Rilawala Reflections

by Anura Gunasekera

The ‘History of Ceylon Tea’ website, a Dilmah initiative

In 1866, when Scotsman James Taylor planted 19 acres of Field no. 7 on Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta, with a few tea seedlings, he would not have dreamt that he was also sowing the seed for an economic and social revolution... Continue Reading →


God’s Secret Agent–A Battle Against Dark Forces A Story of Sorcery, Witchcraft and Exorcism

At the recent launching of the book, at the beautiful Mirissa Hills boutique hotel, Dr. A.G.N. de Silva, an eminent obstetrician and class-mate of the author at St. Thomas’, Mt. Lavinia, delivered the key-note address. He described his old friend,... Continue Reading →

Yahapalanaya – Lunacy,Idiocy or Plain Hubris?

When absolute virtue is your launching pad, there is no way but down thereafter and that has been the sad story of the Yahapalanaya regime from its laboured birth. Yahapalanaya is a collage of intrinsically incompatible points of view and... Continue Reading →

The King Reigns Again

On 29th January, in the Rod Laver Arena, Roger Federer, 17 times Majors Champion, defied age, injuries, the most extreme odds, all Tennis pundits’ predictions and, most importantly, his constant tormentor, to win the 2017 Australian Open Singles Championship and... Continue Reading →

On Becoming a Thomian

Recently, Divesh Alek Gunasekera, not quite six years of age, dressed in the regulation blue shorts and white shirt, walked in through the gates of S. Thomas’ , Mt. Lavinia, and thus became a Thomian. His maternal grandfather Chamlal, paternal... Continue Reading →

Yahapalanaya 2017 –A Dismal Anniversary

The MP for Kurunegala, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has announced a wish, intent and threat, a three-in-one package for the New Year. Perhaps it is also a resolution; that is to topple the existing Sirisena/Wickramasinghe coalition and to establish a new government... Continue Reading →

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