Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Deloraine Brohier’s Sugar and Spice is for those with taste buds

Courtesy of The Sunday Times with some liberties taken in our choice of title

deloraine brohierWhen Deloraine Brohier chanced upon a yellowed manuscript in her late father, renowned scholar Dr. R.L. Brohier’s library, she knew it was a valuable find. In the faded pages were “Rare recipes of a Huisvrouw of 1770’. Another discovery was an old manual dated 1875 which had an article on the culinary arts of the island. Considered an authority herself on Burgher life and customs, Deloraine was intrigued. And so began her effort to document the cuisine of the Burgher housewives handed down over generations in the making of those delicacies such as Bolo d’Amor (love cake), Karmenatchi, Fios, Breudher, lamprais and frikkadels, some of which we still enjoy today. Her book ‘A Taste of Sugar and Spice’Cuisine of the Dutch Burgher Huisvrouw in Olde Ceylon’ draws on the old manuscripts and her own personal recollections of Burgher family customs and celebrations. Continue reading


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The Early Years of Motoring in British Ceylon

 Hugh Karunanayake, courtesy of The Ceylankan

5 hp Mauslay with  Mr GC Grapp (left)  & O.John. Other car is Edgar Money's 8 hp Rover. First motor car to be imported to Ceylon 8 hp Rover Edgar Money at wheel
Foremost among the many technological changes that impacted on Sri Lanka and the way of life of its people during the 20th century, was the introduction of the motor car. Motoring not only revolutionised transport in the island, it influenced the growth of the economy, changed existing social conditions, and linked together the hitherto disparate urban and rural sectors of the country. Continue reading


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Sri Lankans in France address the issue “What it is to be Sri Lankan”

DAYAN J plus michel lummauxInitiated with the support of Ambassador Jayatilleka, What’s Next! comprises post-graduates and young professional Sri Lankans residing in France. It seeks to promote sustainable peace in Sri Lanka through intellectual exchange and multicultural dialogue.... See Cross-references at the end

Dayan Jayatilleka
DAYAN J in mountainsIf I were to sum up my own understanding of the problematic within which the discussion took place, it is that of the dual role of transition-transformation or transition/transformation of Sri Lanka; the transition to a stable sustainable peace which is not possible without a transformation in Sri Lanka and of Sri Lanka’s relationship with the world. Which brings us to another point which I hope will be helpful because this is my own way of understanding what it is to be Sri Lankan. I was reading one of Jacques Lacan’s last lectures, of course in English translation, in which he summarizes his teaching. And in a deliberate departure, an ironic departure from the Biblical sentence that “In the beginning was the world”, Lacan says “In the beginning was the place”.

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VS Naipaul on Colonialism and Indian Migrant Labour in the Colonies

Take in Naipaul’s 40 minute Nobel Prize Lecture of 2001 …..  Sir V. S. Naipaul delivered his Nobel Lecture in Börssalen at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, 7 December 2001. He was introduced by Horace Engdahl, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. Credits: Ladda Productions AB (camera) … http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=899

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The SUNDAY LEADER in jeopardy

Charles Haviland, for BBC, January 2013, where the title reads “Fears for Sri Lanka’s outspoken Leader”

LASANTHA WAlmost four years after its editor was killed in mysterious circumstances, there are fears that Sri Lanka’s most outspokenly anti-government newspaper is losing its critical edge. On 8 January 2009, the editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated by a group of masked men on motorbikes. The case sent shockwaves around the world, highlighting the dismal state of press freedom in the country. The murder has never been solved. Continue reading

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