29th November 1998
To many people the new millennium is nothing more than a darn good excuse to have the New Year's party of their lives, but to some it is the herald of doom. Just before the end of the last millennium, people were convinced that the world would end in the year 1000 and that triggered large-scale weirdness around the world. People have become slightly more reasonable since then, but I'd still rather not trust too much to the intelligence of humankind. Now I'm just being silly, this is just a whole bunch of nonsense. But then why am I hyperventilating? This is not good. I've got to get myself out of this. I should talk to myself make me see reason.
So what's the problem?
Many people, who claim to be prophets, have prophesied that the world would end in the year 2000.
How credible are these prophets?
Well, I can't say really. It's all in the interpretation. Depending on how you look at it some prophets like Nostradamus have predicted World War. Or it could have just been a recipe for bean soup that someone found after he died (...beings [Beans] will be plunged into the simmering cauldron and things will be brought to a boil...). Like I said it's all in the interpretation. But not all the prophets have agreed on the World War theory. The other hot favourites at the moment are natural disasters.
What are the chances of either of these things happening?
Pretty darn good actually. We do already have weapons that could completely destroy the world if it came to war. And well, who can rule out natural disaster? Earthquakes, floods, cyclones are all on the cards. El Nino last year, and just last week we passed through the Leonid asteroid belt. Although only a hallucinating handful of the people who got up at 2:00 in the morning claim to have even seen anything, there might be a large asteroid somewhere with our name on it. Impossible? Explain that to the dinosaurs.
And what about Y2K?
Ah yes, the infamous millennium bug. Well reactions seem to be mixed. The people who know anything about computers aren't taking any chances. Those who know nothing about them will probably be on a plane somewhere over the middle of the Pacific at 12:00 am on the 1st of January 2000.
But aren't the best people working on that?
Well if that's what you heard, then you must have better information than me, 'cos the last time I checked Microsoft was working on it. Well, it's not that I'm dissing Microsoft. But after all, they did create Crash 95/98. Oh, I'm sorry, do you still call it Windows? Anyway, what I've saying is, you try catching Bill Gates on a plane on the 1st of January.
What's the solution?
I've decided that castrating myself and then committing suicide so that an alien spaceship can save me is a bit too drastic (But who am I to say that it won't work for some?). What am I going to do? Well now that I'm vented my spleen on my fears I feel much better. I don't know what I'd do really. Maybe I'll think more happy thoughts. Like party. I wonder what I'll do for the millennium...?
What the hell is wrong with you?!!
I can see it now. Those who were planning to castrate themselves and wait for that spaceship are going to be on my case big time. Tons of junk e-mail threats in my in-box. Hey guys (hmm...), I'm not trying to diss you - it's just that I don't think that your approach would work for me. Remember, this is a personal opinion column. This is my opinion. You don't have to take me seriously. You do whatever you want.
By Wathsala MendisIn movies she's played many roles, even of the im- moral woman who ends up in jail. But in real life she's loving, family-bound, and very religious. Yes, that's Sangeetha Weeraratne, the teenage heartthrob, summed up in three words.
She had to choose between acting and her studies at the tender age of 16. Now looking back, she doesn't regret her choice, except maybe for the occasional "I wish I had completed my studies." But as they say, "There's no business like show business." She loves every minute of it, both the good and the bad, and treasures the ability to portray a wide variety of roles.
Sangeetha's idea of a perfect mate would be someone who's smart (not necessarily in dress) and who can keep his feet firmly on the ground, someone whom she can have a decent conversation with.
English Patient. Beautiful film. Beautiful dialogue. Brilliant performance. It's the kind of movie that can really move you.
White. I like it because it's colourless. Besides, I like soft shades.
"You're Still the One" by Shania Twain. It speaks of true love and is very romantic.
My Grandma.She's always been there for me. A very nice and inspiring person. It's mostly what she's taught me, about religion and life in general. She never scolds me.
Definitely sleeping. You see, I get so little of it that it's very precious to me.
Item of clothing
Jeans and T shirts. Very comfortable. They never go out of fashion. I mean, it's always OK to wear them.
Our cricket team. I'm not very much into cricket, but when they win I feel so proud of them. I also like Pete Sampras and his brilliant play.
Oooooh! Chocolates. I love them. A chocoholic. Yeah, you can say that of me.
Horse. It's such a graceful animal. So beautiful, I mean, the way they run and gallop and all that. I love riding horses. (Every year she makes it a point to go to Nuwara Eliya just for that.)
The smell of my Teddy Bear. Why? .....
Home. That's where I can be myself. I love being surrounded by my family and spending time with them. We're very close.
My Teddy. My father gave it to me on my 16th birthday. It has been with me ever since. It's rather huge. But I make sure it's stuck in my suitcase wherever I go, even when I go abroad.
The day I won the Film Critics' Award for "Best Actress" for my role in "Dorakada Marawa" in '96. It was a lovely experience. You work very hard, give it your best, and when you're being rewarded, it makes it all the more endearing.
My recent visit to Japan for a film festival. It was the first time I went abroad all by myself. I spent seven days there.
The Japanese are very well-mannered people and very polite. I mean, even if you bump into them on the street by accident, they would apologise profusely. It's the people who make a country a pleasant place to live in.
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