Friday, October 30, 2015

Rotten Civil Service


Rotten Civil Service
British did enormous damage to our rain forest and Elephants.
British NGO's that cry foul NOW should be ashamed of the Kraals and what not. during colonial time.
Francis Molamure who died on the speakers chair was a shame of Kandyan Nilames.
Rest betrayed the last King of Kandy of Tamil of descent.
Our Civil service is rotten from the time of C.P. De Silva.
That was the time ivory trade started rising its head after the British left.
P.B.G Kalugalla could not have had an orphanage if not for that policy.
It ivory trade culminated under Mahinda Chintanaya.
None of our media (I believe some of them were part of the extended family dealing with ivory) exposed the plight of the wild elephants, especially the baby elephants.
A sitting Magistrate had an illegal Baby Elephant in his possession.
The correct procedure is to interdict the person until final hearing is over for a civil servant or compulsory retirement if the person is a sitting judiciary man.
I am happy to say I was able to send a judge into retirement in a case that had bearing on me as a civil servant of yesteryear.
The latest is the case of an MP who had 5 passports.
How could he get a passport in the middle of the night.
The officer who issued the passport should be interdicted immediately, even if he issued the passport under duress.
I think the civil rights of this MP should be withdrawn as a deterrent and a fresh election be held so that the voter can make a fair decision like when Kalawana MP, Sarath Mutthettuwegama died 40 years ago.
Sarath Mutthettuwega was very good MP of old traditions.
I had a brief encounter with him and he was able to act swiftly without violating the Civil Service Code. We need MP like him in the parliament.
If we cannot I pray the comet coming down on the 14th November land on our parliament and destroying it without a trace.
A comet can do such a damage in seconds.
We cannot wait for the Civil Servants to wake up from slumber.
The civil service is infested with very bad characters and we have no way to getting rid of them, unlike the politicians.
They simply change the tie.
I hate politics and politicians, the Elephant Saga made me to wake up and cry foul.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Epilogue-Linux Revisited

Epilogue-Linux Revisited
There may be lot of missing items in this book.
I did not try to be comprehensive.
Then it becomes a Linux Bible.
I have avoided partitioning and hardware support deliberately.
Little is changed in partitioning skills except the partitioning type. My only warning is be careful when choosing the new partitioning types.
I tried to be bit narrative this time round instead of being analytical scientific. The analytical approach was necessary when the Linux was in early stage of development and the there was an activity hype.
Now it is on stable ground except where cutting edge changes are made to take the benefit of hardware and platform changes.
It is mature and robust now.
One has to make a choice depending on one’s needs.
I will summarize my subjective / objective selection for my use and the reader has to decide his own choices.
If you are using it as a hobby one need at least two computers (I had 10) or perhaps three one being a laptop/netbook.
One can be dedicated for testing.
Now I have gone down to only one computer, there will be less and less input from me in the immediate future even at web / Internet level.
If I do not put them in writing or digital form my time testing them would be a void. That is the very reason I am publishing this book for an entry level Linux user to browse before he//she start experimenting with Linux. Teething problems and pain is taken care of, for one who is without a proper Guru.
My choices are
1. General Use
Peppermint for Light Weight
Debian for all six desktops
2. Hobby
Puppy Linux
Knoppix
3. Education
Uberstudent
4. Scientific
Poseidon Linux
5. Technical Use
Dynabolic for Music
ArtistiX for Graphics
Debian for Programming
6. Kids and Games
Picaros Diego
7. Games
Steam OS with New 64 bit computer


If you analyze the above there glaring missing distribution.
That is Ubuntu.
The reason being I have never used it except for demonstration and Ubuntu was not in existence when I started Linux.
I cut my teeth in Linux with Redhat 7 and 8 and Fedora is a Redhat derivative. It is also not in the above list. 

Hantana Linux is based on Fedora!

All the other distribution fall in between those above specifications. Any one can be used without a problem as long as there is no conflict with hardware compatibility.
If I am allowed only one choice I would go for Debian because it has vast repository.
I prefer light weight distributions since cloud computing is the way things are moving. I have minimal requirements and that is writing and for that also I find Abiword is just as robust as LibreOffice.
Its outstanding feature is its files are light weight and I can upload and download them quickly. There is another reason its format is dedicated to it so others, cannot steal or modify them from my cloud hosting base unless they have Abiword with them.
One thing that nobody can take away from you is if you master a skill using one utility or software that remains with you for a Life.
Skills I have learned having migrated from Microsoft to Linux is making my life easy and has expanded my horizon.
 

There is no limit to my exploration.
 

I feel free and not being subjected by exploitation.
That is a wonderful feeling.






Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When One is troubled with Windows What one can do?

Reproduction Unedited!
When One is troubled with Windows What one can do?
It is strange that when one is troubled with Windows he or she goes into shell and blame oneself and not the operating system.
It is the opposite when one is troubled with Linux.
If he / she is a one who comes from the windows background without batting an eyelid he / she blames the distribution as if the whole hell has descended on him / her.
It is often a minor glitch he or she has overlooked to configure or may be downloading a suitable alternative package or worse come file a bug report to which a ready solution is available within 6 weeks.

 If that does not help one can swap the distribution and select one that suits and download it.
 

(I have two books already available, not digital yet selecting a distribution and also the utilities and packages, if this blog entry is not adequate enough).
 

One problem with this approach is if one is not using a torrent download (even this can be painful if there is one seeder who has gone into hibernation at night-simply switched off the computer) it can be time consuming. The download time can be awfully long and and painful (I have enough of stories often due to failure of the Telecoms but now, never or do not complain because I download several at a time and I know one will be finished by morning when I am in deep sleep and dreaming some bizarre episode of Cloud Computing like star wars of yesteryear).
 

