Tracking Down My (Possible) Ancestry in Kalinga, India by a Motorbike

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Isn’t it ironic that within 24 hours of me deciding to travel in Kalinga (present day Odissa) extensively for a month on a motorbike in November this year that this article http://scroll.in/article/814562/are-the-sinhalese-people-descendants-of-bengali-and-odiya-sea-merchants appeared out of the blue? I have a great friend from Kalinga and he will find me a bike, food and lodging throughout my tour. He is ...

INHUMAN RAGGING IN SRI LANKAN UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHSCHOOLS

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Ragging in Sri Lanka I think most of Sri Lankans are already aware of inhuman ragging in Sri Lankan universities (Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragging_in_Sri_Lanka) that has caused several deaths, lifelong injuries and both physical and mental trauma to the freshers. The most recent heinous act where a bunch of male and female students in the University of Kelaniya forced a new female ...

Motorcycle Journeys – From Anuradhapura to Padaviya

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Nanda Wanninayaka with Gamini Akmeemana I am a motorbike lover. I like to ride long distances. The longest distance I have ridden is from Mahawilachchiya to Kahathuduwa, Piliyandala via Colombo. I have ridden between Colombo and Mahawilachchiya many a time. Road is very good via Puttalam and it is fun to speed up along the road. The other long trip ...

Charlie Wilson’s War – Movie

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Charlie Wilson’s War Poster I watched Charlie Wilson’s War several times and would certainly watch it again due to its historical importance and cinematic success. This is an American comedy-drama film, based on the story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos, whose efforts led to Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahedeen during the Soviet–Afghan War. For some reason, (maybe due ...

Kernel PST Password Recovery – Free Outlook Password Recovery

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We have all faced this problem at least once in our lives, well, if we have used Microsoft Outlook – the best MS Office tool I have come across. We forget the password we used when exporting Microsoft Outlook mail file to a .pst file. If you forget your password for MS Outlook mail file, (.pst) just download Kernel PST ...

Love in the Time of Cholera (film)

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Love in the Time of Cholera It was one of my good friends that advised me to watch this movie “Love in the Time of Cholera”, when I was speaking to him about the girl that I loved the most in my life, which did not have a happy ending. In fact this film is a treat to watch, if ...

Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson

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Losing My Virginity I had the pleasure of reading Richard Branson’s autobiography,  Losing My Virginity last year. It is a thick book but you won’t feel like keeping it aside even for a cup of tea or a meal as the book is written in such a way that uninterrupted reading is needed. I had already heard about this genius ...

Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Richard Stengel

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Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Richard Stengel Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Richard Stengel is an inspiring book written by Richard Stengel with a forward by Nelson Mandela himself. This book explains 15 important life lessons of Mandela. After Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela was the ideal leader, ...

If

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Read below Rudyard Kipling‘s great poem “If.” This is the only thing that keeps me going during worst times I pass. If not for this, I would have given up long time ago. You can listen to the audio version of this poem if you click this link. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175772 Rudyard Kipling If— BY RUDYARD KIPLING If you can keep your head when ...

Horizon Lanka Website’s Second Edition in 2002

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Horizon Lanka Website’s second edition in 2002 This was the homepage of the second edition of the Horizon Lanka http://www.horizonlanka.org website I created in February, 2002 – 14 years ago. It was this version of our website brought us both local and international fame. Many said it is clean and cute, but people could not say it was like Google ...

Circumstance (2011 film)

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Circumstance DVD Cover Nanda Wanninayaka March 5, 2016. Circumstance is a dramatic film written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz in 2011. Its main cast is done by Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, and Reza Sixo Safai. It focuses its scope into lesbianism in modern Iran and other cultural restrictions. Circumstance The movie shows unseen and unexpected lifestyles of the youth in modern day Iran. In the movie, ...

Little Tanuri- Big Dreams, Unknown Future

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Meet Tanuri. When she was just 3 months old she was diagnosed with thalassemia major, a potentially life-threatening illness. Thalassemia major causes large numbers of red blood cells to be destroyed, leading to liver and heart problems. Due to her condition, each month Tanuri must undergo a complete blood transfusion. In addition, every night she must endure a painful ...

Guru Movie by Mani Ratnam

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Guru movie poster I don’t usually go to cinemas to watch Hindi movies. I buy the DVDs and watch them at home. But when Mani Ratnam’s Guru came to Colombo I went to watch it at a cinema with my wife. Because I had read on the internet that Guru is such an entertaining and inspiring movie. Besides, I ...

Nilminimala – A Budding Young Artist

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Nilminimala Ariyarathna This was written by me in March, 2000 Having seen some extraordinarily beautiful paintings that were done by a young village lass, I was desperate to meet the artist. She lived in a very remote typically traditional village on the outskirts of Mihinthale, Anuradhapura. I visited the artist personally with a teacher of mine on Sunday the ...

Who is Malala?

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Despite all the conspiracy theories against her, I am a great admirer of Malala Yousafzai, world’s youngest ever Nobel laureate from one of our neighboring countries, Pakistan. Like most of the other non-Pakistanis, I too heard about her after being shot by the Talibans on October 9, 2012. I followed news casts after that about her deteriorating health and near ...

Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela

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Mr. Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela This is Mr. Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela. This is the Silverine Bookshop that was in Realty Plaza, Ja Ela. The bookshop was shifted to the new location ( K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela) this year due to lack of sales in Realty ...

Guru Movie by Mani Ratnam

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Guru Poster Aishwarya in Guru I don’t usually go to cinemas to watch Hindi movies. I buy the DVDs and watch them at home. But when Mani Ratnam’s Guru came to Colombo I went to watch it at a cinema with my wife. Because I had read on the internet that Guru is such an entertaining and inspiring movie. Besides, ...

තිසාවැව ළඟ රළපනාවේ බලා ඉන්නම් හුදෙකලාවේ උනා සළුපිලි සඳ කුමාරිය වැව් දියේ ගිලෙනා වෙලාවේ | I will be wandering in the bund of the Tissawewa reservoir Till the moonlight falls in the water

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This is the first song recorded with my eldest brother, Nayanasena Wanninayaka’s lyrics. Artist – Krishantha Erandaka Music – Nalaka Anjana Kumara Lyrics – Nayanasena Wanninayake Visual Director – Ruwan Nandika තිසාවැව ළඟ රළපනාවේ බලා ඉන්නම් හුදෙකලාවේ උනා සළුපිලි සඳ කුමාරිය වැව් දියේ ගිලෙනා වෙලාවේ කදෝපැණියන් වීර ගස්වල විදුලි වැල් බඳිනා වෙලාවේ නිශාචර සුළඟට වහන් වී ඇහැළ මල් ඉඟි ...

A black magic (shanthi karmaya / ශාන්තිකර්මය) event in Mahawilachchiya

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Last night there was a black magic (shanthi karmaya / ශාන්තිකර්මය) event in an old man’s house in my village, Mahawilachchiya​. These events are so rare nowadays but we have lucky Miss Nayab​ Rehman from Pakistan who gets to see the rarest of the scenes wherever she goes. So we got the message about this event by the evening and ...