The Sunday Leader

The numbers from 2010

By Ryan Francis Twenty-ten was a quiet year in terms of statistical highlights and records for Sri Lanka. It pales in comparison to 2009, where Sri Lanka recorded a massive 465-run win against Bangladesh in a Test, a massive 202 run win against New Zealand (also in Tests) and two Sri Lankan batsmen – Samaraweera [...]

A long December

By Gavin Van Hoff ( It has been a hectic month so far and from the looks of things, it’s going to be a long December for our friends over at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). We’re only half way into the final month of 2010, 65 days from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and [...]

Cricket – The Asian Games farce

By Hilal Suhaib ( Cricket made it’s debut at the 2010 Asian Games in China. Although prominent Asian sides like Sri Lanka and Pakistan sent second string sides due to international commitments, and India opted to boycott the event, it still is a historic moment. It was heartening to hear that tickets for the cricket [...]

Dignity Of The Sri Lankan Academia And The Government Undermined

By Dr. Mahim Mendis At a time the national university academics have taken professional action to ensure that the government will take its own assurances seriously with regard to full revision of their salaries, it is best that our countrymen are kept well informed of our grievances. We as academics are not only concerned about [...]

Sri Lankan English: The State Of The Debate

by Michael Meyler ( In the two and a half years since I published my book, A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English, I have followed the ongoing debate on the subject with interest. The good news is that there is a debate, and it seems to have entered the public domain rather than being confined [...]

Alankuda: A Hidden Paradise

by Travelling Twosome ( Watching the dolphins in Kalpitiya was on our list of “things to do” even before T came down on holiday. So, you CAN say we planned this trip for months! The inquiry was made online and communication with the owner of Alankuda was carried out via email.  Yes, it wasn’t the [...]

Who Will Write Poetry For Me?

by Delilah ( t’s been a long day, long week, and a very long month. Browsing through some W. B. Yeats in an effort to clear my head I found these. How nice it must be to have poetry like this written for you. Sigh. A Drinking Song Wine comes in at the mouth And [...]

Pearl Of A Read: Good Blog Worth Checking Out

by Cerno ( I avoid reading poetry unless forced to do so at gunpoint. Naturally there are a few acceptations. Bukowski, Du Fu, a few more, and assorted haiku (lets not get academic and call it poetry). A while back I’ve discovered a new addition to these acceptations in the blogosphere: Polka Dots & Pearls [...]

Selected Poems From Monsters

nights like today i wish i was six so i could run to my parents and hide away from monsters not under but in my bed Sleeping Single how very crowded your bed must be with all your insecurities multiple back up plans and the many masks you wear. do they keep you warm? make [...]

Green Tea Diaries on potatoes and making love i dont remember what i said to let you down easy but i remember your voice breaking and then my heart. its february again and my mouth runs dry click after click a beautiful wedding. then i finally stop feeling like an intruder, a peeping tom she looks happy [...]

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