| the frog and the boiling water|

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There is a Sinhala Facebook page called “කජුවත්ත එක්සත් ක්‍රීඩා සමාජය”.

Sometime ago, this was the most active and sensible Sri Lankan Facebook page available. Now the most popular social media space is mushroomed with sinhala pages that virtually offer nothing to its followers. This was something that it had translated to Sinhala, out of many sources in the internet.

Believe me it will make sense.

Put a frog into a bowl of water.

Put the bowl on a stove and start heating it.

Once the water temperature rises, the frog will increase his body temperature accordingly.

Although the frog is able to increase his body temperature, once the water is heated up to the boiling the frog is no longer able to increase his body temperature.

Therefore he decides to jump out of the bowl.

Although he decides the frog is unable to jump since he has no energy left in it.

This is due to the fact that the frog has wasted all of its energy on increasing its body temperature. The frog will face a horrible death soon.

 Now, why did the frog die?

Most people will say that it is because of the hot water. But the real reason is that the frog failed to decide the ideal time to make the jump.

In real life we adapt ourselves for different people and different situations. That is compulsory. But the time to adapt and time to quit has to be identified accordingly.

Once you reach the point where you are unable to adapt anymore, you might NOT have enough energy left in you to get away from the situation.

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Happiness, service to the society and the price of a king coconut.

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Few months back, our organization had taken the initiative to conduct 5S / productivity based workshops for all of it’s’ employees irrespective of the grade, department or the scope of work. I am not going to discuss the effects or the adaptivity or the importance of the programme. Although there were significant changes which could be visible in the organization, they were not practiced/monitored for a long time. Anyways it’s the initiative that counts.

What struck my mind was the initial question raised by the trainer.

Why do people live in this world?

Or rather

Why should people live in this world?

Well, it is somewhat of a question without a straight-forward error free specific answer. There was a large no. of answers from the audience. But, the speaker himself provided the answer, which was the most simplest of reasons with an uncommon/unexpected reasoning.

1)     People live to be happy.

2)     People live to provide some sort of service to the world.

 

The first answer needs no explanations.

But, what does the second reason imply? Are we here to provide a service? I mean, what kinds of service exactly? We observe that some do and some don’t. What exactly does he mean by that? Is that charity? Well! I don’t think so.

 

The case of a bus

The private/public transportation bus will load passengers and offer the transport service for a cost. In the case where there are less passengers, they tend to wait for the bus to be somewhat filled with passengers. (At least in Sri Lanka though) Say, if there is only one passenger in the bus, they will probably cancel the journey delaying or making the passenger unable to complete his journey.

So, is there any solution for the passenger? Yes, if he agrees to pay the ticket price for all the other passengers, the bus might be willing to carry out the journey. Ultimately in a public transport, what we have been doing is sharing the cost of the bus journey. So we have unknowingly offered a service to our fellow passengers. This is what we should live for.

The same is the case for a formal public gathering. There should be people to applaud. If I am receiving an award or being recognized, there should be people to appreciate the work that I have done in order to receive such. Therefore, they are offering me a service by appreciating me.

The price of king coconut

In recent times, the Sri Lankan king coconut has been recognized with immense value, since many have realized it’s Redbull like (much more healthy) features and nutrition. Offering a king coconut for a traveler, is considered the utmost treat. Not to mention its value for curing hangovers. Even the advert based on a king coconut managed to attracted many crowds, where this urban young gentleman offers the king coconut trader a king coconut for his wise words on life’s struggle.

During the above training session, the instructor requested the participants to never question or bargain for a king coconut. He went on to say that the king coconut does an amazing job by pulling water from the soil, drop by drop and carrying them to almost 7-10 feet. Then the trees adds more nutrition/healing powers to the water, conserves it and provides you ‘life’ itself.

So, never ever bargain for a king coconut.

ප්‍රවර්ග:Uncategorized

Unprotected rail gates, “e-bus halt” and the Skype like VoIP Solution [Innovations that Sri Lanka didn’t fancy]

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It was a week or so, when I heard the news headlines where a mother and a child got hit by a train, due to a trade union action carried out by unprotected rail gate keepers. The news didn’t surprise me much, but it just reminded me that I had seen a long time back in various Sri Lankan social media.

