ceylon

Resurrecting a forgotten architect

Does the fictionalised retelling of Minnette de Silva’s story do justice to her life and work?

| Oct 07, 2019

Reading the Star of Islam

The story of a Ceylonese press on the cusp of World War II.

| Jul 17, 2019

Dagger-clawed little people

Did being an island help Sri Lanka evolve a particular type of hominid?

| Mar 01, 2010

Bargaining in a labour regime

Up-country Tamil plantation workers remain a subjugated community, treated as little more than bonded labour. The current political foment includes opportunities for change.

| Feb 01, 2010

A magically depicted reality

'Song of Ceylon' is possibly the finest account of the island and a film which helped define the evolving documentary form.

| Jan 01, 2010

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