Books

An Indian poet captures the tragedy of the '83 riots

Kamala Das (1934-2009), the trailblazing Indian English poet was in Colombo when the 1983 riots occurred. Several of her poems captures the scenes & mood in Colombo during those dark days.

Andrew Fidel Fernando wins Gratiaen Prize for "Upon a Sleepless Isle"

The Gratiaen Prize for Sri Lankan creative writing in English - 2019 was awarded to Andrew Fidel Fernando yesterday for his travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle.

Cinnamon & Elephants – The story of Dutch Rule in Ceylon

Dutch historian Dr. Lodewijk Wagenaarn in his book published in 2016 titled “Cinnamon & Elephants” uses archival material at the Rijksmuseum –the National Museum of the Netherlands – to recreate the Dutch period in Ceylon to piece together some fascinating details of life during the period.

Hans Christian Andersen: The writer of delightful stories

Hans Christian Andersen , the much-loved Danish author of some of the world’s best loved fairy tales was born on 2 April 1805 in Odense, Denmark. The author who wrote such delightful and memorable stories including The Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling died on 4 August 1875.

Prof. K.M.de Silva’s brief essays on some leading personalities in SL’s Recent Past are a treat to read

In Sri Lanka: The Recent Past – Brief Essays in History and Politics, Eminent historian Professor Emeritus K.M. de Silva gives readers a forthright & fascinating insight into the lives of men & women who have made a mark in post independence Sri Lanka.

"MICROBES, MEN AND MONARCHS” - An Italian doctor's days in Ceylon

With the outbreak of COVID-19 , the the MRI has become a focal point being the main facility for carrying out testing for the coronavirus. Many may not know that the MRI’s first director was an Italian doctor who served on the island from 1903 to 1915. Here's a little about him.