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


WomanInSariGoing 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 […]

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. […]

Just because it’s released doesn’t mean the work stops!

I have never been busier since retiring from corporate life.

Having Sacred Tears released and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the AuthorHouse online bookstore made me want to start writing again. I have outlined the next book in the trilogy and I am anxious to get started.

But that’s not been the case. Dealing with my publisher doesn’t mean that I am talking to only one person. There is […]

By |October 15th, 2013|Author Website|Comments Off

Holding the book …

I was excited to receive by UPS yesterday, the author copies of Sacred Tears.

Holding the paperback and hardback versions in my hands was the realisation of a long standing dream to become a published author.

There is a saying that everyone has a story in them, but I was once told that most people would be best advised to keep it there.

Writing Sacred Tears made me realise just how hard […]

My next trip to Sri Lanka

Now that the book is out and word has spread far and wide, I have received a number of invitations, from here in Australia and from Sri Lanka, to attend launches and functions to promote the book.

Visiting Sri Lanka in the past has been all about visiting relatives and friends, and introducing the wonders of the island to my son who was born in Australia, and to others who […]

By |October 7th, 2013|Author Website, Blogging, Sri Lanka|Comments Off

Website is ‘a-live’ …

After many months of work – adding, editing and fine tuning the content, the Sacred Tears website has finally gone live.

When I sat down with my friend Iris Brinkman many months ago to discuss building a website, I never envisaged that it would end up as it did. Iris is the founder of Techno Marketing, a specialist marketing services company and creative agency who understands what it takes to develop […]

By |September 19th, 2013|Author Website|Comments Off

Blogging …

When I approached my friend and former business partner Iris Brinkman earlier this year to discuss ways of promoting the book I was writing, one of the things that she proposed was that I start a blog.

Never having been a blogger in my life, I took this as a challenge and have attempted to write down my thoughts as I went through the process of writing, rewriting and publishing Sacred […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Author Website, Blogging, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off