bananas

April 25, 2013, 2:17 p.m. bananas , domestication , plantains

going bananas daya dissanayake As I listened to the presentation by Prof. T. R. Premathilake on 'Sri Lanka's Earliest Bananas? Evidence from FaHien Cave', my thoughts wondered about the earliest hominids, agriculture and domestication. Did man domesticate plants and animals, or did plants force huma ...

Multilingual culture

April 22, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

Multilinguals daya dissanayake At a business conference in Srinagar last month, I felt ashamed to have been calling myself a bilingual writer. In our country being bilingual is something to be proud of. Yet in the presence of businessmen like our host Bharat Shah who could address the gathering in E ...

digital footprints

April 19, 2013, 1:27 a.m. carbon footprint , digital garbage , e-waste

Garbage in Storage daya dissanayake The International Conference on Waste Management was held in Colombo recently. It is time to think about the digital waste too. We are all aware of, or trying to ignore our Carbon footprint and the legacy we are leaving our children, due to the effects of the rele ...

Taj mahal i did not see

April 5, 2013, 9:09 a.m. cruelty , exploitation , Taj Mahal

The Tear Drop daya dissanayake It has been called a Shrine of Love. Gurudev Tagore called it a "tear drop on the cheek of time". It is a historic site. A great monument. It also would have caused not just one tear drop but rivers of tears to fall from the 20,000 men who laboured for 22 years to buil ...

SAARC Literary Festival 2013

April 3, 2013, 2:44 p.m.

Environment and Literature daya dissanayake Agra in Uttara Pradesh, India, was a symbolic location for the 2013 SAARC festival of literature, in the shadow of a true work of art and a source of inspiration for many a creative work of literature, the Taj Mahal. The annual conference organized by the ...

The Science of Art

April 3, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

daya dissanayake Human Art was first taken over by political and religious leaders, and then by businessmen. Art was no longer Art. They had their own reasons for the takeover. Next it was the turn of the scientists to attempt a takeover, which would originally have been out of the thirst for knowle ...