Rochelle

I am a storyteller.

Since I was a child, I would shy away from the limelight and find great comfort behind a pen and pad, telling stories. The craft of writing is something that I have always been passionate about and today it has become a skill I have been perfecting for nearly two decades of my life.
KANDY – KINGDOM HERITAGE

KANDY – KINGDOM HERITAGE

Kandy, with its salubrious hills and verdant landscape has a mesmerizing effect to the multitudes who flock to the city from all parts of the world. The last kingdom of the island remained a strong citadel for centuries, nestled amid natural fauna and flora which made...

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Changing lives for the better through ACCEND

Changing lives for the better through ACCEND

A Project Manager of ACCEND handing over a food panel developed by HPB to the Principal of the Lediyangala Primary School during its opening ceremony. The food panels were reprinted by the ACCEND project to create awareness regarding nutrition among students “I really...

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Rock it with FROK !

Rock it with FROK !

FROK, the brainchild of the innovative fashionista and trend setter, Natalie Jayasuriya blazed into the online shopping platform with a desire to provide locally designed haute couture for the young and trendy fashion conscious youth. Its marketing has been designed...

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Remembering dynamic duo

Remembering dynamic duo

Gamini and Srima Dissanayake Gamini Dissanayake Foundation commemorates Gamini Dissanayake’s 79th Birth Anniversary on 20th March and Srima Dissanayake’s 2ndrd Death Anniversary on 29th March. A visionary who forged ahead with undiminished zeal, Gamini Dissanayake was...

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PANTHERA – EMPOWERING THE WOMAN OF TODAY

PANTHERA – EMPOWERING THE WOMAN OF TODAY

Drawing inspiration from the alluring felines of yore- the mystical and mesmerizing pantheras is PANTHERA, the female exclusive modeling agency resonating deeply with the modern woman, empowering each of them to evolve into a woman of substance! The world has altered...

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Aldo’s timeless designs

Aldo’s timeless designs

Aldo’s timeless designs have bewitched many fashionistas and brides for decades. The famous designer who hails from the salubrious hills of Kandy, has not lost his sparkle and his love for creating and not even his age has diminished his verve. Having heard of him...

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The formidable Omalka Gunaratne

The formidable Omalka Gunaratne

Blazing through the playing field like a fire brand, was none other than OmalkaGunaratne who won the admiration of many rugby aficionados since his glory days at Isipathana College. So much so that one would automatically ascertain that rugby was part of his DNA and...

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Friend in need is a friend indeed

Friend in need is a friend indeed

The Colombo Friend-In-Need Society ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed," is an age old adage which has rung true throughout the ages and none more emphatically than the Society which bears its name, The Colombo Friend-in-Need Society (CFINS), which has provided...

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A CUT ABOVE THE REST – GERALD SOLOMONS

A CUT ABOVE THE REST – GERALD SOLOMONS

The term a cut above the rest is epitomized to perfection by the flamboyant Gerald Solomons, a hairdresser and fashion guru by profession who could quite unassumingly be identified in the ilk of celebrity rock stars! Featured at every social gathering, the media...

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SENSATIONAL SISTERS: UMARA AND UMARIA!

SENSATIONAL SISTERS: UMARA AND UMARIA!

The mesmeric voices of Sri Lanka’s sensational singing sisters have enthralled crowds from the moment they decided to perform publicly. The ensuing years since their initial performance precipitated in an avalanche of offers to sing alongside famous singers in the...

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Iconic Danseuse: Naomi’s love for dance

Iconic Danseuse: Naomi’s love for dance

Naomi Rajaratnam has done wonders to the dance fraternity of the island. She is a trailblazer in her field and the usually reserved beauty metamorphs into a graceful dancer on the floor drawing admiration from audiences around the world. A Ballerina in the making As a...

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TIESH: The Story Behind the Sparkle

TIESH: The Story Behind the Sparkle

The story behind TIESH’s sparkle is not merely a tag line but an inspirational tale spanning 21 years.   At the helm is Lasantha de Fonseka along with his ever supportive spouse Bryony.  Together, they have spawned a dynamic venture which has lasted many decades while...

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GRAND Finale!

GRAND Finale!