Innovations that Sri Lanka didn’t fancy

 

 

“e-bus halt”

I happened to participate in the National IT Conference 2016, which was conducted by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka. The event was held with the participation of wide range of IT and industry enthusiasts. One of the sessions included Prof. Abhaya Induruwa (Lesser known father of internet in Sri Lanka) and Dr. Anil Basu who is the president of the Computer Society of India. During the Q and A session, one of the participants raised an interesting question to the Indian resource person. The essence of the questions is as follows;

“Although various innovations and innovative ideas are born in Sri Lanka, there are various obstacles that rob them of their development, growth and the significance. How does India handle this? ”

The participant who identified himself as working for one of the armed forces claimed that they had the idea and prototype for an “e-bus halt”, which offers various services to the commuters while waiting for a bus.

Skype like VoIP Solution

It just summarizes the negativity that clouds the opportunities for innovative thinkers in the country and how de-motivated they are. It didn’t take much time, but until lunch to talk with one of the guys who works for the state owned telecom provider. Me and my colleague mentioned the above scene and discussed regarding the current work. Then he had to say,

“That’s nothing machang, I don’t know whether you will believe it or not. Me and my team, we came up with a Skype like Voice over IP solution long before Skype’s popularity.”

They had identified the user urgency to call their loved ones abroad and the barrier being costly IDD call charges. The idea was to empathize with the above customer group and provide solutions to them for a cheap price. What happened to it….?

Same thing which happened to the automatic rail gate and the e-bus stop.

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අවසාන වතාව | one last time

majestic-city

තවත් අවසාන වතාවකට
‘ඔබේ මුහුණ බැලීමට අවැසි යයි’
මම ඇයට කීවෙමි.

ඇය,
පළමු මහලේ සිටි මා හා,
මැජස්ටික් සිටියේ  තඩි පියානෝවට උඩින්
(ඔහුට හොරා)
සිනාසුණාය.

ගප්පියා සහ ඩයස්පෝරික මතක.

පෙබරවාරි 25, 2015 ප්‍රතිචාර 2ක්

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ගප්පියාගේ ඉහත සම්මුඛ සාකච්ජාව නැරඹීමෙන් පසු, හිතේ සිරවී තිබු වසර කීපයක  ඩයස්පෝරික මතක නැවත අවදි විය. මට හිතෙන හැටියට ගප්පියාගේ අදහස් මා සමග අනුනාද වෙයි.

එය කේ.සී.ජයරත්න සර්ගේ “ධ්වනිය” පාඩම වැනිය. එකම සංඛ්‍යාත වලට කම්පනය වන සරසුලක්, එම සංඛ්‍යාතයට සංවේදී වස්තුන් සමග අනුනාද වෙයි. හමුදා කණ්ඩායම පාලම මතදී “මාච්” කරන්නේ නැත්තේ ඒ නිසාය. ගප්පියා සමග අනුනාද වීම එතරම් පුදුමයක් නොවේ. අපේ පාසල් ජීවිතය ගප්පියා සමග වෙනස් වැනී බස් හෝල්ට් එකක දුරිනි. (මරදාන සහ පුංචි බොරැල්ල) ගප්පියා අපේ පරම්පරාවේ පොදු කතා ගොඩක සංකලනයකි.

ගප්පියා නිසා නින්දෙන් අවදි වූ ලන්ඩනයේ ඩයසපෝරික මතක ඊයේ පෙරේදා බ්ලොගය තුලින් අඳුනාගත් කිහිප දෙනා වෙත නැවත මෙසේ පුද කරමි.

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කින්ග්ස්බරි හන්දියේ මගේ කුඩා කාමරයේ තිබු සුවිශාල “චේ ගුවේරා” පෝස්ටරය, මට ලිවීමට බලකළ

| හේ නමින් අර්නස්ටෝ “චේ” ගුවේරා ය. | 

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IMG_0534-798534සංක්‍රමණික අත්දැකීම් මා හට ලිවීමට බලකළ Delon සමගින් “ඇමරිකානු සිහිනය” | The American Dream

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තිත්ත ඇත්ත! | the ugly truth

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එංගලන්තයේදී ඉගෙනගත් සිංහල ඇතුලත් |එංගලන්ත සිංහල ශබ්දකෝෂය|

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ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා භාවිතය පිලිබඳ  අයි කැන් ස්පීක් විතරක් නෙමෙයි…!

