Inspiring Soul

Writing this in a hurry before I leave for Kandy.

Sudden unexpected news about a death of someone who lived a short yet colorful and inspiring life.


Chris Al-Aswad, ( altheabashar ) founder of the online arts journal Escape Into Life has passed away. He was 31.

He wrote extensively about art, literature and culture and inspired thousands of like-minded souls around the world. If you haven’t visited Escape Into Life yet, you really should now. It’s a gigantic effort, very informative and inspirational.

In addition to Escape Into Life, he blogged at The Blog of Innocense, wrote poetry and other forms of creative literature. Being a firm believer of the power of web 2.0 media he never hesitated to publish his creative work online, free for everyone’s consumption.

His collection of poems, Purposeless Solitude is available here.

I really hope that the good work he started will continue. I will miss his gentle soul and “good mornings” from the other side of the planet.

Twitter users are posting tributes with the hashtag #TYCHRIS


Surgery update

A footnote, from September 28, 2007

I should have updated before ….

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. I had to undergo foot surgery again. Yeah it’s the same old surgery. And this is the third time but I’m not complaining. Now recovering. Unable to walk much because I got these sutures on the sole of my foot. Sutures will be removed next Saturday.

Been watching cricket when I was not in bed. Nothing much to say. Should get back to work soon.



"It’s awful. I feel like burning all the paintings and the studio"

"I see. It’s because paintings are the most precious things you have. When you want to hurt yourself, you abuse your paintings" says my friend, listening to me over the phone.

"Wow! Really? I never thought about it that way."


I’ve been away too long(once again!) It started because my computer monitor was “burned” in a power over-load. I got a new monitor few days ago but it doesn’t look right at the moment. The brightness and colors aren’t working right. It’s too reddish! My eyes hurt: I spent the whole day yesterday trying to figure out how to control this. Maybe there’s something wrong with this one and I need to take it back to the store. I’ll be posting again as soon as I get this thing fixed.