සමාජ නායකයක ලෙස නෙල්සන් මැන්ඩෙලා ගෙන් උගත හැකි විශිෂ්ඨතම පාඩම නම්,සමස්ත අරගලය පුරා වූ නොනැසෙන සදාචාරමය පදනමයි. මෙහි උත්කර්ෂවත්ම පරමාදර්ශය ගාන්ධිය.. ගාන්ධි මෙන්ම මැන්ඩෙලා ද “අනුන්ගේ ලේ “ වලින් අරගලය ගෙනයන්නට හිතුවෝ නොවෙති.ඔවුන් හැම විටම පෙරමුණු සටන් කරුවෝ වූහ.කඳුළු, දහදිය,ලේ මුලින්ම හැළුවෝ ඔවුන්ය. මේ සියල්ලටමත් වඩා වැදගත් වන්නේ,තම සතුරාගේ මිලේඡ්චත්වය ඉදිරියේ ඔවුන් දෙදෙනාම දැක්වූ විශිෂ්ඨ මානුෂිකත්වයයි...ඔවුන් ලෝකයේ නිදහස,මානව වර්ගයාගේ විමුක්තිය පිළිබද තීරණාත්මක අරගලයන් ජයග්ර්හණය කළෝය...එහෙත එ සඳහා ගතතා වූ ක්රිගයා මාර්ග නැවත කිසි කළෙක මානව විරෝධී යැයි අවමානයට හෝ ප්ර්ශ්න කිරීමට ලක් නොවූහ....1942 අමිර්තසාර්හී දී බ්රි්තානයෝ අති දැවැන්ත මානව සංහාරයක් කලෝය...නේරූ ඇතුළු කොන්ග්ර.ස් නායකයෝ ඊට ඒ ක්රාමයෙන්ම.එනම් දුටු තැන සුද්දන් තරාතිරම නොබලා මරා දැමීම,දේපල විනාහ කිරීම,ස්ත්රී දුෂණය ආදී “යුධ උපක්ර්ම“ ක්රිදයාවේ යෙදවීමට තීරණය කළෝ ය..එහෙත් ගාන්ධි එකහෙලාම ඊට විරුද්ද විය...එය “නිදහස් අරගලය“ නොවේ..එය “නිදහස් අරගලයේ උපක්රටම“ නොවේ යි කී ගාන්ධි උන් ගේ මිලේඡ්චත්වය පරාජය කරන මිලේඡ්චත්වයක් උදෙසානම් අප කරන අරගලයේ අර්තයක් නැතැයි තීරණාත්මකව ප්රමකාශ කලේය.. ගාන්ධි ගේ මේ මැදිහත් වීමට පින්සිදුවන්නට ලෝක ඉතිහාසයේ අති දැවැන්ත ඛේදවාචකයක් වැලකී ගියා පමණක් නොව අද දක්වා බ්රිහතාන්යන නායකයෝ අමිර්තසාර්හී සංහාරය වෙනුවෙන් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සමාව ඉල්ලති.... දකුණු අප්රිාකානු නිදහස් සටනේදීත් අනතුරුව කළු පාලනයේත් වෛරී හා සැක කිරීම් නොවීය....සුදු යුගයේ අපරාධයට හා වධ බන්ධනයට ලක් වූවෝ ,වධකයන් හා මුහුණට මුහුන තබා දුක කියන්නට අවකාශ ලබා දුන් අතර වධකයෝ හඬා වැළපෙමින් තම වරද පාපොච්ඡාරණය කලෝය..අනතරුව සමාව දීම විය..සත්තකින්ම ඒ වැඩ පිළිවෙල නොවුනානම් දකුණු අප්රිවකාව අදටත් යුධ පිටියකි... අද රාජපක්ෂ නොවන සියළුම දේශපාලනය කරන්නෝත,ජනතාවත් ඉදිරයේ නොබෝ දිනකින්ම රාජපක්ෂ පාලනය බිද වැටී ස්වර්නමය යුගයක් එළඹෙන බවට සිහින මවනු පෙනේ...එය තනිකරම දුර්වල සමාජයකින් බලා පොරොත්තු විය හැකි මානසික තත්වයකි..“දුර්වලයා තම බොහෝ විශිස්ඨ ජයග්ර හන ලබා ගන්නේ පරිකල්පනය තුළය“.... එහෙත් මේ බලය ලබා ගැනීමට අදහස් කරන්නන් ක්රිියාකරමින් සිටින ආකාරය අතිශය භයානකය..හේතුව ඔවුන් සියල්ල බලය ලබා ගැනීමෙන් පසු කරන ක්රිරයාකාරකම් පිළිබද කටමැත දොඩනවා විනා,බලය ලබා ගැනීම දක්වා කරන්නේ කුමක්දැයි නොකීම..නොකිරීමය...කවුරුන් හෝ ගේමක් ගසා වැඩේ අවුල් කල පසු බලය තමන්ගේ ඔඩොක්කුවට වැටේ වියැයි එ.ජා.පයේ සිට ජ.වි.පෙ දක්වා සියල්ලෝම විශ්වාස කරන බව පෙනේ...එහෙත් ඔවුන් යළිත් භාර ගන්නේ මේ මිලේච්ඡ සමාජයමද?