Professor Maunaguru; Icon of Indigenous Tamil Culture

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There was a time in the not too distant history of this country when Tamil culture and arts were appreciated and explored in depth; Post 1983 and the intensification of the war however, all that came to a grinding halt in many parts of the country. As Tamils dispersed both within the country and abroad, the last thing on ...

Bus Travails

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Traveling in buses is a tiresome experience most of us endure every day. Crowded conditions, molesters, bus conductors who never bother to return your Rs.1 or 2 but throw you out if you are 50 cents short of the required bus fare… I don’t know about you but all that and more are just a few of the things that ...

Bus Travails

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Traveling in buses is a tiresome experience most of us endure every day. Crowded conditions, molesters, bus conductors who never bother to return your Rs.1 or 2 but throw you out if you are 50 cents short of the required bus fare… I don’t know about you but all that and more are just a few of the things that ...

Problems of Generation Gap

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‘Kids these days are so brash, we were never like this when we were growing up,’ is a refrain that I constantly heard from adults around me while growing up. Not that the refrain has stopped now, it’s just that I myself have joined the ranks of the moaners, something I would never have thought was possible in my harassed ...

Problems of Generation Gap

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‘Kids these days are so brash, we were never like this when we were growing up,’ is a refrain that I constantly heard from adults around me while growing up. Not that the refrain has stopped now, it’s just that I myself have joined the ranks of the moaners, something I would never have thought was possible in my harassed ...

Misogyny & the Media

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How many of you take it for granted that women are silly vain creatures who spend all their time on make-up, gossiping and back biting? They are also the ones who love cats – silly vain selfish creatures just like themselves. Right? And if you ever come across a woman who’s kind, gentle and intelligent – she’s the exception to ...

Misogyny & the Media

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How many of you take it for granted that women are silly vain creatures who spend all their time on make-up, gossiping and back biting? They are also the ones who love cats – silly vain selfish creatures just like themselves. Right? And if you ever come across a woman who’s kind, gentle and intelligent – she’s the exception to ...

Somebody Up There DOESN’T Like Me :(

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It’s a fact of life (my life I mean), that I’ve often noticed. Just after a hell of a roller coaster ride when I am just beginning to feel somewhat comfortable or (heaven forbid) even remotely happy, something comes along to royally mess it up. A former roommate of mine once enunciated what was wrong in her life thus: “Every ...

Somebody Up There DOESN’T Like Me :(

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It’s a fact of life (my life I mean), that I’ve often noticed. Just after a hell of a roller coaster ride when I am just beginning to feel somewhat comfortable or (heaven forbid) even remotely happy, something comes along to royally mess it up. A former roommate of mine once enunciated what was wrong in her life thus: “Every ...

What’s the RASSL’s Problem?

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Ok – I have a lot of pending work to do but I will take time off from that to address an issue that has been troubling me ever since I saw this daily mirror article. What exactly is the Royal Asiatic Society’s problem anyway? Hindu Fundamentalists? I don’t see any Hindu Fundamentalists around here. Do you see any Hindu ...

What’s the RASSL’s Problem?

Eye of the Cyclone
Ok – I have a lot of pending work to do but I will take time off from that to address an issue that has been troubling me ever since I saw this daily mirror article. What exactly is the Royal Asiatic Society’s problem anyway? Hindu Fundamentalists? I don’t see any Hindu Fundamentalists around here. Do you see any Hindu ...

Quest for Perfection…

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Early on in my teens I made a promise to myself:- I would not have any regrets on my deathbed. Yeah I know – I was a stupid teenager, but I was also a very idealistic teenager. Extensive reading as well as coming into contact with older people who had many regrets about their misspent youth made me firm in ...

Quest for Perfection…

Eye of the Cyclone
Early on in my teens I made a promise to myself:- I would not have any regrets on my deathbed. Yeah I know – I was a stupid teenager, but I was also a very idealistic teenager. Extensive reading as well as coming into contact with older people who had many regrets about their misspent youth made me firm in ...

Dear Tulie…

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This is a letter from your future self in 2009. Don’t be sceptical, it really is possible. At the moment you are probably snorting your way through a Jughead Time Police comic and wondering what your favourite comic book series has come down to but it really is possible. Well, we haven’t perfected time travel yet but I am able ...

Dear Tulie…

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This is a letter from your future self in 2009. Don’t be sceptical, it really is possible. At the moment you are probably snorting your way through a Jughead Time Police comic and wondering what your favourite comic book series has come down to but it really is possible. Well, we haven’t perfected time travel yet but I am able ...

Ruminations (NOT the Bovine variety)

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The only time I ever blog is when I’ve something else to do – and don’t want to do it. Hmmm, I wonder why I don’t blog more often then? Anyway, I am in the college computer lab with a three hour deadline for some assignment so here I am – putting my time to good use as usual

Ruminations (NOT the Bovine variety)

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The only time I ever blog is when I’ve something else to do – and don’t want to do it. Hmmm, I wonder why I don’t blog more often then? Anyway, I am in the college computer lab with a three hour deadline for some assignment so here I am – putting my time to good use as usual :P ...

Tales of a Professional Procrastinator

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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen of Kottuville… *Deep Bow* I am sure most of you don’t know who I am; The few of you who did know me would have forgotten my existence by now I am sure. I was never a consistent blogger and now it’s been three months at least since I last blogged. I assure you I wouldn’t ...

Tales of a Professional Procrastinator

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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen of Kottuville… *Deep Bow* I am sure most of you don’t know who I am; The few of you who did know me would have forgotten my existence by now I am sure. I was never a consistent blogger and now it’s been three months at least since I last blogged. I assure you I wouldn’t ...

Is English Really Necessary in a Sinhala Speaking Country?

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Don’t look at me folks – that’s not really my title, it was just the tiltle of a debate in an English Day program I found myself at recently. I was rather startled when the topic of the debate was announced but that was before it started. After that, I was just plain flabbergasted. The round was started by the ...