Oscar Fernando

  The smashing of a human head-breaking of an arm or leg of a father, mother brother sister walking a lonely dusky eve to bring a meagre loaf of bread to a family eagerly waiting for their hungry dinner-to hear the news that the sibling or parent had been smashed to death by an elephant on the way for the family bread-is no joyous news to a family living in a village bordering wild elephant infested jungle-or even for an elegant family in an elite Colombo Cozy home-what horrendous news the latter would produce and how normal the former would be-is it the new normal? Nay-it is a fairly old normal Sri Lankan society is bloodied with for decades-no end. How will the two families react? The sibling of the bordering village will initially sigh for the dead and then gradually for the loss of an opportunity to enter a ...

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By RUDYARD KIPLING If you can keep your head when all about you     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,     But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:   If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;     If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster     And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken     Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,     And stoop and build ...

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Missive by Oscar E V Fernando – Desiderata   GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ...

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  Topics bordering the beyond-considered as beneath the fashionable-intellectual and macho level of attention-now appear in the social media-inhibited only by the modernist taboo-of the writer being dubbed-a goodie-goodie-observed John Is the new attention a covid syndrome-asked Jack perhaps-perhaps it is -said John-what with search for vaccines-and even the lowly honey bee not being left alone however-thoughts of the beyond-other than astronomy-science-finance and technology-are indulged in by those stranded in the realms of logic-but also searching for contentment within stop that cacophony of which I have had a full in ear and eye-a whole decade through and go ahead with the theme that seems to-en-balm-my soul-sickened with the show of pomp-pageantry- rivalry-hatred-power-wealth and glory-seen all over society and in the world at large said Jack that balm said John-you get from many a modern writer of prose-poetry and song-with appealing lyrics and music to feed the high and the low ...

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  “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values” Thomas S. Monson What is Christmas asked Jack from John-why does it make people happy-joyfully enthusiastic-with silver bells and stars in a Christmas tree-making it so much a mystique  Mystique john said is food for the heart and soul to enable love and forgiveness and enthusiasm is-God within-so defined in the dictionary Jack continued to say that only turkey and wine could induce this happiness and enthusiasm in Christmas-John said-it is so for those not aware or made to believe that Jesus is no God why do you say Jesus is God asked Jack read the bible both old and new with the mind’s eye open-follow teachings of the ‘Jesus instituted ...

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  Source:FT LK Communities in this country consisting of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers that stood together for the cause of independence in the thirties, became estranged and some of the disgruntled, left out shores. What put them apart? History, that is often opinionated with probable views, was the probable cause for parting of ways-and history will not bring rice to the table! Some say this, pointing out to reams of papers – and some say that, by pointing out another set of papers. We may argue and debate this history till the cows come home – but if both sides stick to their guns, it will only end in fisticuffs – or more likely gun battles – for hate will not cease with hatred-only love and forgiveness will conquer!Bowing to the majority views, some left the shores peacefully for greener pastures and some have remained to fight another day ...

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Reading a piece of Des Kelly, editor in chief of E Lanka Journal of Australia-on the internet, carrying very interesting articles poems etcetera bringing nostalgia to some of us remaining in this fair isle and to those who reluctantly migrated in search of pastures green to satisfy their unsettled psyche. Des Kelly had referred to some epithets familiar to us that were in use in the good old days where we were able to laugh at ourselves-some of these were-lansia karapotha-goigamalansia etc-these were humorously and or derogatively used depending on who used it and for what. I can add a few more-parangia-kalathonia-nana-humbeya-thambia-kalu suddha-muss veddha and some sayings as-lansi gedera banku kakula-thambige toppia bambuwa warge-karakenakota sembuwa warge and topped it all by sihalaya modaya kavun kanta yodaya Yes we really enjoyed the days that were-dancing to the tunes of-lansi gedera banku kakula-thambige thoppia bambuwa warge-sinhalaya modaya. Even before this era there ...

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  Jack always the curious asked John-how and why should we humans interact with plants and animals-are these not there for consumption admiration and for game hunting pleasures alone No said John-all is of one creation-having the environment-our common home-as good Pope Francis says-and the study of this home is called ecology ecology! screamed Jack-does it bring bread to the table man does not live by bread and bread alone-there are those other values to live by-social-cultural and spiritual-need for which we have faced many a time in life-and ignoring which has brought this enormous environmental crises-such as tsunamis-floods-earthquakes-forest fires-pandemics and the likes-no end what can the matter be and what oh what shall we do to avoid such catastrophes-asked Jack stop enraging the waters the earth air and forests by reducing use of fossil fuel that cater to the excessive greed of humans for that luxury life style-thus destroying ...

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  Opinions-opinions-dull the world with no opinions-to ponder-opinion defined as a view held as probable-said John Jack said-the world is muddled up with opinions- making it more and more complicated and baffling both agreed-physical and spiritual sides of man need a two tracked control-giving Cesar his dues and God His and for this many an empire with wealth-power-pelf and glory-stalked the earth but a wee while in the span of a double millennia-John said What and where lies the tower and power for peace-asked Jack you are knocking on a door where angels fear to tread-the chosen venture and fools rush in-said John-and made bold to skim the surface of this illusive-and evasive thought suffer your ear and mind to be in the childlike mode- listening humbly to the story of the babe in a stable birth-ending in glory old testament foretold the messiah to come-the new spelled affirmations of ...

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