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Silence

Have been so, because I just haven’t had anything to say. Best to shut up then. Sometimes, its best to to just blink at the world. The least  you involve yourself with worldly matters, the saner you will remain. Not that it is always possible.

Like to recommend the two following films.

21 Grams – Naturally one would think this a film about drugs. Nope. But you have to see it. Has an ad hoc nature of displaying the events, but ultimately you do sympathise with the film. Much of the stuff shown are real today. Nominated for several awards in 2003.

Lastly King Arthur, the more realistic version of who he was and why he fought. “The Director’s Cut” verison is what I saw, and its a lot more blood and gore than the usual. Lancelot, and the gang. Friendship. Fighting for what is yours by right. Its just how you choose to go about them.

So, back off to continue in my silence. Because I know, just as Silence comes after a Storm, I should expect the latter soon…

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Bobby

Bobby

Bobby

A fictional story about Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, during his electoral campaign. Presented quite well, and has the elements of hope and justice entwined into the story.

The last scenes shocking events have RFK’s famous speech – “On the Mindless Menace of Violence“. Truly a noble speech. We have much to learn from it.

I include a few quotes from this noble speech.

It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours.

When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.

Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.

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You can fool someone all the time, but you can’t fool everyone all the time.. In a country, where  computer literacy is at 10% (literacy assumed by just asking if people knew “about at least one use/application of computers“). In reality, actual computer literacy, which I would define as the know-how to independently use an application for one’s personal benefit, like typing a letter in Microsoft word, using the internet etc., with today’s easily navigable operating systems is way below 5%. Most of this will be from the Western Province. People using internet on a regular basis will be an even smaller percentage of the latter. So the steps to stop pornography over the internet (assuming it was even remotely possible) is so dumb.

The only sanctions the Government has is to force the Internet Service Providers to block the sites, which number more than the computer literate people in SL. Assuming, that will be done, there are a hundred other ways legally possible to access blocked sites.

What amuses me is that this info really gets to people not so enlightened about technology. For example, for the educated, but not so internet capable school teacher, large headlines in the local papers announcing the clamp of pornography over the Internet is a great sigh of relief. Such people are many. But today’s discoveries were yesterday’s myths and will be tomorrow’s common knowledge. So while the school teacher sleeps, his / her children will easily find out ways to access the so called forbidden lands.

I ask the same question as Mr. Rohan Samarajeeva at LIRNEasia.net. In addition to cinemas’ there are plenty of other ways in Sri Lanka to get your hand on a tape or two. Let’s be honest.. suppressing children not to watch something or not to do something only feeds their curiosity. But many an educated teacher fails to see this. This is the same for adults. How hard is it to keep a diabetic away from sugar? Paradoxically, something that you need to live, could cause your fall if not controlled. Its the same with everything, and the sooner a kid learns this, the better. I’m not implying that pornography is a something you need to live, but reproduction is, and I haven’t seen any other country carry the torch for “secretive sex” like Sri Lanka. Its ok to do it, but you dare imply it. Then, comes the worst part… they drag Buddhism into it.

Buddha never dictated out laws. He preached of the middle path. He preached advice. His preachings were to help people realize that there was black and white. Without knowledge of what is black, you can never really know what is white. The choice of accepting either is totally yours and according are the consequences.

But today, the black and white are all mixed up.. for personal benefits of course.. all we see is a darkening cloud of grey.

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While many are busy practising the new carrom ball, others organising protests etc, I’m stuck with mere gossips about How to start a business in Sri lanka…

I get random ideas in my head at weird times, but this is one that stuck through.. but the complete lack of information about this darn thing really got me to give up.. almost..

The weird thing is not many, know how to “start a business in sri lanka”.. and those who do just can’t be bothered to explain it to you… [i’m referring to my so called friends]

So my plea to the SL blogosphere.. Can someone pls guide me through the the topic “stating a new buisness in lanka”

Oh and the net has no helpful info either.

While on the prowl, I did manage to pick up some bits and pieces, like the website “Registrar of Companies” etc ..

And I do have some questions :

  1. If I want to do business, do I have to register as a company?
  2. What about Sole proprietorship?
  3. How to obtain a Business Registration? and WHERE?
  4. Can I obtain a Business Registration and do business without forming a Company?
  5. How and when to deal with Tax?

I would be very obliged as you can see I severely lack understanding in this sector.. and if the questions seem stupid, well just have a harty laugh..

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Thats the least to say… about my country’s current state of affairs. Well, like many in the SL blogosphere, who shout out “injustice”, “criminal”, “unfair”, I too am like a lonely candle, just burning away my wax.. [Am I sounding poetic?]

Well, the aristocracy in this country [what? You thought we were democratic?] is reaching new levels and brotherly love is they way to dominate and rule. Not much that we can do about it. Considering the families that we have, the mouths to feed, its best to not see things that are so obvious.

The next thing to exploding bombs, that people are afraid of are white vans. Seriously.. just can’t tell when that speeding white van stops infront of you, some hefty fellows jump out and take you for a heart warming get-together in hell.

Its all in the papers, the news.. its a media bloom I tell ya.. Never has the media rights been violated so much, never have injustices taken place in plain sight and never before so published. There was a time when a scandoulous news report brought many to kneel before the courts, many a time when a harasment dealt with a single whim of a news paper reporter… not anymore. You can shout ALL you want, but there’s no shame in it anymore.. infact its more publicity. “DO AS WE SAY or else……”. The shouting press, the media frenzy, just serves someone’s purpose…

Well, democratically elected aristocracy is probably a first time thing in this world… A new phenomenon… probably following the old saying… if you can’t beat them, join them. So the political scientists must be dying to come to SL these days… SUCH rare insights into a new world ruling.. no.. world domination theory : ‘Grab all you can, while the sun shines. If people shout…’ What people? where?

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300

I saw this film several months ago, but never got to posting about it. Its all about the noble, war crazy Spartans, going on a suicide mission. What comes out is all blood and gore. It’s how they go about it that makes this film interesting. Nobility, wit, effective tactics, planning, and most of all loyalty to thy nation are just a few to learn and see. What is it that makes men brave? Is it fear or just plain stupidness? Or is it pride of belonging to a proud nation…

For those who wish to see it, here is the torrent

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Powder

This is a film from 1995. I had seen it long ago, but it was one of those films that I never forgot about.

It’s all about energy, and the realization of what we all are. You can find the torrent here if you wish to see it yourself.

Even today, I feel it holds several facts that we often take for granted and / or are completely unaware of.

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