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Happy New Year dear friends, A little late, but I am happy to be finally writing to you, with my New Year wishes, for you and me. I am happiest wishing you by sharing the lessons I am taking forward, and here is what I learnt (again!) last year. Everything was all right in the end (as predicted in my 2013 New Year greeting, based on the famous quote from the movie ‘Best Hotel Marigold’, “Everything will be alright in the end, if it is not alright, it is not the end”). The ‘end’

Dear Friends, I just made my deadline to pen my reflections down of the old year and get ready to welcome the New Year! First things first …  No apocalypse … the world didn’t end. Its still here. But I think the world as we know it, has been changing (for a while now). Maybe that’s what the Mayan’s were talking about. What’s this year been for me? It’s been full of tests!! My ability to be patient, to wait, be present not knowing the future and still walk in to it. My ability

This article was recently posted on Elephant Journal. Recently a story of a wooden boulder that bobbed along streams, rivers and seas taught me that I am not lost. An art exhibition taught me that framing is key to deep understanding. Lessons come from the most unexpected places, and this insight I experienced when I first encountered the work of David Nash, the British sculptor this summer when I visited his exhibition at the beautiful Kew Gardens in London. I first wandered through the gardens, taking in the gardens and his wooden, iron

I was deeply touched by Frank Warren’s TED Talk, on Half a Million Secrets, delivered last March (2012). Frank Warren invited people to anonymously send him their secrets in 2004. Now, eight years later, he is the “owner” of over half a million secrets. People from all over the world, shared their ‘shocking, silly and soulful’ secrets. He created Post Secret, “an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.” What are the secrets we are keeping and why are we keeping them? And,

I looked around the living room of my home, on my fortieth birthday and I realised how lucky I was to be surrounded by those who meant most to me. I was also surrounded by the wishes and love of even those who couldn't be there with me in person. I felt blessed. I also realised that I had finally become my true age. My age has finally caught up with my body, mind and soul. I had always been in a hurry to grow up, as a teenager I couldn't

            I wish you, A tune in the soles of your feet, on the tip of your toes that taps and dances you, a rhythm in your hips that sways you in wild abandonment. Smiles that creeps on you unexpectedly that quirks your mouth upwards, crinkles the corners of your eyes and gleams them bright. Poignant thoughts that softens your heart and fills you with longing and passion that moves you towards their fulfillment, moments and experiences that break open your heart, to learn, to open up, to give and receive love, you will never be the same kind of encounters. Funny moments, jokes and fun that

My dearest friends Whatever that can be said about 2011, is that it was not boring. Most would agree that 2011 has been a year full of surprises, excitement and lessons. This year saw the crumbling of many institutions, world wide social and economic activism and sadly loss of lives in human made conflicts and in natural disasters. I greeted 2011 in my last New Year’s newsletter with much enthusiasm and hope, and I wasn't disappointed. 2011 has been a year of surprises, learning, discovery and growth in many ways for me too. As

The gardens in Lunuganga estate are breathtakingly beautiful, vistas of water, trees, granite sculptures, stone work, rolling lawns, nooks and crannies of shade and light capture your senses as you walk in. It was here that I, along with other fellow students of Anoma Wijewardene's art class settled in for the day to draw, sketch, paint, photograph, walk, and muse to our hearts content. Lunuganga estate, located in the south of Sri Lanka, is the home and experimental lab of the renowned Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa. His work was known

I am on a new adventure and I would like to share this journey with you too! As I enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon in London, I am only a few days away from attending the first workshop in a doctoral program in Organizational Change offered by Ashridge School of Business. Its been almost two years since I finished the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practices from University of Bath, and I am ready to learn formally once again. I would like to create a space where I share this learning journey with

On the 14th of April, we celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka. It is a time when families and communities get together to celebrate the dawn of the New Year and engage in many traditional rituals and ceremonies, of observing auspicious times for lighting the fire, cooking kiri bath (milk rice, normally made for all important celebrations), eating, exchanging gifts, and visiting family and friends. Growing up, my family did not observe all the traditional rituals as most other Sri Lankan families, though we would go and visit

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