As the 9 people who watch Friyay know, I'm leaving YAMU. After almost 3 years of reviewing, saying nonsense on videos, and being Editor, it's finally time to make a podi goodbye. I thought I'd leave with a little look at some of my favourite videos and articles over time.
This was difficult to compile because the list is pretty dang massive. The links will take you to things, events, and hot butter cuttlefishies that I absolutely adore in Sri Lanka. They've been a treat to write about, and an even greater treat to stuff my face with.
- More beer
- The art of the dinner dances (probably my most beloved article here)
- Hot butter cuttlefish at Randoli
- Galle Literary Festival
- Weird Lankan things
- Hotel Rolex
- Drake & Hennessy
Things That Made Me Sad
- Dodgy turtle hatcheries
- The awful airport and the faux nationalists who defended their empty patriotism by threatening me while they patriotically live abroad. The more I see the way women here are treated online now, whether it's a badass cosplayer, a world-renowned operatic singer, the country's second Olympian, or successful business owners, I realise the rabid hatred is not about me or nationalism, but a pervasive fear of women with opinions or courage.
- Tax on my arraku
- The worst but funniest dining experience in Galle
- Cleopatra (the club, not the historical figure)
Women & Shizz
Over the years, I accidentally veered towards writing and acting out more and more stuff on issues women face across the privilege, size, shape, age spectrum. What else do us 1% feminazi types do with our lives anyway? Here are some of the things I was most passionate about.
- What Women Want (the answer is pink frying pans)
- Menstruation (eee, icky)
- Street Harassment (Ah nangi!)
- Online Trolls (one of the only reasons I'm thankful for leaving YAMU tbh.)
- Beyonce's Sri Lankan slaves
- Are you a Boss Bitch?
Silly guides to life and love
- How to make a meal for under $1 (You must peruse the comments section for more sweet fellows ravingly upset that a foreigner can't speak fluent Sinhala and cook kahabath)
- Where to Find Love (the answer is anywhere, if you believe in yourself)
- Where to not find STDs
- How many maalu paans your salary can buy (not a lot)
- Are you a maalu paan? (yes)
Those are really my darling nuggets of gold in the piles of chocolate biscuit pudding, biriyani, and kalu pork I've written about over the years. It's been a stellar journey with a wonderful, constantly dynamic team, some hilarious readers who light up our live shows and site comments sections with their encouragement and kindness, and a lot of brilliant challenges that made it all worth it.
If you'd like to be a part of the magic, or simply fill a Kinita-shaped hole in YAMU, drop Indi and crew a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them why. Otherwise, please keep the maalu paan flag flying high and stay an ardent YAMU fan as I will. Later!