The greatest hero of our time, and civilization The Cricketing world will pause for a moment, to celebrate the legendary career of Kumar Sangakkara that has drawn to a close, and then move on; a bit richer for the legacy he leaves behind, for the standards he raised, expectations he upheld and for his story being entwined with the story of Cricket. He has already confirmed his place ...

Leading Change Originally published hereChange is difficult to manage when it is imposed, forced, mandated, and made necessary as a result of a failure to anticipate the contours of perpetual transformation in the environment. This is true for both organisations and individuals. Successful change is inspired; with clarity of vision and purpose. It appeals to our desire for creative expression rather than ...

The blue-green tinge of teenage memories *Not the actual modelThe communication age received a mixed welcome of sorts in my household. The Sri Lankan airwaves did not carry a television broadcast until the late 70s'. Even then, if it created any hype and hysteria, it did not catch-on immediately with the folks that would soon be my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. When they ...

Sri Lanka’s political moment (1) A change of guardThe future of Sri Lanka’s democracy has reached a pivotal point. On the 9th of January, it awoke after decades of paralytic slumber. The nepotism, corruption and excesses of the Rajapakse regime were not unknown or unsuspected; but Mahinda himself was seen as a strong leader – especially based on his credentials as the leader of an ...

Balancing or band wagoning? Sri Lanka's relations with India and ChinaImage: Awantha ArtigalaAs the centre of global power shifts eastwards, competition is brewing between the great powers in Asia to define their respective roles by expanding their spheres of influence and securing their interests in the emerging order (Mahbubani 2009). While China, India and Japan remain regional great powers, the United States (US) still ...

How must we respond? Sourced image 1. Do not despair. The much of the world was already broken before you were born, and it parts of it will remein broken long after we are gone. It is the purpose and function of life to re-order the disintegrating world and defiance of the second law of thermodynamics. So it helps to try to understand the ...

One step after another, We'll scale this mountain high,Two eyes to greet and gatherWhat even hearts may never pryThree wishes to carry us thitherWhen feet and limbs are tiedFour seasons and merry weatherAnd a blessed life to bide

Whither Democratic Peace? The democratic peace proposition (DPP) is a liberal theory of peace (Oneal et al. 2003) complimented by constructivist arguments in support of it. Its central and simplest edict posits that ‘democracies do not go to war with each other’ (Owen 1994). There is a high degree of consensus among its proponents, that both statistical and empirical evidence indicates the “absence ...

Power games: why did America bomb Japan? On August the 5th 1945, a B-29 bomber, named “Enola Gay” after the pilot’s mother, took off from North Field in Tinian, in Mariana Islands, carrying in its cargo bay, the first nuclear weapon to be dropped on a populated city. The world was about to find out the destructive capacity of nuclear weapons, though it is not clear whether ...

A failed test and lost identity Image: ReutersAt the post match conference after the third test against Pakistan, the captain of Sri Lanka said that his team lost; not because they were too negative in their approach to the game, but on the contrary, because his batsmen weren't defensive enough. His words not only failed to convince, but it all seemed like a scene from a ...

A good year (Illustration by Traci Daberko)I was with my mother and sister who were visiting me, and surrounded by friends and a magnificent fireworks display overhead when it started. As I sit here at the end – a bit enfeebled but recovering after a few weeks of illness – to reflect on a year gone by, I am astounded but how much ...

Absence He had lived there for more than eight months now, so he was a bit surprised that he hadn’t noticed it until now. It had been invisible - like dead flies behind closed blinds - at the break of dawn as in the dim ‘energy saving’ lights at night, and concealed by the shimmer and glow and noise of a ...

The Perpetual Conflict (3) Image: Multicultural Arts Victoria The politics of language and identityIt seems all too obvious that the regular cycles of violence that have emerged in Sri Lanka’s recent history since 1915 are distinctly communal in character. Indeed, every battle of every war in our history has always been characterised as those between communities on either side of cultural or religious ...

This verse will come one day; I know it will crawl to me But not tonight; maybe it is not meant to be Dissolved in whispers, or touched, or seen Because all of that it has once been, And lost, before time or light or memory... This rhyme is not feeble, perhaps it's weary Of dreams dared not dreamt, and eyes teary...

Words that change my life Source: Wikipedia Power of words As one who likes to think of himself as a writer, i am beginning to appreciate the fact that words don’t just give expression to our thoughts – they are often the source of our thoughts. We think and feel in words; if there is no word for it, then we can’t think or ...

The Perpetual Conflict (2) Image: thuppahi.wordpress.com Fault-lines Perhaps it is a tragic coincidence of our time; or maybe it was inevitable given the passage of generations, that we are marking the thirty year anniversary of Black July at the same time as we are approaching a centenary of such violence since the communal riots of 1915. With the escalation of religious intolerance and ...

The Perpetual Conflict Image: newmatilda.com The dark clouds of history When I look back, I do not see the black smoke rising, or the cries of hapless countrymen, women and innocent children – victims turning into victimisers, turning into victims – caught in a cycle of violence that has persisted beyond living memory. Whatever I have seen of that time and moment ...

Solstice Beachline, originally uploaded by halwis. When senses have all retreated Into the frosty shadows of starlight And the Earth is submerged in darkness From ocean depth to mountain height Only the faithful hearts keep beating Enduring in faith, and hope’s delight Waiting for the sun to reclaim its place And rescue dawn from the depths of night ~

A game like no other... Dear member of the 1st XV, No doubt today is a big day. I am sure you will recount the memories you are about to create, with longing and nostalgia, for the rest of your lives. But you will only get one chance to make your mark on this day and to be touched by it. How well others ...

Stars are overrated! Helix Nebula Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO). After a childhood spent gazing at them, way more than any other 13 year old had the patience to, I had a deep appreciation of their power to amaze and mystify. I already knew at that age how their light was ...

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