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 →

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 →

THE COP WHO CARED

Constable in Canadian Police, Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to Walmart on the night of August 6. A young man of about 18 years had been caught shoplifting by the store’s loss prevention officer. During the investigation Niran learned that the teen shoplifted a shirt, a tie, and a pair of socks because he had no money to buy a suit for his job interview the next morning.

And this magnanimous Constable of Sri Lankan origin did what he thought was only was necessary. Niran went back to the mall, bought the items the teen had tried to shoplift and arranged it so that the boy would receive it anonymously. Continue reading →

A change of heart – A new lease of life

Everyone, at some point in their lives, has a change of heart. Some are lucky enough to get a new lease of life at some point in their lives. These are phrases that are used generally to describe a change in thought process, or a shift in lifestyles, jobs, or sometimes perspectives.

But there are those, who get a new lease of life thanks to a change of heart, literally. Pushpa Kumari, a young mother from Anuradhapura who had to undergo life-saving emergency surgery was one such person. She needed a new heart at the earliest. Today, Kumari sounds very relaxed and happy that she got a new lease of life thanks to the heart of a deceased donor. “I am very happy now,” she told the Nation over the phone. She sounded feeble, but relaxed and confident.

She was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit of the Kandy hospital to the normal ward last week, nearly one month after her life-changing surgery. Continue reading →

The debt trap…

Being in debt in this commercially-driven world is not something that is unusual. We live in a world where we have to depend on each other for our own survival, whether an individual, or a nation.

Sri Lanka is no exception. The country is in debt and is still looking for ways and means of paying them off. However, what is alarming is the rate of increase of household debts in the country. Continue reading →