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Metro Travel; A short fiction by Subhash Chandra

Coming down on the escalator, I saw the whirlpools of the human heads mingling and dis-joining. They looked threatening. I had a sinking feeling I would drown and disappear without a trace. As I touched ground, I saw myriads of people hurtling in different directions, as if the devil was snapping at their heels. I…

Making of a new constitution for Sri Lanka: Let wiser counsel prevail

By Tassie Seneviratne “Constitution making in Sri Lanka has become a highly contentious issue.  The problem lies in the challenge to democracy, arising from the polarization of the two main ethnic groups – the Sinhalese and the Tamils – and the mistrust that has been simmering since Independence culminating in the ‘Vaddukoddai Resolution’ in 1976″.…

Poetry Corner:  ‘Saree’ by Vasantha Surya

Saree It came wrapped in desire’s eager rustling a gift I did not choose. Though warp and weft obeyed an ambiguous design, the shade beguiled. The texture satisfied a hunger, not merely of the eye.   I shook it loose and shaped it to my use. Line and colour clung to breast and thigh. The…

India and the English Aesthetes

by Reginald Massey Gutala Krishnamurti who died recently was a Telugu and English scholar who believed that the Aesthetic Movement which flourished during the 1890s (the fin de siecle period) was among the most productive in English literature. The Aesthetes viewed life as an art. Taking their cue from the likes of the flamboyant Wilde…

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