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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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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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Dufus

Yes, the dufus that I am, I was wondering why NOBODY left any comments lately [good or bad], and feeling kinda repressed and alienated, no more than I usually am, I guess it was sheer desperation that lead me to check the freaking settings tab in my admin panel.. only to be assured that yes I am a dufus indeed.

Sorry folks for all the times you wanted to shout out at me but I had so egoistically left you no option to leave a comment.

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Fate

This is the most weirdest entity that probably governs our life. Never is it easy to come to terms with what Fate will throw at our feet. Probably we have thought too far as to coin a word to explain all the inexplicable, or the unexpected.

So obviously, Australia didn’t work out. Never got there, never got to go there. Tough luck I’d say. Wasn’t this calm when it all sprung up, but hey everybody’s entitled for some human emotions now and then.

Previous life experiences keep butting in and leaving messages in my head, saying chin up…. it’s all for the best or it’s all for the greater good.

Its just that I didn’t realize that I had built a lot of hope on this, and when it blew in my face, it was a bit unbearable.

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Well thought I just drop in on my blog again.. Been reading other blogs though and after reading Darwin’s post about Fasting, I had to write this out in my blog.

It all happened a week ago, the weather seemed uncertain… it looked like it may rain, but then… nothing can be for certain. I was sitting in the A/C room away from the hussle and bussle of the ward.. This was luxury, trust me.. and then it rings..

Phone: riiiiiiiing ring ring, riiiiiiiing ring ring ….

Me: (murmuring to myself) Damn,… (Hoping the incoming call isn’t for me)

Guy on the phone: Come quick… you have to see THIS!

Me: Oh c’mon its my resting half an hour…!

Guy on the phone: No I’m serious YOU have to see this!

Me: Pls… give me a break.. and I’ve seen it all (so I thought)

Guy on the phone: Trust me man.. if you don’t see this, you’ll regret it!

Me: (SIGH, slam the phone and get up cursing) WHY ME!!

I return to the ward and see there is a new admission. The patient is in obvious pain. Huge stomach, breathing heavily, sweating. If this wasn’t a guy I might have thought he was giving birth!

Me to my Friend: Is this guy giving birth?

Friend (Previously the Guy on the phone): Man, just ask him what he did!

Me: He’s in too much of pain… you tell me.

Friend: Hmm.. ok.. sit down… Well according to his family, he was fasting… that’s according to his parents. But his first wife says he had breakfast as he said his doctor advised him not to fast due to gastric ulcers..

Me: ok… so?

Friend: Then it seems he has said the same story to his second wife for lunch..

Me: hmm…

Friend: Wait it gets better… Then he returned to his first wife’s house for an afternoon snack and then came to his parents house to break fast… and here he is..He also had a SUPER breakfast at his parents house before apparently starting to fast…

Me: ok.. so what’s the problem?

Friend: Well apparently it’s all undigested and STUCK.. not coming out from either way!

Me: Huuh? (eyes blinking)

Friend: Yep… so should I pack him off to the surgery ward? Laparatomy perhaps?

Me: (Cursing to myself again): Try Ipecac! If it doesn’t work I speak to the surgery ward myself!

This isn’t a tale made up, nor thickened for anyone’s amusement. Ipecac is a liquid which when swallowed induces vomiting.. Seriously how can one be a traitor to oneself so much. We successfully managed the patient. After Ipecac he vomited every thing.. and believe me it wasn’t pleasant.. cos barely was any food digested.. Seeing vomit is ok.. I’m used to it.. but to see someone throw up food that we readily eat was disturbing.. trust me.

After retching for another hour or so.. he is allowed back to his relatives.. and guess what they start to do.. They start consoling him and slowly the bags starts rustling… yep… its eating time again….

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Well, I know many share this same feeling with me… Some just continue with their miserable lives ‘cos they haven’t seen any better… so its a blessing for them I guess, while for the people who have seen and experienced life in other continents.. Sri Lanka IS HELL!

Hey, I’m patriotic, and don’t anybody say otherwise, but there is that limit that even patriotism can’t subdue! “A Paradise like no other” seems quite ironical now, doesn’t it!

I mean other countries have gone through severe reformation and revolution one after the other, faced world wars and still manage to maintain a descent civilized social and economical balance for its people to thrive in…

We had no major revolutions nor had we faced the World wars to its full extent, and we barely fought for our freedom in comparison with our neighbours… so everything just got served up in a silver platter..

However the fuel for the MIG’s (i’m not going to talk about how those MIG’s got to SL, simply cos no one knows) and the big (family) crowd at the parliament living off a luxury life… seems to be making rather large dents in many a persons purse.

SO.. Work your butt off… Slave at work. WALK TO WORK, ‘cos unless they invent cars that run on urine, you can’t afford to buy Petrol. Start growing manioc in your back yards. You can’t afford to buy bread. Start raising cattle, milk is not for our budgets either.

For a country that’s supposed to follow the Metta (maithri – friendship), Muditha (sence of appreciation), Karuna (compassion) and Upeksha (equanimity in the face of the fluctuations of worldly fortune), I think we have FAILED!

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Hello again..

I just couldn’t take it anymore! I had to write it out in my blog and get it over with!!! (mind you, the satisfaction of thousands of people reading my woes, gives a whole new kink into blogging)

So here’s my Prob! I have Yucky Relatives!

Darn those blood suckers! All they want is your blood. You never seem to be alright (or even closely ok) for them. So what you ask? We’ll its just when they want something… Oh the buttering starts.

I mean you have to be an idiot to fall for that butter.. You pretty well know, these people don’t give a damn about you.. Your good as dead to them.. But when they want something done.. Oh they know how to suck!

In a land where the earth on which Doctors walk are worshiped, having a doctor as a relation does have its up sides. Well these blood suckers have been haunting me and draining me ALL WEEK. They hadn’t even been close… But they had searched me although the hospital, and finally surprised me 5 days back.

Trust me, the way they pounced at me I thought somebody was already dead!.. But all it turned out to be was a minor surgical operation in the septum of the nose… Ok, so I look into the patient ( my newly found niece, still unconscious), talk with the ward doctors, everything seems ok.

At lunch I meet up with the newly found relatives and give them the good news ( nothing was bad, so I consider it good news). “She should recover fully in 3 days”, I blabber away.. actually thinking of what would be served for lunch..
So I’m finally convinced, they won’t bother me.. But I WAS SO SO SO SO SO WRONG!

It was some reason or the other. They made a good job hauling me out of my work 3 or 4 times a day. I mean its ok if the patient was critical.. and besides ENT was never my side of medicine. It was either her husband wanted to meet up with me, or her far distant uncle had just drove 800 km just to see her and wanted a rundown on matters from me, or she had farted, or her left eye was smaller than the right, or she wasn’t in the mood for a meal… HOLY COW!!! I mean, you gotta give me a break!

I fled as soon as I could get someone to replace me. I didn’t think twice. Creeps! Why do we put up with them! And I’m making sure she’s left before I even step in that hospital again!

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