I drove past Temple Trees this morning at sunrise, a few minutes after the first SMS from a major news service proclaimed Mahinda Rajapaksa would step down as President.

I couldn’t believe it. I just hugged a close friend in the passenger seat and I think we both teared up – not knowing how else to fully realise the enormity of change upon us, without the violence we were expecting. Someday I will pen what I felt on that drive, in front of Temple Trees. Suffice to say that I don’t see Groundviews going away anytime soon. Our work, to remind the President elect Maithripala Sirisena that promises made must also be promises kept, will not end.

I’ve listened to’s It’s A New Day several times today, risking disappointment to hope – more than I have since 2005 – that it is indeed a new day, for all Sri Lankans.