This is the forty third in a series I am writing for the JEANS section of 'The Nation'. The series is for children. Adults, consider yourselves warned...you might re-discover a child within you! Scroll down for other articles in this series. Many years ago a little girl was throwing such a tantrum that her mother just couldn’t calm her down. ...

When the enemy expands, consider inflation This is the forty fourth in a series of articles on rebels and rebellion written for the FREE section of 'The Nation'. Scroll to the end for other articles in this series. 'FREE' is dedicated to youth and youthfulness.This is how it is in battle — there are victories but most of them go the other way, especially if you ...

*ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ විපක්ෂ නායකයෙක් ද පක්ෂ නායකයෙක් ද?*කැකිරිලන්තයේ සිට වර්තමාන ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නැත්නම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වර්තමානය පෙනෙන හැටි: ජනතාවට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් අවශ්‍යත් නැහැ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ජනතාවක් අවශ්‍යත් නැහැ.*ජාතික ලැයිස්තු සෙල්ලම හරහා ජවිපෙ මෛත්‍රීවාදීන් වූ වගයි [මෛත්‍රීවාදය යනු රාජපක්ෂවාදය ට කියන තව නමකි].*ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් ඇති බව දැන ගනීම සතුටට කරුනකි.*කොකා කෝලා මෙතෙක් ප්‍රශ්නයක් නොවුන මහින්ද වාදීන් සහ ...

He carried his team on his shoulders at times and now that he's retired will the team just roll over and 'die'? When living legends decide to call it a day, there are predictable responses. Here are some: There’s still something more you can give. You are not ready to retire (read: we are not ready for you to retire). ...

Let’s get serious about the death penalty Galle Face Green: An ideal place for the first execution, don't you think?One of these days, the State of Sri Lanka will execute a person currently on death row, as per the current thinking regarding capital punishment in powerful circles. It will be the first legal execution in over 30 years. I am not sure if the instrument of death ...

A note on ocean transcripts Over 20 years ago, one night in August, my friend Mahendra 'Patta' Silva and I took a walk by the sea. I think it was from Bambalapitiya to Wellawatte, along the railway track. He told me that the sea always calms and explained why. He said that each human being is calmed by a particular combination of sounds, tones if ...

The Biswal take-over and other politidbits of the week Maithri's 'Miracle'More than a week has passed since results were released. Parliament has not been convened. There’s no Speaker. No Leader of the Opposition. No Cabinet. Just three ministers have been appointed, all to satisfy the various ‘areas of concern’ of a visiting US civil servant. Now that is the kind of ‘Miracle’ that Mahinda never could deliver.Maithri-Circus‘Maithri-Circus’ or the ...

Prime Ministerial Headaches This should have been easy. It has been easy all these years. Hold election, release results, count numbers, pick the leader of the party which returned the most candidates to Parliament and appoint him/her as Prime Minister. Then Parliament convenes, the Speaker is elected, the Leader of the Opposition is selected and Cabinet is appointed. Seems pretty straightforward.It seems easy ...

මෛත්‍රිපාල නිශා බිස්වාල් නෝනට ගැයූ ගීතය සහ තවත් පශ්චාත් මැතිවරණ රස කතා Graphic: Kavinda Vimarshanaමෛත්‍රිපාල නිශා බිස්වාල් නෝනට ගැයූ ගීතය ජාත්‍යාන්තර සෙනෙහස විඳිනටපින් කර ඇතිමුත්පිවිතුරු ඔබේ හදින්ඔබේ දෙපා ළඟ දුහුවිල්ලක්වත්වන්නට නොමැත වරම්එක තැන රැඳුනද මනසින් හැඟුමින්ඔබ මා එකම සිතින්කුමටද නිදිනැති යහනට නැතිනම්ඔබගේ සුසුම් පවන්යළි යළි බැඳුනද නොසැලෙන විලසින්ඔබ මා සිතට සිතින්කුමටද නැති කළ සෙවණට මොහොතක්ඔබ ළඟ රැදෙන වරම්විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ කොපි කරලා මාට්ටු වෙලා ශිෂ්‍යභාවය අහෝසි කරන ලද කෙනෙක් ජාතික ලැයිස්තුවෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඇවිත්. ...

Hey buddy, what's your other-side? Everyone has another side, an away-from-the-public side, an underside, a dark side or in some cases even a light side, a black side, a secret side, an only-when-I-am-alone side. Some people think that these ‘sides’ in fact constitute the ‘real’ character with the ‘visible’ elements being essentially eyewash. I don’t know if this is true.I do know, however, that people ...

