Awarded for the 1983 account of life in Arugam Bay, Eastern Sri Lanka
Novel Prize for Literature goes to AbaY
German author Frau Claudia ACKERMANN, has won the Novel Prize in Literature for “having created new and deep insights” into events of 1983 in Sri Lanka. Written in graceful, impressive literary style by an impartial, foreign tourist & traveler during the long running conflict of this paradise island. Social Media, Facebook and Twitter is going off at the news. The prize winning travel novel is set in remote Arugam Bay, in the 1980’s.
Some people, critics and fans alike, are thrilled at the news that the “greatest living author of our time” has won the esteemed award. Sarai Dumminus, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called Frau ACKERMANN a great author in the German speaking tradition” before adding that “for many years now she’s been at it reinventing herself, constantly creating a new identity.” Other fans called her a “master” while one fan said that they are “Not so surprise[d]. She is a great contemporary writer of our time.”
Novel Prize 2016 for Peace & Music
Novel Prize Winner Laureate Chris Sherpa
Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize for peaceful Music (NPPM) has been awarded to CHRIS SHERPA. An Australian Songwriter and Musician. For his outstanding composition of the “Arugam Bay” Song. He is the “first Nobel Laureate since George Bernhard Shaw to have been awarded both a #Novel Prize and an Oscar.” President Obama also seems happy about the choice and took to Twitter to congratulate Chris , “Together with Jock Johnson Chris is one of my favorite Surf Composers.” Check out the only known unplugged version of this awesome song. Performed LIVE at AbaY below:
Award winning “Arugam Bay” Song
Chris Scherpa & THE PLONK Bio:
The music of Chris Scherpa is melodic without baby baby schmalz, dirty without being sloppy, the music and lyrics dig deep but stay light and groovy. The songs tell stories. Acoustic sound with punch!
For his songs the songwriter Chris Scherpa uses influences ranging from folk to funk, alternative rock, reggae, blues and even hip hop. Very notable is Chris Scherpa’s special style of acoustic guitar playing – sometimes sounding like 2 guys at once.
Sherpa @ Aragum Bay, 2014 (DPA file photo)
This article was first published 4th June, 2006
It’s an extract from a Travel Novel of events set in Arugam Bay. The recently deceased “Ram” of Sooriya’s plays a huge role in this great Book. Sadly only in German.
Like in the Novel. Is it all Real?
Ich erreichte den Mitternachts-Express gerade noch rechtzeitig, suchte mir einen Platz und sah aus dem Fenster. Ein Tourist drÃ¤ngte sich Ã¼ber den Busbahnhof. Er kam nur langsam vorwÃ¤rts, denn auÃŸer seiner Reisetasche trug er noch ein groÃŸes Surfbord unter dem Arm. RÃ¼cksichtslos schob er damit die Passanten zur Seite, die ihm im Weg waren. In letzter Sekunde erreichte er den Bus, aber da schon fast alle PlÃ¤tze besetzt waren und im Mittelgang Taschen und KÃ¶rbe standen, weigerte sich der Fahrer, ihn mit seinem riesigen GepÃ¤ckstÃ¼ck einsteigen zu lassen. Der Surfer stellte einen FuÃŸ in die TÃ¼r, die Spitze seines Bords ragte bereits ins Innere des Busses. Aggressiv und drohend redete er auf den Fahrer ein, und an seinem Akzent erkannte ich, dass er Australier war. Er war groÃŸ, bestimmt einen Kopf grÃ¶ÃŸer als der Fahrer. Sein KÃ¶rper war muskulÃ¶s und durchtrainiert, aber der Busfahrer, ein schmÃ¤chtiger, hagerer Mann, lieÃŸ sich davon nicht beeindrucken. Um so lauter der Australier sprach, desto sturer wurde sein GegenÃ¼ber.
â€žDas Brett braucht so viel Platz, wie zwei MÃ¤nner”, behauptete der Busfahrer. â€žDu musst drei Tickets kaufen.”
Nach langer Diskussion, die die FahrgÃ¤ste interessiert verfolgten, entschloss sich der Australier schlieÃŸlich, den Preis zu bezahlen. Schimpfend wuchtete er sein Surfbrett in den Bus und kam direkt auf mich zu, denn neben mir war noch ein Platz frei. Continue reading ‘Leseprobe: Der Krokodilfelsen’
Quotes from an Arugam Bay Beach Bar
“We are perceivers. The world that we perceive, though, is an illusion.”
“Cast aside all clinging and the essence will at once emerge.”
A menu with a difference @ The SVH, Arugam Bay
“Even if only in your imagination, it is still good to escape the sadness of everyday life and spend some time in another world.”
