“What matters is the way you look at things, and your attitude to life.” – Dilum Goonewardena (Photo provided by Dilum Goonewardena) Dilum Goonewardena works at the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to the UNESCO. From Sri Lanka, after moving to France for her studies. She shares her story today on what inspired her to follow her dreams. Life: An inspiration “I left Sri Lanka when I was 21, and since then I have become an independent ...

Women at Work : Share Your Story! A good morning to all of you! (A morning, and afternoon or an evening depending on where you are of course). I am sharing my latest venture which is collecting stories, and then of course sharing them. Yesterday when on twitter, a colleague drew my attention to something, which is that when we speak of women in developing countries, it ...

Finally, the beach! Finally at the beach after the rains stopped, heels at hand and “are you for real?” expression on my face. He laughs, he was getting used to the expression over the evening, though having been first worried as to what it meant. The sand was wet from the rain, and the waves that had been rougher than usual. “What does ...

It’s decided. I like my room. The four walls that keep me away from what I do not want to see, whose faces I see not the point of seeing. I lay in bed, typing as I do, all the time on mails, on articles and on other forms of communication. But avoiding face-to-face encounters with whom I will have ...

Three Blocks of Walking Copenhagen Skies Last few hours together. I had not finished my packing yet. I needed to get some things from the super market. I ask him to join me on the walk. Three blocks. To walk with me so I could have him near me. He refuses. I ask him a few more times. And he refuses still. I give ...

You pick well A woman A naive one You and silly Probably And gullible Enough You think. It’s fine To mess around You do that all the time Why not this time? She seems Stupid enough Slutty enough In her little back dress Or red Depending on her mood You think. You walk in Walk out As you please She ...

My brain has failed to come up with any writing that is worthwhile for a while, and I blame it all on the trauma of having to put up with one painful experience two weeks ago. (Yes, those who know me know what I am referring to, go ahead and laugh you people!) I need something to blame my handicap ...

Colombo Port City Project: A Threat to Sustainable Development? Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, environmentalists and took to the roads in protest of the Colombo Port City Project. One of the many projects of the Rajapasksa government, and one that has been used freely by President Sirisena’s election campaign days, the project is planned on 252 hectares of reclaimed land in Colombo. This land (if the project is carried as ...

I told him I will write of him, the evening and the rest of it, and he tells me I should send him the link. I might, out of sheer bitchiness. I could be that, when someone deserves it, or plays the ultimate jerk trying to outdo himself in achieving the height of self-centric behaviour. I have known this specimen ...

“Chivalry is still alive!” We end up fighting for my handbag. All because of a comment I made that it contained my laptop in it. He believed in being the gentleman and wanted to carry it, just like he kept opening every door for me throughout the evening. (This of course resulted in him playing the doorman for a few more people who walked ...

Is Nuclear Energy the Best Move for Sri Lanka? President Sirisena during his first official visit since becoming President, entered into a bilateral on nuclear energy with the Sri Lanka’s neighbour India. The bilateral agreement signed on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy 16th February 2015, envisages transfer and exchange of knowledge, expertise as well as capacity building and training of personnel on several areas relating to the ...

Single Parenting: For the Love of a Child Are you a single parent? Have you gone through years of trying to make ends meet with your priorities tilted towards your child and then be judged by people who think they know what is best for you, try to boss you, and think they know what’s better for you then you do, and also try to exploit you? Then ...

He catches me in the middle of my reading of what constitutes “leave” according to my office. A definition which I probably would never grasp, nor would I need to understand thanks to all the arbitrariness that surrounds it. He throws his usual starter “What’s up?” I give my standard reply, “Nothing much, the same old, work, stress, and what ...

It’s Valentine’s Day, Again! It’s 2015, and it’s valentine’s again. I can’t remember what I did on last valentine’s or where I was on that day for that matter. My memory seems to fail me of late, and I seem to live with that in happiness. At times oblivion suits me best. I believe. At least. I type a mail to him, saying I ...

by Vositha Wijenayake and Vidya Nathaniel Punishing by flogging has come to the forefront of legal and political discussions due to the attention brought to it through the case of Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to ten years and 1000 lashes for setting up a blog by the name of Saudi Free Liberals Forum which promoted free speech ...

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