddy fields, mountains, jungles and marshlands, and pausing for the pests at grimy guesthouses and the vacationers of luxury hotels, Fernando has the time for every genre of person and wildlife in this chaotic, exquisite, frustrating, bewitching, tumultuous and intoxicating land.
Hilariously witty, yet wistfully sombre, Upon A Sleepless Isle is the story of a country and a people caught between long historical traditions and global capitalism, resulting in this ingenious paradise.
"A hilarious, nuanced and elegant work that grapples with Sri Lanka's complexities, and celebrates its beauty" - Shehan Karunatilaka
Née princesse de Cooch Behar, un petit Etat situé au nord de l'Inde, sur les premières
pentes de l'Himalaya, la jeune Ayesha eut une enfance digne des Mille et Une Nuits : un palais somptueux : les fêtes y succèdent aux chasses à dos d'éléphant. A douze ans elle abat sa première panthère. Ces fastes orientaux n'empêchent pas la princesse de faire avec sa mère de fréquents séjours à Londres où elle découvre un bonheur inconnu : aller dans le métro et y être un simple individu perdu dans la foule...
Elle fait, contre le gré de ses parents, un mariage d'amour avec le maharajah de Jaipur. Il est jeune, beau, sportif, grand joueur de polo, possède toutes les séductions... et déjà deux épouses.
La guerre, les remous de l'indépendance vont bouleverser cette existence. Les maharajahs perdent successivement leur pouvoir politique et leur fortune. Ayesha, elle, y trouve l'ocsasion de s'émanciper du <purdah », la règle implacable qui faisait des épouses des recluses, invisibles au monde extérieur.
Elle se lance dans la politique et devient député de ce même territoire dont son mari était jadis le chef tout-puissant.Elle fonde un collège pour jeunes filles, devient une des personnalités les plus en vue du parlement de New-Delhi.
Cette existence partagée entre l'Orient et l'Occident, entre la tradition et la vie moderne, entre deux mondes et deux modes de vie, étonnera et fascinera tous les lecteurs.
This book is for those who consider serendipitous encounters fascinating rather than nerve racking! For those to whom travelling is about history and archaeology, people and encounters, art and sculpture, birds, trees and water, sweating it out and day dreaming...
"Grab this guide, follow a black & white board and discover a Sri Lanka you never imagined." – Sam Perera, Perera Hussein Publishing House
"The strong connection to the island, its people and its heritage runs like a red thread throughout this guide, truly a book by Sri Lankans on Sri Lanka." – Anu Weerasuriya, Studio Times Ltd.
The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities.
You too can overcome!
The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbors, family and friends.
Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!
On 24 Jan 1816, the captured king of Kandy was escorted on board the Cornwallis together with his queens, relatives and servants. Almost a month later, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha arrives at the Vellore Fort in India, to spend his remaining days in exile. Thus ends the tragic tale of the Doomed King of Lanka.
Using Kadaimpot, vittipot and documents from English servicemen, Gananath Obeysekere reveals a portrait of a king who was much maligned and betrayed by those he trusted. The Doomed King makes for fascinating reading where a master spy, a Machiavellian governor and an opportunistic nobleman together, bring about the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom.
'This book confirms that Obeysekere, probably the most distinguished living anthropologist, remains at the peak of his prodigious scholarly powers.' - Rajeev Bhargava, Professor, CSDS, Delhi
'Essential reading, not only for its accounts of colonial rule in Kandy, but also for providing an example of the long-lasting persistence of historical knowledge that was constructed to justify imperial expansion.' - John Rogers, American Inst of Sri Lankan Studies
Anne Abayasekara started her career in 1947 as the first female Sri Lankan staff journalist.
In the highly productive decades that followed she wrote on a variety of themes. This book covers the themes of the changing role of women, love of motherland, and family and home life. It also includes a section on how others viewed her. The book is bound to captivate readers - both those acquainted with her writing and those with no knowledge of it, stirring their hearts and minds.