මේ පිරිහුන මිනිස් රැලමද? බලය ලබා ගැනීම දක්වා අරගලය වැදගත් වන්නේ එහෙයිනි...බලය ලබා ගැනීමෙන් පසු කරන දේ වෙනුවෙන් සමාජය සංවිධානය නොකර,සූදානම් නොකර බලය ලබාගත හැක්කේ පවතින ක්රයමයම පවත්වාගෙන මඩි තරකර ගැනීමය හැර වෙන කුමටද?අනෙක එවැනී පුර්ව අරගලයකින් තොරව ලබා ගත් වෙනසකට ලෝක උදාහරන තිබේද? එහෙයින් මේ සමස්ත ය කරන්නේ අති විශාල බොරුවක් බවට සැක නැත.. ගාන්ධිත් මැන්ඩෙලාත් (වෙනත් විප්ලවීය නායකයන් මෙන්ම) බලය වෙනුවෙන් සූදානම් නොවුන සමාජයකට බලය ලබා දීමට කැමති නොවූහ...ඔවුන්ට පුද්ගලිකව ඕනෑනම් බලය ගන්නට තිබිණි..එහෙත් ඔවුන්ට ඕනෑ වූයේ ජනතාව අතට බලය ලබා දෙන්නටය...එහෙත් සූදානම් නැති ජනකාවකට බලය දෙන්නට ඔවුන් කැප වුනේ නැත්තේ..එහි විනාශකාරී බව හා ව්යාදජය දැන සිටි නිසාය...පාකිස්ථානය මීට හොඳම උදාහරණයයි..සූදානම් නොකරන ලද පාකිස්ථාන පාලන බලය වහා හමුදාව අතට මාරූ විය. ලංකාවේ මේ පක්ෂ බලය ලබා ගැනීමෙන් පසු “බොදු බල සේනා “පන්නයේ අර්ධ ත්රඔස්ත සංවිධානයන්ට කරන්නේ කුමක්ද?...ඇත්තෙන්ම ඊට එරෙහිව දැවැන්ත අරගලයක් කළ යුත්තේ බලය ලබා ගැනීම දක්වා වූ මාර්ගයේ නොවෙද? පසුගිය කාලයේ බොදු බල සේනාවට එරෙහිව තීරණාත්මකව ක්රියාමාර්ගයක් ගත්තේනම් එය ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිව වැදගත් හා ප්ර තිථල දායක පියවරක් නොවන්නේද? එසේ විය හැකි බව මේ කණ්ඩායම් හා පක්ෂ දනිති..එහෙත් බලය ලබා ගැනීමෙන් පසු නැති කරනවා වෙනුවට මේ ආකෘතිය ප්රොයා්ජනයට ගත හැකි බව මේ අය තීරණය කර ඇති බව පෙනේ.. ඉදින් මේ සියළු දෙනා සමාජය කැටයම් චින්තකලාගේ තත්වයට පත් කරමින් සිටී...ඔවුහු අයිතිකාරයන් නැති පදනමක් නැති හේතුවක් නැති ශිෂ්ට නිතීයට එපිටින් වූ මේ සමාජයට බාහිරින් කඩාපාත් වූ අපරාධ කරුවෝය..මේ රටේ ජනතාවත් ඒ සමානය...ඔවුහු එලෙසින්ම මහමඟ මරා දැමිය යුතුය..ආණ්ඩුව කෙසේ සිතනවාදැයි මම නොදනිමි...එහෙත් විපක්ෂය යැයි කියන උන් සිතන්නේනම් එසේ බව සක් සුදක්සේ පැහැදිලි වන්නේ ඒ අයගේ වැඩ පිළිවෙල බලන විටය.... එහෙත් එක සතුටක් තිබේ...ඒ මැන්ඩෙලා ගේ ගාන්ධිගේ අරගයන් කැපකිරීම් හා සසදා බලන විට නිකමුන් වන මුන්ට කවදාවත් බලය ලබා ගන්නට බැරි බව නියත වීමය...එහෙත් බයානක කාරනය වන්නේ ඒ වෙනුවට වෙනත් අපරාධ කල්ලියක් බලය ඩැහැ ගැනීමට ඉතා ඉහල ඉඩක් තිබීමය...
Monday, December 09, 2013
Sex may in fact be one of the secrets to good health, youth and a longer life - at least for fruit flies - suggests a new finding that appears in Science.
Male fruit flies that perceived sexual pheromones of their female counterparts - without the opportunity to mate - experienced rapid decreases in fat stores, resistance to starvation and more stress.