But once one has a CD (ideally D.V.D with almost everything one needs in one pack) the live session is breezy and installation is cakewalk if not catwalk.
 

Only thing Linux guys forget is to keep it running 24 hours (cron jobs at midnight are vital to get rid of the junk files that collect is one switches off the computer regularly; leave seeds for others to access) at least once or twice a week.
 

If you are lazy use a the sweeper or do it manually which I prefer now because of the frequent downloads.
 

Now come to Window guys/girls.

Steps

1. Do not blame yourself.

2. It is often the operating system at fault.

3. It can be due to a corrupt file or large macro sitting on the file and spying on you.

4. The pet devise to blame is the latest virus and I bet you you will not have a solution this side of 6 months.


With so many holes in the operating system which Microsoft will never able plug and then they will promise you the new version is very beautiful (but very slow to run unless you doubled up your RAM) and one should change and upgrade and works better (of course till the next ultra new version is ready for upgrade).


You are in this vicious cycle (V.C) and never get out of it.


If a guy of my age descends on me with a problem, I do not try to convert the guy to Linux fearing one gets a heart attack.
 

I ask a few questions.
If it it a pirated copy.
If the answer is yes, thrash the pirated copy and get a copyrighted version.
This is I am openly campaigning for the guy to remain with Microsoft. 

Microsoft should be happy with my efforts now but I do not charge anything for this advice.
 

The poor guy has to pay through his nose anyway.
 

Do not forget the virus guard and that also will cost you some quids.
Get somebody to format and install, I won't do that for you unless he or wishes to have a Linux distribution dual booted.
He has to spend a half a day with me with food and beverages ready and ample.
This is Christmas time anyway.
If the guy has not got the money, then the scenario changes.
I ask what are the things that he uses computer for, regularly.
Invariably, the answer is that he uses the email and nothing else to be in contact with the family and friends.
Then I give him a breezy Live CD and ask the guy to use it till he himself try to find a remedy for the malady or ultimately ditch Microsoft and ask me to install the new distribution in his computer.


The last course, of course works well for Linux and I of course have to have two visits instead of one.


That of course keeps our friendship lasting and viable.
 

Who says Microsoft is bad.

It makes "my sphere of activity" to enlarge and expand.

Linux Revisited

Linux Revisited
My endeavor here is bit of education and lot of choice.
Below is a a comment posted by a Linux user.
I accidentally stumbled upon while looking for now defunct Distromania.
“I used to think that the notion that there were too many Linux distros was overblown. Surely people could just pick one and use it. And, then there were all the horror stories of how difficult it was to install Linux. Not so, said I, installing Linux these days is just as easy – perhaps easier – than installing Windows. However, recently, I looked for a distro that would be suitable for a friend’s old XP-based machine. That was when my pre-existing notions about Linux began to change…
Perhaps I have been spoiled over the past few years by sticking to Ubuntu-type distros (Ubuntu with the Gnome Classic interface and, most recently, Mint with the Mate desktop). Typically, these install flawlessly, and work fairly well (although the raison d’ĂȘtre for this blog is essentially to document the fixes to problems that I encounter!).
However, the same cannot be said for all the distros out there.
My first foray into distro-world was Puppy Linux since this distro has a reputation for being a lightweight in terms of resource requirements, yet has a full slate of applications, and runs well on older hardware. What I couldn’t initially figure out was how to establish a grub menu to dual-boot XP and Puppy. It turns out that there is a separate installation process for grub; however, while the main installation routine is under Setup in the main menu, grub’s installer is under System!
Some even more challenging issues arose while trying a number of other distros. Macpup wouldn’t run because the hardware didn’t support PAE (Physical Address Extension) and Macpup no longer has a version with non-PAE kernel. Tiny Core Linux failed to install to the hard disk with the – unknown to Google – error message “Error mounting USB device”. A strange error since I was installing from a CD-ROM. Damn Small Linux installed to the hard drive, said that it had installed grub, but failed to boot into a grub menu and loaded Windows. VectorLinux had an incomprehensible (to me) requirement to specify “run levels” and “services”, and a very confusing set of selection buttons that seemed to be on when I thought they were off and vice-versa!
I could go on but, no doubt, you get the picture. For the non-Linux person – and even for some of us who know a little bit about Linux – finding, installing, and using an appropriate distro is not necessarily without its challenges.”
Let me expand on this guy who pressed the “panic button”, since I have used and tested more than 500 distributions.

 
His choices were pretty bad.

 
1. DML (Damn Small Linux)  with only 50 MiB is only for the experts who work on terminals.


2. Vector Linux is a light weight dedicated Linux distribution for one who has some understanding about Linux programming.
It should be used alone in a single computer (like me who had 10 computers in a home network, running various Linux distributions. I have dismantled all but one to cut down on my electricity bill) and for a Linux fanatic (like me) not for an ordinary user.
 

I must say I did not like it very much.
 

It is in the same fold as Absolute Linux (which has Gambase programming Language) but less versatile.
Puppy Linux my favorite since it is in my front pocket as a Mini CD or around my neck as a Flash Drive or in my smart phone as a mini SD (pull out, shove it into the SD card bay or  into a USB bay and use in an emergency) especially when I go abroad (but unable to boot from the smart phone).
I use the smart phone as a bay or storage space.
I use Puppy Linux to test a new computer, I may think of buying on a schedule abroad (give it as a present or use it myself) and is only for an expert and not a casual user.


