Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond ‘Clicktivism’

Originally published at http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/engaging-youth-new-media-beyond-clicktivism In my work with Women and Media Collective (WMC), a leading women’s organization in  Sri Lanka, I have often noticed the lack of engagement with young women (and young men) and also their apparent lack of interest to engage with WMC’s work. Being a young woman myself and often being one of… Continue reading Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond ‘Clicktivism’

Morning Puja at Koneswaram

A few months ago we visited Koneswaram just before sunrise, only to find out that we were on time for the morning puja (in fact even the priests arrived after us!). It was a surreal experience, with all the rituals, the sounds of different bells and chants, the colours and the devotees. These are some… Continue reading Morning Puja at Koneswaram

The Ceylon Traveller – Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala

Originally published in The Sunday Leader on 01/04/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/01/the-ceylon-traveller-magul-maha-viharaya-lahugala/) I visited Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala back in 2009. It is yet another place that has so much history behind it and lots of interesting tidbits but isn’t flaunting any of it, preferring to exist quietly. Lahugala is ten miles inland off the East Coast… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala

The Ceylon Traveller – Kantharodai, Jaffna

Originally published in The Sunday Leader on 18/03/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/03/18/the-ceylon-traveller-kantharodai-kadurugoda/) It’s always pleasant to detour during a trip and stumble upon a place you had never heard of before. Kantharodai in Jaffna (also known as Kadurugoda) is such a place and as you can see from the photos, it is surreal to go to Jaffna and… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Kantharodai, Jaffna

The Ceylon Traveller – Medirigiriya

Originally published in The Sunday Leader on 04/03/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/03/04/the-ceylon-traveller-medirigiriya/) The first time I went to Medirigiriya, it was because of my father whose travel bug is still infectious. He had a professional interest in the place after reading about the ruins of an ancient hospital that are located there so we made a stop during… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Medirigiriya

The Ceylon Traveller – Nagadeepa

Originally published on The Sunday Leader on 19/02/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/02/19/the-ceylon-traveller-nagadeepa/) For the longest time, “Nagadeepa” was a word that came up in school textbooks, whether it was History, Social Studies or Buddhism. It was yet another place that could not be visited due to the war but made more special by the mythical aura surrounding it… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Nagadeepa