French expatriate, exotic husband, half-caste children, a volatile mix!
For him, civilization meant Buddhism, whisky and driving on the left. Away from home, neither Europe, nor the Caribbean, nor any other landmass in the Indian Ocean could compare to his own shimmering island.
For her, being packed off to all four corners of the world was like an intoxicating elixir, to be taken without moderation.
This is the story of a ménage à trois: Hélène, Upali... and Asia.
Against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, in the early hours of the morning, are two men who walk on the beach sharing their life stories.
Encapsulated in a moving story of ambition, success, family and crises is a series of anecdotes that talk about the purpose and fulfillment at work and life as a whole.
'Amidst a sea of publications that often over-complicate the purpose and practice of leadership, coaching and mentoring, Rozaine and Pujitha guide the reader through the evidence-based research that sits behind the art and science of authentic leadership. The highly relatable characters make it a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational read.' - Dr Chintha Dissanayake
'It simply amazes me to read an outstanding, exemplary, thought provoking series of writings, presented after much research on the challenges behing growing stellar performers in organizations.' - Romesh Moraes
Do you like to learn about animals? Have you ever heard of a Fishing Cat?
Felena lives happily with her adopted family. However, they abandon her when they realize it is illegal to rear endangered animals as pets. Small and alone, Felena has to use her wits to survive. Will she learn to forage for food on her own? Or will she fall prey to a predator? Will she find a new home?
Follow the adventures of a little wildcat as she overcomes adversity and finds out where she truly belongs in this entertaining story with beautiful full-page illustrations by Iaz Abdul Cader. This book includes Revision Questions and Fun Facts that will educate children about endangered species in Sri Lanka.
"Educational and refreshing....a great read for kids and adults alike, to help us understand the importance of coexistence with animals and nature" - Otara Gunewardene
A classic story of identity, love and Australia's modern heritage.
Cello States comes from the town of Corduroy and is definitely from the wrong side of the tracks. He escapes his life of drugs and gangs in the world of books, language and words, but when his father, a small time drug dealer clashes with a rival gang, he is forced to leave home. This drives Cello on a crime spree that eventually takes him to Melbourne, where he meets and falls in love with Oya Seyesene, a girl far removed from his world of violence and poverty. Half Sri Lankan, beautiful Oya is a child of privilege who despite having everything in life yearns for something else. Encouraged by her parents to find herself, Oya starts working at the Foundry, an avant-garde theatre where Cello has been working for the past few years. But it is a relationship fraught with tension and in danger of being overshadowed by the secret that Cello was part of a terrible crime that involved her family.
"An artful, beautifully written novel, dismantling the myth of a classless Australia. In turn black comic, lyrical and dark, Oya, Cello, and Planet Earth is wide ranging and insightful, exploring the rigid boundaries of power and privilege but also the possibilities of finding connection against the odds" - Kate Ryan, winner, Writers Prize, 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature
Betty Bloch, jeune ethnologue française Dvivant en Inde, se voit chargée d'une passionnante mission : elle doit enquêter sur les derniers ermites tibétains pratiquant le yoga de la « chaleur intérieure » dans les solitudes glacées de l'Himalaya. Mais, curieusement, ceux qu'elle espère rencontrer disparaissent... L'équipe de tournage qui parcourre la région, avec son réalisateur célèbre et ses stars de Bollywood, y est-elle vraiment étrangère ? Et que dire de ce photographe écossais, au comportement bizarre ? A moins que les Chinois...
Une tradition millénaire du Tibet peut cacher des enjeux très contemporains, et Betty devra aller jusqu'à se transformer en yogi pour découvrir l'étonnante vérité.
A practical and concise guide to discover and explore nearly sixty-six 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.
SNOW is award-winning author Anne Ranasinghe's latest literary endeavour. With a preface by Dr. Lakshmi de Silva, SNOW and Other Stories is divided into four sections and comprises prose, poems and articles, some of which have been published before but are now out of print.
While it focuses literary critics and faithful readers on the variety and extent of her skills, for new readers it will provide an exciting and stimulating voyage through different, not infrequently startling areas of experience. Dr. Lakshmi de Silva
The waterfall at Alupola was the centre of my childhood existence. Its subdued roar and 'white water' gave one a sense of peace and tranquility. Bright sunny days would light up the entire valley. The cry of the Brahminy kite wheeling in ecstasy high up in the blue sky would enchant us.
Local tea estate workers of South Indian origin, claimed that on misty moonlit nights, the seven mythical 'Karthigai virgins', came to the pool below the second waterfall, to frolic and bathe. This story added a fairytale beauty to the Alupola Falls. Often, walking past it on moonlit nights with my father, I would peer through the mist and thunder of the waterfalls, looking for the 'Seven Karthigai Virgins'. I never got a glimpse of them. The locals claimed that anyone who did glimpse them would be struck mad by their beauty. Then he or she would roam the earth looking for another sight of them, abandoning all worldly pleasures.
Maybe it was my luck not to see them.
The third outstanding memoir by Dr Veerasingam which lovingly chronicles days gone by.
An examination of the challeges face by Sri Lanka's military forces during the first phase of the conflict with the LTTE.