Puppy used to be just 100 MiB.
It has many derivatives now.

I am currently downloading Simplicity which is 1.4 GiB.
It is becoming fat now but do not bother since Flash Drives are going up to 32 MiB now.
When I first used Puppy in a Flash Drive it was only 250 MiB Flash drive.
 

I currently recommend Knoppix 7.5 (first proper live CD in Linux World) which is the best for a Newbie.
The Linux Magazine is the only source one need if one wants to dig deeper.
The bonus you get is a Double sided DVD with the Magazine with at least two distributions to play with.

That is why I published a book called “Teeny Weeny Linux”.
 

So this guy is a spoiled guy trying to spoil another or scare another zombie.

My intention here is to make Linux “Fun and Game” and not a dreary exercise. 


Mind you this site is called Linux-100 but I have briefly made comment on over 200 of the distributions, which you can peruse here.

The Last one I downloaded is a fabulous Linux distribution for kids.

Please use a torrent for downloading and become a seeder for at least 48 hours. 

That is what I do to cut down on my electricity bill.


PicarOs Diego!
 
That is why there are so many Live CD/DVDs to play with. Installing is a different ball game, especially dual booting which I have adequately dealt with my tiny book “Introduction to Linux"


I have now come to the conclusion that web is not the place to learn Linux and the web has become an easy portal to vent some steam and anger. 

We used to call it the “Flame Wars” and it not the tradition of a smart Linux user or a developer. 

It has become more academic and informative and the init and systemd are classic examples, I have made a little reference above.

The wrong way using the right thing.


Get it right the first time is the classic statement in “Quality Management”.

How I got out of the clutches of "Free Education"

How I got out of the clutches of "Free Education"
 
Ten or more steps of my own
 
I have taken some bold steps (decisions) in my life from my childhood and that had come good, when I reflect on them. Some of them cannot be mentioned here.
I was a keen observer of nature and people around me and learned to be bold and fearless.
Most of my teachers except who taught me Sinhala and English were mediocre.
I often wondered how they ever became teachers especially science.

1. One bold step was not to believe teachers especially in science.
That was a very scientific decision by itself.
I had the knack and keen power of observation and problem solving ability. For example I believed anything can be grown on our be soil, be that it may be, seeds or yam or runner provided I water them regularly. My father was not a farmer but he was a keen gardener (which he learned from a burger gentleman).
Except potatoes, I could do that on my own but could not figure out why I could not grow potatoes (those days potatoes came from UK and I did not know that they put chemicals to inhibit sprouting and made sure seed potatoes were never given to us. I discovered this many many years later. This is how western countries help us).

2. I decided never to ask scientific questions (why potatoes could not grow) from my teachers (knowing very well they will give a wrong answer to shut my mouth).

3. I decided to do science and one day I decided not to go to the school I was attending abruptly (there were many other reasons and flashes of them I have expanded elsewhere) and that was a very bold decision. Finding a school teaching science was difficult but I eventually found one but it did not have able bodies.

4. I decided not to proceed with cadetting even though, I was the leader in my old school (I was thrashed by the teacher / principal three times in the new school but I stood my ground).
I took part in all other sports except cadettting (reason should be obvious and there is / was a worse form of ragging which included sexual for the young).

5. New school was no better in teaching science and I made the decision to do D.I.Y learning science (thank god there were two Foreign libraries outside the school, stocked with old science books in Kandy then).

6. Due to harassing by teachers, I decided to walk out of the science class and asked permission from the principal who thrashed me for not joining cadets.
He eventually acceded (I still thank him for that help) to my demand (man with military training) knowing my will power.
Little he knew that others will join me later.

7. We decided to work towards a common (first exercise in group work) goal and entire university in the first attempt (both Bio and Maths). Eventually all of us did pass and none from the class who attended normal class.

They thought we (me especially) had gone bonkers.

8. Next decision was to get rid of all the science teachers in one go and get some decent ones. By this time I have forged some connections with science school inspector who was very helpful.
Proof of the pudding was that nobody from the normal class passed.
Some teachers feared me more than the principal and I was not a good cohort for them.

9. We never went for tuition classes and we never got involved in giving tuition to others except my cousin brother who eventually became an engineer.
He failed all his subjects in "O" Level and till he entered the university he was under my clutches.

10. Next decision was to get rid of the compulsory government service act that we had to serve (IMF would love this) for six years and never to join the government service except university (semi-autonomous institution and not a government per say).
The way things are happening and developing in the university now leaving that is also not a big decision for me.
Rest that followed is history.
I suppose nobody should try these methods now since all the systems including schools in this country are very poorly managed by over 100 of ministers and ministries.
There is no half way house for us now as the saying in English goes.
You may wonder why I included this as a chapter.
Recently we had a party at home and we had a discussion with a group of people nearing fifty.
I asked a leading question to divert them from a mundane political talk.
I asked them what were their childhood aspirations and why they failed to reach the goal post.
Unanimous agreement was that the teachers were terrors (better term terrorists) themselves and they were very poor teachers.
Then I retorted why didn’t they become assertive like me.
There was no response since time had lapsed when they realized they were under wrong guides.
The decision we made was to bring this to focus and and make it a discussion topic
They answer was not rush to tuition classes but get the system works for better and right now.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

White Washing America (W.W.A.)

Introspection rather than extroversion what we need now.
This is a reproduction written many moons ago.
I had to do this, since a guy in "Ravaya Sunday Paper" is White Washing America (W.W.A.).

