Adilah Ismail

Freelance Writer

Freelance writer and communications consultant with five years of experience in the communications field. Writes about lifestyle, culture and literature and also takes on corporate writing & editing.

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Vogue India

Beyond Bawa

A snapshot of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture for Vogue India's anniversary issue.

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The Lipton Legacy in Sri Lanka

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.

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'I never wanted to become an actress'

Swarna Mallawarachchi celebrates 50 years in Sri Lankan cinema.

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A Sri Lankan Eid: A time for family, friends and food

An essay on Eid in Sri Lanka and the cultural elements that have influenced the island's palate.

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On Diasporic Food Narratives

On the link between culinary memory, food narratives and identity.

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Collecting sunsets by the seashore

In which I rekindle a love affair with the beach - my favourite thing about Colombo.

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Architectural Digest India - Sri Lankan profiles

Profiles for the Sri Lankan architects featured in Architectural Digest India (this entire list is a visual treat and worth browsing).

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A Houseful of Art

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.

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On communal archiving and documenting history on social media.

A look at two popular Facebook pages, taking steps to archive history

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London discovers hoppers

An interview with Emily Dobbs of Weligama Hoppers, London

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C215 in Colombo

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.

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Street food at Hulftsdorp

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.

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Vignettes: Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

An overview of the strands of religion, politics and academia which punctuated the festival.

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Colombo Book Swap

Colombo Book Swap is a small group which has an interesting book exchange going.

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Eat Street: Negombo

We've been covering pockets of food-neighbourhoods in Colombo and beyond. This was the Negombo edition.