Conversations with Lankan Aunties

Good to see you too aunty, yes, I have gained some weight. Only you would notice how I’ve simultaneously lost weight in the face-area and gained weight elsewhere. It’s a mystery to me, but considering you’re wise beyond years, I’m sure you have an explanation. Yes aunty, I heard about aunty C’s daughter. It’s a shame…

Wear your heart on your sleeve.

Hi friend, I tried to find the right words to say as you sat across the table and told me of your heartbreak. You had a smile, downplaying the hurt. Silly girl, your eyes couldn’t lie. I wanted to hold you and say something profound that would take away the hurt.  But I couldn’t find the…

Falling for stars; a love story. 

You swore it blinked, you swore it was star. Curled up in the comfort of your arms, it didn’t matter to me if you thought it was a star. I still believe that it was a planet. Stars confused me. I needed tangible proof, and shinning planets made more sense to me than stars.  But you,…

To my son, someday.

Son, Someday you will hear of stories about men that broke hearts, stole, violated and raped women. Someday you will learn of  a society that justified their behaviour by staying silent so much so that that some of them aren’t even aware that they’ve committed a crime. You will imagine lines of ethnicity, nationality, gender to…