India Turning Tables on its neighbor Sri-Lanka
It is nice to see true colours of Indian politicians who are bending backward to please US.
I cannot believe why was the rush for  US to bring the resolution against a tiny country.
My gut feeling now is US was tacitly helping India and Indira to manipulate on Sri-Lanka and when that failed, cry foul both with India and Sri-Lanka.


Date Line


1. Hiroshima

 
2. Cluster Bomb In Vietnam

 
From Hiroshima to cluster bomb in Vietnam was one chapter in US history.
What did UNO did to help Asia then.
Nothing.


3. Middle East
Then came 1967 to 1973 destabilizing the Middle East.
What did the UNO did then.
Sweet Nothing.
That is the second chapter of US sponsored global terrorism.


4. Killing Che Guerra
In Africa what they did including killing Che Guerra is only a side dish (chapter) and were helping all the war lord in African continent.
 

5. Iraq and Afghanistan
The third chapter is Iraq and Afghanistan and it is continuing unabated.
What they did to national museum in Iraq is vandalism of ancient culture and I believe many of the artifacts ended up in USA.


Can we appoint Americans as champions of human Rights?
The answer is BIG NO.

 
One cannot dump history like a prostitutes and potatoes.


History repeats and remain vivid in everybody's mind especially with the old and mature.


Remorse at old age when close to grave is no good.


I expected Obama being young would be different.
He wants to show the Americans that he is a Big Bully before the elections.
His strategy certainly will back fire by December.
I hope Americans will give him the exit signal next time round and to me Bush was much nicer guy who was less duplicitous in international affairs.
He meant what he said.
Less said about Bun Ky Moon is the wiser counsel; he has become a singing parrot for Americans and a Darling Dolly of the West.
He has forgotten his Asian roots where two third of the world population lives.
Asians including Indians are still living in absolute poverty some of them do not have water to drink and for sanitation.
UNO is a white elephant and got its priorities in wrong order.
People have to have basic living standards to enjoy living like humans.
Then only they can talk about human rights!
As for Pavans who raped Tamil girls and the price for which Rajive had to pay with life is still the living history and not yet gone down as past, yet in the minds of victims.
What did Indian politicians do?
Sweet nothing.
These girls had to come to Colombo and get their abortions done almost freely.
When a ship sinks rats come out but when the going go bad before elections politicians hold on to any straw, Human Rights included.
Fortunately there is no difference in Indian and American politicians in that regard.
They look like two sides of the same coin!
They want to hold on to power.


History should be accurately recorded.
That should be true for Sri-Lanka.
Mahinda Chinthanaya delayed the inevitable.
We cannot put the clock back but reconciliation should start at some point.
Otherwise we cannot be proud of our past.

 

Tamils who remained in Sri-Lanka in spite of the tremendous odds, deserve a better deal.

They are our true brethren.
Not the ones who went as  economic refugees, never to return but cry foul from a comfortable distance from their own brethren.

New Ubuntu


New Ubuntu
New Ubuntu is out.
I have not tested it.
I have stopped using it when Unity desktop was initiated.

Now I have gone to Ubuntu's Base Debian as my Role Model.


This is a piece of old writing.
Old Ubuntu
You may be wondering why am not writing anything on Ubuntu. 
It is universally available and is the most popular download.
Since its life cycle is fast it is difficult to keep pace with it.
Only difficulty I have with it is that it does not give the administrator (standard of old Linux behaviour) function for the desktop version and the difficulty and the time it takes to download (because many are accessing it's download site).
In fact I downloaded the 10th version but when I tried the 9th version it broke down several times.
I had to resort to requesting a CD of version 9 from Canonical.
I did receive the CDs today.
Unlike SuSe and Mandriva the Canonical do a good job in marketing too.
Hats off to Canonical which is better than Redhat and Fedora.
It has many versions including a studio version, Kbuntu, Lubuntu and many more.
Kubuntu is impressive.
I will write on Super OS which is a derivative of it like Linux Mint.
Generally speaking what I am trying to do is to make one aware of the other distributions not backstabbing.
Ubuntu now has all the virtues.
Do not fear using it.
Configuring is bit slow but internet access is very easy and hardware detection is excellent.
Thanks to all at Ubuntu team even I use PCLinux most of the time. 
My hard disk has many distributions and Ubuntu is one of them.

Google Jump started Linux Android

Like the Canonical's Unity Desktop, Google has jump stated on Linux base and it is time for Microsoft to re-engineer the wheel of IT technology.
Buying Skype may not solve its problems of insecurity and virus base.

Glossy front but ineffective back end would slow it down but it is wrong to say or think that Microsoft is finally dead due to poor mutation (genetically speaking) evolutionary wise of IT industry.

Cloning something is easy but when something is inherently faulty, the evolutionary process adapt the survival of the fittest strategy to chose the best for the current generation and Linux did not mastermind the change but it looks a successful business venture with its search engine has won the day.

Embracing Linux it has hit two bird with one stone.

I am not at all against business success of any company but when a company uses FUD psychology, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt as a strategy in evolution it is bound to fail in real world with real people.

This was what happened to Microsoft whereas Apple only focused on high end and remained there for its own worth.

That strategy also might change if we hit another financial crisis which we cannot avoid as the way things are developing.

Hunger may be the next wave that will take us by surprise if we get engrossed only in technology.

So cutting down cost and wastage are important.
Recycling and stability of a product to last at least a decade is important,
Disposable era might abruptly end when shortages (rare metal and even integrated circuits) hit the market.

Emerging signs are of that nature.

Google also uses cloud computing as its next line of defense.

