The Big Match – cricket, topless Russians and mosquitos cricket

The boys storm the girl’s school in broad daylight. The more athletic jump over a boundary wall. A wheeler dealer type gives the security guard… Read More

Beauty Queens and Crabs

Fat crab

A sarong clad decrepit of indeterminate age greeted us at the Sea View Inn, off the Marine Drive in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The wicker seat… Read More

Ageing Queens Rarely Look Good


My earliest memory of the Queen’s Hotel in Kandy (Sri Lanka) was visiting the in-house barber with my father. I must have been five. The… Read More

Of Tuk Tuks and Politics


Discussing the current situation in the Middle East with perfect strangers is not recommended. ¬†Doing so in Sri Lanka with a tuk tuk driver, who… Read More

Cocktails in Colombo


My most enduring memory of the recently concluded civil war in Sri Lanka is of the checkpoints which dotted the roads. Armed soldiers stood behind… Read More

Serendipity is a Tamarind Martini

Take a fun loving tropical island nation and lock the people up for three decades.¬† Then throw open the doors and let the sun shine… Read More


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