Sip of Lankan
spirit with Kola Kenda
Experiencing national pride does not
come along every day. Hence when it does come along
it's a nice feeling that overwhelms you. The need to
be a part of it comes from within, and that is what
Kola Kenda for the Sri Lankan Soul is hoping to achieve.
Targeting Sri Lankans who would like to experience a
sense of national pride this book is a compilation of
stories written by Sri Lankans for Sri Lankans on the
theme of Sri Lankan pride.
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about a cup of kola kenda?
Kola Kenda for the Sri Lankan Soul,
is an initiative of the Core Group Members of Beyond
Borders, which is a Connecting Futures project of the
British Council providing a platform for young people
from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the
UK to come together to share and address issues related
to identity, diversity and active citizenship.
The project focuses on building greater
mutual understanding, learning and respect while developing
an understanding of active global citizenship which
is the theme assigned for 2005. A unique element in
this project is that its agenda of activities were designed
by young people for young people.
This book of short stories will encompass
the sentiments that Sri Lankans have about Sri Lanka,
be it why they are proud to be Lankan, what they love
most about their country, experiences that they could
have only in Sri Lanka, occasions when they were helped
by Sri Lankans, or absolutely anything else!
Stories/articles featured in this
book will be from people coming from varied age and
social groups, ethnicities and walks of life. The effort
will also hopefully attract articles from eminent personalities
(in the entertainment, sports, etc, industries), academics,
business professionals, social and political activists,
school children, core group members, personal family
and friends, people residing out of the Colombo city
limits, children, etc.
Speaking to the group behind this
venture, Nafisa Asgerally, the Group Leader of the project
said that this gives an opportunity to document the
feelings of people on why they are proud to be Sri Lankan,
helps all Sri Lankans identify themselves simply as
Sri Lankans, by putting all of their experiences on
one common platform – this book, and facilitate
a medium through which Sri Lankans could be made aware
of the achievements of fellow Nationals, and thus have
more pride in being a Sri Lankan.
The thought behind the name Kola Kenda
for the Sri Lankan soul – 'kola kenda' a very
Sri Lanka preparation, usually consumed when feeling
under the weather or just consumed to feel good. Kola
kenda for the Sri Lankan Soul is an attempt to be the
'way out' for the Sri Lankan 'soul' when feeling down,
depressed, or simply needs some inspiration… it
will do for the soul what kola kenda does for one's
Why such a project would be more effective
than others is that this book will attract articles
from the rich, the famous, the not-so-rich, the not-so-famous,
the young, the old, the professionals, the common-man…
people whom 'everybody' would be able to find some link
with and whom they could relate to. Additionally, this
book would be a long-lasting document, which is just
more than a glance at a slogan on the street, or a sticker
on a car… it could be referred to in times of
need (of inspiration) and passed down to generations.
This really is a perfect chance to put your creativity
and writing skills to the test and be a part of what
looks like to be a pretty interesting project.
They have already categorised the
topics under which you can submit your stories, but
you must remember that since the topic given is pretty
general, you can just about write on anything you like.
The book will be divided into five
different sections, in which you can write and you really
don't have to limit yourself to just one article.
They encourage you to send as many
as you want even if its just a few lines long. What
matters is catching the essence of the topic you choose.
This book, reaching across all communities
and societies, will give citizens of Sri Lanka one common
identity, that of being a Sri Lankan.
This would help in combating, to a
certain extent, the ethnic divide in the country, which
is definitely a need of the hour.
Send your articles
All articles submited for the
book should be mailed to – Kola
Kenda, Beyond Borders, c/o British Council, 49,
Alfred House, Gardens, Colombo 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that your articles
should be between 1000 and 1500 words and that
all articles will be published, only subject to
acceptance and editing by the editorial committee.
The topics for the articles
are as follows.
1. Moments/events that you felt
proud to be a Sri Lankan
2. Memorable experiences in
3. The Sri Lankan people: How
they have helped/touched your lives to make a
4. Sri Lankan achievers: Anyone
you feel who deserves to be recognised
5. Why I am proud to be a Sri
Please include your name, age,
school/workplace, designation and any specific
details you want to give about yourself.
This will be used when giving
brief details about the contributors on the last
few pages of the book.
Also make a note of which chapter
you have written for, but the editorial committee
will make the final decision in terms of which
section it should go into.