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Galle Literary Festival 2016

Last month saw the return of the Galle Literary Festival after an absence of four years. The GLF has always faced a mixed reception from most Sri Lankans. There are number of criticisms levelled at the festival, based on certain misconceptions or assumptions.  I’ve decided to address some of them in this post and discuss what the Lit Fest is really all about. The last GLF was held in 2012, and due to various reasons, from founder Geoffrey Dobb’s ill health, to politics in the country, the event failed to materialize the next few years. This year however, there was a lot of anticipation and GLF 2016 emerged, with new sponsor, the property developer, Fairway Holdings.  It was now officially called ‘Fairway Galle Literary Festival’ and spanned four days with an extensive programme which included writers Amitav Ghosh, Sebastian Faulks, Fiona Shaw, Shehan Karunatilaka, and Mark Tully among other award winning literary personalities. There were also sessions in Kandy and Jaffna, creating access for audiences in those regions. I only attended the festival on two days and saw a mix …

Pasar Malam: Malay Food Fiesta

Yesterday I went for ‘Pasar Malam,’ a food fiesta and hawker street organized by the Womens Affairs Committee of the Sri Lanka Malay Association. Having a Malay grandmother, I had been exposed to most of these food items growing up. My grandma loves to cook and she and her sisters make some amazing Malay dishes. A brief history of the Malays in Sri Lanka can be read here. On an invitation from Meg, my mum, grandma, and I spent our evening at the fair with her family enjoying the great food, conversation and atmosphere. Held at the ‘Padang’ a historic building, home to the Colombo Malay Cricket Club (CMCC) and the Sri Lanka Malay Association, we tried an assortment of Malay treats from kaki soup to satay, pasthol to prawn dumplings.   Apart from traditional Sri Lankan Malay cuisine, there were also stalls serving Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern food. I genuinely enjoyed my bites from all the stalls and think it’s a fantastic place for the average foodie to run riot. The evening …

The Melomanic Sessions

Always a delight to attend. The Melomanic Sessions happen every few months and brings together music lovers to a night of acoustic relaxation. This time Melo was held at “Nuga Sevana” (on the Cathdral premises on Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, near BMICH). I love the venue and the stage underneath the Nuga tree makes for quite a magical experience. I wasn’t there for too long and only managed to catch three performances. Still had a good time. There were cakes for sale, beautiful ambience and wholesome music. Always a good place to spend a Saturday evening. Line up included – Sankha – Dharini – Nikhil – Kavya – Shehara (Batti) – Afrah – Imaad – Team Melo

Colombo Design Market

The Colombo Design Market has been taking place for the last three months in front of the Laksala store behind the Colombo Museum.  Organized by sisters Alifiya and Munira Mutaher and some of their friends, the market is a fun place to socialize, and check out young new artists, designers and performers. It’s also a great place to promote your work. Some of my friends Shifani and Rommel sold their artwork. Some of the Colombo Poets  like Imaad Majeed and Jessica Ferrari performed. There are also plenty of food stalls from Island Bagels to Saffron Persian Delights. My mum had a stall as well where she sold some of her mosaic creations and gave a workshop to kids on how to make their own mosaic coasters. The picture above is from one of the happy little artists we taught mosaic making to (My mum also gives classes at our place and takes orders, so do check out her page and give us a call). While you’re likely to bump into half of Colombo at the …