If not for business strategy Linux also should look at business acumen of Google for its success without hampering its original goals and vision.

There should be some business plan for some of the successful Linux distributions and canonical taking UNITY forward should not be looked at with squinted eye.

Why aren't we looking with the same squinted eye when we look at Google?

That is my question for the intellectuals in the IT industry.

Success breeds success.

Failures (Linux included) leads to bigger failure.

This is a strategy applied in field of sports and in war games and terrorism,too.

Nobody talks about a failed team (cricket) or a failed army.

It is nice to see America is taking a cue from us and taking terrorism head on.

But they should not apply double standard like Microsoft and USA politics (and their ambassadors all over the world).

Duplicity never works.

It is not the old world order now.
It is a new world order now and everybody should be transparent not naked in their actions.

They should have realized it before the WiKiLeaks.
It is too late to repair the damage done.

Junk in the Parliament

Reproduction
Thereis a piece of space junk coming towards us.
I hope it hits the parliament in full session and destroy our JUNK politicians.


Nature News suggested that it could be a piece of rocket from a recent space mission - possibly even from Saturn V (above), the first rocket to launch astronauts to the moon.
Whatever WT1190F is, we can at least hold off on any panic that it might do some serious damage to life on Earth.
If it doesn’t burn up when entering the planet’s atmosphere, it is on course to land in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Sri Lanka, on November 13.
However, astronomy software developer Bill Gray added: “I would not necessarily want to be going fishing directly underneath it.”

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ten waterfalls in three days

Ten waterfalls in three days
 

In my time all this in six months while working busy as a doctor, using mainly the public transport or a jeep of one of my engineer friends, who drove it during the Mahaweli Program (before the accelerated program).
 

None of us had cars and our salary was less than Rs.500/= and a Pupil Teacher was paid Rs.100/=.

Out of those escapades, staying at Laxapana Electricity Board Bungalow was the best 14 days I had enjoyed without the hassle and bustle of the polluted city.


Now people do this in less than three days and make sure all these places are polluted with polythene.


They carry water bottles and we cannot drink water from a stream beginning in Adam’s Peak.
 


This we call the  development (SICK).
 

We did not have polythene then.
 

Time is right for us to ban polythene totally.
 

I also want all traffic except public banned on roads (including Police and Politicians in their public vehicles - I do not think voter will miss anything)  at least for a day, ideally on the Poya Day of the month.
 

Let the devotees try the public transport.
 

I vouch they cannot but we could do it in 1960s and early seventies.
 

We lost everything during the “Pan Polling Days of 1973“ and Middle East War.
 

These are few idea for the Coalition government running short of ideas.
 

One can plan  a trek, starting from Gampola, Ulapane
 

But you will get run over by a politician with his entourage.
 

Please do not try if you want to live.
 

1. Ramboda Falls
Thawalatenna
Kalpitiya
Pundaluoya
Watagoda
 

2. St Clare’s Falls
Thalawakelle


3. Nanuoya Falls

Nuwera Eliya
Sita-Ela
Haputale


4. Bomburuwella Waterfall
Welimada
Hali Ela
Badulla


5. Dunhinda Falls
Passara
Pelwatta
Walawaya


6. Diyaluma Falls
Koslanda
Beragala
Haputale
Boralanda
Ohiya


7. Baker’s Fall
8. Bambarakanda Waterfall
Belihuloya
Ratnapura


8. Bopath Ella
Ehaliyagoda
Karawanella
Ginigathhena
Nawalapitiya
 

9. Kadiyallena Falls 

10. Devons Falls
Nuwaraeliya
Kotagala
Hatton
Dickoya
Norwood
Maskeliya
Nalladandiya


11. Adam’s Peak


Friday, October 23, 2015

Beauty and the Beast (of our Rivers)

Epilogue
When I planned this book I wanted to be comprehensive, scientific and exploratory but events and the time it took made me to change my initiative, just like river takes its course through difficult parts as falls and meander through the plains and winding up with or without a delta to the ocean bed.
I think I have accomplished only the toddler milestones and never grew up beyond that point.
Such is the vastness of the rivers that span out from the hill country.
It is an amazingly beautiful country where no two places look alike, even though, we have divided it to natural zones called wet zone, dry zone and arid zones.
The mountain range has an extra beauty and none of the mountains is beyond man’s exploration.
The waterfalls are my fascination.
One can gaze at them for hours on end, in a meditative trance.
Each one is different from the other.
Yet we tend to be imprisoned in big cities with skyscrapers.
Why I do not know?
Why pipe borne water if we can drink it from a pristine source.
I have been obsessed and appalled by the shear neglect of our natural resources.
We dump all our refuse to the streams around us and then at a lower point have a water purification plant.
We have denuded our forest that is necessary for regeneration of the rivers at its source.
We have deprived our poor elephants a place to live and driving them almost to extinction.
Our ground water is polluted with pesticides and heavy metals and we go to world health organization for help for kidney diseases.
It is the WHO which polluted this country with DDT in the first instance.
Then the plunder of the virgin forest (to grow hashish) and introduction of bizarre array of poisonous chemicals was taken over by the Ministers of Agriculture without proper scientific knowledge.
Our engineers brought some semblance of sanity but the Mega project are poorly maintained.
We need to protect our rivers, if not one by one they will dry out and disappear.
A New Dubai is possible and is currently been shaped up and designed by corrupt individuals with no heart or brain both inside and outside of politics.
In my belief within next the 50 years with global warming taking its toll most of the rivers will run dry.

