Adilah is a freelance writer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She writes about the arts, culture, food, lifestyle and literature and also takes on corporate writing.
On the link between culinary memory, food narratives and identity.
An essay on Eid in Sri Lanka and the cultural elements that have influenced the island's palate.
A convoluted inheritance of its colonial past, Sri Lanka’s tea industry has been sculpted with increasing global competition and market volatility and is central to the country’s narrative. This is a glimpse of the man who made Ceylon Tea into a household brand.
A snapshot of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture for Vogue India's anniversary issue.
In which I rekindle a love affair with the beach - my favourite thing about Colombo.
Swarna Mallawarachchi celebrates 50 years in Sri Lankan cinema.
The Sapumal Foundation is a lovely, old house tucked in Colombo 7 and crammed with some of the best known names in Sri Lankan art -- probably one of the nicest art spaces in the city.
A look at two popular Facebook pages, taking steps to archive history
French artist C215 was in Colombo and stopped between stencils to have a chat about street art. I loved that he travelled to a pocket of Colombo that most artists would be hesitant to visit.
Hulftsdorp's street food offerings offer a bit more than than the kotthu, pittu and hopper Sri lankan street food troika. Here's a quick glimpse.
An overview of the strands of religion, politics and academia which punctuated the festival.
Colombo Book Swap is a small group which has an interesting book exchange going.
We've been covering pockets of food-neighbourhoods in Colombo and beyond. This was the Negombo edition.
"It is a truth universally unacknowledged that when one first meets a person they have been keen on meeting for a while, all semblance of coherent thought will promptly fly out the window. "