Justifiable? The Protest Against Private Higher Educational Institutes in Sri Lanka

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(Disclaimer: These are questions and thoughts that I jotted down after reading through and listening to numerous debates/discussions on the issue. I personally hold neutral and undecided views on the issue)1. I'm still struggling to grasp what the issue is supposed to be as illustrated by the poster such as the one in this picture. Do the protesting segment of ...

‘Writing Sri Lanka from the Diaspora’: A Reflection

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(This post appeared originally on the blog of the website - Forum for Overseas Sri Lankas - fosl.lk)Of the contributions that Sri Lankan’s and those of Sri Lankan origin living overseas have made to various sectors and areas in the country, literature and particularly English literature is certainly one of them. From Michel Ondaatje, to Shyam Selvadurai, and Ru Freeman, ...

An Open Letter to Chris Gayle

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Dear Chris GayleI guess you’re kind of sick of seeing your name in the media as of late right? I’m sure you’re thinking that you made a harmless, even flattering comment to Mel McLaughlin and this has sent hysterical women all around the world into a frenzy. Geeze those feminists – always looking for a chance to play the victim ...

Women in Politics: Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers 2015

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Some facts I found interesting when I looked at the women who have been given Cabinet/State/Deputy Ministries. Certainly some patterns here for us to think about who gets elected and what they have in common.The list used as reference is this list published by the Daily Mirror Cabinet MinistersWomen & Children - Chandrani Bandara: Daughter of the late Chandra Bandara ...

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015: Colombo with @Colombedouin

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(The following is one in a few interviews/feature pieces that I am writing in the lead up to Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 scheduled to take place on the 22nd and 23rd of August. Keep an eye on this space for more pieces coming up over the next couple of days)My Saturday mornings are usually pretty routine - catch up with friends, ...

Never Settle

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Never settle for less. Keep striving, reaching and working. Be better, be greater, be more amazing. Love with all your heart and take a leap with every breath. And in between it all - don't forget to pause, take a breath, smile and take it all in. Then just keep going.

5 Lessons I Hope I Can Teach My Someday Child

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1. You are a diamond in the rough - don't you let anyone (even me) tell you otherwise. In the same breath don't you ever forget the 'in the rough' part. Dream big - but that will only get you halway there. You need to work hard, push your boundries and feel the pressure before you come out shining and ...

Perspective

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We see life through a viewfinder. No two are the same. Each one is scratched, bent, coloured and adjusted for our unique view of life. Each one reflects the journey you have taken in this life. And no view is more exciting, more amazing, more imperfectly beautiful than your own.

My Country: For Sri Lanka

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(This was written as a Facebook status on the occasion of Sri Lanka's Independence Day 2015, a manifestation of something I had been doodling for a while and had become what you will read below)The future of our nation lies in our hands.If someone were to ask me what is the most impassioned and complicated relationship I have in my ...

Happy 67th Independence Day Sri Lanka: An Ode

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Happy 67th Independence Day Sri Lanka!If someone were to ask me what is the most impassioned and complicated relationship I have in my life – the answer is the one I share with my country.She is like a lover who hurts me time and time again, but whose inner core I know is capable of the purest love and so ...

#ShapingConflict 'Why Young People are Our Best Chance for Peace' (Feature on the World Economic Forum Blog_

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I have been very privileged since 2013 to be a a member of the Global Shapers Community - which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Last year I traveled to Geneva to attend the Annual Curators Meeting, and wrote about the experience which literally changed my life.This year - in lieu of the Forum's flagship event - the ...

Sri Lanka Decides 2015: What is the Story?

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(This post is written as an attempt to explain to a non-Sri Lankan what the story surrounding the Sri Lankan 2015 Presidential Elections are all about, why the excitement, some background, and information. Please note not all opinions cited here are my own, I have attempted to show ALL sides - opinions and constructive criticism are welcomed. I've tried to ...

The Lessons of 2014 and the Dreams for 2015

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Keeping in with what I have been doing for a couple of years now, once again (after quite a hiatus) I return to the small space of the internet that harbors parts of my soul, to reflect upon the year gone by and what is to come. I also decided that I will put down some lessons and dreams I ...

3 Hard Truths Handled at Some Point

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(This is inspired by a piece in EliteDaily.com titled '5 Hard Truths That We All Have To Handle At Some Point In Our Lives')1. Somebody hurting you doesn't absolve the mistakes you have madeWhen somebody in your life treats you badly and hurts you - it is the easiest thing to latch on to that and blame them for the ...

From Another's Blog: Interlude

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(Its been a long long while since I had an installment of the 'From Another's Blog' posts - I guess its been a long while since something I came across made me feel compelled to share it. This poem is written by a friend - Jessica Ferrari and was posted on Facebook. It struck me for its raw bleeding honestly, ...

#ShapeSouthAsia 2014 - Celebrating Failure with #IFailed

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On Saturday evening with a full heart, I boarded the plane at the Ahmedabad airport in India to return after an incredible 3 days attending 'Shape South Asia'. This was the regional South Asian Community meet of the Global Shapers Community taking place for the first time, hosted by the Ahmedabad Hub with Shapers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, ...

Seaweed Cultivation: Unlocking the Potential of the Oceans

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Earlier this year the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) organized a field visit for the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) to the Northern Province to observe the various agricultural practices currently in function there.On the second day we drove up to Pooneryn to meet two young men who showed us the seaweed cultivation that has been ...

Learn to Embrace the Fear - For it May Lead You to Your Destiny

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There is a reason people struggle to muster up the courage to follow their passion - it is easily one of the most terrifying things you can do to your life. You fill it with uncertainty, sleepless nights, exhaustion, and sometime bone-crushing, gut-wrenching fear. Oh and because it gives you amazing moments when these frighting times hit you have to ...