The finale for Miss Grand Sri Lanka for Miss Grand International, Top Model of the World and Mister International Sri Lanka was held at the Water Edge. The glitterati of Colombo were present to witness the prestigious pageant which saw the glamourous contestants’...

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Endless Summer Haute Couture by Lois London

Endless Summer Haute Couture by Lois London

Once again Lois London expresses its versatility and unique sense of style through its ‘Endless Summer’ collection which encompasses some of its best-selling silhouettes in bright tropical toned silks. Lois London creates multi- functional, free size garments which is...

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MB IMRAN – LEAVING A LEGACY OF LOVE

MB IMRAN – LEAVING A LEGACY OF LOVE

The smile that lit up a room and the eyes that sparkled along with it is no more, but the memories that were so precious, live on in the lives he touched in every corner of the world… The words, gestures, care and love  of this beautiful soul who left such a huge void...

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CEYLOVE: The Renaissance of Sri Lankan Cuisine!

CEYLOVE: The Renaissance of Sri Lankan Cuisine!

Get ready to spice up your life with Jessica Heath’s CEYLOVE’! It’s a cookery book with a difference, promising a plethora of flavourful, sensorial masterpieces for the experts and aspiring cooks. It is a connoisseur’s dream, as it inspires your creative spark with...

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The Unstoppable Supernova Kishu Gomes

The Unstoppable Supernova Kishu Gomes

The enigmatic Kishu Gomes has challenged the status quo from the word go as the versatile supernova has emerged victorious in every facet of life and similar to King Midas of Greek mythology , his touch has  turned everything to gold. … Looking dapper in a custom...

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Waste receives a facelift

Waste receives a facelift

I must confess that the thought of visiting a landfill did not seem appealing at first but my curiosity got the better of me and I was in a ‘tuk tuk’ on my way to Karadiyana on a clear Friday afternoon, with no clue as to what I would encounter. Winding along a...

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Heart to Heart with Dr. Rajitha De Silva

Heart to Heart with Dr. Rajitha De Silva

Dr. Rajitha Desilva, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Sri Jayawardanepura Hospital and Co-Founder of the ‘Heart to Heart’ Trust Fund takes us on a journey involving the human heart and his personal quest to implement awareness about its importance. Heat to Heart...

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POWER COUPLE – FIONA & HASRATH MUNASINGHE

POWER COUPLE – FIONA & HASRATH MUNASINGHE

Fiona and Hasrath Munasinghe, the husband and wife duo have contributed immensely towards the success of their respective entities. Reaching the pinnacle in similar careers while enjoying a close bond in a marriage is rare but they have triumphantly climbed the...

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Howard Martenstyn – An Invaluable Treasure

Howard Martenstyn – An Invaluable Treasure

The term Whale Expert or Marine Expert would be too limited a description for this man of the sea who is vastly knowledgeable and passionate about the marine wildlife of Sri Lanka. There are a handful of people you feel honoured to meet and Howard Martenstyn is...

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Glam Queen – Priyanthi De Silva

Glam Queen – Priyanthi De Silva

Poised, Elegant and a beauty reminiscent of the famous queen Cleopatra is Priyanthi De Silva, the glamorous model whose face and hour glass figure launched countless fashion trends. Even in her casual attire devoid of make-up Priyanthi is flawless with a softness that...

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W.A.Dharmasiri – Lion Hearted Patriot

W.A.Dharmasiri – Lion Hearted Patriot

W.A.Dharmasiri is a larger than life persona that epitomizes patriotism in its true sense. In an era when politics is shrouded in a miasma of doubt, this writer was privileged to meet a true son of Mother Lanka. The legendary W.A Dharmasiri had to be cajoled to reveal...

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Dhanush De Costa – Photography sans Borders

Dhanush De Costa – Photography sans Borders

The ever youthful Dhanush De Costa displays his acrobatic skills as he aims and shoots, capturing the most breathtakingly beautiful scenarios, epic portraits and thought evoking images. His journey as a multi-faceted photographer has spiraled into him being sought...

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BnS – On the Borders of the Big 20!

BnS – On the Borders of the Big 20!

Bathiya & Santhush, the celebrity duo who are popularly known as BnS have taken the music industry by storm, a storm which has shown no signs of abating. Since their new album in 1998, BnS has catapulted into stardom through their unique style of music and...

