World Car-Free Day :
'Rediscover the city by bus or bike'
People from around the globe get together today
to remind the world that we don't have to accept a society dominated
by cars. But do we want just one day of rallying and then return to
Buddhism grows in popularity in Britain
There are probably more Buddhists in Britain
than one thinks. The number has grown rapidly in recent years. The
census of 2011 recorded almost 250,000, a significant increase since
10 years ago, when it was below 150,000. Overall this makes
Buddhists, the fifth largest minority faith group after Muslims,
Hindus, Sikhs and Jews.
The macabre mix of the dead and living
It is not everyday that one gets invited to
commemoration functions. My cousin,a physician now dead, then in his
capacity as the ex president of a prestigious association in Colombo
once invited me to one. Giving up my usual lethargy about dressing
up I overdressed in honour of my cousin and attended it. As I
entered the hall my cousin signalled me to sit in the front row. The
ceremony had not yet begun.