Glimpse of Rivers and Waterfalls of Sri-Lanka

Prologue
Writing about Sri-Lankan rivers is a colossal task.
It takes years of devotion and scientific inquiry.
I am not sure why I delved into this, since I knew it is not a task a single person can do alone, especially one being not a specialist in the subject, to begin with.
Probably, our ancient irrigation history has a bearing, especially the last stage of the Kandyan Kingdom, for me to dig in a bit of forgotten history of ours.
The Dumbara Valley is one of the most beautiful places one can visit. I was fortunate to have visited this valley when things were neglected and the people were poor and in remote places with bear minimum to survive.This fact, is still the same in some of these places and they are very infrequently visited by our public servants (teachers in particular) and politicians come only during pre-election campaign.
In my early bachelor days, I had the company of my engineer friends doing hard work to prove, what was considered to be an impossible (30 year program) program and bring into its successful completion from surveying to planning to construction.
Its name is Accelerated Mahaweli Program.
Sure they did it and were the pride of this country.
They were a dedicated lot.
None of them are now here in this country. They were poorly paid and had the talent far exceeding what was paid to them when they were young.
Surly they were bought up by the rich countries.
If any of them read this, first of all “hats off to them”.
If any of them visit here on holidays, I request them to visit those sites they were part of it. They are currently very poorly maintained under politicians who do not have even 8th grade pass.
The farmers are poorly looked after and the water management is a subject of sale to multinationals. It has been hushed up and then put under the carpet, till the heat dies down.
I want them to revisit the past and make contributions for the future sustenance of these Mega Projects.
They also should visit the spectacular waterfalls and ancient tanks and relax with the mind that they had kept the genetic link alive with our ancient civilization.
In the meantime Suriyawewa is a cricket ground and people in the north have no water for drinking leave alone for cultivation. The project was biased towards a segment of the people and another segment was neglected.
In this book brief survey of the project was made. That was not the intention anyway. While the development were focused on few major rivers others were totally neglected and people do sand mining and gemming and do lot of harm not seen centuries ago.
So I take the reader in a narrative glimpse to make him feel part of the civilization based on water gods and water cutting ceremonies.
A foreign reader might not only see the plight of our neglected majestic elephants but also the urge to become a visitor not once but several times and witness the shear natural beauty.

My Budget Tune


My Budget Tune

Goda Nathiwa Ge Palui Goda

Kala Natuwa Ge Palui Rosa

Baga Nathwa Ge Palui Rosa

Soda Nathiwa Ge Palui Soda

Salli Nathiwa Ge Palui Mama (Finance Minister)

Chun Nathwa Ge Palui Baba (Prime Minister)

Rosa-Ta Denna Bambu-Wakuth Ne Pappe Puppe (Head of State)

Rosa Nathiwa Ge Palui Rosa

Rosa Nathiwa Ge Palui Rosa

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Birth Certificate and Identity

Birth Certificate and Identity
 

For me my birth certificate is a pain in the neck.
I will elaborate it later but the purpose of the piece to enlighten the masses what should be its contents.
 

If the birth certificate makes you be identified, disenfranchised and discriminated, it is an illegal document to begin with.
 

I think that is the purpose it serves now.
 
For me there are only very few elements that are essential and the rest are redundant.


They are;
1. The DATE.
2. A.M. or P.M.
3. Name of the Holder (whether given or by descent is immaterial)
4. Sex of the infant (mind you some are not properly determined at birth and with testicles undescended)
5. The NAME of the Mother
6. The NAME of the Putative Father (this I am prepared to take off since there are many births, the real father is not known for certain).


But if a child is born to a underage girl, it is legally essential to name it as the putative father or probable biological father.


7. Biological Father (Confirmed by DNA matching and should be filled only by court order and by a Magistrate of Courts only).
 

If you look at all the above except A.M. and P.M. are essential items for legal purposes.

So it is a legal document which bears no relationship to my character and no meaning too.

I have used A.M and P.M since our nurses work on A.M and P.M basis and few unfortunate interns work on 24 hour basis and they certify these notes 24 hours later and they are generally confused by their long hours of work and many glaring mistakes are made-that is why the are called interns not doctors.
 

Besides it's legal nature the final output is from a nurse, a midwife or an unregistered doctor called an intern.

But I have found it is delegated to even lower ranks in category by default due to lack of staff or overwork.


I have eliminated the TIME of birth to take out our Astrologers off this planet earth.


We need astronomers but who wants to become an astronomer (read my article spacesuit of an astronomer, leisurely).
 

There is no CODE to identify the infant at birth and the code is attached only a few days later and depending on how it is reported, the Resister bears a number not according to the Time of Birth of the infant, which should be the most scientific way and then we can use the Time of Birth as a criterion of identification.
 

But then again, two, three of many births can occur exactly the same time but at different places (hospital, nursing home or at home).
 

Then the time is not a determinant.
 
I have excluded the place of birth for that reason (? does it matter to the baby).
 

But what we need is a permanent (not temporary) address of a next of kin (may not be the father, may be the mother's mother or sister, brother or any other person) or a relative or a friend or a neighbour (it is sometimes the three wheeler driver or some neighbour who takes the mother to hospital in labour in far distant corners of this country. The father is absent, far away or even abroad).
 

8. Contact Address
It should go as Contact Address (to be informed in an emergency, for blood donation especially, a woman can die of excessive bleeding).
 

9. Permanent Address (left blank to be filled by the Registrar).
It is often one from different district enters another district with a bogus address and strain the capacity of a particular hospital while the doctor who should care for this woman is doing private practice in another private nursing home while this woman is struggling to deliver her first baby.
 