The sexually frustrated flies lived shorter lives. Mating, on the other hand, partially reversed the negative effects on health and ageing. "Our findings give us a better understanding about how sensory perception and physiological state are integrated in the brain to affect long-term health and lifespan," says senior author Scott D. Pletcher.
"The cutting-edge genetics and neurobiology used in this research suggests to us that for fruit flies at least, it may not be a myth that sexual frustration is a health issue. Expecting sex without any sexual reward was detrimental to their health and cut their lives short."
U-M scientists used sensory manipulations to give the common male fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, the perception that they were in a sexually rich environment by exposing them to genetically engineered males that produced female pheromones.
They were also able to manipulate the specific neurons responsible for pheromone perception as well as parts of the brain linked to sexual reward (secreting a group of compounds associated with anxiety and sex drive).
"These data may provide the first direct evidence that ageing and physiology are influenced by how the brain processes expectations and rewards," Pletcher says.
"In this case, sexual rewards specifically promoted healthy ageing."
Fruit flies have been a powerful tool for studying ageing because they live on average 60 days yet many of the discoveries in flies have proven effective in longer-lived animals, such as mice.
For decades, one of the most powerful ways to slow aging in different species was by limiting their food intake. In a previous study, Pletcher and his colleagues found that the smell of food alone was enough to speed up aging, offering new context for how dietary restriction works.
- Medical xpress
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Nenaka H Pathirana Deputy Director Consumer Relations Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Sending indecent absence, seditious, scurrilous, threatening or grossly offensive text messages
“Every person he himself or by his agent tender for transmission at any message of an indecent obscene seditious scurrilous threatening or grossly offensive shall be guilty of an offence shall be liable for conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand rupees or to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fines and such imprisonment.”
What is the prevailing Law?
“Every person who presentably makes telephone calls without reasonable excuse for the purpose of causing annoyance excuse for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience to any person shall by guilty of an offence shall be liable for conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand rupee and in default of payment of such fine imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding three months.”
Plight of those who make unwanted calls
In the case of unwanted calls, Telecom service provider makes the caller aware of the situation (complaint) and advises him/her that continuing to make such calls could be illegal and punishable under the prevailing law. The aim is to prevent further calls being made. If the calls continue, further action may be taken, such as issuing a formal warning or temporary disconnection of telephone service. In serious instances the police may be involved and may pursue prosecution.
Telecommunications industry has been rapidly developing during last decade. This is not limited only to Sri Lanka but is seen all over the world. This revolution in the telecommunications industry in the world has changed life styles of people in many ways and changed their behaviour pattern as well as personal lifestyles.
Presently one task may be accomplished within one second by incurring the cost of a one rupee worth SMS instead of travelling so many thousand kilometres all over the world and spending so many days. This is one achievement of the information era and the benefit we all expected.
Home is one of the world’s best loved words. Within this word abide love, joy, laughter, sweat, tears, the aroma from many a dish and above all the prayers of all its occupants. A home is not a house. A house can be a large multi-storied mansion, a single roomed apartment or a flat. Some are tiled and exquisitely furnished, without any pantry fittings.
A cozy home
A house has many prefixes, suffixes, adjectives, adverbs attached to it Gruhaya, Veedu, House is a dwelling place for humans. Many with embarrassing meanings - gambling house, house of ill fame, brothel house, sweet house, house of correction, houseboy, boy’s house. All give shelter, but a far cry from a home.
Home and love go hand in hand. A home can be a wattle and daub, cow-dung floored thatched abode or a palace. Home is the abode of peace and contentment. A house may not have all or even a few ingredients that go to make a cozy home.
Charles Lamb, essayist and author of ‘Dream Children’ said, “I do not wish to live in a house. A dwelling place where the floors are covered with Persian carpets, a grandfather’s clock ticking away, grandmother tickling the ivories on a grand piano, a butter setting the dinner table and a maid minding the fire place. I want my house to be a home. A home where there is a cat sleeping on a sofa, a chubby dog scratching away on a doormat, a nonworking gas light in the hall, grandma on a rocking chair while knitting or mending grandpa’s socks. I like to see children tapping their feet on the dining table or playing on the carpet, listening to fairy tales. That then is my home.” How beautiful, poignant and true are these words? A human beings home is an abode of untold joy.
A home is a place where we seek love and relaxation as well as hope. A homeless finds a home under a dilapidated tin shed or a bus shelter. After a little bit of gossip and politics, they go to sleep. Only the feline and canine friends are there to give them warmth. Still they are in their home. Then, there are many erections on the banks of rivers and canals and in very insalubrious locations. All apologies for houses, these ‘Shanties’ comprise of a single bed room.
A hearth under a canvas top or open to the skies with a faraway common toilet, still it is a lovely home of contented occupants visiting each others homes for a chat.
