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Indi Samarajiva (CV)


Location: Sri Lanka

This is always out of date

My name is Indrajit Samarajiva. My Montreal friends call me Indi. My parents and people in Ohio call me Jit. People in Sri Lanka call me both, but I think I prefer Indi.

I was born in Vancouver in 1982, while my parents were in Grad School there. My family is Sri Lankan. My dad Rohan (who I call Tha Tha) and mom, Sujata (Amma), grew up in Sri Lanka. They worked really hard and got into University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser, and I got born with a Canadian passport.

We moved to Sri Lanka when I was 3. We lived with my Achi for a while, I forgot English and learned Sinhalese, ate some fruit, stepped on the dog’s tail. When I was 5 me (and me two new sisters, one in Amma’s tummy) moved to the USA – Columbus, Ohio. Thatha taught Communications at Ohio State University and Amma worked in the Chemistry Department for a while, then for the Ohio Board of Regents. I forgot Sinhalese and learned English again.

I grew up in a typical US suburb. Rich, white, and boring. but good schools and safe. As soon as I got the hell out of high school I came to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec – which is my favorite city ever. I still love America, especially the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. And the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Boston Red Sox (for Merit).

I graduated from McGill with a degree in Cognitive Science. I’ve studied Psych, Linguistics, Education, Philosophy, and Computer Science. In my last year I learned about DNA and Brains. I also worked full-time for the McGill Faculty of Education (and took breaks for class). I guess I’d describe that job as Office Geek.

I live in my Colombo. I can be contacted via indi@indi.ca

Recent Comments

Anti Christian Christmas (2)

Jack Point: I found this video very disturbing. https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=EUHCQyxK3ps&a mp;feature=yout u.be http://dbsjeyar aj.com/dbsj/arc hives/27450

Jack Point: “these acts go under the radar because they’re on what my friend Dinidu calls ‘minorities within minorities’. The attacks are no less awful, however, and it’s sad the mainstream Muslims and Christians are not speaking out,”...

What A Colombo Revolution Might Look Like (Thailand) (5)

sharanga: Good constructive criticism.

sharanga: >the electorate is too ill-informed to decide This is almost always true in any country. It’s one of the greatest faults of democracy. The electorate is ill-informed and as public choice theorists put it, systematica...

Faz: What a ridiculous post Indi. I don’t even know where to begin with this

The Southern Expressway Bus (11)

Jack Point: Wy can’ these MORONS publish the damned timetable? Is that such a hard thing to do ? We have to go round in circles looking for info, no one knows exactly. Every website says contact 1919 but those idiots are only available...

The Cantaloupe Crash (10)

Iqbal: 5.5 million is a lot of money. Sounds about right. OMG 7 million for a wedding? Who organised it Cantaloupe? Did the poruwa crash doen around you? Either way you got ripped off machan. You ain’t no math wiz for sure. More like dim wit.

Iqbal: Indi, I think the official revenue figure was more like Rs 55 million for this Cantaloupe event. Which gives the directors pretty much what you say. I pity the fools that paid such an amount to have their NYE ruined.

Math Whiz: So there were 3500 tickets right? Normal Tickets were Rs. 10,000/- and VIP Tickets were Rs. 13,000/-. Just for the sake of argument let us go with the higher number of Rs. 13,000/- per ticket: 3500 X 13000 = Rs. 45,500,000/- There are 4...

Ali Baba And The NSA (1)

sack: I think you are forgetting the fact that most of the NSA type work (NSA is one among many) is done by private companies. In theory you can say that NSA employees are employees of the government who is doing a duty rather like soldiers. But...

Recent Posts

What A Colombo Revolution Might Look Like (Thailand): There’s a section of Sri Lanka – call them UNPers, elites, ESE, Ceylonese, whatever – that really really dislike Mahinda Rajapaksa and everything he represents. They’d like to see him thrown out of power at the least and tried as a war criminal at the most. This amorphous population, however, cannot beat him in elections and many don’t even vote. They do have disproportionate international connections so are featured a lot in international coverage of Sri Lanka, but they’re not especially influential within. I generalize because I’m talking broadly about a community I am or moreso was a part of.
Ali Baba And The NSA: There’s been a lot of talk about Edward Snowden and the NSA, specifically whether he should be hanged by his neck till dead or treated as a whistleblower. I lean towards the whistleblower side, largely because it’s really hard to take the side of a monolith like the NSA over one human being. There are a few points which have been bugging me.
Anti Christian Christmas: Shamefully, places of worship were attacked over the holidays – both Christian and Muslim. In this case the attacks seem to have been Muslims attacking Sufis (a sect) and claimed Buddhists attacking evangelical Christians. Both of these acts go under the radar because they’re on what my friend Dinidu calls ‘minorities within minorities’. The attacks are no less awful, however, and it’s sad the mainstream Muslims and Christians are not speaking out, let alone Buddhists.
The Cantaloupe Crash: Cantaloupe is an events management team that grew out of the old Colombo Nightlife crew, AFAIK. I’ve met a few of the directors and they’re nice enough, though those sort of events and nightclubs (Amuseum) are not my scene at all. They are, however, a scene which a lot of people seem to enjoy. Underneath that lifestyle, however, there’s always an undercurrent of violence and danger. This New Year’s Eve nobody shot off guns (which happens in Colombo), but an entire stage did collapse, injuring hundreds. There are limited ways to respond to such disasters, but not being prepared, not getting the injured to hospital as a priority and continuing the party have not represented Cantaloupe or the Hilton well.
Action On The LLRC: The LLRC, which initially looked like a kangaroo court, actually turned out to be pretty good. After their recommendations looked like they’d be turned to mulch, however, it looks like they’re actually implementing them. If you’re unfamiliar, the LLRC is the Lessons Learnt And Reconciliation Commission. They documented the collapse of the cease-fire and final war and issued a set of recommendations. Now you can actually see that some of the recommendations are being carried out. For example, someone came to my door and asked if any of our family was killed or disappeared in 1983.