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


    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

  • 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

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


    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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