A place for caring
Birds build their homes, a nest to raise a chirping family. They say that only the ‘koha’ makes use of another’s to lay her eggs. In the evening, birds go home to roost and beasts to their homely dens, lifting and immortal songs about home. “Oh give me a home where the buffaloes roam,” “The sun shines bright on the old Kentucky home.” Yes! A home is a place for caring.
Homes for elders, destitute, incurables for the mentally retarded are all called homes, but never houses. A home is an ultimate paradise of laughter, children romping all over making it a mother’s nightmare, a veritable battlefield. A home is where a mother is on the warpath with a coconut shell ladle emerging from a smoke filled kitchen with tearing eyes, having a kitchen table piled up with unwashed utensils.
Still, a home is beautiful. It becomes a blessed home, a shining home when a mother takes the family up to the altar of the celestial ones in whom they believe, carrying an altar lamp for evening prayers. Computers, father’s evening new casts are put aside for a moment to give thanks to them for giving the family a lovely home.
Of course it must be remembered that sagacious and understanding parents are the two pillars that keep a home, a truly divine home. They all keep the home fires burning. Literally for a mother, the family retires for the night absolutely happy in their home. The word ‘home’ how endearing.
The young leave their parental homes to build their own home, amidst Professor Carlo Fonseka’s ‘Raththarang Duwe’ or Mignonne’s ‘Kadallay Athi Wu Kirilli,’ then comes the ‘Home Coming.’ The ‘at home’ with lots of homemade love cakes, all are made to feel at home. A homely atmosphere, all return to their homes. Back to the sarong and home attire, ah! They seem to say, “East or west home is the best.”
Homemade coconut rock with a plantain from the home grown banana tree, sipping a glass of homemade milk wine and then, amidst the wagging of tails, whines and meows of the affectionate home loving pets all retire to bed.
How very true are the immortal words of John Harward Payne. “Amidst pleasures and palaces, wherever you may roam, there is never ever a place like
- Home Sweet Home.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
ගස්වල වේලිච්ච කොළ කැරකි කැරකී බිමට වැටෙද්දී හුළඟක් ඇවිත් මගේ මූණටම මුණගැහුණා. පුංචි වැහි බින්දු එක එක බිමට වැටෙද්දි මගෙ කඳුළු බින්දුත් එක එක බිමට වැටෙනවා කියලා පස්සෙයි දැනගත්තෙ.
ඔයාගෙ ආදරේ මට ඕනෙ කියලා නේක වාරයක් හිතිලා ඇති. ඒත් මේ හුළඟ වගේ ඔයා දුර ගිහිං. ඈත ඈත රේඩියෝවක ගියපු “සුළඟ වගේ මා අතහැර දුරක යන්නට - වරද මගේ රත්තරනේ කියලා දෙන්න” පද ටික හුළඟ මගේ ළඟට අරන් ආවෙ මගෙ හිත කියවල වගේ. ඔයා මේ තරම් දුර ගියපු හේතුව අනිත් කවුරුත්ම වගේ මාත් තාම දන්නෙ නෑ.
ඒත් ඔයාට මං දොස් කියන්නෙ නෑ. මොකද මම දන්නවා හැමදේම අනිත්යයි කියලා. තාම හදාගන්න උත්සාහ කරන හිත වාවන්න බැරි තරම් අසරණ කරන්නෙ අපි දෙන්නව හොඳටම දන්න මේ හුළඟ ඇවිත්. ඒකයි දන්නෙම නැතුව කඳුළු වැටුණෙ. පොද වැස්සක් පායලා. මං යන්තං හිනාවුණා. ඔයා මට ආදරෙයි කිව්වා මතක් වෙලා. ඒත් කෝ ඒ ආදරේ? හොරු අරන් ගිහින්වත් ද?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Though the tag line "she just needed a month to change his life forever" draws audience's interests Pat O'Connor's 'Sweet November' is too full of syrupy chiches and tragicomedy. It looks phony rather than heartwarming.
Keanu Reeves plays Nelson Moss, an arrogant workaholic in San Francisco. He makes sexist ads for his advertising firm and dreams of making it big in the industry. This ambition is the only purpose of his existence and all the other elements like his live-in girlfriend are put in the back burner for his career.
Charlize Theron's Sara Deever is of an entirely different formula. She is the free-spirited and mysterious beauty who enters his life in November. Their meeting is comical because Nelson leans over to get the answer for a question during a driver's licenses renewal examination from Sara.
Unfortunately Sara has to pay the price for Nelson's actions because she is banned from the examination hall and has to retake the test after 30 days.
The two get off on the wrong foot because Nelson's too narcissistic to acknowledge his misdeed. He is forced to help her out when she seeks vengeance by demanding rides from him. Guilt ridden he helps her out.
