Kumar de Silva
  • The peals of your laughter still ring in my ears …

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    Prof. Manique Gunasekera. 29th November 1953 – 04th December 2015 The passing away of Prof. Manique Gunasekera in Michigan in the USA on Friday 04th December, just four days after her 62nd birthday, came as a horrible shock to those who knew her and loved her. Among those thousands were generations of her students from the Department of English of the University of Kelaniya to which I once belonged, firstly as an undergraduate and then very briefly as a lecturer. Way back in 1981, the Dept of English at Polwatte “on the other side of the campus hill” was more a glorified chicken coop, into which were stuffed an assortment of undergraduates from different economic and social and intellectual and lingua strata. Atop the shoulder-level white-washed brick walls was a mesh which rose up to be crowned with a ‘takarang’ roof. During the hot months it mildly grilled our heads

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  • Rolling out the red carpet for “Season’s Blessings” at the Kingsbury

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    With its steadfast timeless spirit, the Kingsbury Hotel rolls out the red carpet at the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree on December 1. This year, the Kingsbury spirit will focus on the joys of giving and sharing, the happiness of friendship as friends and family, from near and far gather together to share in this wholesome season to evoke blessings on all of Sri Lanka. As always, the Kingsbury Christmas tree, located in the Hotel’s stunning lobby reaches up to the ceiling and will be adorned with the traditional colours of Christmas, red and white. As the lights come on, the season will begin at the Kingsbury heralding a month-long celebration of decadence and delightful delicacies. The Hotel’s new General Manager – Scott Mawhineey will be hosting the annual Christmas cocktails for special guests who have made the Kingsbury a home away from

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  • “Starlite 2016” New Year’s Eve Count Down Party at the Hilton Colombo Poolside with Legendary DJs

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    Hilton Colombo’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance by the Poolside with “Starlite” as its theme will feature legendary DJs Bonnie, Kapila and Naushad spinning discs from the 80s and the very latest by Hiranya Rahul and Selectro. Kick off the celebrations with mouth-watering appetizers, main courses and glorious desserts on the international buffet. Guests will also be kept entertained with a fireworks display at midnight and stand chances to win fantastic prizes in the lucky draw sessions. Tickets are priced at Rs 8000 nett per person inclusive of the gala dinner buffet, breakfast and complimentary beverage for tables of 10. Special rates for kids available too. Guests can look forward and prepare for a night of fun, great food and great entertainment in a ‘starry’ ambiance and setting. The party starts at 9.00 pm! Corkage free! (MEDIA RELEASE)

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  • Tiesh celebrates the mystique of Black Silver with ‘Black Temptations’

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     Colombo. Friday 20 November 2015. With the forthcoming festive season literally around the corner, Tiesh, one of Sri Lanka’s leading contemporary jewellers proudly presents ‘Black Temptations’, a collection of exquisite black silver jewellery lavishly studded with precious and semi-precious Sri Lankan gem stones. Says Ayesh De Fonseka, Director of Tiesh and the creative mind behind the collection, “The black rhodium plated 925 sterling silver collection presents itself in an amazing range of shades of grey … ranging from enigmatic deep dark greys to almost full black … bringing out an ephemeral element of illusion and mystique. Enhancing this mood and heightening the element of colour and fantasy is the delightful array of sparkling Sri Lankan gem stones which liberally embellish each piece of jewellery”. ‘Black Temptations’ is an enigmatic collection that inspires a kaleidoscope of moods in different people from cocktail to ‘glam-night-out’ and from casual to gala. It is

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  • Hilton Colombo Wins Culinary Cup, Pastry Cup, Bar Cup & Sommelier Cup at the Hilton SEA & I F&B Masters Country Level Finals

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – November 23, 2015. Hilton Worldwide successfully concluded the F&B Masters Country Level finals today with Hilton Colombo emerging winners in 4 disciplines; Culinary Cup, Pastry Cup, Bar Cup and Sommelier categories. Hilton Colombo Residences, Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island and Hilton Colombo participated in all 5 categories.  Charith Madhawa representing Hilton Colombo won the Culinary Cup, Christina Fernando (Hilton Colombo) Pastry Cup, Sasanka Pathinayake (Hilton Colombo) bagged the Sommelier Cup and Tatiyana Perera (Hilton Colombo) the Bar Cup whilst Conrad Maldives Rakesh Shetty won the Barista Cup. This is a competition for Hilton Worldwide team members to showcase their passion and talent for food and beverage. The F&B Masters aims to discover, develop and celebrate extraordinary talent within Hilton Worldwide properties across Asia Pacific. Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to career development for team members does not end after the competition. Hotel team members at every level are

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  • Cinnamon Red – unveils a New Era of Urban Creativity with Red Rave Art Walk

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      Colombo 17 November 2015, Colombo: It wasn’t the legendary Banksy that carved a place for street art and urban creativity – while his emergence created a new breed of defiant graffiti artists across the world, this modern, outdoor discipline can be traced back to the gangs of New York in the 20’s and 30’s, using outdoor spaces to express their territorial instincts via a paint brush instead of a gun. Later on, by the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, street art evolved into a complex interdisciplinary form of expression – combining graffiti, stencil, print and mural – through large scale pieces and collaborative projects. It is safe to say that street art has found its way into the core of contemporary art – and Sri Lanka, with its many creative minds, is not one to be left behind. Our post-war boom hasn’t necessarily only been

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  • STARLITE 2016 COUNTDOWN Party at the Hilton Colombo Poolside

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    Get ready for a fantastic New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner & Party by the Poolside with “Starlite” as its theme. Kick off the celebrations with mouth-watering appetizers, main courses and glorious desserts on the international buffet. Then dance the night away with party music of the 80s to date spun by the most popular DJs of time; Kapila and Bonnie and other renowned guest DJs. Guests will also be kept entertained with a fireworks display at midnight and also stand chances to win fantastic prizes in the lucky draw sessions. Tickets are priced at Rs 8000 nett per person inclusive of the gala dinner buffet, breakfast and complimentary beverage for tables of 10.  Special rates for kids available too. Guests can look forward and prepare for a night of fun, great food and great entertainment in a ‘starry’ ambiance and setting. The party starts at 9.00 pm! Corkage free! More on the cards that

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  • Marmite Cocktails and Mocktails set to take Colombo’s beverage circuit by storm

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    Colombo. Tuesday 17 November 2015. Just when one thought that Marmite does magical things to food alone, comes news of yet another revolution in Sri Lanka’s food and beverage industry as Unilever Sri Lanka launches a cocktail and mocktail inspired by Marmite. The Marmite Cocktail and Mocktail have been created by Cinnamon Grand’s Restaurants & Bars Manager, Namal Jayalath and his team. The Marmite Cocktail and an equally tempting Marmite Mocktail are a result of many taste bud trials. According to Namal Jayalath, Restaurants & Bars Manager at the Cinnamon Grand, “Who would have ever thought that Marmite would become an ingredient in cocktails and mocktails? It was a challenge and a very interesting one at that given the distinctive taste of Marmite. The two recipes were carefully crafted with the perfect balance of flavours complementing each other with the signature salty flavour of Marmite which we all know so well”. “Marmite has undergone

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  • It’s already Christmas at the Taj !!!

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    It’s already Christmas at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo and here’s your chance to plan those all important HAMPERS this festive season. Avoid the stress and select from a choice of fabulous hampers off the shelf for your friends and loved ones and business partners … OR if you wish to be creative, well then go ahead and indulge and make-your-own ….

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