Well, pop open a bottle of champagne and break out the party hats folks! The fabled phoenix himself, none other than our former President and SLFP leader Maithripala Sirisena has set sail (or well… boarded an airplane) for the glittering lands of Uncle Sam. He dusted off his passport early this morning (12 Feb.), clandestinely tiptoed past the snoozing security guards and absconded into clandestine horizons.
Why all this subtlety you ask? Well because, dear reader, nobody tells Mr. Sirisena what to do. Not his alarm clock that goes off at 5 am sharp every day; not even Sri Lanka’s favourite ‘Pol Roti’ addled with spicy coconut sambol – as much as it might silently scream “don’t leave me!”
But, alas dear friends! Morning found us bereft of none but our beloved leader who presumably is somewhere over the Atlantic by now or perhaps he just landed on American soil – gazing fondly at their peculiar assortment of cheeseburgers and Freedom Fries!
Now before your imagination spirals further ahead wondering about Our distinguished ex-Prez’s journey across stateside territories let me snag you back to chilly Colombo where an array of emotions ripples in wake of Sirisena rinsing his thermos flask one final time before vanishing like vapour trail from our tropical realms.
Sirisena Taking Off: A Dissection!
In quiet contemplation we find ourselves dissecting the departure of this prominent figure whose penchant for keeping things unpredictable reflects through blockchain-like unpredictability in Lankan politics. Oh rejoice yet again people! For such are uncertain times when even pre-dawn roosters are confused about sirisena’s sudden onesie jump into another timezone!
Is this an official visit? Is it a strategic exploration of opportunities in the land of the “free”? Or is ‘Big Apple’ Sirisena’s latest culinary fixation sounding sirens for his squeezing through to America’s burgerland panorama?
Who knows! Such ambiguity befits Sri Lanka like curry fits roti, or how ‘Pitikotuwa’ nests perfectly on top of Galle Face green. We thrive under suspense and mystery as much we love our buffalo curd and treacle straight from Haputale hilltops.
Reactions Back Home
A torrential downpour of speculation has swept across the country since Sirisena’s understated departure, even tarnishing usual kadala pradeeshiya chatter sessions at your friendly neighbourhood kopi kade (coffee shop). And amidst speculative news dregs swirling faster than monsoon clouds over East Coast – conspiracy theories have spun up quicker than chefs do their egg hoppers!
So here we carefully wrap juicy gossip titbits around parippu vadai whisper tales that echo louder than temple gongs ringing out exotic tales involving cloak-daggers-clandestine deals-invocations-sacraments-wand magic etcetera paraphernalia shifting addresses between Colombo-NYC-DC Triangle amongst political cognoscenti.
Sirisena In Uncle Sam Land
While home shines with full moon poya lights on coconut tree canopies, elsewhere Mr. Maithri has landed smack dab middle within yankee hustle-bustle embracing spirit-spunk-and star spangled engagements with gusto.
What does beloved Bovril enjoy across continental breakfast tables? Or how awkward he feels when interrupting souls lost deep into their apple-pie contemplations prompt him asking directions to closest donut-shop apart being nonplussed by mega-malls sprawling NYC skylines reaching heavens above?
These, dear reader, are questions that blink back at each of us during nashta-time conjuring intriguing tales played out thousands miles away amidst grandeur called America. But let’s reign in imagination-horses galloping wild within hearts over our roguish statesman.
Oh nation! Your knight has flown the nest. He is now eating apple pies instead of kiri bath; replacing glorious crimson sarongs with boring monochrome trousers; driving around on right-side whilst steering wheel sits cocksure left-leaning and infrastructure everywhere feels disturbingly too functional!
There he stands, Maithripala Sirisena – a lone Sri Lankan amongst Uncle Sam’s fellow Americans looking star-spangled ready to taste sense-sensibilities whilst adjusting monocle lens for careful-prolonged-gaze upon Land Of Free – Home Of Brave who inspects thread-counts US Citizenship invites with furtive glances towards Lincoln Memorial Statue while ‘Take Me Out To BallGame’ softly hums background scores building crescendos under clear skies where our boy unfurls his horizons sporting SLFP colours proudly leaning against wind.
So as we bid adieu, here begins another tale curling up into dramatic essence personifying eternal quest known better as exploration-extrapolation-and-emancipation across cultures-cuisines-companies soaking accumulated wisdom through morning pancakes doused in generous Maple Syrup supply knowing well you never really leave home because eventually all roads lead Rome or Homagama both bearing unique attractions for their exotic landscapes kissed by raindrops famous wold-over before signing off announcing cheerfully:
Former President Maithripala Sirisena leaves for US