When Sara proposes living with him for one month with no strings attached to cure him of his mechanical life and help find happiness and peace in the simplicities of life Nelson is quite taken aback. Though he is intrigued by her Nelson refuses to commit to the deal at first. He eventually gives into the offer. Though he finds her lifestyle strange he is attracted by the doe eyed beauty. The fact that his current girlfriend dumps him and his boss fires him also helps make up his mind.
The movie can be divided into two sections. The first half deals with constructing Nelson's masculine image. The second half focuses upon his vulnerable nature and human qualities. However things are too late by then because a dreadful truth larks waiting to be unveiled to Nelson as well as the audience that life is not as picture perfect as it seems.
O'Connor could have planned the plot in a more convincing manner when he structured his production. The story is utterly unconvincing and lacks depth. It is also a waste to use artistes like Reeves and Theron in projects of this nature because they are powerhouses of talent.
Though they have great chemistry to share, the storyline does not help in making 'Sweet November' a thrilling watch.
The tables are turned towards the end and the incidents which follow are bewildering for the audience.
This actually eclipses the tear jerking effect intended by the filmmakers.
One of the silver linings of 'Sweet November' is that there is room for us to question the wisdom of the decision that Sara takes.
The door for doubt is open by revealing that all is not well in Sara's life and that she too is hiding several skeletons in her closet. The lonely figure of a sad yet humane Nelson walking away from the site in which he bids adieu to Sara brings about mixed feelings from the audience.
Nelson's character would have suffered if it had been portrayed by another actor but Reeves makes a thoroughly likable Nelson. However one expects much more from an actor of his caliber.
Theron is entertaining and cute to watch but that is all that she projects in this romantic comedy. Since 'Sweet November' is a remake of Robert Ellis Miller's 1968 film of the same name, Theron is pressurized to get into the shoes projected by Sandy Dennis. This does not give her the freedom which he had gotten in playing opposite Reeves in 'The Devil's Advocate.'
Sunday, November 24, 2013
රන් තාරකාවන් දිලෙන රැයේ
සේපාලිකාවන් පිපෙන පැයේ
හදවතට ලංවෙන්න කාටත් හොරා
සිහිනයක දැවටී වෙලී...
මා දෙනෙත අඩ අදුරෙ රඳවා තියා
සඳවතිය පාවී ගියා...
පිළිගන්න පුළුවන්ද සඳ දෙව්දුවක්
මේ හැටිම නපුරුයි කියා...
මේ හැටිම නපුරුයි කියා...
මා උන්නෙ දොර කවුළු හැරදා තියා
ඔබෙ සුවඳ ඒ යැයි සිතා...
නිදි නොමැති නෙත් අගට කදුලක් තියා
මුළු රෑම ගෙවිලා ගියා..
මුළු රෑම ගෙවිලා ගියා..
Saturday, November 23, 2013
ලැබෙන නොලැබෙන පතන නොපතන සෑම දෙයක් තුළම මා නුඹේ සිනහව අත්දැක්කා. නුඹ නොදන්නවා නෙවෙයි. දන්නවා. නුඹේ සිනහවට මා පෙම් බැන්ද තරම්... ලෝකයා කීවා පුංචි සමනලයා කුරිරු නෑ කියා. මාත් ඒ දේ විශ්වාස කළා. මොකද, කවදාකවත් මා නුඹෙන් අඩුවක් නොදැක්ක නිසා. නුඹේ හීනවලට පාට උවමනා වෙද්දී නුඹ මා අසලට පැමිණියා. නුඹේ හදවතට ළෙන්ගතු ආදරය අඩුවෙද්දී, ඒ සෙනෙහස නුඹට උවමනා වෙද්දී, නුඹ මාගේ ළෙන්ගතු ස්නේහය තුළට පියමැන්නා. නමුත් නුඹ දැන සිටියේ නෑ මා හඬනා තරම්...
සිහින් වැහි බිංදු, ඉඩෝරයට වැටෙන වැහි බිංදු තරම් වේදනාවක් ගෙන දෙද්දිත් නුඹ නිසා මං පාට සොයාගත්තා. ආදරණීය මගේ සමනල පැටියෝ, මං අද අඬනවා. කාලයක් තිස්සේ මට පෙම් බැඳ මා හැර ගිය, මා දමා දුර ඇතක පිය මැනූ නුඹ නිසා මං අද හඬා වැටෙනවා. ආගන්තුකයන් සක්මන් කරනා මේ ගිමන් හලේ ලාබැඳි සෙනෙහසකින් හමුවූ නුඹ... මටත් නොකියා පියමනිද්දී මේ දිවි කතරට දැනෙනා දුක පාළුව හරිම කුරිරුයි. මහා ලෝකයටම පෙනෙන්නට මම පෑයුවට මටත් හීන තියෙනවා කියලා කවුරුත් දැනගෙන උන්නේ නෑ. කාලයක් තිස්සේ මට ආදරය කළ නුඹවත් ඒ බව දැනගෙන සිටියේ නෑ.
