Arresting life between lines
Chandra K. Pathirana in her library
The pen, they say, is mightier than the gun. Chandra Nanayakkara, a
policewoman from Matara handles both with equal ease, but the pen always
It is a rare combination indeed: An eye for law and order and a flair
for writing. She never hesitates to discharge her duties to safeguard
law and order. When she is in a literary trance her ideas and
experiences leap out with true spirit and vigour, filling up the pages
of her notebook and draining out the ink of her pen.
Police sergeant Chandra K. Nanayakkara of the Public Relations Unit
of Matara police is the story teller of her life. Her literary talent
has fetched her many an award and certificate.
As a writer and poetess Chandra has repeatedly secured the first
place in short story competitions annually organised by Devinuwara
Pradeshiya Sabha in collaboration with the Cultural Affairs Department
from 1993. This year too she repeated this feat at the annual literary
She has also won the first place at all island competitions. She was
born in Yatiyana in the Matara district and studied at the Yatiyana Maha
Vidyalaya. After the O/L examination she joined the Puhulwella Madhya
Maha Vidyalaya. From her childhood she displayed a talent for painting
â€śI was a member of Kamala Lama Samajaya of the Dinamina. I was
thrilled when my verses appeared in the Dinamina. My literary activities
started at a very tender age. I believed it is inherited.
I was interested in writing short stories and stanzas when I was
quite young and was also keen on drawing. Kamala Lama Samajaya and
Nawaka Sangrahaya of the Dinamina lent me a helping hand. The Silumina
also published my poems. Both these newspapers were a great source of
inspiration to me,â€ť Chandra remarked.
She was short of a few marks to enter university which drove her to
join the police. Though her parents objected her uncle supported the
decision. She joined the police as a WPC in 1978.
Sgt. Chandra K. Pathirana in uniform
Those serving in police have very little time for themselves. Somehow
she adjusted her time as she cannot imprison her talent and craving for
writing. After returning home and finishing her household chores Chandra
attends to her literary pursuits. Themes for the short stories are drawn
from real life incidents. Some stories that won the competitions were
based on crimes.
â€śFrom 1993 up to now my short stories or poems have won first place
in literary competitions annually organised by the Southern Provincial
Council. My short stories submitted at the competitions organised by the
Devinuwara Pradeshiya Sabha won the first prize from 1993 except in two
or three occasions. I work under a very tight schedule. If I had time I
would have done better in the sphere of literature.â€ť
â€śI have written a lot of short stories and many of them have won
awards. Sundara Varadak, Yuddhaya ha Premaya, Amawaka Nimaviya,
Jeewithaya Susumaki, Sahodarathwaya, Aluyata Gini and Piyawaru Saha
Ammawaru are some of them,â€ť Chandra said. She will soon begin her first
novel. â€śI hope to devote my full time for writing after retirement,â€ť she
Her husband is employed at the Engineering Department of the
Rupavahini Corporation and the son is following an IT course.
â€śYouth show little interest in literature as they read very little.
If the reading habit is inculcated from early school days they can
create more. Reading also improves the capacity to appreciate and in
turn inculcates love, kindness, compassion and mercy towards fellow
human beings. The beauty of nature also spurs creativity. Many officers
appreciate my writings and that motivates me,â€ť she observed.
Lay the foundation right
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The Bridal Fair 2007, townâ€™s annual bridal fashion extravaganza came
on stage from June 12 to 15 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention
Centre. Top names in the fashion industry such as Premasiri Hewawasam,
Chandani Punchihewa, Chrissy Rozairo and Amali Jayawardane demonstarted
their latest bridal fashion collections at the event. Here are some
trendy brides of Ramzi Rahman on the ramp. Pictures by Sudath Nishantha
Ideal platform for women entrepreneurs
FAIR: The Womenâ€™s Chamber of Industry and Commerce will launch the
SAARC and Women in Business (WIB) Trade Fair and Exhibition at the Sri
Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo from July 20 to 29.
The main objective of this is to support the local and foreign women
entrepreneurs to enhance marketable capabilities to emerge as an
efficient and competitive sector in the economy, and to prepare them for
global markets, WCIC Chairperson Ramya Weerakoon said.
The fair offers products manufactured by them.
The trade fair will also serve as a platform to women entrepreneurs,
particularly from the rural areas. It will also open new horizons to Sri
Lankan women to meet the women of SAARC countries and exchange views and
ideas and establish trade agreements.