Starting with the first deployment of the army in Jaffna in 1979, the book follows the army on to its first major military operation in May 1987. The military's response demonstrated their inadequate training as well as their politcal masters' skewed perception of the conflict, frequently leading to disastrous outcomes. But it was also a period of learning. Despite many bloody setbacks and failures the armed forces gradually learned the rudiments of fighting a guerilla enemy, the culmination of this apprenticeship being the launching of 'Operation Liberation', the first brigade-strength operation carried out by the Sri Lankan army.
The mysteries of the world are all but gone. For thousands of years, Sri Lanka was the abode of the martial art Angampora, a sophisticated ancient discipline that was fortified with military philosophy, a deep spiritual connection with nature, and a deadly array of combat techniques. The dramatic saga of this exotic art begins with legends that date back to the dim recesses of time and unfolds to the present day, where it has survived after enduring the onslaughts of three centuries of colonialism and political unrest in Sri Lanka's recent past.
Angampora: A Nation's Legacy in Pictures is a stunning pictorial narrative of this ageless martial art. For the first time in the world, the art will be showcased in breathtaking pictures that captures the vast span of its influence on Sri Lanka's history and culture. From artefacts never seen before to combat techniques that have remained in supreme secrecy for centuries; and illustrating the art's vibrant esoteric rituals as well as its secretive and deadly node science, Angampora: A Nation's Legacy in Pictures brings to the world an unparalleled work of Sri Lankan research and photography. Written by Deshamanya Ajantha Mahanthaarachchi, the heir of the Korathota Aracchis, one of Sri Lanka's oldest surviving Angam lineages, and photographed by Reza Akram, this book is a seminal work on an undiscovered cultural legacy of Sri Lanka.
Eyesha is a baby elephant who is just learning the etiquette and behaviour expected of the largest land mammal in the world. She visits the Minneriya Tank with her family for the first time to participate in the annual Great Gathering. Curious and adventurous, she makes new friends, but is soon lost and in trouble. How will little Eyesha find her way back to her mother?
With spectacular illustrations by Manoshi de Silva that capture the beauty of the region and a well-researched Glossary and Fun Facts page that encourage children to appreciate animals in the wild, Eyesha and the Great Elephant Gathering is an entertaining and educational book for children.
"That's it. After reading this book I want to quit the human race and join the far more civilized world of Asian Elephants. Highly recommended for any parent who wants to open their children's eyes to the wonder and warmth of other species on our planet" - Nancy Heinzel (Amazon Review)
“Humainement, Xieng-Khouang n'offre aucune prise,, semblait-il aux tornades du cœur et de la chair, avec sa population globale et toute masculine de neuf Français. Raffin ne rentrait pas ? c'est que point n'était de se refaire, pour les heureux broussards du Laos, vous savez : le "climat de France" ..." Raffin Su-su est donc établi dans ce poste français du Haut-Laos et finit par y fonder une famille à la mode laotienne. Mais lors d'un retour en France après une longue absence, au lieu du bref séjour qu'il envisageait pour "se remettre", il y sera enterré su-su... ! Les deux syllabes qui, dans la langue laotienne réponden à tout et un peu plus encore...
A practical and concise guide to discover and explore nearly 80 fascinating sites.
For each site an English, Tamil and Sinhala name to help when asking for directions. A drawing, a brief description, directions tor each it, a GPS position for a precise location and a map to help you get there.
BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories.
Shakespeare has a writing block and Medusa just doesn't like her hairstyle – of course! BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories. Incredibly charming and beautifully written with a balance of pathos and humour, Ameresekere shows us that a chance encounter, a hidden revelation, or even an angel could reconfigure the world. Ameresekere reveals the idisocyincrasies and odd logic that rule our lives, making this stunning debut the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
'Ameresekere's consummate awareness of what makes a good story, his quirky sense of humour, and his ability to supply many points of view in the telling-including that of a dog-disclose a complex literary sensibility that belies his neophyte status as a writer' – Professor S W Perera
'Ameresekere is incomparable to any other Sri Lankan author to be published in recent years. His stories are bound to appeal to local as well as international readers not only because they are set in a wide array of places, but because Ameresekere chooses his narrative style to harmonize with the place and culture he is representing, a trait seldom seen in other contemporary writers. For Sri Lankan fiction fans and short story lovers alike, Wedding Gifts and Other Presents will not fail to entertain, amuse and surprise with its unique entourage of characters humorous twists of fate' – Chalani Ranwala
One man's epic journey of self-discovery across continents and borders reveals the universal bond that connects all of humanity.
An olive stone tossed Sam Benson out of his Isle of Skye home in pursuit of the most elusive of human desires - happiness. Half a world away, Rohan enters adulthood and leaves Sri Lanka in search of a better life.
Sam, ambling through Europe on his motorbike and Rohan cutting across the world in a plane, eventually meet in Milan. Neither of them could have known their destinies would change in a fraction of a second. Ultimately, broken hearts and shattered lives lead one of them to understand himself in a way he's never managed to before.
Quick moving, intense and at times wildly exciting, The Ripple Effect is an inspired road trip. It is the story of a man on the run from himself and his bittersweet realization that nothing is as it seems. This novel of a heartbreaking tangle of personal histories is a stunning debut from author Gavin Major.
Roo is a little Tuk Tuk. From road races, to Polo tournaments, to animal rescues, this little vehicle has lived life to its fullest. Experience the joys and perils of Tuk Tuks on the streets, and learn many life lessons along the way with this courageous Tuk Tuk who is always ready to lend a helping hand and spread some cheer.
You are never too little to make a difference...
With seven full-page colour illustrations by Privanka Fernando