මං නුඹට ආදරෙයි. හැමදාමත් සීමා රාමුවක කොටුවී මම සිටියත්, ලෝකයට පායන හැම නිමේෂයකම මම නුඹව සෙව්වා. නුඹ ආදරයෙන් මා දෙසට පියමැන්නා...
පුංචි පුංචි මොහොතවල්වල මට ලබාදුන් ඒ සතුටට, ආදරයට ඔබට ස්තූතියි සමනලයෝ. අවසානයටත් දෙයක් කියන්නද මම....?
නුඹේ සියලු තටුවල පාට වියැකෙද්දී නැවතත් එනු මැන මා සොයාගෙන... නුඹ මගේ නොවුණත්, මම නුඹ නිසාම පායමි හැම වැහි වලාවකම, නුඹට උරුම වූ පාට මා තුළ ඇත්නම් මම දෙන්නෙමි ඔබහට... මාගේ දෑතම දිගුකොට, නුඹ සුන්දර කිරීමට...
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013:
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) which so far won five international awards including best picture in France and Italy, has earned its latest nomination for Best Picture at 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Australia, to its growing number of global accolades.
* Won five international awards
* Best picture in France and Italy
* Directed by Prasanna Vithanage
* T o be screened on December 1 in
The film will be screened on December 1 in Brisbane at the Australian Cinematheque Gallery of Modern Arts. Director Prasanna Vithanage's 2009 film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) will also be screened on the same day celebrating the golden jubilee of lead actress Malini Fonseka's acting career. She was previously nominated for Best Actress in 2009 at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her performance in Akasa Kusum .
Six nominations in the Best Picture category at APSA include internationally acclaimed critical darlings such as 'Like Father, Like Son' (Japan), 'Omar' (Palestine), 'The Past' (France/Italy), 'Television' (Bangladesh) and 'The Turning' (Australia).
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka is a bilingual film (Sinhala/Tamil) which stars Shyam Fernando, Indian actress Anjali Patil, Wasantha Moragoda and Maheshwari Ratnam.
M D Mahindapala (Cinematographer), A Sreekar Prasad (Editor), Lakshman Joseph De Saram (Music Composer), Tapas Nayak (Sound Designer) and Rob Nevis (Production Designer) have contributed to Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka.
Daminda D Madawala is the Assistant Director and Ebert Wijesinghe handled the make-up. Kalpana Ariyawansa and Vindana Ariyawansa contributed as Line Producers.
A co-production between India and Sri Lanka, Lasantha Nawarathna and Mohamed Adamaly produced Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka . Rahul Roy, Iranthi Abeysinghe, Sunil Fonseka and Nadira Adamaly joined as the Executive Producers.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A horrifying yet enthralling mystery surrounds Denis Villeneuve's 2013 production 'Prisoners.'The film employs some stunning filmmaking techniques as well as a gripping storyline and splendid performances.
A cinematic masterpiece
The mystery itself is captivating from the start. The high tension kidnapping thriller begins with us being introduced to two families: the Dovers and the Birches. They get together to celebrate thanksgiving only to be struck with tragedy when they realise that the youngest daughters of both families go missing.
Enter Detective Loki who has a record of never letting a case go unsolved. But would he finally meet his match with the case of the kidnappings of the two young girls? Only circumstances and time would tell. The biggest hurdle which seems to stand in his way in proceeding with investigations seems to be Anna Dover's father, Keller, who wants to take the law into his own hands when days go by with no news about his daughter.
Pulling off a film of this nature successfully is a rare feat. That is exactly why Villeneuve should be commended for his effort. Scriptwriter Aaron Guzikowski too has done an excellent job in inserting some thrilling twists and turns into the plot. Not only is his effort suspenseful but it had allowed Villeneuve to make a cinematic masterpiece of the tale.
The story follows both Keller and Loki on their separate missions yet it is the ultimate goal of finding the girls safe and sound which unites them. The film glides back and forth between the two with ease. The scenes shift at a moderate pace and are littered with a variety of slow, creepy tracking shots which gives you Goosebumps.
Kudos to Villeneuve for selecting a stellar cast for his production, Hugh Jackman may be the biggest name on the cast but it is amazing how Jake Gyllenhaal takes the spotlight as he manages to deliver a blistering performance as Detective Loki. Both actors churn out some powerhouse performances to anchor the film.
They work on the audience's emotions and succeed in making them care about the two missing girls as much as the characters do.
Keller and Loki are set against one another yet the audience ends up liking and sympathising with them both. From the moment he is introduced to us having dinner at a Chinese restaurant Loki captivates us with his energy and charisma. Yet halfway through into 'Prisoners' you realise that he is nursing his own daemons. Similarly it is not difficult for us to feel sorry for Jackman's grieving father yet at times these emotions are shattered when he shows bolts of blinding rage and brutality while harassing an alleged suspect who happen to have his RV parked on the location that the girls went missing. This conflict of emotions is confusing at times and makes us questions if he is also the film's true villain.
