Discussing depression in depressing ways makes depression doubly depressing

The World Health Organization (or WHO) has chosen to stimulate action on depression through this year’s ‘world health day’ events. Who in WHO are tasked with coming up with ‘themes’ for such annual happenings, I wonder? A most unenviable task, for sure. Those who did it this time round have done well to select a… Read More


Who counts as a friend? For many of us, friends are those so listed in a facebook account. There were other ideas about friend and friendship before the facebookcharacterisation rose to dominance. In those conceptions, to have 5,000 friends would be impossible. Not so on FB. Among facebook friends are, of course, some who were… Read More

“Dumbara Gedere”, Ududumbara, Nest’s Guest House

(Alcohol, Cigarettes and Substance Abuse are not permitted on the Nest property,  the buildings and the Nest Trishaw) Nest opens its doors to tourists both local and foreign. These facilities are as follows and a short resume why this location is a good one. Part A There are 2 bedrooms: A master bedroom large enough… Read More

Courting koels

A wonderful event occurred outside my window, some minutes ago. The sound of a heavy bird settling on what we call a ‘cherry’ tree, just two yards from me, drew my attention.  It was a lady koel. And soon thereafter came a gentleman koel. It hopped on to a branch near the lady and she… Read More

Earth ‘entering new extinction phase’ – Diyanath Samarasinghe

The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal. The findings echo those in a report… Read More