Hyperbole is like the internet’s default setting. Almost always, we react to new books, movies, music and TV shows in superlatives. Everything is either omg the best thing ever or worse than the worst. It’s rarely measured.

This is not inherently a bad thing, even if it is a little…

I’ve been trying my hand at flash fiction. Rather clumsily, if I’m being honest. The following is part of a writing exercise that only said “write a story, any story, in 250 words or less, that feature the words/ideas ‘jockey’ and ‘coaster’ (or some variation thereof).

Bobby didn’t lift his…

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If there’s one thing Black Widow (2021) proved beyond a doubt, it’s that the fewer superpowers the protagonists in these movies have, the harder it is for me to suspend my disbelief.

I’ll buy that a giant purple dude from space conquered entire planets in search of some magic rocks…

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This is something I wrote as a college assignment some months ago. Reproduced here with some light edits with permission from the lecturer.

About halfway into Visakesa Chandrasekaram’s directorial debut Paangshu (‘Earth’), one is struck by a thought that not all is as it seems. Though the film is unambiguously…

Have you ever noticed how time seems to move faster the older you get?

Picture this. You’re at the beach. The sun won’t set for another couple of hours, but you don’t mind just staring out to the endless sea. You notice how the cool breeze is offsetting the tropical…

Originally published in EconomyNext

A year is a long time. This year has been longer than most. While that is not an indictment of the incumbent government or of its leadership per se, few would disagree that 2020 has cast the powers that be in a less than flattering light…

Himal Kotelawala

Writer and journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Byline on The New York Times, Time Magazine and locally EconomyNext, The Daily FT, The Sunday Times and Roar.

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