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Shameful Easter Bombings In Sri Lanka — BUT I Will Not Jump To Conclusions.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below. Google for plenty more.


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Just a FEW of my adoptive father’s 55+ books.

Google ‘Ananda Guruge‘ if you want to check out his Buddhist bona fides.


I have been railing against religious violence in Sri Lanka for YEARS.

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To say that this Easter bombing saddens & distresses I does not even come close to genuinely capturing my disapprobation.

This is SO anathema to the happy multi-ethnic & multi-religious Ceylon (Sri Lanka only as of the 1970s) that I grew up in, 1953 to 1967.

My adoptive family was as Buddhist as you could get. Check out some of my father’s Buddhist books shown above and Google him. He was a Buddhist scholar, ACTIVIST and, alas, also one of the original architects of the ‘Buddhism First‘ precept for Ceylon. But, he was as open-minded when it came to religion as one could be. My SURROGATE FATHER, my adoptive mother’s brother-in-law, with whom I spent nearly as much time as with my family — and who influenced me more than any other man — was a practicing Baptist. My ‘father’ never had any issues with that. We celebrated Easter and Christmas, at my surrogate father’s rather fancy house with abandon replete with all the best goodies that money could get in Ceylon — imported ham, lamb, cakes etc. My surrogate father, who was a lawyer, and his wife, who as the Assistant Principal at Royal College (Sri Lanka’s premier boys school) were rich — and had no kids, bar I.

In addition, we had more Christians on my “mother’s” side; she one of 9. One of her brother’s was married to a Catholic as had one of her sisters. We were a CLOSE family — multi-religious. Nobody cared about who was who. We all mucked into to each other’s holidays.

My “Father’s” best friend, who he met with near daily, was a prominent muslim. Never an issue. Our neighbors, that my “mother” genuinely treated as part of her family, were Tamil Catholics. They were at our house, without fail, every day.

So, I grew up in an environment where religion had no ‘color’ or ‘race’. It was just like a name. Made no difference.

This is why this religious violence disturbs me so.


All that said, I refuse to jump to conclusions as to who perpetrated this horrendous series of crimes. The last TWO bombings, which were of private houses, puzzles me.

Though I am NO LONGER a Sri Lankan (in terms of citizenship or affinity) I do know, alas, the mentality of my brethren. We can be a devilishly devious, unscrupulous, ruthless bunch of bastards.

These bombings, I hate to say it as such, were ‘genius’. It has created the PERFECT TSUNAMI.

We now can have a circular firing squad, consisting of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, each taking pot shots at the other. READ BETWEEN THE LINES.

This was geared to cause political, social and ECONOMIC upheaval. It will, of course, decimate the burgeoning tourist trade. That will have far reaching knock-on effects.

Not good.

But, please do NOT jump to conclusions.

It is not always the usual suspects.

Sri Lankan politicians are ruthless to a level that others will never comprehend.

Read Between The Line!



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Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) 2019 — Cake Extravaganza By ‘Kapruka.com’.

by Anura Guruge


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Valentine’s Day 2019 cakes.


The ‘New Year 2019’ cakes.

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Kapruka.com‘ does not miss an opportunity to showcase and market their amazing cakes — albeit these cakes (luckily for I) only being available in Sri Lanka.

Given that I have shared many of their cakes with you over the years, I know that there are many among you who like to see the latest, mouth-watering temptations making the rounds in Sri Lanka. So, here are the Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) 2019. In addition to cakes, they also do traditional food ‘hampers’ for the New Year. I will try and showcase those tomorrow.

In case you are wondering I am nothing but a customer when it comes to Kapruka. Though I give them huge amount of publicity I get nothing from them. That is OK. They have never asked me to do these posts. I do them for YOU.


Happy Sinhala New Year 2019.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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by Anura Guruge


Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) — Wikipedia Now Has A Pretty Informative Page.

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to access the Wikipedia page.



I came across this Wikipedia page today when trying to research the auspicious times for the 2019 Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda). I had not encountered it before —  though it appears that it was created in 2017.

I am glad it is there. It is a good start. Already a fair amount of information. That they don’t have the auspicious times for this year’s New Year is a bit of a shame. But, Bravo. We now have a foothold, on this topic, on Wikipedia. It will continue to grow and prosper. I am glad.


Happy Sinhala New Year 2019.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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Reader’s Digest April 2019 Issue: Fascinating Story On How DNA Evidence Can Sometimes Be VERY Wrong.

by Anura Guruge


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They probably got the story from WIRED. Same story. Click to ENLARGE.


Google “when DNA evidence is wrong”.


Fascinating story. I never realized that DNA could be inadvertently transferred to a crime scene or even to the body of the actual victim.

In this story DNA got transferred via an oxygen-level testing oximeter used by EMTs. So, much for EMTs thoroughly sanitizing their equipment. The DNA found on the fingernails of a murder victim was DNA from a previous innocent patient that had had been treated by the same EMTs. They used the same oximeter on both. WOW. The poor innocent guy had been arrested and was languishing in jail.

Definitely worth reading.


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Is Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella Still ‘Thanking God’, Non-Stop, For His Current Form?

by Anura Guruge


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Another example. Note hand is higher. Closer to grill.


Haven’t had a chance to see his over-the-top, near-obnoxious constant crossing of himself of late since he hasn’t been at the crease for long. Just 2-balls in the first T20I against South Africa yesterday. I have always said he should be consistent. He should thank God even when he is out — cheaply. He can’t have it both ways. If he is stupid enough to believe that God helps him score runs, then he also has to accept that God must want him gone when he gets out and has to start walking back.

He was even dropped from the side. He must have been beside himself. I can just see him. On his knees praying.

Poor guy. If he wasn’t so obnoxious he could be quite a decent bugger.


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Boston Chinatown 2019 Chinese New Year Celebrations — Sunday, February 17.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, we are talking THE Dragon Parades. Sunday, February 17, 2019 — Boston Chinatown.

It is always on the SECOND Sunday of the New Year — which this year started on February 5, 2019.

Yes, I have confirmed. It is all set. Sunday, February 17, 2019 — Boston Chinatown.

Good weather. So, it should be a great day out.

Happy Chinese New Year.

Year of the Pig.


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