Category Archives: Culture

When Worlds Collide #86: Haunted by Twenty-first Century Demons?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 6 October 2013 Meet the 21st Century Demons! That was how I started a recent talk to the annual scientific sessions of the College of Community Physicians … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #84: Have Lankans Suspended Disbelief Permanently?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 22 September 2013 A dozen years ago, a leading tele-drama director and I had a friendly debate live on national TV Rupavahini’s breakfast show. He argued that … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #83: Exploring City Life in Lankan Imagination

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 15 September 2013 What makes real cities? Beyond urban infrastructure and administrative designations, what turns an urban area into a city proper? Is it bohemian lifestyle, bustling … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #75: Watching Sri Lanka’s Children of ‘77

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 21 July 2013 When launching the column 18 months ago, I chose this theme because I am fascinated by worlds colliding all around us, all … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #74: Mamma Mia! Is Italy an extension of South Asia?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 14 July 2013 My column last week, about the various slow movements that counter our fast paced modern life, elicited several responses. Many agreed that … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #73: Stuck in Fast Forward? Slow Down!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 7 July 2013 I’m a slow reader of books. I do it deliberately hemin-hemin. Oh, I can read fast when I really have to — … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #71: Bridging the ‘Other Digital Divide’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 23 June 2013 “We’ll never allow satellite TV into our country! The minds of our youth must be shielded from those decadent western TV shows!” … Continue reading

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