Asiff Hussein

Asiff Hussein

Asiff Hussein is a Freelance Writer and Author of a number of publications in the fields of Ethnology, Sociology and Linguistics. His works include Zeylanica, a Study of the Peoples and Languages of Sri Lanka, Sarandib: An Ethnological Study of the Muslims of Sri Lanka, Ivilly Pevilly: The Gastronome’s Guide to the Culinary History & Heritage of Sri Lanka and Caste in Sri Lanka: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. He holds a B.A. Degree in Social Sciences from the Open University of Sri Lanka, a Post-graduate Diploma in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya and a Diploma in Journalism from the Aquinas College of Higher Studies, Sri Lanka.

Everyday Sri Lanka

Ten Interesting Facts About Sri Lankan Names

Little do we realise that names are the foundation of all knowledge. Naming people and things makes it easier for us to make sense…

Everyday Sri Lanka

Five Scary Diseases That Terrified Our Ancestors

Many of us are no doubt familiar with the Black Death, having read the chilling accounts of the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe over…

Everyday Sri Lanka

The Slave Island That We Have Forgotten

Ever wondered how Slave Island, one of downtown Colombo’s major hotspots today, got its name? It has neither slaves nor is an island as…

Arts & Culture

Ten Wonderful Things We Have The Malays To Thank For

Sri Lanka’s Malays, despite being a happy-go-lucky people, are well known for their diligence to duty. This is perhaps a spillover from the days…

Everyday Sri Lanka

Femme Fatales: Spirits Believed To Haunt Our Island

You will often find that in popular culture (movies for example) frightening female characters are the favourite choice to scare the living daylights out…

Food

The Curious Case Of ‘Traditional’ Sri Lankan Food And Their Foreign Origins

Given Sri Lanka’s land size, it may seem like we have the greatest variety of food anywhere in the world. How come, you may…

Everyday Sri Lanka

The White Man’s Words

There is this hilarious story of an American editor who wanted to come up with a novel way of wording the usual births, marriages,…

Food

Man Meat, Snails, Snakes, And Other Stone Age Delicacies

Man is what he eats, goes a famous German saying, and yes, he is in the material sense because all that he is, his…