eLanka Newsletter – 4th May 2022 – 2nd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “PLANTERS PERSONIFIED” – by Des Kelly SRI LANKA NEWS – APRIL 2022 ANZAC DAY CELEBRATIONS – by Lawry Heyn Singing alongside Victor – by GEORGE BRAINE SriLankan Airlines Adds A Record Number Of Sydney & Melbourne Flights – BY JAMES PEARSON Helmut Lotti – Time To Swing – by Patrick Ranasinghe Hypnotised – by Anil Wickrematunge Hypnotised – by Anil Wickrematunge Ashes opener axed, Maxwell’s exile extended as Aussies name Test squad – by Christy Doran PETER de NIESE sings ‘T A X I’ (ref songclips14 Foreigner 1995 Line up new front man vocalist Kelly Hansen – by Patrick Ranasinghe Brisbane Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – May 2022 Prime Minister – Joint Media Release – Additional funding for youth-led mental health and ...

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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh – by Nimandra Gunasekera Source:Brisbane Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – May 2022 Sea of Poppies is the first volume of the epic Ibis Trilogy by renowned Indian author, Amitav Ghosh. The story begins in 1838, on the eve of the first Opium War and takes the reader on a tour de force of Opium and Empire in the 19th century. Set primarily aboard The Ibis, a British ex-slave ship now transporting workers and prisoners from Calcutta to Mauritius; the story revolves around a diverse and unlikely group of people. A poppy grower fleeing her northern Bihari village following the death of her husband, a mixed-race American seafarer and Freedman from Baltimore, an unscrupulous English businessman and Evangelist trading in opium, an imprisoned Maha Raja, an Untouchable on the run, a ParsiChinese Opium addict, a French Botanist escaping an arranged marriage, a Lascar and ...

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Book Review: A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey By Nimandra Gunasekera Source:Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – December 2021 Three widows living in seclusion, a grizzly murder and a sleuthing young lawyer. A Murder at Malabar Hill is the first of the Mistry series by Sujata Massey, following the trials and triumphs of Perveen Mistry; a female solicitor in 1920s Bombay. Perveen’s foray into the legal profession is not without hurdles. Frustrated by being the target of relentless bullying by her peers and Professors, Perveen quits her law degree at the Government Law College in Bombay. Following a brief but turbulent marriage into a fellow Zoroastrian family and scarred by her experiences in more ways than one, Perveen escapes to study law at Oxford. Four years later, armed with her degree, Perveen joins her father Jamshedji Mistry’s successful legal practice in Bombay. Unable to appear in ...

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Book Review: Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa Source:Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – October 2021     Australian-Sri Lankan writer, Rajith Savanadasa’s beautifully crafted debut novel “Ruins” is centred around the Herath family. Ruins is loosely based on the Sandakada Pahana with its circular bands, one of which contains a procession of animals, each representing a stage of life: the elephant (birth), the bull (decay), the lion (disease) and the horse (death). In another band is the swan, representing discernment between good and evil. At the centre of these circles is the lotus, representing enlightenment. Each character represents a symbol on the Sandakada Pahana. They are all discontented with their lives and yearning for more, each ontheir own journey from one state of being to the next. Latha’s brother wants her to return to their village but what will she do there? Latha has been at Mano Mahaththaya and ...

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