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| 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.

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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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