Magul Maha Vihare

Deep in the Lahugala Wildlife Sanctuary on the Siyambalanduwa – Pottuvil Road, lies the ruin of an ancient temple built in the 2nd century BC by King Kavan-Tissa. According to historical records, the temple was built on the exact location where the King married the Princess Vihara Maha Devi, the much beloved mother of the famous King Dutugamunu and King […]

The eastern coastline

As a teenager growing up in Colombo, the eastern coastline of Sri Lanka had always seemed distant and remote. The annual family holiday, when we packed ourselves into the family car and escaped the heat and humidity of Colombo for a fortnight, was always ‘upcountry’ in the cool and misty central highlands. As I grew older […]
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A culinary adventure in the north

It has been said that Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines in South Asia. As a major trading hub on the spice route for thousands of years, traders from around the world brought their native cuisines to the island resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques. The island has also drawn from its […]

The remote islands of Jaffna

The islands off the coast of the Jaffna peninsula have always intrigued me and I promised myself during this trip that I would visit as many of them as I could. Anchored by coral, these sandy islands are surrounded by shallow seas and lagoons not more than a few feet deep. Beaches of sand and coral surround each island […]

Driving around the peninsula

North of the city of Jaffna is a land criss-crossed with small country roads, lined with palmyrah fenced gardens and smallholdings in which the peninsulas famous mangoes are grown. This belt of fertile land produces a wide variety of cash crops including chillies, onions, bananas, jackfruit, tobacco and grapes. Vegetables such as brinjal, tomato, long bean, okra, snake gourd, bitter […]

Visiting Jaffna

  Going back to Jaffna after 32 years was something I was looking forward to. I remembered it as a sleepy place, quite different to what I was used to living in Colombo, and it was a world away from New York, where I was staying at the time. The intervening years has seen Jaffna and it’s people subjected to a […]

Facebook explosion

The last few weeks have seen many people from all over the world Liking and Talking about Sacred Tears on Facebook. Today the page went past 21,000 Likes which for me was something I had not expected. Looking at the demographics of my fan base, the majority of the Likes have come from the sub-continent, the most coming from India although there is a healthy percent from Pakistan. Eighty percent […]

Global book launch in Sri Lanka

After many months of isolation I am now ready to face the public and answer questions about the book and why I wrote it. As an author I need to take responsibility for the marketing and promotion of the book. Ever since Sacred Tears was released online in October, I have been inundated by people from my past who have written or called to congratulate me on the publication of […]

Radio interviews …

As an author, I am always looking to spread the word about my book in any way I can. Interactive websites, blogs, social media and networking sites are communication channels of choice. But the traditional means of communication such as print, radio and TV, although used less frequently, are not completely dead. AM/FM radio being one of the most common and affordable advertising media was a  place I decided to explore […]

Writing short stories

While I am waiting to travel to Sri Lanka in January I have been writing a few stories of my time in the field. In 1978, I was 25-years old and living in the US. I was single at the time, working in a permanent job at the United Nations Secretariat with many prospects in front of me. It was a situation that many people would consider fortunate, even privileged. […]