What is the main challenge a small or medium business faces these days? Could it be competition? Could it be loosing customers? Could it be employee frustration, or could it be the downfall of profits? I've met quite a lot of small to medium businessmen in Sri Lanka. They actually knew how to handle the core of the business and earn revenue. But their biggest challenge was to cope up with the
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I happened to read some hilarious comments in a gossip web site where men in Sri Lanka expressed their sadness over their wives getting fat and not paying any attention to keeping up the body shape after a baby is born. Then I thought this is a timely article to write. Running is of course a good way to keep up not only the body ...
I came across this awesome speech called the "Danger of a Single Story”, by Chimamanda Adichie, a young Nigerian author. While explaining the single stories she went through in life, she points that "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only ...
Bring up a girl child is one of the most challenging yet very satisfactory experience in life. A girl's life or mostly depend on how the parents brings her up. Having the opportunity to be open up with many girls and many elderly women, I thought I should summarize this article in to what are the mistakes we do with brining up a girl and how to address and overcome those. (photo credit -
Ever heard of reverse engineering? This too is an article like that. If anyone needs to understand how to save a marriage, they should know how a marriage could be broken. Of course there are many challenges a family faces. But this is one ugly truth a women would have to face. So how to save your family? Just know what would come across your path. Then you may guess when the bull turns (if you
How to cook Sri Lankan food easily? I have some of the friends who usually works nearly 12-16 hours a day either from office or remotely logged from home. In some families, both husband and wife work such long hours due to the nature of their jobs. By the time they come home, they are too tired to cook a meal. Therefore they either settle for a short eat or take away food from a restaurant.
Once a friend of mine teased that "you should never encourage a foreign investor to invest in Sri Lanka". Well if you exclude the legal and political frame work, there are many benefits of investing in Sri Lanka. I've worked with investors from all continents except Africa. I can assure that compared to many countries, Sri Lanka is not as bad as ...
Recently one of my truly Sri Lankan aunts asked me how to help her niece with her baby. After listening to her long explanation on how the niece refuses her help and how she think the niece should have listen to her advice, and how she thinks that niece is not a good mother, I told her "may be the best ...
Why on the earth I'm writing on debit and credit? :D There were couple of requests from my friends to write a summarized article on this topic. Most of the accounting job interviews contains at least few questions on debit and credit. There are thousands of articles in internet on debit and credit. But I thought I should write a summary version customized to Sri Lankan interviews, so
Men on women ! Recently I happened to read some of the comments made by male readers regarding a lady in one of the gossip web sites . I was quite shocked to read those. For a moment I thought what sort of an animal society we are living in. Men in this country are sick. But then again I remembered that, these are the people we try so hard to help. These are the men we try to develop and
What are the things donors should take in to account when giving funds to organizations in Sri Lanka? A small scale foreign donor asked me the above question and I actually Googled to find a proper answer. But failing which, I realize I can answer this question to a reasonable extent. I have come across many NGOs in various stages in different contexts. This article contain some information
I was tempted to write this after listening to this particular incident in couple of family get-togethers. This is about a very simple statement made by a doctor with a good heart, but resulted ruining a whole family. I thought I should write it down. Because in case if there are any young doctors who are willing to search and find what not to tell your ...
I could not log in to my blog for nearly an year. But today I came across an amazing launching of a web site by an upcoming event planner in Sri Lanka. I just could not resist, but post this. I have met many people who says "oh we choose to be a doctor / engineer / lawyer /banker/ accountant etc, no body told us life will be so complicated and unhappy with this job". But many do not even
How to decide whether to do computer / IT studies in Sri Lanka -Part 3 As we promised in the previous articles, this is the third part of the series of articles on the IT / computer industry in Sri Lanka. What we expect is to give some idea for the students regarding the jobs, its responsibilities and benefits. Then they can learn with an aim. They can decide what they should study and what
This is for..................? This article is not targetted at those who were lucky enough to get through the GCE A/L examination. This is targeted at the closer to 80% student population who do not have the bliss of obtaining basic qualifications to go to the next level. Why this is .................? This is mainly my reply to the young girl who sent me a letter in last month asking what to
A wonderful company secretary ! Once, a friend of mine had to deal with a “wonderful” company secretary :). In my efforts to help her, I got to know many interesting facts about some of the secretaries in Sri Lanka, and thought I should share. Why a company needs a company secretary? 1. Because the companies Act (No 7 of 2007 – Sri Lanka) say so. 221 (1) Every company shall have a
How to decide whether to do computer / IT studies in Sri Lanka -Part 2 There's a saying that "Life is too short for the wrong job". Therefore today I want to discuss how to decide whether to do an IT job or not. How to choose what sort of a computer job is suitable for you. More importantly I want to ...
What to do after A/Ls Many parents has told me that, they prefer to send their children to follow a computer degree after finishing GCE Advanced Level exam. The main reason for their decision is, there's a general belife that there will be a job in the market for a student with an IT degree, those who do such jobs are getting paid high salaries and of course that's one of the fields which
How to be a Scout in Sri Lanka? I got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with the programme commissioner for the National Scout Headquarters of Sri Lanka - Mr. Rohan Wirasekara. He is also the Scout Leader for the Royal College, Colombo Scout Group for three decades. It is a large Scout Group with about 1,000 Cubs & Scouts. Question - Why do you think a student should be a Scout?