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6 Things You Hate About Sri Lanka But Miss When You're Away

Ah, Sri Lanka. The motherland. A paradise island. Home of beach cricket, palm trees, and hot hot kade paan. Where the weather is warm and road rules are merely suggestions. It simultaneously enchants and aggravates you.…

7 Ways To Not Be Repulsive On A First Date

Sure, you're not exactly a supermodel. Not even an Instagram model. Maybe not even a House of Fashion model. But being sexy is so much more than chiselled jawlines and luscious avurudu kumaraya…

What Not To Say To An Arts Student

Studying the arts in Sri Lanka comes with a unique set of difficulties and frustrations. Arts degrees are popularly perceived as inferior to more traditional ones (medicine, law, engineering),…

රිගින් ටෝන් සිංදු හදන 'රෙසිපිය' මෙන්න

දැන් අවුරුදු කීපයක ඉඳන් අපි අහන සිංහල සිංදු මෙච්චර කල් අපි…

The 6 Weirdest Dishes in Colombo

In our many experiments in Colombo's eateries, we've come across some strange superstars tucked away in seemingly innocuous menus. Keep in mind that we use "weird" in the wonderful sense, and…

Ramadan Explained

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is an important time for Muslims all around the globe. It's the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (seriously, it's the name of the month) and leads up to…

ඔයාගෙ අලුත් අවුරුද්දත් පරණයිද?

ලංකාවෙ අපට අවුරුද්දකට ‘අවුරුදු’ දෙකක් තියෙනවා: ජනවාරි පළවෙනදා අවුරුද්දයි, අප්‍රේල් මාසේ අවුරුද්දයි…

Why Avurudu Is Better Than New Year's Eve

Sri Lanka has two new years, one in January (the western one) and one in April (ours). Here's why our New Year is better. 1. Avurudu Is A Real Holiday In western countries, you…

අපේ මිනිස්සු දේශපාලඥයන්ගෙන් බලාපොරොත්තු වෙන අමුතු දේවල්

හැම රස්සාවකටම ඒවට නියම වෙච්ච වගකීම් තියෙනවා. මේ කියන වගකීම්…

The Great Mutton Roll Taste-Off

The Mutton Roll is considered a sacred delicacy amongst most sensible mortals that inhabit this blessed planet (and greater Colombo). "Why do people like mutton rolls?" "I suppose I should like them as…

5 Things Trump Could Learn From Mahinda

Donald Trump seems confused that America isn't run like a family business. Perhaps he could learn a few lessons from Sri Lanka's former bossman, Mahinda Rajapaksa.  1. Style The Donald should wear just…

Cows Getting Kicked Out Of Colombo

Everyone in traffic - however busy they are - must halt before the cow. Cattle have been a part of Colombo traffic since our village days, but not, it seems, for long. Cattle are now being rounded…

4 Colombo Hotels For Sale, And A Hospital

The Hilton Colombo, Grand Oriental, the Colombo Hyatt, and one hotel without rooms (Water's Edge) are for sale, as is one hotel with doctors (Lanka Hospitals). Who's selling? The government of…

Why You Need To Get Married

South Asia's social system is rigged to favour the hitched. It doesn't matter if you're well-qualified, successful, or an all-round sweetie-pie - you're often less valued than your married counterparts. Why? Maybe it's…

What To Expect When You're In Sri Lanka

The Island of Taprobane is a stellar blend of colour, culture, peacocks, air hostesses and of course golden sands. The minute you touch down and step off the plane you'll be overwhelmed by…

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Using a Bus in Sri Lanka

It's a truth locally acknowledged that any broke (or regular) person must be in need of a bus, that harbinger of earsplitting music, claustrophobia and anxiety, but which is conversely very good for…

How to Handle Heartbreak in SL

Happy Singles Awareness Month! So you got your lace and velvet ready (wink) but the s/o decided to drop the bomb on you and bid adieu. You're in boohoo central now and you hate…

How To Disappoint Your Parents in 8 Easy Steps

It doesn't matter if you're new to this zone or if you've been wallowing through these deep waters ever since you've failed your O/Ls because satisfying ammi and papa is a…

The Great Lankan Beer Taste-Off

Sri Lanka's beer game has never been too strong (unlike BISON XXX), but things are picking up. With harsh alcohol laws and corrupt liquor licence practices…

Pros And Cons Of Being A South Asian Man

A South Asian man is, geographically, someone from around India (so Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, SAARC essentially). But what is a South Asian man, inside? What are his feels? What are the pros and…

15 Weirdest Sri Lankan Things That Happened in 2016

Sri Lanka is a weird and beautiful place to live. With tales tinged with gal arrack and magic coconuts, legendary creatures like giant crocodiles and men descended from lions,…

Colpetty's Chocolate Cake Contest

Diving into a classic chocolate cake is equal to taking a stroll through paradise and then being welcomed by a tsunami of calories and a volcanic eruption of pimples.  Are your…

Sri Lankan Salary Calculator

Your salary in Sri Lanka determines a lot of things. Your marriageability, your status, your very existence. What exactly can you buy with it though? Input your monthly salary in LKR in the…

How to Buffet

For the universal love of food, here's a guide that will help you stuff your face. For the universal love of food, here's a five minute crash course on how to look like…