"මෛත්‍රී-සර්කස්" නොහොත් ජනවරමෙන් පස්ස පිහදාගැනීමේ දේශපාලන සැණකෙළිය නරඹන්න ජනතාවට වරම් නැත. විඳින්නට පමණක් සිදුවනු ඇත. නිකුතුව 'ජනවරම' ලෙස නම් කරනු ඇත. 'විප්ලවයක්' ලෙසද එය අර්ථකථනය කර ගනු ඇත. යහපාලනය, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය, ශිෂ්ටත්වය, ජනවරමට ගරු කිරීම, ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යය යනාදී වදන් තෙපලන්න හුරුව සිටි සියලු දෙනා නිහඬ වනු ඇත. (Aug 17)යුග පෙරලිය: කොරන යුගය අවසන් වී ප්‍රමාද යුගය, ප්‍රමාද යුගය අවසන් වී (කටු ...

And you can be a rainbow-maker This is the forty second in a series I am writing for the JEANS section of 'The Nation'. The series is for children. Adults, consider yourselves warned...you might re-discover a child within you! Scroll down for other articles in this series. Who in this world has never cried? No one. We all have. And we’ve seen others cry, infants, young ...

It's ok if you haven't heard of Nilame Wanigasekera This was written five years ago and published in the 'Daily News' for which newspaper I wrote a column titled 'The Morning Inspection'. Nilame Wanigasekera died in July 2010. Not many people who read the 'Daily News' would have heard of his passing. But there's always something that people leave behind, something that lingers longer than life...Akira Kurosawa made many ...

When you are the last one standing… This is the forty third in a series of articles on rebels and rebellion written for the FREE section of 'The Nation'. Scroll to the end for other articles in this series. 'FREE' is dedicated to youth and youthfulness.It happens. Events, desertion, betrayal, fatigue, consideration of opportunity costs, fear and any number of reasons can result in numbers depleting. In ...

An icon bids adieu He pushed himself to the limit and thereby served his team and country to the best he could.Kumar Sangakkara is playing his last Test. He has picked the ongoing Second Test against India as his farewell game. He’s within striking distance of a few batting records but as the man himself has pointed out if it has come down to ...

The Pied Piper from Polonnaruwa Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper. The one who came to the town of Hamlin, that is. He came to get rid of the rats and he did so by luring them out of every rathole in that unhappy town. They followed his tunes to a river and as he stepped onto a boat they went on to ...

Mahinda is no one’s baby-sitter It’s easy to offer advice after the fact. Mahinda Rajapaksa had many exit-options. He could have ruled in a way that he could go out, even in defeat, with head held high. He did not. And yet, he had enough popularity and even grudging respect from detractors, to go into quiet retirement, barring of course the possibility that ghosts of ...

The last refuge of the politically displaced Humble tents, the charitable gifts of those with gifting power....far more dignified than a Parliamentary seat courtesy a slot in someone's 'National List,' don't you think?This was written a few weeks before the 2010 General Election and not long after the major parties announced their respective 'National Lists'. It was published in the Sunday Island of February 28, 20110.October or ...

National Lists 2001: When CBK and RW both got F's No, this is not the kind of place that immediately comes to mind when there's talk of 'National List' but still...This article was published 'The Island' on November 9, 2011, a few days before the General Election which gave Ranil Wickremesinghe his second stint as Prime Minister. It was titled "A refugee camp called 'The National List'" and was part ...

මම කවියෙක් නොවෙමි සුනිල් මිහිඳුකුල මහතා මෑතකදී මා සමග කල සංවාදයක සටහන් සිළුමිණ පුවත්පතෙහි "සත්මඬල" අතිරේකයේ පළවුයේ මෙසේය...මාලින්ද සෙනෙවිරත්න ප්‍රකට ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ඉංග්‍රීසි කවියෙකි. මේ වන විට ඔහු කවි පොත් හතක් ලියා පළ කර ඇත. එසේ ම මාලින්ද සාහිත්‍ය පරිවර්තකයෙක් ද වෙයි. හෙතෙම සයිමන් නවගත්තේගමගේ ‘සංසාරණ්‍යයේ දඩයක්කාරයා’ නවකතාව ඉංග්‍රීසියට නැඟුවේ ය. ඔහුගේ කෘති සඳහා ග්‍රේෂන් සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන ද හිමි විය. මාලින්ද වෘත්තියෙන් පුවත්පත් ...

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