Anoma Pieris has produced yet another book, this time with the prestigious Taylor & Francis imprint. In hardback it runs to 236 pages and has line drawings, tables and 35 illustrations — so it is expensive: Aus $ 216.88
Category Archives: female empowerment
Item in THE ECONOMIST, Christmas Special, entitled “Gleaning. The return of gleaning in the modern world. How much can an ancient practice do to alleviate hunger?”
AT THE SALON in Paris in 1857, Jean-François Millet exhibited a painting called “Des glaneuses” (“Gleaners”). It caused a scandal. Millet had long made a point of painting peasants at their labours, but this big canvas was his strongest provocation. Into a decorous world of silks and parasols it introduced rough women, plump in their homespun skirts, rumps in the air, grubbing for ears of grain dropped after the harvest. One critic complained of “ugliness and…grossness unrelieved”. Another said it made him think of the scaffolds and pikes of the Terror of 1793.
Millet had seen the women differently. He found them dignified, doing their work in a sanctifying late-summer light, companions to his peasant “Angelus”. In this, as well as their humble roughness, he caught the essence of gleaning.
- “Galle Fort in Better Light. Images from a Professional Juliet Coombe,” 21 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/galle-fort-in-better-light/
- “The Fort of Galle: Images Past and Present,” 24 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/the-fort-of-galle-images-past-and-present/May 2014,
- “Burgher Tennis Club in Galle, circa 1928,” 29 June 2017, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/burgher-tennis-club-in-galle-circa-1928/
- “Galle Fort in British Times,” 31 May 2014, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/galle-fort-in-british-times/
- “Wedding Bells in Galle Fort,” 21 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/wedding-bells-in-galle-fort/
The Romans might have invented the fruitcake, but Sri Lanka, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, perfected it. It might strike you as odd that a Buddhist-majority country is home to the best Christmas cake in the world, but it shouldn’t. This cake tells the story of the cultures that have passed through Sri Lanka, of a former Portuguese, then Dutch, then British colony that still loves Christmas.
Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta in The Hindu, 8 December 2018, where the title is “In Sri Lanka, Life imitates Art”
As we travel through Sri Lanka, its strong literary voices come crashing in like waves, and life seems to imitate art
I sit in the huge living room of the old governor’s home in Jaffna. The walls, painted… a warm rose-red, stretch awesome distances away to my left, to my right and up towards a white ceiling. When the Dutch first built this house egg white was used to paint the walls. The doors are twenty feet high, as if awaiting the day when a family of acrobats will walk from room to room, sideways, without dismantling themselves from each other’s shoulders. —Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje