Dinushka Jayawickreme started Bola’s Bakeshop back in 2018 and successfully manoeuvred her home business during the turbulent times of lockdown last year. “Bola’s Bakeshop takes after my nickname – Bola. Most people don’t even know my actual name so it seemed like a good way to own it by naming my home business after it!”.
Kicking off the first of four consecutive Mondays which sees interesting panel discussions applicable to the modern Sri Lankan woman, The Peace Prompters delivered an interesting and thought-provoking discourse between Author and Researcher – Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Sarah Kabir, Writer, Researcher and Activist Amalini De Sayrah and Director for Legal and Advocacy NCEASL Yamini Ravindran.
Devanampiyatissa dressed in Viking battle gear, a somewhat sombre alter-ego of the notoriously silly Mahadana Muththa and a slightly unhinged Thoppi Welenda riding away into the night – these alternate universe art instantly throws me back into my childhood recalling the folklore I’ve read from school textbooks or heard in passing from my grandparents.
Breaking barriers is a challenge for every woman. Today more women are involved in many professions ranging from architecture to wildlife conservation among others. In view of Women’s Day, we spoke to a few women game-changers in varying fields who shared their experiences while giving a few words of advice to women who aspire to make a change in their respective fields.
As one of the major markets for spices back in the day, the then Ceylon had a flourishing spices trade during the colonial period. Clove was one of the most prized and expensive spices of ancient times that originated from Maluku Islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Even though the introduction of Cloves to Ceylon is not known, Ceylon Clove is notably richer in oil than other clove varieties found elsewhere in the world.
Creating a platform to celebrate International Women’s day, Savithri Rodrigo, the founder and creator of the online digital programme Kaleidoscope has joined forces with Taru, from Table by Taru at Lake Lodge to host Cargills International Women’s Day Festival - The Changemakers.