'Prisoners' also deals with several themes: the morality of what you would do to protect your loved ones, religion and the boundaries of torture. Such elements make it an adult only content. Though the theme is similar to the Angelina Jolie starrer 'Changeling,'the story flows in an entirely different direction and setting.
No doubt 'Prisoners' is of Oscar material. Smartly structured, hard hitting and deep thinking it is an unforgiving but emotionally rewarding experience.
Ruwini Jayawardana - Daily News
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Most of us live in a concrete jungle, which is how cities are known the world over. Yet, we harbour an innate desire to get away from it all once in a while to breathe the fresh air in a village with its green paddy fields and narrow pathways. They are polar opposites - the village is an elixir for the mind, whereas the city chokes it with its hustle and bustle.
I grew up in a village off Ambalangoda where life was simply idyllic. My grandmother owned a paddy field and a vegetable garden which supplied our food. She bought fish from a fishmonger who visited the village at least twice a week on a bicycle.
There were many friends I could play with. A stream ran through the paddy fields, from where we could see the village temple. The village school had a good roll call of students. Our house bordered the village’s only road and seeing a vehicle was the highlight of a given day. It was what you would call the ‘countryside’ in the UK or US.
Unfortunately, not many people have an idea of what the countryside is all about. Many urban youngsters have no idea at all what it means to live in a village. Moreover, with many people ‘losing their roots’ in a commercialized world, they cannot visit a village they can call their own. Now, they will be able to visit an authentic village located right within the city or just outside Colombo to be precise. The Ape Gama (Our Village), a thematic concept village which showcases the lifestyle, age-old traditions and heritage of an ancient Sri Lankan village, is now open at the Folk Arts Centre premises in Pelawatta, Battaramulla.
Ape Gama shows the richness of Sri Lankan culture and the lifestyle of ancient (and not so ancient) villages comprising wattle and daub and thatched houses, a paddy field, traditional Kamatha and many other features. A house where the indigenous physician used to treat patients (Vedagedara) was also constructed. A special playground has been set for the village youth to practice traditional martial arts (Angampora). Visitors will also be get first-hand experience on how traditional industries such as pottery brass ware, batik and wood craft took shape in ancient Sri Lanka. There will also be the obligatory restaurant and food court along with the Laksala outlet which was already operational there.
This is a commendable move, because authentic villages are disappearing all over the world, not just in Sri Lanka, as urbanisation creeps in. Cities are expanding at a rapid rate, blurring the distinction between the city and the village. Furthermore, the villages (and villagers) are being assailed by the lures of the city 24/7. Almost everything that used to be exclusive to the city is now available in the villages, such as supermarkets, banks and phone kiosks.
The expansion and development of roads have anyway brought villages and cities closer together. In our connected world, it is naive to expect villages to remain isolated and untouched.
The migration of villagers to cities also continues unabated, diminishing the workforce available to the village.
Agriculture, the backbone of the village economy, faces the threat of the younger generation leaving for white collar jobs in the cities and even abroad. The latter factor has indeed altered the village economy almost beyond recognition, as at least one family in even the remotest village has a breadwinner abroad. The money he or she remits to the family usually leads to a higher standard of living for the family concerned.
Villages cannot stand still. They have to move forward with the rest of the country and the rest of the world. Development has reached even the most inaccessible villages. In this context, villagers face the challenge of maintaining their traditional agri-based lifestyles with the onset of development and technology.
Although some deride the overreaching influence of development and technology on the village, who can deny the benefits of modern technology? Developments such as mobile phones have undoubtedly revolutionised the lives of villagers who earlier had to trudge for miles to find a telephone. The tractor and other mechanised aids have made farming less of a chore. On the other hand, there are negative aspects of the city-village affinity such as the spread of vice in many villages.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
A working woman’s smooth career up the ladder meets some unexpected bumps when she inherits a toddler from a long lost relative. Forced to take up a crash course on adoption, J C Waitt tries to juggle her ambitious profession with the new addition to her life. She is ill prepared for such a turnover since she is a woman with no time to spare.
Though her live-in relationship is hardly anything worth talking about the baby’s presence takes a toll on it. J C’s maternal instincts are aroused and she has to reexamine her own feelings on what she wants in life: to enter the rat race of success or to have a peaceful living where she can earn her bread and butter through her own innovative talents.
An alien chore
There are a handful of uniquely hilarious moments in Charles Shyer’s ‘Baby Boom’. One such incident involves J C trying to check the baby into a coatroom when she has a business lunch. Another incident involves her efforts in trying to feed baby Elizabeth. With no idea on what to feed the infant, she cooks pasta for Elizabeth and then ties to clean up the mess with a household cleaner.