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ලන්ඩනයේ “කල්ලන් ” අහන ජාතියේ “ගැන්ස්ටා” සින්දු තේරනව වගේ අහන ඇත්තටම තේරුම දන්නේ නැති, උන් අදිනවා වගේ ඇඳුම් අදින අපේ උන්ට තේරුන් ගන්න ලියපු

“මට ඕනේ සාර්ථක වෙන්න විතරයි.| i just wanna be successful”

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1996 ලෝක කුසලාන අවසන් තරගයේදී සිංහ කොඩිය අරන් පිට්ටනිය වටේ දුවපු “ලයනල් ” අයියා, හිටපු ජනාධ්පති ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් එවන්ස් කුරේ ආදී අතිමහත් එංගලන්තයේ සිංහල දෙමල  ඩයසපෝරික ප්‍රජාව මතක් වෙන්නට ලියු සටහනක්.

ඩයසපෝරික චරිත – නිහාල් අර්ථනායක හෙවත් ” DJ නිහාල් “

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ගේ දොර හරි උකස් කරං

මෙහෙට හනික වරෙන් මචං

රස්සා දෙක තුනක් කරං

සල්ලි හොයමු  එලට මචං

කොලේජ් එකට ගියත් මචං

වැඩක් නෑනේ මරුනේ මචං

මාරම ෆන් මෙහෙදී මචං

උඹ එනවද ලඟදි මචං

මෙහෙ කෙල්ලන් පිස්සු මචං

දැක්කොත් උඹ අඬයි මචං

උඹ ආවොත් අපි දෙන්නත්

පැනලා ලවු කරමු මචං

ලිපියේ තව නොලිව්වට

තව වැඩ ගොඩයි මචං

මම දැන් මෙහේ පොර! නේ මචං

යාළුවො සෙට් ගොඩයි මචං.

මෙහෙ ආ මුල් දිනේ පටන්,

කරන්න වැඩ ගොඩයි මචං.

බැලූ බැලු ඇත පිස්සු මචං!

මටත් පිස්සු ඩබල් මචං.

සල්ලි අතේ ඇතොත් මචං,

සුරලෝකේ ලගනේ මචං

කණ පැලෙන්න බොන්න මචං,

විස්කි ජාති ගොඩයි මචං.

ලංකාවේ ඉද්දී මචං,

නිදහස නෑ අපිට මචං.

මාරම හැපී මෙහෙදී මචං,

උඹත් වරෙන් වීසා අරන්!

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මොකා ලිව්වා කිව්වා ගායනා කළා උනත් එංගලන්තයේ ඇත්ත ඕක තමයි !!!

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හීතල රටේ දුක තුනී වෙන්නට ලියු කවි කිහිපයක්.

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 ෆයිනලස්කා ට. | finalaskaa

= ජීවිතය =

Horses and Elephants | All the animals you meet at work

පෙබරවාරි 23, 2015 ප්‍රතිචාර 3ක්

Horses

I was an intern at one of the top software companies in Sri Lanka, which was the pioneering IT services provider for over 15 years specializing in aviation solutions, despite securing a masters degree and bachelor’s degree in information technology. Entry into the industry was that pathetic, but I took whatever the opportunity that came my way with both hands.

Who was I to complain, Mr. William Gates used to sleep on his friend’s dorms and Mr. Steve Jobs used walk so many miles to have one have that one good meal from an Indian temple.

As Mr.Jobs would relate the fonts of his Macintosh OS and the calligraphy classes he took, I would not be writing down about the horses if I had not taken up the internship. HR Manager of the firm conducted a soft skills programme for all the interns, who were 07 odd years younger than I was. The programme was about ‘the 07 habits of highly effective people’.

Somewhere, in there he related to the types of people he has to work with as the HRM and how they behave.

Stallions / Hot bloods

Stallions are untamed horses captured from the wild. (Not the conclusive scientific explanation though) They are full of energy, enthusiasm and determination with speed and endurance. It is a bit difficult to handle them.

I believe you have met this type of people at work.

  • They do not play nice with others. Its not that they are bad, but it is their nature.
  • They get angry upfront.
  • Single-handedly performs/carries out tasks that may require 3-4 persons with less time.
  • They do not walk away with incomplete tasks, no matter what.
  • They need hard work physically/mentally to be normal.
  • They reach the climax of their productivity during high pressure/intense situations.
  • They demand respect and rewards for the work they do.
  • They tend to change workplaces, simply to seek challenges and opportunities.

They are free horses; you just have to let them roam in the wild freely.

It is difficult to navigate them. However, if you put blinkers to a stallion and place it on a racecourse, no wonder they will be victorious. In the same manner, stallions at work will provide a project manager with enormous unimaginable breakthroughs. (Provided the managers will know the method of applying the blinkers on)

Mr. Arjuna Ranathunga knew how to make use of stallions like Mr. Sanath Jayasurya and Mr. Romesh Kaluwitharana. They were put into the racecourse with no responsibility of protecting their wicket and to hit the cricket ball as hard as you can.

