We still got it…

A transition period requires time. Any living being would need time to adapt and acclimatize to new surroundings and situations.

Take for instance a scenario where you join a new work place or a new school. You will definitely need some time to get to know the surrounding and the new colleagues that you will be dealing with for months or even years.

The ‘getting to know’ phase is most important in any relationship, be it friendship, marriage, or even professional. The phase decides the fate of your relationship, and whether it would be fruitful.

The same applies to groups, cliques, and teams. Each individual is different from the others and therefore needs some time to get used to his or her colleagues and team members.

The Sri Lankan cricket team is also going through that phase. Although some may say that the team has been going through this phase for quite a long time, the fact of the matter is that the members are yet to reach that comfort level to perform as a team.

They are getting there.

We saw what the current team was capable of during their second One Day International last Thursday (24) in Pallekele.

We did not give up. We were not bundled before the 50 overs were complete. Plus, we held on to the catches.

That full length dive by former captain Angelo Mathews to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan was all that was needed for Sri Lanka to regain their lost confidence.

Though we lost, we do know that all is not lost for the team.

We do have the fighting spirit within us, which needs to be improved with every match we play.

There will be losses until we reach stability. But the most important aspect of last Thursday’s game was that they found their fighting spirit.

Now it is up to the team to keep it. The fans will back them.

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An Artiste who means BUSINESS

Yohani became an overnight Youtube sensation thanks to her mesmerizing cover versions of popular Sinhala and English songs. Some of her popular covers include Toxic, Love yourself, Satelite/Stealing Time, and a medley of Sinhala songs including Sayure, Katu Akule and Unmadha wu.  Continue reading →

Climate calamity

Sri Lanka has been going through numerous changes in weather patterns over past couple of years. The worrying factor being that the shifts in weather patterns have been quite extreme.

This has been evident at least during these two years where severe drought was followed by incessant rains which resulted in floods and landslides in several parts of the country.  Continue reading →

Diaspora misled by separatist politics

“I think that the government is treading a progressive path. However, there are problems and issues pertaining to the minorities. They should be solved through negotiations. That is the correct way to approach them. But I would like to see the issues addressed at a much quicker pace.”

Antonythasan Jesuthasan is known for his recent role in the award winning film Dheepan. Apart from that, he is an author and a political activist. Though domiciled in France, Dheepan was involved in the ethnic conflict of Sri Lanka where he was part of the LTTE in the 1980s. Jesuthasan, who was born in Allaipiddy in 1967, joined the outfit after the 1983 July riots. Continue reading →

Famed Jaffna Subhash Hotel to re-start

When Iyappan Sangaran arrived in Sri Lanka early last century, he did not have a single penny in his hands and had no idea how to survive. However, he has left a legacy in the form of Subhash Hotel that has become synonymous with the recent history of the Jaffna Peninsula.
Sangaran arrived in the country in 1918. Poverty in many parts of India had pushed this young boy of 14 to leave his home in Kerala and come to Sri Lanka in search of a livelihood. Continue reading →

Who are VIPs?

The beauty of democracy is that the people have the power to elect who they want. They decide on who is sent to Parliament and to the local bodies.

No wonder these politicians exhaust themselves to get into the good books of the people. Politicians are representatives of the people. Whether they are in parliament, provincial councils, or any local body, their main objective is to represent the people and to address their issues in whatever ways they can.

But does that happen? For five years, the people are left with no option but to live with who they have elected. Then comes the next five years, and more often than not, the story is the same. Continue reading →