Hemantha Situge One, a review of Mahatma Gandhi: Lanka Gamanaya saha Sri Lankave Dheshapalanya publd by Sarasavi Prakasakayo recently.
The splendid book entitled: Mahatma Gandhi – Lanka Gamanaya Saha Deshapalanaya [Mahatma Gandhi’s visit of Ceylon and Sri Lankan Politics] written by the well-known writer Sampath Bandara and published by the Sarasavi Prakashakayo to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahathma Gandhi was released recently.
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Uvin Dassanayake in Daily News, 14 February 2019, where the title is “The pen PROVED MIGHTY INDEED!”
On Saturday February 9, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church was host to a celebration of the work of the late Anne Abayasekara, Sri Lanka’s first woman to become a staff journalist and a much beloved writer over her career of nearly 70 years. The evening proceeded with each of her seven children speaking about their mother, recounting fond memories of the sounds of her typewriter in the family home and sharing poetry she had written for her grandchildren; all to an audience of family, friends and people who had been, in some way, affected by Abayasekara’s work.
|Anne with her husband Earle
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Sukumar Shan … in Visual Storyteller
W. S. Senior Reverend Walter Stanley Senior (10 May 1876–23 February 1938) was an English scholar, poet and member of the Church Missionary Society. Popularly known as the “Bard of Lanka”, his works are still widely read in the island nation. He was also Vice Principal of Trinity College, Kandy, Sri Lanka .Walter Stanley Senior was the son of Walter Senior, a clergyman. His uncle was Edward Senior, headmaster of Sheffield Royal Grammar School which he attended from 1888 to 1891. He continued his early education at Marlborough, a school to which he was deeply attached and about which he wrote both in prose and verse. From Marlborough he won a scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford. He took a First Class in Classical Honour Moderations (Intermediate examination) and a Second Class in Greats (classics or philosophy). He was the author of a work titled Pisgah or The Choice, which won the triennial prize poem on a sacred subject in the University of Oxford, 1914.
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Spoken by eighty million people in South Asia and a diaspora that stretches across the globe, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue for so many speakers. David Shulman presents a comprehensive cultural history of Tamil—language, literature, and civilization—emphasizing how Tamil speakers and poets have understood the unique features of their language over its long history. Impetuous, musical, whimsical, in constant flux, Tamil is a living entity, and this is its biography.
Tamil: A Biography, The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 2016
HARDCOVER , $35.00 • £25.00 • €31.50 …………….ISBN 9780674059924
- “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/
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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
Hectic colours: Second Cross Street Pettah
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