The Henna Boutique – 100% Natural Henna Product

My only favourite game in love was to find the initial of my name in between the patterns of henna on her hands. – Vnayak. R. G The most important factor that adds extra colour and scent to any Asian function after the vibrant clothing, sandalwood, saffron, turmeric, flower garlands and girls themselves is the…

The Minimalist Babe by Lola R. Marie – Review

‘Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” The Minimalist Babe teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health, and great relationships.’ As a book juggler, I juggle between many books at a time…

three monostichs by Nuha Faiz

Originally posted on proletaria:
Oh! The destiny that stained palms could decide. ? … ? Little footsteps now turned into cicatrices. ? … ? Sad! How this globe squanders impeccable hearts. ? Bio: Nuha Faiz is from Kandy, Sri Lanka, a teacher by profession and an ardent writer. She is on the process of completing…

5 Books From My Bookshelf I Love

According to the 13 Types of Readers listed out by Sadie Trombetta in her article for Bustle; I am a Polygamist reader, re-reader, non-fiction lover, fiction and Adult YA addict, movie adaptation lover, an emotional reader and a physical book loyalist! As a book lover, I love recommending books and getting people to read the…

Memories From My First Umrah

My first Umrah trip was planned by my brother when I was going through the worst phase of my life. The procedures for the journey was done within very few days and the date was fixed. To perform an Umrah at least once in a lifetime is a dream for every Muslim as much as…

Stargazing With You

I’m connecting these stars to trace your deep brown eyes, those thick eyebrows, beard that you always keep neat and lips that put a smile on mine without you even having to try. The stars come together, this constellation seems familiar to them. In the dark purple sky I’m now catching you looking down on…

Ragging Must Be Stopped!

Certain South Asian movies exhibit scenes of senior students ragging the new-comers in various manners; some verbally abusive, some turning out physically harassing. The effect of ragging and its practice is not limited to movies alone or only the South Asian countries like India, but many Sri Lankan universities provide statistics of brutal ragging scenarios…

The MMDA of Sri Lanka – A Religious Perspective

The DailyMirror states that the Muslim women’s rights organizations around Sri Lanka had urged to implement necessary reforms to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), by pointing out several issues which needed reforms in the Act. Such as; • Minimum age of marriage for all Muslims must be 18 without any exceptions. •Women should be eligible…

You Are Not Irreparably Broken

The last time I listened to these voices in my head, all I could hear was, ‘I want to die.’ I’ve written many suicide notes. I’ve held blades and glasses against my wrist but, have never been able to go further. The feeling of worthlessness, abandonment, and isolation changes the person we are and, consequently…

Shame, Guilt and The Thin Line In Between

‘A man’s past is not simply a dead history… it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.’ – Middlemarch, George Eliot You are in bed, counting sheep to kill insomnia. One sheep. Two sheep. …Ninety-nine And you are wide awake. Staring at the…

If You Can Relate To These Song Lyrics, We Are Sad Together

Eminem- When I’m Gone And when I’m gone, just carry on, don’t mourn, rejoice Every time you hear the sound of my voice, just know that I’m lookin’ down on you smilin’ and I didn’t feel a thing So, baby, don’t feel no pain, just smile back. 2 . Taylor Swift – Never Grow Up…

Body Shaming – An Asian Perspective

Your first thought could be ‘okay this is another useless article’, but hey just a pep talk. Hear me out. Wait, but what really is BODY SHAMING? For your information, Body-shaming could be described as an act where, people are being told they’re too skinny, too fat, too pale, too tall, too short, lanky, spotty,…

You’ll be mine, someday.

‘Will you marry me then?’ He remained silent. The hush leaving space for assumptions and calculations. ‘I take it for a “NO” then?’ He lengthened his silence. She loosened herself from his tight arms that held her around her waist and stood up from his lap. Her favorite place to stay. ‘I knew we will…

Eat Your Problems!

I told him I feel empty deep down even though I go about laughing and smiling around people and he said laughing, ‘Walk to the kitchen, eat something until you fill the emptiness’ and I smiled. I think that’s a part of growing up. When you can actually find solutions to your problems in the…

Real Men Don’t Cry

‘You know it’s okay to open up? Like, tell me what’s going on so I can help?’ ‘I am not a girl. I will be fine in seconds’, he said. And I refrained from forcing him ever since. It bothers me a lot sometimes, how my brother hides away his emotions inside his room. How…

To my future daughter

Dear beautiful, You are unborn, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to tell you a few things before you open your little eyes to see this chaotic world. It’s alright if you grow up and refuse to listen to everything I have to say but, when you can’t listen to me, please remember this…

UNAVOWED.

It’s etched in the back of my head, the details to every nightmare I experienced with my eyes open. Very often, when I tried to open up about this to people, the most asked question was ‘Why didn’t you tell this to your parents?’. I think that’s how it should work but I was not…

A tribute to the Martyrs.

Flashnews alerts, Social Media flooded with information, ‘Pathetic!’ ‘Cruel!’ ‘We need justice!’, The world went crazy. To the intolerant lot this became a treat, ‘They deserved this’, was their remark. Controversies and arguments boiled, Leaving the world awake for two nights. Humanity personified in many civilians, Highlight of the incident being it, Faces from different…

The Suicide Point.

Advit’s P.O.V I was about to fall off the cliff, but instead, I fell in love with her. She stood there, in a long turquoise maxi, hair let loose in the strong wind that made her look like she was in a music video. It would’ve made me a fool to ask her why she…

From that dead girl

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” The heart monitor beeped in the background reminding me of the little time left until I left behind the two crying souls beside the hospital bed. I wanted to talk to somebody who wasn’t with me that day. I…

71st Independence Day.

From gaining independence as the dominion of Ceylon in 1948 to becoming a republic in 1972, Mother Lanka holds a rich history of how she suffered massively yet produced persons who stood as stalwarts in fighting for peace in the Island. Having been born to a pure Sri Lankan couple in this beautiful island, I…

Strong-will.

‘Because in this world, not all are lucky’, she said when I asked why she did not proceed in working towards achieving her goal in life. I was not shocked because such a remark had not been new to me. I have met a lot more girls who have shared their bitter stories of how…

The City of Kattankudy

‘How was the food?’, she asked us with the pleasant smile that welcomed us still stuck on her face like a painting. We smiled as one of my friends told the lady that we liked it. The food was no luxury, they served us with rice, fish and a piece of cooked pumpkin. For people…

Morning smiles.

The Kandy city at 7:00 AM is beautiful. I’m watching the sun still shyly hiding behind clouds unfurling its rays on green mountains like offering early morning hugs. Flowers of different colors and types add beauty to the green city just like its morning people busily crossing streets and walking the pavements off to work…

For you.

When I started 2019, my idea regarding many things changed. Not like I had resolutions made but it just happened too quick. People I believed would come along with me became memories, people I thought would leave me actually walked in with me and the handful of people I trusted wholeheartedly let me down like…