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Kushil Gunasekera – An Inspiration to All

Kushil Gunasekera – An Inspiration to All

The feeling was surreal; I was face to face with a living legend, after many years since I first heard about him and his magnanimous work. This larger than life figure epitomizes the term cheerful giver as his life’s work revolves around giving. “These boxes contain...

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Dasantha Fonseka – Visionary Et Al

Dasantha Fonseka – Visionary Et Al

Dasantha Fonseka is the visionary et al, spearheading the rapidly expanding Total Eye Care Provider, Vision Care.  It is the country’s no 01 ophthalmology care facility which is on its milestone 25th year, having established 46 branches in 15 districts and 09...

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Deepak Shanmuganathan on the Ramp of Life

Deepak Shanmuganathan on the Ramp of Life

Deepak Shanmuganathan has graced the covers of umpteenth magazines, with his dashing good looks and suave manner. The enigmatic smile, devilish chin cleft, sultry eyes and good personality have made him a firm favourite in the modeling circles of Colombo. Classed as a...

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Tania S. Abeysundara – Queen of Design

Tania S. Abeysundara – Queen of Design

Hailing from a business oriented family, Tania S. Abeysundara, Founder and Managing Partner of SenVin Collection is a magnate in her own right. After completing her higher education at the Sydney Designer College she returned to her homeland and promptly got married....

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The Designer Wedding Show 2017

The Designer Wedding Show 2017

The ‘Designer Wedding Show 2017’ was the epitome of glamour as the crème de la crème of the fashion world gathered to showcase the brilliant designs on the 28th of November at Colombo’s grandest location, the Shangri-La Hotel. The majestic grandeur of the hotel befit...

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A Whale of a Time with Fairway

A Whale of a Time with Fairway

The adrenaline rush at spotting a blue whale is awesome and seeing one from 1500ft up in the air is an experience worth having! On a balmy Friday morning, the Cessna T206H hovered over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The water turned a deeper hue due to the...

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Lumbini Tea- Setting the ultimate Standards

Lumbini Tea- Setting the ultimate Standards

Nestled amidst the salubrious hills of the Sinharaja forest is the Lumbini Tea Centre. As one sips a refreshing tea cup, one is drawn to the breathtaking view of the verdant forest hailed as a world- famous biodiversity hotspot and classed as a World Heritage site by...

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Frogsmacked ! – Kumar’s priceless bounty

Frogsmacked ! – Kumar’s priceless bounty

‘Frogsmacked’ was the word that came into my mind as I contemplated interviewing Kumar de Silva on his queer affinity towards frogs (not the live ones of course!). I myself am not a fan of the four-legged amphibians but the hordes of pictures on his FB page piqued my...

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Dil’s Passion for Beauty

Dil’s Passion for Beauty

The dusky, doe eyed beauty, Dil Sapukothanage puts a bride instantly at ease with her carefree ebullient manner and pleasant disposition. With Dil, one gets the feeling of being dressed by a loved one, which sets the tone for a bride and the retinue to bask in the joy...

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Miss Universe Sri Lanka creates History

Miss Universe Sri Lanka creates History

The coronation of Miss. Universe Sri Lanka, Christina Peiris took place amid a gathering of distinguished guests at the Blue, Hilton Colombo on 15thOctober 2017. At the gala event Jayathi De Silva, Miss. Universe Sri Lanka 2016 expressed her gratitude to the sponsors...

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Shopper’s Paradise!

Shopper’s Paradise!

Sri Lanka’s trendiest shopping outlets are prepping up for the festive season with a plethora of retail items that will add a sparkle to your seasonal shopping spree. With sales bonanzas and gift vouchers galore, one is certainly left with limitless choices to make...

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The ‘Sailogues’

The ‘Sailogues’

Saira Cader, a spirited young lady who threw caution to the wind and literally seized the day is the inspiration for my story. ‘Sailogue’ (derived from the word ‘Travelogue’) is the term which popped into my head as I kept living my life vicariously through her...

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Adventurous Ashan

Adventurous Ashan

Have you ever had a picnic by a cliff overlooking the aqua marine sea, enjoyed a scrumptious village meal by a gurgling stream after a two hour hike up a blessed rock or been lulled to sleep by the chirping sounds of the crickets as the moon shone brightly on to your...