If one from Kegalle delivers in Kandy, the Kegalle M,O.H should pay a sum equivalent to the cost to Kandy / Peradeniya Hospital from his budget and a fine for not following up his cases under his jurisdiction.
 

So the permanent address should have a punitive capacity, if not, what is the big idea of Provincial Councils.

This is is one reason that I say we should abolish Provincial councils.


I say a mother from North / South should be able to enter any hospital provided that she carries a valid CODED Maternal Clinic Number, certified by the M.O.H.
 

I go to the extent of  producing a Plastic (similar to a Bank Card) Card with all the details in a magnetic code. This card belongs to the Health Ministry and they can use it for the purpose of national statistics.
Each Confinement has a card (not necessarily a plastic one) but for some reason if it an abortion or still birth that is a valid piece of information for the M.O.H / Health Ministry.


Now I come to the CRUNCH point.
 

10. Designated Doctor for Delivery
 

Every mother should be designated to a particular doctor at 20 weeks of pregnancy. He could even be a private practitioner but he/she should at 28 weeks of pregnancy delegate the responsibility to an agreed Obstetrician on demand basis. 
What I mean is that there should be a quota agreed by a particular individual not compromising the clinical capacity.
I think all the obstetricians in this country will throw a fit because most of them are booked over their capacity and they are never at hand when the mother / woman needs him/her at delivery.


11. Doctor in Attendance (One who actually delivered the Baby)
This is another  CRUNCH point.

Even here it is the Nurse or the Midwife who delivered the baby is never mentioned.
The intern who runs round confused and never has a clue in obstetrics gets his name entered there.
That is why these guys and girls clamour to become a doctor.


To me all the other entries.Race,
Religion,
Caste (by way of the name) are non significant entries that divide and discriminate the poor infant who has no brain to comprehend any at all.


So the constitution experts should take a BIG note of my entry HERE.

 
We are a divided nation at birth by a piece of note called birth certificate.


Regarding my birth certificate, I always remember my father for his lapses in memory.
He forget my name at school entry and gave part of my name and part of my bother's name which were somewhat similar sounding in Sinhala.
I did not know this till I passed out from the university.
Even the university failed to spot the mistake.
Since my O/L and A/L certificates were in a different name to what was in the birth certificate, it has given me enough mental anguish.
But it had the not so desired effect.
My certificate never came into question.
It was not my birth certificate that stood prominent but the affidavit.
The marriage registrar failed to detect it.
So I told this to one of my senior doctor friends and he introduced me to a very old senior council.
So he solve the problem with an elegant affidavit.
Both my friend and the senior counsel are no more.


This piece is dedicated to them.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hate, Cruelty, Leadership, Religion, Political System and Common Sense


Hate, Cruelty, Leadership, Religion, Political System and Common Sense
 
This little piece should be read with lot of common sense and above all true sportsmanship (team spirit).
 
My bone of contention is how religion and religious leaders fail us.
So politicians failing should be taken in comparative sense.

Then, bashing only the leader, in the current context, Mahinda Rajapaksa alone is below the belt attack in boxing parlance.

The average voter (suppressed by propaganda) gave a knockout punch at the Presidential election.

I think that alone is enough in a political sense.

He was a leader of a segment of the population not the entire country (the northern segment rejected him).

We have failed to produce a leader that represented all the segments (big and small).

That is the biggest fault of the Presidential System of administration.

I have been vocal and against it (from the moment I understood it as the worst form of administration for this tiny country of ours) but our media never addressed it BUT bloated it.

The DEAD LEFT and the bogus leftists found a cocoon to hibernate for 35 odd years.

The voter was careful and mindful not to give the fallen leader a straw to hold onto.

The second punch was a reminder that in politics recovery is almost impossible when odds are against the contender.

My next point is where politicians and their stooges all along with biased media failed to apply sportsmanship principles when the fallen leader is weak (in recovery sense) and bash only him and NOT the scoundrels who were with him during his tenure.

Why don't we thrash the entire retinue?
 
Why only one?

That is my bone of contention.

People forget Mahinda Rajapaksa (I have to exclude the family members who ruined him) was more popular than a film star.

His block attraction (some in blind faith that he could rise from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix) was massive and substantial.

Let him enjoy that support which is healthy for our failed democracy and a relief for his blind supporters.
 
What I want is to see is the punishment (except his astrologer friend- I always consider HIM as the game changer and the Angle) for those guys and girls behind him (including officials) eating crumbs and gave him dead ropes (type of Gon Man Pilas and Wira Wansas).

It is called collective responsibility.

All of them should be taken to task and leave Mahinda Rajapaksa to enjoy his retirement two years in advance (I thank the astrologer).

He deserves it.


Why Religion fails US?
 
We have four major religions and many denominations.
What I cannot comprehend is how come we went on fighting an internal struggle (from 1971, 1983. 1989 and 2000 and up to now) for over forty odd years.

Either the precepts of religion is wrong or the practice of it is not possible.

Buddhism talks of Metta but politicians practice hate.

When it comes to Prabhakaran there was an element of cruelty to even Tamil subjects.

How come Hindu religion reconcile these defects.
There is element of cruelty to animals in Hindu religion except the cow.
 
Why?
 
Then come to Muslims current events in Middle East and ISIS is enough evidence.

In that sense Muslims in this country has lot OFFER and to teach those extremists abroad but some of them are admiring those cruelty.

Come to Christianity, just stating Bible War is enough BUT still simmering in the Middle East under cover of Judaism.
 