'She always managed to marshal her material and then produce a coherent, beautiful pattern, an expression of simple but vibrant language.' - Siri Ranawake
Sita Devi, the wife of Lord Rama, the Prince of Arodhya, has been abducted by the Demon King Raavana. Hanuman, the Ape hero, is tasked with building a bridge to facilitate the invasion of Lanka. The Ape army gathers on the southern coast of India.
The expedition is however brought to a halt by the workings of the Mer-People who inhabit the Indian Ocean. Follow Hanuman as he struggles to overcome their enchantments and complete his task. However, who is the mysterious Mer-Queen who lures him into her undersea lair? What part has she to play in this epic war? Is all fair in love and war?
The Ramayana is a Hindu Epic as old and as famous as Homer's Odyssey. This is the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Hindu tale) retold by Nadishka Aloysius with illustrations by Vasika Udurawane.
"Beautifully descriptive and fast-paced, Raavana's Daughter is perfect for any Rick Riordan or mythology fans out there" - Joshua Grant (Amazon Review)
Inspiring Sri Lanka's current and future generations of youth through the stories of successful and innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and drivers of change.
Driven by their passion for social entrepreneurship, unbridled love for Sri Lanka, and aspiration for a thriving future for their country, Indira and Hashendra have collaborated to write I Am Inspired, a consolidation of anecdotes, insights and reflections of inspirational leader with Sri Lankan roots based in the country and around the world. The book is a ground-breaking literary creation produced to inspire and encourage youth to shed their inhibitions and take a leap of faith in pursuing their passions. Spanning across eight chapters, the consolidated biographical portraits envelop areas most critical to Sri Lanka's development.
100% of book proceeds will be donated to the Sparklers Foundation, for the purpose of:
1) Designing a textbook version of I Am Inspired in Sinhala and Tamil for distribution in high schools. The sale of one copy of I Am Inspired will fund the production and distribution of 10 textbooks.
2) Running capacity-building programs for young Sri Lankans exhibiting exceptional entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
For more information, please visit www.sparklers-foundation.org
De Ceylan, la fascinante, au Sri Lanka de nos jours, sur fond de guerre civile entre Cinghalais et Tamouls, Beach Boy. Illusion tropicale raconte le parcours de Nissanka, un jeune bouddhiste, pauvre mais très rusé, dont le seul capital est sa grande beauté. Prêt à tout pour assurer la survie des siens, il remet ses rêves de bonne fortune entre les mains des étrangers de passage. Eléonore, par amour, tentera de changer le cours de sa destinée. Empoisonnée peu à peu par l'argent, leur histoire improbable tente de résister aux mensonges du jeune homme, alors que ressurgissent tragiquement dans sa vie les fantômes du passé quand Nissanka retrouve son ami d'enfance, devenu l'un des chefs des Tigres tamouls.
L'auteur nous entraîne à la découverte d'un pays à la richesse culturelle foisonnante, d'un peuple attachant et déchiré : un coin de Paradis avant le Tsunami.merveilleux pays à la beauté envoûtante.
Marie-Noëlle Seignolles est la fille de l'écrivain fantastique Claude Seignolle. Adolescente, elle fréquente le dernier salon littéraire de Lise Deharme et côtoie des auteurs aussi divers que Marcel Jouhandeau, Lawrence Durrell, Jacques Bergier, Marcel Allain (le père de Fantômas), entre autres... Curieuse du monde, particulièrement de l'Asie, elle tombe sous le charme de Ceylan. Pendant sept ans, elle y séjourne régulièrement, en temps de guerre comme de paix, recueillant témoignages, informations et documents sur ce pays à la beauté envoûtante Elle fait du Sri Lanka la toile de fond de son premier roman.
A practical and consice guide to discover and explore nearly seventy fascinating sites.
For each site we have given an English, Sinhala and Tamil name to help when asking for directions, a drawing, a brief description, directions to reach it, a GPS position for a precise location, and a map to help you to get there.