Another detail in which the film excels is in the sarcasm it directs at the manner in which infants are treated in the high-pressure New York setup. Bewildered toddlers have to attend strenuous gym classes where their parents pour out their woes about private school rejections.
‘Baby Boom’ also embodies an inspiring message. Though the concept that a woman cannot achieve success as well as have a family is addressed it shows that success cannot be measured entirely with wealth. Satisfaction and happiness go hand in hand and those were the features that have been lacking in the protagonist’s life from the start.
This is why J C declines the offer of purchasing her business which is made to her by her former company. Though she realizes that she can make millions out of the deal, she also becomes aware of the fact that she can run her business while raising Elizabeth in the country. Though the stories flow in different courses, there are similarities between ‘Baby Boom’ and the 1983 American comedy drama film ‘Mr Mom.’
This is because both movies star capable adults who have to suddenly deal with the task of raising kids which is an alien chore for them. Apart from that the two share little else in common because Shyer’s version features a working woman who finds a baby suddenly dropped onto her lap while Stan Dragoti’s ‘Mr Mom’ is about a stay-at-home dad.
A different setting
One of the noteworthy errors that the film makes is in sending J C off to lead a simpler life in the country. Sure the pressure of the city gets to her but the gay manner in which she adjusts to the village environs seems artificial.
This element is enhanced when the ex New York businesswoman manages to develop a classy recipe for baby applesauce from the products from her own orchard which starts selling like hot cakes, firstly in the village, then across the country.
This is oversimplifying the situation. To add insult to injury J C also conveniently meets a lonely small town bachelor to complete her fairytale story. Screenplay writers Nancy Meyers and director Shyer should have given some though to the matter and penned it in a more realistic manner.
Diane Keaton dishes out a superb performance as J C Wiatt. She has a wonderfully maniacal gleam her eyes each time she succeeds in mastering a baby-related trick. She manages to transform her prim character of a success-crazed young professional to a likable one with amazing grace.
She fits into the role of the high-energy female executive as easily as she slips into the coming of age personality of J C who finds content in a different setting - one she might not have even dreamed about in her life. Yet Keaton manages to make all this believable through her self confident act. The episodes she bonds with baby Elizabeth are truly touching and would bring about nostalgic memories to all parents. ‘Baby Boom’ might not be more than a sitcom but it keeps you entertained and giggling in your seats. Heartwarming, sentimental and simplistic this movie is sure to become an all time favourite among your collection of movies.
Ruwini Jayawardana - www.dailynews.lk
Saturday, November 09, 2013
රෝමයේ සෙන්ට් පීටර්ස් චතුරස්ර යේ දී බදාදා පැවැති දේව මෙහෙයේදී ෆ්රැන්සිස් පාප්තුමා ගඩු සහිත මිනිසකු කිසිම පිළිකුලක් නොමැතිව සිප වැළද තම යාඥාවට එකතු කරගත්තේය.
පාප්වහන්සේ දේවමෙහෙය අවසානයේ රෝගීන්ට ආශීර්වාද කරන අවස්ථාවේ මෙම රෝගියා සිය මුහුණ ආවරණය කරගෙන පාප්වහන්සේ අසළට පැමිණ ඇත.
රෝගියා කලාතුරකින් ඇතිවන රෝගයක් වන නියුරෝෆිබ්රෝමැටෝසිස් රෝගයෙන් පෙළෙන්නෙකි. එය දුර්ලභ රෝගයක් වන අතර එහිදි වායු ගෙඩි, අන්ධභාවය ඇතිවන අතර සමහර අවස්ථාවන් වල පිළිකාවන්ද ඇතිවිය හැක. මෙම රෝගයට ගොදුරු වන්නන් අලි මිනිසුන් යන නමින් හැඳින්වේ.
පාප්වහන්සේ මෙම පුද්ගලයා බදාගත් අතර පාප්වහන්සේගේ දයාව හා කරුණාව බොහෝදෙනෙකුගේ ඇගයීමට ලක්විය.
පාප්වහන්සේගේ මෙම ක්රියාව 13 වන සියවසේ විසූ අසීසියේ ශෘන්ත පාප්වහන්සේගේ ක්රියාවට සමානය.එහිදි පාප්වහන්සේ විසින් ලාදුරු රෝගියෙකු සිපගත් බව කියති.
පළමු වැනි ෆ්රැන්සිස් පාප්තුමන් ලෙස තමා හඳුවන්නැයි එතුමන් තීරණය කළේ, 13 වැනි සියවසේ ඉතාලියේ ෆ්රැන්සිස්කන් නිකායේ පුරෝගාමී අසීසයේ ශාන්ත ෆ්රැන්සිස් පාප්තුමන්ට ගරු කරමිනි. අසීසයේ ශාන්ත ෆ්රැන්සිස් පාප් තුමන් ද දුප්පතුන් වෙනුවෙන් කැපැවී කටයුතු කළ අයෙකි.