I returned by ferry to India, leaving behind the blood bath that was taking place and would continue for decades. I forgot about Lanka, after gratefully returning to Rameswaram.
But the cycle continued…
Tamil disappearances protest photo courtesy: Vikalpa Groundviews — Wikimedia Commons
The Sinhalese believe they are the superior race. In spite of the Veddha (the first people of Lanka), the Sinhalese believe they are the original inhabitants of the island for over 2500 years. Unlike the Tamils, they claim they have no other motherland even though they came from Bengal. They believe everyone else is there to exploit the country. Continue reading One hundred years of hatred
I grew up where summers were sticky and the thirty degree heat didn’t subside even by midnight. If I turned on a tap for a glass of water, the liquid was lukewarm. Arriving in sweltering Rameswarm, you’d assume a seasoned tropical dweller like me didn’t feel the heat, but that wasn’t the case. Continue reading Ever had an oil bath?
Cinema where Bandid Queen played
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A disturbing trend yet many of these movies were memorable: Water, Fire and Bandit Queen come to mind first.
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A foolish choice I made when I was younger, was smoking. By the time I got to India however, I wanted to quit the vile habit. Continue reading Try South Indian paan if you want to break a tooth
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When you’ve never seen a sight in your life before, it’s hard not to stare. That’s what a lot of people did to me when I first arrived in South India so well, it was okay for me to ogle too when I spotted the first woman I’d ever seen with Buddha earlobes. Continue reading My first sight of Buddha earlobes in South India