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world. One should see as a new butterfly.”
Shalita, New Mexico
(extract quotes) ……Hideaway in Arugam Bay for the best rice and curry I have had in a very long time – very fresh, very hot.
K: Kudumbigala monastery near Arugam Bay/Panama-a fantastic setting for a 1st century BC site
Lahugala in April with millions of butterflies…..
|Together on and off stage
|By Smriti Daniel
|Ranmali and Kumar have known each other since they were 16 – they first met on the set of Richard de Zoysa’s and Rajiva Wijesinha’s dual productions of ‘Romeo & Juliet’.They shared the stage again for several plays, including Steve de la Zilwa’s ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’. “I suppose you can say we ‘met’ on stage and the drama continues!” says Ranmali, of their 18-year marriage.
Unfortunately, acting hasn’t been a priority of late. As Manager Programme Delivery, Ranmali is responsible for all the arts related programmes the British Council delivers in Sri Lanka. An integral part of the team that created www.writeclique.com, she is also working on several new projects that will nurture and showcase young Sri Lankan artistes. Continue reading ‘Hideaway in Arugam Bay, Lahugala, 1st Century Monastery south of Panama’
Top selling Mexican beers to be produced in Eastern Sri Lanka
Corona (labeled Corona Extra) is a brand of pale lager owned and produced by Cerveceria Modelo in Mexico. It is the top-selling beer in Mexico and is one of the top selling beers worldwide. Corona beer is available in over 150 countries. All Corona beer is brewed and bottled in one of 7 Modelo Breweries in Mexico.
Corona Extra. The Mexican top selling beer
Outside of Mexico, Corona is to be slightly renamed and will be produced in a new brewery to be constructed at Arugam Bay. A world famous Surf spot and upcoming tourist resort situated in the deep South East of remote Sri Lanka.
To destinguish the new Sri Lanka Export product from the original Mexican label, and in recognition and celebration of local achievements following the end of the long ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, the following brand name has been proposed:
Caruna Extra. Export to Asian markets only
For this purpose the Mexican global leaders have teamed up with the award winning, but widely unknown Arugam Bay Surfer’s Beer label under an agreement with the Sri Lanka Government and its Board of Investment Department.
Cerveceria Modelo’s chairman Senioria Condolenzza Gogonzola stated that the Company has welcomed branching out to new markets in the East. Corona is a traditional cult beer favored by young, active people and is popular with modern party people. As world economies are shifting to India, China and Russia it makes no longer sense to ship containers of beer half way around the globe. Continue reading ‘Cerveceria Modelo to invest in Arugam Bay’
Three nice photos by Aragon
found on elakiri.com
From Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka. The full eclipse was in India, the most complete eclipse in over 100 years happened in India.
East coast of Sri Lanka in a surfing spot in Arugam Bay called Pottuvil Point. This place is where I have seen one of the most beautiful spots to watch the sunset.
In Arugam Bay East coast oof Sri Lanka, this beach is called Panama beach, good for surfing and beautiful sunsets.
— Majority of the world, especially the West got to know about Arugam Bay, only after the 2004 tsunami.
Arugam Bay 'City' Centre and view to Main Surf Point
There was a moving episode on America’s most-popular talk show, the Oprah Winfrey Show where a tsunami survivor Nate Berkus was interviewed. The Chicago-based interior designer Nate Berkus related his story on television about his vacation going awry. He was relaxing at a beach cottage in Arugam Bay with his partner photographer Fernando Bengoechea, when the deadly tsunami struck. Even though Nate was spared, unfortunately, Fernando’s life wasn’t. Continue reading ‘How the world knew Arugam Bay.’
The Panama beach itself was a paradise on earth.
- Unspoiled Panama beach
The sand dunes stretching along the beach made us stop our jeep and walk a short distance to the turquoise sea beach which stretched endlessly without a single sign of habitation.
A typical Robinson Crusoe atmosphere.
The pink rocks of Panama stood out at the far end of the beach.
The evening sunlight made them glow pinker.
Panama Point. Looking North to Arugam Bay
Here too were monkeys running up and down.
The beach was covered with exquisite marine plant life. It suddenly dawned on us that this may be one of the only beaches left untouched by civilization and pollution.
We were mindful not to tread on the plants or drive over them in our jeep.
Untouched Panama. A true Paradise
This beach with its abundant plant life must be saved for people to see and admire.
It should not meet the fate of the Nilaveli or Passikudah.
Badly polluted Passekudah Beach area
We remembered the native American saying:
“We did not inherit the earth from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children!”
(The above is a highlighted , illustrated extract from the previous post / traveler’s report)