Asoka Gunasekera has quite appropriately focussed attention on
embarrassed moments faced by some of our cricketers at International
Match Presentations due to their inability to express themselves
coherently in the English language (Citizens’ Mail 2.7.2012).
Asoka has well understood the reasons for this situation, being that
cricketers of the present day come from environments lacking in use of
good English. Although Asoka has highlighted the happenings in the
cricket scene, it is a common occurrence in almost every sphere of
professional activity be it conferences, symposia, lectures or
international gathering attended by leading lights in the country.
In the bygone era, the vast majority of the leading professionals
were from the Colombo based elitist families where English was the home
language. But today due to the Swabhasha policy introduced in 1953
(contrary to the popular belief it was a Bandaranaike policy of 1956)
students from rural areas where English was not the home language and
the English taught in schools was far from satisfactory, were able to
reach higher echelons of society and occupy top seats in the
administrative service and other professions.
This was the real social revolution that took place in the country,
where the students from every nook and corner of the country, be it the
North or the South without discrimination, were helped to reach the top
without English being a barrier in their upward path.
The society was kind in removing an artificial barrier and enabled
them to reach the top. Having thus reached high echelons, it is
incumbent on the individual to rectify whatever disadvantage there is
due to inadequacy of spoken English, as a good command of the language
would naturally enable one to comprehend what others say and to be
comprehensible in what ever one had to say. The whole wide world becomes
open to them. It becomes a social responsibility of the individual, who
was exalted by free education, paid for by the people.
I wonder what proportion of individuals this correspondence targets
would even be reading it, because fewer people now read the English
language dailies, as evidenced by the fact that of so many dailies
purchased by the state offices, the English language dailies remain
almost unopened at the end of the day.
So let’s hope that they will realise their responsibility by the
society that educated them and acquire the necessary skills in
communication by their own efforts, not waiting until cricket
authorities or any others organise crash courses for them, and pay back
the debt by being an accomplished son/daughter of Mother Lanka.
Rilaulla where I live, is about 1.5 km away from the Kandana town.
All the by roads in Rilaulla are found to be concreted except the road
adjoining the Seventh Day Adventist Church. This road in length is about
As a result of a request made by the people of the area, a Technical
Officer attached to the Pradeshiya Sabha measured this road about six
months ago in order to make arrangements for the road to be concreted.
He again measured the road about two weeks ago. But unfortunately, there
is no sign of concreting the road as yet.
During the rainy season the road is impassable. The rainy season is
fast approaching and it will be difficult to walk along this road due to
the muddy pot holes and rubble along the stretch of the road.
I hope the Technical Officer will have some sympathy on those who
live along this road and will make an earnest effort to concrete it
before the next rainy season which begins in late August or early
The Technical Officer was good at measuring and I firmly believe that
he will be good at concreting as well, because he has concreted the
other roads in the area. All blessing to the Technical Officer to
fulfill our request as early as possible.
Many health conscious people choose to buy brown eggs over white
eggs. Are they really a healthier choice or are you wasting your money
on dark eggs? There is always a misbelief that gam kukulas eggs or natu
koli muttai and brown eggs are superior and healthier than the white
Brown eggs get their pigmented shells from a substance called
protoporphyin which is a substance derived from hemoglobin. This pigment
is naturally laid down as the egg is formed.
The determination of the egg’s colour as white and brown are
exclusively determined by the breed of chicken it comes from.
To add to the confusion, there are even chicken that lay pastel
coloured eggs. Although some eggs may be appealing from a colour
standpoint than others, the reality is that brown eggs and gam kukulas
eggs or natu koli muttai have no real health advantage over white eggs.
Each average sized egg immaterial of its origin and size is dense
with 5.6 grams protein with essential amino acids, 2.4 grams
mono-unsaturated fatty acids, 12 minerals inclusive of trace minerals
like selenium, zinc and 11 vitamins.
The budget minded shopper might stick with the white ones since brown
eggs offer no health benefits and taste difference.