Ponies/Cold bloods

Ponies are the average horses with no exceptional qualities other than the general qualities of a horse. They are being used for slow heavy work. They are widely available.

I am sure most of us belong to the same category, the average typical worker/employee. They are widely available. They posses average qualities and believe that hard work will make their bread and butter. They always try to establish a good work-life balance.

They are being used to simply get the work done by the top management. They will act as the labour force who will deliver the workload. Yes, they do not posses a huge bargaining power like the stallions, but the project will not succeed without them. However, they can and are being replaced very easily. (With delays due to domain knowledge transfers and task familiarization) Often their commitments are not being appreciated and rewarded lightly.

Warm Bloods

They are a category of horses called ‘warm bloods’, typically the creatures born as a breed originated from the above two. They really should not, be discussed drastically. A stallion may grow old and become more tamed. A cold blood will gather more qualities of a stallion over a period and might show some exceptional skills with experience.

Interns ???

What type of a horse is that? I have not heard about a horse in that name, but you do meet them in corporate environments. They are being offered an opportunity and somewhat exploited. (Not really unfair to say) Most internship starts with loads of training, workshops and promises. However, a week or two later, they are slowly transformed into slaves.

Elephants

There are two types of elephants according to Sri Lankan corporate culture. The one who pull the huge timber logs and the ones seen in the processions. (Perahara) The first is typical hard work, which will exploit the animal, which will associate extreme hard work. The later is a more of fancy parade, where the elephant becomes a celebrity,sometimes may be worshiped upon by the public.

It is the elephant that will have to perform both of the above activities. You do not get processions and festivals all year long. The rest of the days have to be associated with hard work of course.

The same can be observed in the corporate culture.But, where the top-level managers go wrong is when they choose same people to do the heavy timber lifting and same people regularly attending the processions/limelight. The trick is to send the hardest worker first to the procession. Therefore, all the elephants will be motivated to do more hard work and earn the limelight.

මෙයට වඩා හොඳ මිනිසෙකු වීමට | “Better Man”

පෙබරවාරි 16, 2015 ප්‍රතිචාර 3ක්
හිමවැටෙන රැයක, 
තට්ට තනියම,
කින්ග්ස්බරි හන්දියේ කාමරයේ,
ජනේලය අසලදීය.

 

 

මා හට ආදරය කරන්න කෙනෙක් මා වෙත එවන්න

කඩ හැලෙන මහා වැස්සෙන් මා බේරාගෙන

ඇයගේ තුරුලේ විවේක ගැනීමට මට අවශ්‍යයි. 

දෙවියනි,

මට නිමක් නැති ගිම්හානය ලබාදෙන්න.

මට දරුණු ලෙස සීතලට බියවෙමි.

මම මගේ වයසට වඩා මහලු වී ඇති බව හැගේ.




මගේ ආත්මයට ලැජ්ජාව,පසුතැවිල්ල හොඳින් දැනේ.

මම කෙසේ හෝ මෙම වේදනාව අතරින් නැගී සිටිමි.

මම මෙයට වඩා හොඳ මිනිසෙකු වීමට

මට කළහැකි සියලු දේ කරමි.

මගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති කෙරෙහි සෞම්‍යය ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරන්න.

එය මගේ වරද නොවේ.

මට උගන්වා ඇත්තේ වරදක් කලවිට එය පිළිගන්නා ලෙසටයි.

 

අනෙක් දේවලින් කම් නැත.

සුරදුතයන් මගේ කඳුළු අහුලාගෙන මා මෙතනින් ගෙනයනු ඇත.

මා සිටින්නේ වේදනාවෙනි.


මගේ ආත්මයට ලැජ්ජාව,පසුතැවිල්ල හොඳින් දැනේ.

මම කෙසේ හෝ මෙම වේදනාව අතරින් නැගී සිටිමි.

මම මෙයට වඩා හොඳ මිනිසෙකු වීමට

මට කළහැකි සියලු දේ කරමි.



ඔබට ඔබේ ආදරය  මුණගැසුණු විට,

පවුල , නිවහන කෙරෙහි වඩාත් සමීප වෙයි.

ආදරය සෑම අතකම දිස්වන්නට ගනී.

 

සමහරුන් නැවත ගොඩගත නොහැකිලෙස

ගල් පිරුණු පොලවට ඇදවැටී ඇත.

නමුත් ආදරය සෑම තැනකම ඇත.