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If you’ve never played chess or know nothing about the Game of Kings and all the poetry that can be conjured on 64 squares, don’t worry.  This is not about chess. This happened way back in the year 1984.  It was the Sri Lanka Open Chess Championship.  There were many schoolboys who had qualified to play in this tournament.  Two…
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Recently, a picture was shared on Facebook, where 147 bodies lay in a tangled mess. Al-Shabaab, a militant group, launched an attack on Garissa University College, Garissa, Kenya. The picture was shared by  few. Considering the frequency at which people share posts and their opinions, it’s surprising that the post and more importantly, the incident, didn’t receive as much attention…
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Psychiatrists as a rule take far too little time for their patients, they more often than not differ in how to ‘label’ a patient and they are not trained in psychological assessment. The psychiatrists’ bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM, the fifth edition is out now), describes the criteria for putting on psychiatric labels on patients.
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Is it possible to return back empty handed when you go shopping? It depends on the way you shop, because shopping is not only about buying the things you want or you like. It is also important to go shopping to buy goods. From vegetables to fruits for everything we need to go to the market. Most people go during...
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Wish we all had Amma powers. Amma knows everything, starting from what to eat, what to drink, how to wash. I, 23 years of age now, stay home when the rest of the family goes out for their work (Only if there’s nothing for me to do out). I often gallivant, habitually, for no reasons sometimes. Staying home alone is…
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Couple of weeks back Bollywood actress Deepaka Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ video went viral on social media. It was tweeted and retweeted and was shared on Facebook a thousand times, mostly by the females. Coming from a country where womanhood is not celebrated, it’s not surprising that women, who have enough courage to challenge men, come up in public with such...
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Chick lit (chick literature) is a popular genre of fiction among many today. It’s almost impossible to find a book lover who hasn’t laid hands on a novel belonging to chick lit. Although the novels we read today often unfold situations relating to modern lifestyles, this genre first came out in late 1990s. Chick lit deals with issues springing up...
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Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Amazon rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars Published in 2006 Genre: Biography, memoir “This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.” “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you…
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Online posts tell us to do good, be kind and care for people. Our text books told us of the importance of helping people. Our elders tell us to give whenever we can. Having heard and been taught about giving, the act of charity should come naturally for us. Public transport attracts beggars of various kinds. Some sing and play...
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Sound choice matters. Especially when it involves the future goals of teenagers. Every year groups of youth complete their Ordinary Level examinations and pass an important milestone in their lives. At this juncture, it is very important that they get some thorough guidance from a parent, guardian or concerned adult about their futures and the many choices that best...
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Irradiance: Light up the dance floor This one’s for all the groovers and shakers out there. As part of a fashion show, students at Cornell University studying fiber science and physics have created clothing that actually pulses according to the beat of music. The clothing line, called ‘Irradiance’ consists of strips of electroluminescent tape, optical fiber cloth, LEDs and sensors…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
It is very rarely that the first foray of any rebellious group ends up in a decisive victory, i.e. one which succeeds in completely overturning a given political order, be it a Government, a school board or a maranaadhaara samithiya.  Typically, rebels have to suffer several setbacks before scoring some minor victory and even then the gains have to be...
Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00
It’s the time of seasonal offers and sales, and stores are packed to the brim with people. People await the koel’s arrival and the fragrance of sweetmeats fills the air. While litha are carefully read and followed, there are also the New Year festivals (Avurudu uthsava) that are organized in towns, schools, institutions and companies. However, is the meaning...
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Potatoes can be prepared in many ways. Fried, baked, boiled, just to name a few. Out of these, one of my most favorites ways to make potatoes are as hash browns. Hash browns are perhaps one of the best excuses to have something fried for breakfast. The recipe is simple and quick which means there is absolutely no reason...
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There is something terrible going on in Sri Lanka. ‘Bipolar depression’ seems to be invading our country. Almost every week new clients tell me that a psychiatrist has diagnosed them in a few minutes time as (mildly) ‘bipolar’. Subsequently they are put on heavy medications (which are known to have serious side-effects, for example excessive weight gain, heart...
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On March 12, while most of Sri Lanka was still intently focused on the Cricket World Cup happening in Australia and New Zealand, a different kind of ‘historic’ sporting event occurred without any sort of significant media attention at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Sri Lankan national football (or ‘soccer,’ if...
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Why do we use passwords? Is it because we can’t have an email account, Facebook, Twitter or suchlike without them? Or because we have a privacy concern: to keep things to ourselves? We can question if not in terms of privacy, what’s the point of having separate email accounts or any other accounts?  If there wasn’t a thing called passwords...…
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What is friendship? It’s a whole lot different form love. We all love our friends, do we not? But we don’t usually say it, do we? Our true friends know everything about us. Sometimes they understand and know us better than anyone else in the world. Why do we do so much for our friends? The obvious answer would be…
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The Quran was his first introduction to poetry, when he read an English translation at the age of 13. “I found it strange that people would recite it in a foreign tongue and not their mother tongue,” Imaad Majeed says, adding that the footnotes in the text explained the historical context and symbolism. “This was my first introduction to the…
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