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When I’m drowning don’t give me a swimming lesson

I recall the story of  Sri Lankan father who was holding his three children as the tsunami hit. He had to let go of one child to save the others. For many governments, companies and people around the world, it must feel like they are drowning over COVID-19 or its aftermath. For theses groups today it is

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A Day in Knuckles Mountains

From our mountain retreat called The Glass House, we overlook the Victoria Dam, which is some 30 minutes from Kandy in central Sri Lanka. Behind the water we see the Knuckles range of mountains. There are some 34 mountains though we can see only seven or eight. So, for about ten years we have shared this view with

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From zero to enlightened about Dawoodi Bohras in two hours

In my book “The Whinging Pome – To The Point”, I include over twenty Whinging Pome Random Rules. These are generally one liners that come to mind in response to a situation, an interface/ an interaction with someone, a circumstance that you cant believe you are in or as an advisory note to other people

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The Whinging Pome’s Random Rules

In my book “The Whinging Pome – To The Point”, I include over twenty Whinging Pome Random Rules. These are generally one liners that come to mind in response to a situation, an interface/ an interaction with someone, a circumstance that you cant believe you are in or as an advisory note to other people

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More Jeeps than Elephants in Dambulla

Its about a three hour drive from Colombo to Dambulla in central Sri Lanka and night time driving is faster than daytime. The biggest hazard on the roads are the many drivers who overtake on blind bends in  the road at speed. This normally calls for evasive action by the potential recipient of head on

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A Weekend on a Tea Estate

We arrive at Haldummulla Tea Estate three days after Christmas via a precarious road on which a four-wheel  vehicle is essential. It’s raining sideways accompanied by a noisy wind. The bungalow has two big bedrooms with rustic furniture and dated but not glamorous bathrooms. It’s only 5pm but we decide to hit the mulled wine,

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Berlyn

Berlin Revisited

We arrive on a Friday late afternoon and the first impressions of Pondicherry, on southeast coast of India , are not so good. The sea promenade is awash with masses of people. The narrow streets are hectic with bikers and cars, with blaring horns. Its impossible to look at the buildings and shops etc as

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Pondicherry – Not So French

We arrive on a Friday late afternoon and the first impressions of Pondicherry, on southeast coast of India , are not so good. The sea promenade is awash with masses of people. The narrow streets are hectic with bikers and cars, with blaring horns. Its impossible to look at the buildings and shops etc as

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A Mad Dash to Mysore

My travel partner Darby and I set off at least an hour behind schedule. A bit like the two aging men in the ” odd couple” movie of 1998 where Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon set off on a journey, bundling along as two eccentrics. Same as the movie, its for sure there will be

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Dublin; The City That Took on The Empire and Won!

In my book The Whinging Pome To The Point, I noted in the ‘Cheap Women Grey City’ story that Ireland’s most notable exports are People, Guinness, and the Irish pub concept. However, on a recent trip to Dublin, while the above remains true, the best of Ireland is alive and well in Dublin.  I flew

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New York State of Mind

New York. I want to taste, experience and wake up in this cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. As I arrive, I am no different from any other tourist and have a list of places I want to visit together with experiencing the restaurants, bars and the nightlife. Not to mention that ‘s’ word that my

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Avignon, France and the Hotel D’Europe

Avignon, France and the Hotel D’Europe

Arriving at the walled city of Avignon, in Provence France, the gendarme stood in front of the car; making it clear there was no entry into the city. I waived a piece of paper at him but he was still disinterested. So being English I peeped my car horn at him. He approached the car

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Richard the Third meets Blackadder

In 2015 the remains of Richard the Third, the last Plantagenet of England were buried in Leicester cathedral , five centuries after he died . The ceremony attracted many visitors and hit worldwide TV. So where had he been for all those years? He died [was killed] in 1487 at the battle of Bosworth, defeated

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Why would you ever write a book….

How many times have you heard someone say they are going to write a book? How many times have you told people, after listening to their ramblings they “should write a book”? After all, hasn’t technology and social media turned us all into authors? But how many actually write that book? Using my personal and professional networks only four

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Fateful decisions by The Whinging Pome

The road you travel will remain as your destiny till you change the road. – Mehmet Ildan – Tweet There are numerous examples of people traveling and for whatever reasons changing their plans, which sometimes leads to avoiding death or going to their deaths. The spate of airplane disasters puts 2014 as the worst year

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