Sri Lanka recently hosted
the ICC Champions Trophy. But it greatly disappoints us that the
officials concerned did not make full use of this valuable opportunity
to display our traditional culture.
We were indeed disappointed to see dancers displaying modern dance
items in place of the Kandyan dancers, Sabaragamuwa dancers and
our traditional ceremonial dancers who display our rich cultural
The item displayed was said to be showing the sun rising from the
east and how the people of Sri Lanka gather their harvest, the tea
pluckers and Kandyan lasses half dressed in Kandyan sarees. But
I fail to see how our farmers gather their harvest in mid air. When
ladies dressed in green dresses tying a red cloth on their heads
made their way to the grounds I seriously thought that they were
labourers about to drag the covers onto the pitch. This is not displaying
our traditional culture but exploiting it. The only traditional
item was the Kandyan drummers.
I'm afraid the same must be said about the Asian Athletics Championships
too. It was the same dance items that were seen at the ICC Championship
Trophy. It would have been absolutely perfect if they had included
our traditional dances instead of the pathetic display they had
for the ICC Trophy.
Should we ever get another opportunity as important and as rare,
I hope we can portray the truly rich heritage we have that most
people around the world find fascinating.
raggers like criminals
Ragging in universities and to
a lesser extent in schools and training colleges is a scourge that
has entered the august precincts of these academies of learning.
The incidents of ragging have reached such grave and dangerous proportions
that quite a number of innocent victims have died in the aftermath
of being cruelly ragged. Unable to bear the humiliation, some have
even committed suicide.
Ragging occurs all over the world but the degree of ragging in foreign
universities is at a much lesser level, compared to the universities
in Asia, especially in countries like India and Thailand where suicide
rates fairly high among the student community.
Some of us are made to believe that ragging is conducted in good
fun and that it is harmless. After much study and competition, a
fresher enters the university with great expectations but barbaric
ragging makes this dream a nightmare. Ragging, as we know helps
the seniors to establish their dominance over the juniors. The so-called
fun has degenerated to verbal and physical abuse, sexual harassment
and physical torture.
The majority of students believe that they should go through this
necessary evil because if not, they would be treated as outcasts
and denied the opportunity to take part in any social activities
of the batch.
Ragging is known to cause severe psychological damage such as anxiety
and depression. Other than being a blow to a person's ego and self-esteem,
ragging deprives victims of their ability to think rationally and
Can we effectively control ragging? One of the biggest difficulties
faced by the present university authorities is the lack of evidence
to incriminate those guilty of ragging since the victims are reluctant
to give evidence for fear that if they are identified, they would
face grievous consequences. Parents should be encouraged to stand
up against the injustices done to their children. Universities should
prohibit ragging and violators should face expulsion. Those found
guilty of ragging should be treated as common criminals and punished
under the law of the land.
Universities are places for philosophers to dream, artistes to create
and scientists to discover. Those in the system should not be bullied
by the ugly spectre of ragging in future.
No physician is capable of healing
the wounds of the heart.
No counsellor will have the power as it is all in the hands of time.
With time your anger will cool, your ideas will change.
Love affairs with the not so suitable ones, extra-marital affairs
all will fade away.
With time you mature, you understand better
So why not give time and take time to sort things out.
Time the healer, is not at all a costly remedy for all the wounds.
Time will apply the world's best balm when the heart burns.
Physician time will be on your side when the heart is full of pain
So precious time is an angel to you and me, an angel in disguise.
don't lick fingers
A certain pizza advertisement,
popping up every five minutes on the TV screen these days claims
to be in true Sri Lankan style.
There's this guy who comes in his suit, removes his jacket, eats
the pizza, first with his fork and then with his fingers, orders
plain tea and licks his fingers! It says in the end something to
the effect about it being all Sri Lankan.
Whoever made this ad obviously didn't realise that Sri Lankans don't
lick their fingers. Sri Lankans only eat with them.
Sri Lankans are people with honour, dignity and know their manners.
It's sad the way we are made to look silly on these commercial jingles.
The activity of the sebaceous
(oil) glands is regulated by male hormones (androgens), in both
men and women. Very few individuals with acne have any hormonal
imbalances. Development of the sebaceous glands is essential for
acne to occur. However, under certain circumstances, particularly
in women, endocrinological abnormalities may play a role in acne.
In most of these cases, the women have on-going acne that does not
respond well to the various therapeutic approaches. Furthermore,
there are a few severe endocrinological disorders that have acne
as part of their clinical spectrum.
If hormonal therapy is indicated, estrogens (female hormones) are
usually administered to suppress sebaceous gland activity. In the
past, oral contraceptives containing high dosages of estrogens were
utilised. Today, however, there is a trend toward the use of oral
contraceptives containing lower doses of estrogen. Some of these
may be less effective than others, and a dermatologist should be
consulted. Sometimes oral contraceptives are used in combination
with corticosteroids to inhibit the adrenal glands, which may also
produce androgens. However, as stated earlier, the number of women
who require hormonal therapy to control acne is relatively small.
If you suspect a hormonal abnormality, you should consult your gynaecologist
and or dermatologist.