Zinara Rathnayake is an independent journalist and a creative based in Asia. She writes about travel, food, and culture. Her work has appeared in BBC Travel, The New Zealand Herald, Atlas Obscura, and others.
When India says no or is too much of a hassle, the island nation has filled the void. But this trend has yet to lead to a boom in local film or film tourism.
December 20, 2021
For Tamils around the world, the song was something to be proud of. But a magazine cover by Rolling Stone India and a Times Square billboard sparked public outrage over Dalit erasure.
October 01, 2021
The quintessential island snack is making its way around the world, appearing on menus from the U.K. to Australia and beyond.
September 09, 2021
The Sri Lankan Tamil novelist talks to us about his Booker Prize-longlisted novel, his aversion to writing dialogue, and what’s next.
September 03, 2021
The Soviet Union translated Russian books in local languages as a propaganda tool. Decades later, those books still hold influence in Sri Lanka.
July 23, 2021
For years, Memoni food remained absent from mainstream Sri Lankan cuisine, but women from the community are changing that.
February 24, 2021
The sweet vegan syrup is evolving from a dessert sweetener to a condiment in savory dishes and boozy drinks.
November 12, 2020
A "short brown guy from a small island" shared his native food with the world — and they ate it up.
September 25, 2020
Indian men are blurring gender lines and embracing belly dance as a form of expression.
August 06, 2020
Ayush Kejriwal's unconventional models and uniquely patterned saris have helped the Glasgow-based fashion designer command an Instagram following of 185k+.
May 27, 2019
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