So the religion has failed not only in this country but the Whole World in general sense.

So do we need a religion to practice Common Sense?

I say NO and I want others to think about it.
 
My common sense tells me that I need to respect my fellow beings.
 
I want it reciprocated even in public transport.
 
An incident a week ago is enough to illustrate how we practice common sense.

Story
I hate to travel in general but when I run short of ideas to write I take a quiet trip in a public transport.
 
My common sense states that using a car is the height of selfishness.
 
There is no parking lots to begin with and most of them do not care there are many others without cars, especially the political entourages that come in pilgrimage to Dalada Maligawa.

The three wheeler is the commoner's friend.

Not only it takes me from Point A to Point B but it gives a livelihood for a large section of the lower middle class.

But mind you they charge exorbitant amounts especially at night and on rainy days.

My common sense says there should be a meter and a flat rate of Rs.100/= to begin (for the first two Kilo meters)  with and then a decreasing rate per Kilo Meter over and above 20 Kilo Meters.

My common sense says that on an average a person does not travel above 20 Kilo meters a day except for commuting to office.

My common sense also states that the present government servants do precise little a day having arrived at the office and attended to his personal life including going to the toilet and many offices are an extension of their house to kill time till 4 P.M.

Back to my story I was returning home with lot of junk food in those Silly Silli Silli bags.

I generally sit in the middle and my common sense dictates the seat I occupy depending on the ongoing situation.
It was not rush our.
I avoid it.
I was seated not so comfortably due to my Silly bags leaving enough room for another passenger.

Then a guy comes and sit next to me in trousers.

He sits with his legs opened like a fan (I used to call it Open The BURU Andha- A makeshift bed in good old days, one can fold it when not in use) pushing me aside like a PIG.

He was pig indeed, probably a teacher or even a school principal.

That I tolerated.

Then he took his purse and opened it with his elbow almost touching my belly.

I thank god my belly was not as fat as his.
 
Even that I tolerated.

Then suddenly this guy without getting up and without any excuse, over my shoulder opened the window which I have closed (that is my general practice) as I was siting.

The point is, he touched me and as far as I was concerned it was a violation of my territory.

I must say I was building my protest inside my brain, all this time and the time was right for a simple verbal blast.
 
I told him (like Socrates) your freedom ends where my portion of the seat starts, in a not so polite Sinhala, expecting him a retort.

Sure he did, this is public transport and the blah, blah.

I won't elaborate all what I said in one minute.

I blasted him and said you should wear a sarong not a trouser like a politician (with a prominent name tag).

So he came into the equal rights principle.

Then I took him mathematically and said you paid Rs.12/= and I paid Rs. 20= and my right is Rs. 8/= more than his and you better simply “get off and simply disappear at that point”.

I said few things I should not have said in the spur of the moment and the conductor knowing the situation as it was returned the balance as it was to calm me down but I was never angry in all these scenario, since I knew when to stop it, since the blast was precooked in my brain but this guy was totally unprepared.

I finished by saying I wanted others to hear it loud, not only you all Sri-Lankans are like you and are selfish but I do not want to be SELFISH.

This story is to state how unprepared we are for reconciliation, dialogue and human rights.

A fellow passenger is a daily meat in day to day affairs.

We are not ready at ground level.

We are not ready at TOP level.

We are not ready at religion level.

We are not ready at Educational level.

The base line is cussedness, callousness, cruelty (especially to one's spouses) and hatred that the Buddhism abhor.

A mass scale education is essential and it has not yet begun.
 
What is the solution?
 
In our Constitution;

Take special privilege for religion out.

Take race out of the equation.

Take language out and use a common communication language (English to begin with).

PUT Common Sense into practice, every man, woman, child and life (animals and plants) have the right for peaceful coexistence.
 
This is the only planet we know of that supports life.
 
We need to protect the planet earth too.
 
So we do need a moral code of religion and fear of hell, that is good and bad principle.
 
What we need is to do the right thing at the right time.
 
We are over 40 years late BUT we need to start at some point and we are still dragging our feet.

That is what a coalition government does and good at it.
 
They think by waiting and procrastination matters will be solved or disappear.
 
That is the biggest mistake of the current parliament and its politicians.

They are obsessed with money matters.
 
They do not think of the things that can be done without money.
 
The dialogue and the interaction.
 
I must state that this current set of politicians also will fail us like those who were before.

They are not ready or have the educational preparation or the wise counsel.

They are dictated by party hierarchy and sadly we do not have a System in place to address the current issues.
 
I also do not think with two parallel institutions (President and Parliament) in place it is humanly impossible.
 
We have to give up one to rebuild the other.
 
Are we ready?
 
Big NO.

Below is a Piece on Religion.

Posted on 27-04-2015
Looking for a contemporary / modern-day Religion

My requirements are strict and should satisfy at least ten points.

1. It should not beg, borrow or steal my freedom.

2. It should not drain my physical resources.

3. Most importantly, it should not drain my mental resources.

4. It should not disturb my inner sanctity, I already possess.

5. It should not be dogmatic and seemingly thematic.

6. I need the salvation right now.

7. I cannot wait for the next life or the heaven or hell after death.


8. It should not interfere with my fellow beings, not the least.

 
9. It should not interfere with all life on this planet earth (plants and animals).

 
10. It should make me feel (in this present existence-rather coexistence) the current existence is worthwhile and pleasing without any social or political interference.

Suffice is to say, I have not found one.

Most of the religions in one way or the other insinuate not one but many listed above.

I rather feel better without a religion.

I do not want a label hanging on my back apart from being human.