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Sensational Tanuja Perera

Sensational Tanuja Perera

Her poise and confidence portrays a lady who can take on the world come what may! Our cover girl is none other than the sensational Tanuja Perera; a beautiful young lady who embodies the woman of today. Epitomizing the millennial who finds satisfaction in multiple...

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Empowering Women through WISTA

Empowering Women through WISTA

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organization for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. It is a major player in attracting more women to the...

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Touching Lives through Cancer Care Trust

Touching Lives through Cancer Care Trust

Little Priyashanthi’s face was wreathed in a smile as she saw her reflection in the mirror a few days ago. The 13-year old who was wheel chair bound due to the surgery she had undergone a month ago seemed a bit overwhelmed at the attention she received before and...

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Mövenpick creates intimate wedding memories

Mövenpick creates intimate wedding memories

Mövenpick Hotels, the global hotel chain of five- star rating, established in the heart of Colombo has created a niche as a prime location for cozy and intimate gatherings such as contemporary weddings. The very first international venue to be founded after a period...

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Ceylon Princess  The Chinese Connection

Ceylon Princess The Chinese Connection

The demure lady introduced herself as the ‘Ceylon Princess,’ at a prestigious function in China in 2014 and my curiosity was sparked as I was always on the lookout for a good story. I willed to get to the bottom of this astounding tale. Princess Xushi Yin é hails from...

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An architect with a heart of gold

An architect with a heart of gold

Standing tall and poised with a dazzling smile, she is an embodiment of grace and sheer elegance; similar to Princess Diana. Yet, a deeper look into this beauty reveals nerves of steel and a strong will power. She was THE artist of our grade; drawing pictures for us, her friends. Her artistic flair superseded the rest as she displayed her talent and love for drawing at every given turn. One simply could not think of her apart from her drawing, it was an all-in-one package and later on it seemed natural that she would opt for art and follow a career that required drawing in some sense.

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Sadhina Abeysuriya’s Flaming Flamingoes

Sadhina Abeysuriya’s Flaming Flamingoes

"They remind me of the Victoria Secret models," said she with a burst of laughter, recalling the elegant manner in which they placed one leg in front of the other, with grace attributed to models on the ramp. I managed to contact our amazing photographer, Sadhina...

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The ‘Leopard Whisperer’ at Wilpattu

The ‘Leopard Whisperer’ at Wilpattu

4 "Seeing a leopard in its natural habitat had always been one of my dreams, and thanks to my dear childhood friend Sadhina, that’s now checked off my bucket list. Although be pre-warned, once you’ve seen one leopard in the wild, you’re hooked for life! If only...

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That Deadly ‘Viper’

That Deadly ‘Viper’

His low tackles were akin to a bite by the most venomous snake endemic to the island, the Russell’s Viper, hence earning him the moniker ‘VIPER.’ This is none other than the legendary rugby player who represented Airforce, CR & FC and Sri Lanka, who dominated play...

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Blue Whale at 12 O’clock!

Blue Whale at 12 O’clock!

There’s something at 12 o’clock, shouted Ashan…and the few of us lunged for our cameras and looked straight ahead, balancing ourselves on whatever we could to, for dear life. Straining our eyes, willing it not to even blink, just so we could spot the most gigantic and...

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Chitrasena: The legend lives on

Chitrasena: The legend lives on

January 26th 2010 was a significant day for Sri Lanka not particularly due to the elections but more so as it was the birth anniversary of a legend; Chitrasena; a pioneer of the modern dance theatre albeit a colossal figure in the dancing hall of fame. ‘His name is...

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D. J. Wimalasurendra’s Demodara Masterpiece

D. J. Wimalasurendra’s Demodara Masterpiece

Demodara, with its cool climate, pristine waterfalls (Dunhinda and Ravana), springs and mountains dotted with tea bushes is a picturesque town situated in the Badulla District and it is famous for its railway station, an ingenious construction by a Sri Lankan. It is a...

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Angelo Mathews: A phenomenal inspiration!

Angelo Mathews: A phenomenal inspiration!

Angelo Mathews, the youngest all rounder in the Sri Lanka cricket team is an inspiration to our youth. At 22, the talented youngster excels in batting, bowling and fielding often giving us cause to “whoop,” with his acrobatic displays in fielding. Born on June 2,...

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