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A Tamil Saivite Temple in Australia: Sustaining Community Amidst Linguistic Diversity

A Notice re a NEW BOOK on the negotiation of language and identity in a Tamil Saivite Temple in Australia by NILRUKSHI PERERA

Diversity is a buzzword of our times and yet the extent of religious diversity in Western societies is generally misconceived. This ground-breaking research draws attention to the journey of one migrant religious institution in an era of religious superdiversity.

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A Cliffhanger! Sri Lankan Cricketers overcome Stiff Bangladesh Total

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 2 September 2022, where the title runs “Sri Lanka: merely lucky, or back to punching-above-weight ways?”

In a match that swung wildly one way, then the other, the optimists among you had reason enough to believe this Sri Lanka team is resurgent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homage to Andrew Symonds from Australian Cricket & Townsville

Andrew McGlashan in ESPNcricinfo, 28 August 2022, where the title runs thus “Roy 388: Townsville pays tribute to Andrew Symonds”

 Symonds‘ children were at the centre of tributes to him during the opening ODI between Australia and Zimbabwe in Townsville.
The outfield was emblazoned with Roy 388 – Symonds’ nickname and Test cap number – in memory of the former allrounder who died in a car accident west of Townsville in May.

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Irony. Defiance. Salman Rushdie’s Appreciation of the Everyday within the Heat of the Fatwa

Fintan O’Toole, in The Irish Times, 15 August 2022, where the title runs “The first time I met Salman Rushdie, the very idea of it was unimaginable”  ………..  reproduced here with highlights imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi   &*&

The first time I met Salman Rushdie, the very idea of meeting Salman Rushdie was unimaginable. It was after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa against him. Rushdie had disappeared from the face of the earth.

By refusing to subsist in living death they prescribed for him, the author stood up for life itself as the ordinary human birthright.

 

 

I went to a party in County Wicklow. Seeing him standing in the kitchen with a glass of wine was like meeting Lazarus.

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Will Pucovski’s Cricketing Headblows and His Lifeworld Thereafter

Interview by Srinidhi Ramanujam 18-Aug-2022 …. at ESPNcricinfo, where the title runs thus “Will Pucovski on his multiple concussions: ‘It’s been a reality check – there’s so much more to life’, ”  .... https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/will-pucovski-on-his-multiple-concussions-its-been-a-reality-check-theres-so-much-more-to-life-1329372
The Australia batter talks about how dealing with repeated trauma to the head has changed his outlook on life, his red-ball ambitions, and learning to not be defined by cricket alone

Pucovski suffered his ninth concussion just before his Test debut, when playing for Australia A against Indians in December 2020•—-  Getty Images

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In Appreciation of Anoma C. Abeyewardene, 1951-2022

Ranjan Abaysekara

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
   knits up the o’er wrought heart and bids it break -Macbeth              

As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people. – P G Wodehouse

 

 How do we form our friendships? Is it a matter of chance? Does it depend on who sat next to you in class? Or does it spring out of an act of kindness? Or a crisis shared? In modern times friendships and connections are much publicized matters, but in our youth friendships happened quietly. You went to school, you met others your age, you played, you talked, you enjoyed fun times, you became friends….

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Chinese Counter Cartoon-Attack

….. responding to pro-Western cartoons of the type reproduced in Thuppahi yesterday: entitled “Political Jabs: Cartoos by Johnnes Leak in THE AUSTRALIAN,” ………. https://thuppahis.com/2022/08/12/64807/#more-64807

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The Lakmahal Community Library in Colombo opens up, 2022

Lakmahal Community Library

Located in an old family home, Lakmahal, whose inhabitants shared a love of literature, the Lakmahal Community Library (LCL) is a space to encourage interest in the literary arts and encourage people to engage with the joy of reading. With a collection of over 1800 books spanning several genres, LCL wants to encourage people to expand their reading horizons through access to a wide variety of books.

 

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Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel

Jordan Baker Charming and unapologetic: Sydney’s Anglican archbishop isn’t afraid to be out of step with the times”

Kanishka Raffel’s election as Archbishop of Sydney broke the mould. His predecessors are all of European descent; his heritage is Sri Lankan. Many of those who went before him were sons of Sydney’s Anglican dynasties, and attended its sandstone schools; he moved to Australia as a boy and went to Carlingford High.
 Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel was born a Buddhist. CREDIT:LOUIE DOUVIS

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Holocaust Tales in Thuppahi

 April 14, 1945 – Pile of ashes and bones found by U.S. soldiers at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

 

April 12, 1945 – Dwight D. Eisenhower views the charred bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf concentration camp.

 Cameron Stewart: The Maisel Twins: Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust reach Their 100th Birthday,” 7 August 2022, https://thuppahis.com/2022/08/07/the-maisel-twins-polish-jews-who-survived-the-holocaust-reach-their-100th-birthday/ Continue reading

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