“Happy Thai Pongal!
My parents were telling me that this is a Tamil thanks giving ceremony which they always used to do in Sri Lanka to pay respect to the spirits of nature, the Sun and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest, as well as the farmers for their year-round relentless work.
“My biggest influence is my dad.
Both my parents left Sri Lanka during the civil war, so they didn’t get a chance to complete their education. My dad however, at the age of 52, still had a drive to study and went on to obtain a degree in Maths & Statistics. His determination to carry on and do what he wanted, despite setbacks, showed me that age is just a number.
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Diaspora, the unsettled, the empowered.
A word which evokes sadness and joy simultaneously. Memories of a distant land which was fond to many, the unlived memories of a distant land which was taken from many. A community which is bound by language and culture but separated by oceans, a community which creates and adapts, yet pays homage to its roots. The pressure of having to survive which culminates in the creation of diamonds. The pressure of needing to survive which leads to the disconnect of the heart.