Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The Magic Cycle Wheel

A common sight in the Jaffna (Sri Lanka) of my childhood. The land is flat and bicycles were a common means of transport for many. So plenty of old and discarded cycle wheel rims were available.
Hence the formula for Fun = Cycle wheel rim + Stick + Imagination.
In the mind of a child, the cycle wheel became a vehicle to "drive"/fly.  It could be any vehicle depending on what mood and what the latest craze is. The quiet cadjan fenced lanes were the settings of these adventures.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Elephant Sri Lankans

No, the heading is not a typo error. Sri Lankan Elephants share the small island with Sri Lankan Humans.... sometimes with tragic consequences for both. On the whole, Sri Lankans love the elephant. The elephant is often found in the local news (both print and video/TV) as well in graphics, advertising, logos and symbols. A major political party and a major food and drinks manufacturer both use the elephant as their symbol.

So instead of thinking of elephants as being separate, what if they were considered as Elephant Sri Lankans, just like Sinhalese Sri Lankans, Tamil Sri Lankans, Muslim Sri Lankans, Burgher Sri Lankans, Expatriate Sri Lankans etc? As a cartoonist, I've let my imagination run wild and sketched some of these Elephant Sri Lankans in their daily lives- just like human Sri Lankans...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Deepavali 2017

Deepavali festival is especially loved by children partly because it allows you to play with fireworks and lamps. The well known brothers seen above are no different.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Jaffna's mobile fishmongers circa 1980s and 1990s.

Jaffna (northern Sri Lanka) is blessed with a long coastline so fresh seafood is part of the daily diet.
You can buy this at one of three sources:
1) At the beach - fresh catch.
2) At a market near you- reasonably fresh catch.
3) From a mobile fishmonger- reasonably fresh.
For those who have to remain at home and not able to go to market, the last is the best and sometimes only option. Around 10am these fishmongers will come around into all the small lanes and houses they know.
They will sell you the fish and upon request even de-scale and slice it for you.
Shrewd, sweet taking businessmen.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Sarasvathy Pooja

Sarasvathy Pooja (Navarathri) has always been an important festival in our home. Two generations ago we moved from agriculture to a knowledge based income. In our family we now have engineers, teachers, an architect, a lawyer, a dentist and an IT tech guy too. So every year we celebrate this special day for the deity for learning, knowledge and the arts, regardless of which country we happen to be in.