Thoughts were Jewels in the Crown
A socio-political commentary of our time is what Renton de Alwis,
a recognized professional and the former Chairman of the Tourist
Board calls the series of articles he subscribed during 2003/04
to the Sunday FT, under the pen name RAM – Random Access Memory.
These articles are now published as a booklet titled “Random
Thoughts” and will be launched by the author on election eve
- November 16. The publication is dedicated by the author to “Nidahas”-
Free Lanka Media Movement, with the hope of enhancing the efforts
of the movement towards creating a just and social fabric for Sri
invitation to the book launch is as unique and dedicated “towards
creating a just and social fabric for Sri Lanka”, as every
article in the book. Renton is a man with a good heart, a unique
human character and always dedicated to the forward march of Sri
Lanka Inc – a phrase he coined post the airport attack to
marshal the forces to rebuild the image of the nation and the shattered
RAM articles are not Random Thoughts of Renton but jewels in Sri
Lanka’s crown a leader can wear with pride. The invitation
reads thus “The circus is on again….It’s election
time and we have once again dug ourselves deep in a culture of promises
and ‘hopeful’ hopes…This is an invitation for
you to participate at a discussion cum launch of a book I wrote….
I wrote it out of love…I now want to share it with you…”
The articles have been written with love for Sri Lanka and its people.
writes in the book, “I loved writing the RAM column each week.
It gave me an outlet to let off my disgust at what is happening
The blatant waste of resources and opportunities angers me.
we see is a case of too many bad policies, bad decisions, bad attitudes,
lack of caring for people, their needs and dominance of selfish
agendas of those who claim to serve us.” The hard hitting
articles were a reflection of “Ape Kama” the national
interest before self interest.
to Sri Lanka? Care to look at Care Services-Wanted; Corporate whistle
blowers- The private side of private sector- Making ‘ecosystems’
of business- Towards a Sri Lanka Inc, bit by bit- Our mothers and
sisters working abroad- Of the people, by the people, for the people-
Is our world for sale? Wanted Brands of leaders- Knowing where we
are going-Out of the Box ; Mr. Public Servant are only some of the
many articles in the book.
a shame that our leaders contesting the Presidential elections did
not refer to this book before they published their manifestos! We
would have then avoided an opportunity for Prime Minister Lee Kwan
Yu to say “They are at it again in Sri Lanka – The periodic
auction of non existent resources is on –this time round from
are a number of good ideas for leaders both in governance and business
to implement with commitment, and I hope the winning candidate of
the next Presidential election will make “Random Thoughts’
his first read after victory celebrations! I hope also that the
Chamber leaders will make this book a compulsory read item for its
leadership team and decision making body of members. Hats off to
you Renton let us hope your efforts will bear fruit for the sake
of Sri Lanka Inc and its present and future generations.
(The writer could be reached at - firstname.lastname@example.org).
RAM, a former columnist in The Sunday Times FT, has divulged his
identity. Renton de Alwis, former chairman of the Tourist Board
and an international tourism professional, wrote this series in
2003/04 under the pseudonym “Random Thoughts by RAM (Random
He has now published a book with a collection of these articles.
It will be launched on November 16 at the BMICH.