In fact, I don’t hate bush!


These are three popular figures with their label?

Bush is a bad man. His family business is war. Obama is a smart guy because he came in a long difficult path and became the US president. Again Hilary Clinton is a bitch because she interferes in independent states to empower US agenda. So that’s it. Why it happened that way?

For an example Bush not only killed civilians to invade oil resources of other countries, but approved torturing of war prisoners ignoring human ethics. Under his government, in 2007 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) practiced inhuman torturing techniques against prisoners. Bush government initiated a program (SERE program) just to discover new torturing techniques! Just as you and I worked in our respective professions, two contracted psychologists were busy finding new ways of torturing for Bush. CIA just used them towards prisoners. Torturing methods such as Waterboarding was used too. Waterboarding is a way of torture in which water is poured over the face of a captive, thus causing the individual to experience the terror of drowning. In 2009 Obama banned this... Rationally, he is a good man...

Waterboarding is demonstrated by activists..

If we agree that Bush did all for his greed, we need to accept entire USA including CIA were just watching WTC was blown and pride of USA was destroyed for ones wish. Probably Bush is paid better than Obama for those dirty jobs. There are a lot of benefits of maintaining a bad guy that ugly work could be credited. Bush was born bad and Obama was born good, because “birth” is carefully crafted to do a historical job. I am not happy to call this hidden hand as CIA, because it can be another label/proxy, which could be dumped by another “hero” like Obama. Today’s biggest myth is going after individuals, because Bush or Obama or Rumsfield is not a reality. Since this regime wanted to have a fresh figure with much credibility, western media were the first to criticize Bush and lead people to start go against him. America is good and Bush is bad! Once Bush is gone, again America is clean? There will be a day CIA is bad and it will be dumped too. People would clap for another up-coming hero for dumping CIA. Then again, America is clean and fresh!

This luxury is not with most other countries, including (so called?) poor countries; unfortunately not even with Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan voters vote to change the power while Americans vote to change the facade of power. Power in other countries is person centric. Probably, that’s the reason, a defeated president leave the role with a smiling face in first world while it’s far different in third world. If Obama leave presidency tomorrow what will happen to US? If Mahinda leaves his role, what will happen to Sri Lanka? Wouldn’t it be far different? In USA power is a hidden constitution/scenario and leaders are like virtual realistic models. Not like in Libiya or Iraq this regime is not shown... interfaces are being created time to time, so that anyone can blame them. It can be Bush, Obama, CIA, FBI, Area51, Chupakabra, Alien Colonization or anything... how about UN!

Though, Obama was made to perform differently, war is still continuing. Is this what people expected when he came as hero to the stage in the election time, I wonder. In the election time, famous theme of Martin Luther King, “I have a dream” was used in Obama’s campaigns. Martin Luther King was a leader and activist who believed in non-violent actions towards winning civil rights. This is what he told soon after his visit to India and meet Mahatma Gandhi; "Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity. In a real sense, Mahatma Gandhi embodied in his life certain universal principles that are inherent in the moral structure of the universe, and these principles are as inescapable as the law of gravitation." Obama is continuing the assignment he has been assigned and enjoying the brutal killing of a state leader (i.e. Muammar Gaddafi) today. Saddam Hussen was at least brought to a court, though media was covering his death like a flock of vultures who flying after a carcase. Martin Luther King’s dream has nothing to do with Obama for sure. Obama is not a good or bad guy. Just like Bush, he is a facade.

World wars we saw are like Black and white pictures. Cold War too is something we can understand. Current scenario (war?) is far different from any of the earlier eras. This is a fight of manipulation by all means. Afghanistan war was there as it’s not to win or lose. Knowing them as the biggest enemies, all poor countries are meant to listen to World Bank and other organizations...We are programmed to eat poison while we have healthy food in our backyard.. Money is sent to us as "Loans" with a plan to use them.. In a way, it’s better to call this mechanism as “The master plan of manipulation”. Since I am not good in economics or politics, I would like to ask from intellectuals, is this a predicted outcome of corporate capitalism? Are we evolved to accept this?

Evolution of civilization gives man "shocks" in different eras. I am interested in analysing those in terms of expressionism. Anti-art movements were developed as a result of those shocks. Artist becomes a surrealist for a reason. When a painter illustrates a man without limbs and women with a vagina in her face, it gives a serious message about the society. With world wars, again mankind was shocked with depression and the holocaust occur in front of their eyes. This frustrating condition built further unsafe feeling and lack of belief in religions including god. So art media was further curved to express these deformities of the civilization.

In Sri Lankan context, we faced different shocks with open economy, two lost revolutions and activities of terrorism which challenged the foundations of social structure. This replaced “Piyadasa Sirisena” with “Ajith Thilakasena” in literature; replaced “Lester” with “Handagama” in cinema; replaced “Sarathchandra” with “Jayantha chandrasiri” in drama; and so on... whether said or not, big difference of the context of the art done by contemporary artists are parallel to social changes. Will I see empty canvases in next art exhibition in Lionel Wendt art gallery since artist wants to show the emptiness of current situation... or modern Art done with human flesh to show the cruelty of current capitalist society!

What I am really wondering is, whether current art media is enough to express context of hegemony. Am I seeing crocodiles in my tea cup or is there more people who feel this helplessness. If so, are we in front of next era of Anti-art (or x-art)... As an individual, I only feel that I am unable to express this situation through any media. So called modernism is becoming traditional and legacy in front of current complexity. Modernism is no more modern... Surrealism doesn’t express it...

Can Picasso’s Guernica express any of the dynamics of war in Afghanistan?

Even under this feeling, I too have more open questions without answers. Why environmental problem is not addressed by the master plan? (Everybody knows that USA has heavily invested on knowledge) As we know, lives of different people have different prices. So it’s understood, that some of the genocides may have been planned that cost human lives with less economic values, but global worming or ozone depreciation should have been considered seriously, since that decides the common fate of the mankind. Quite democratic! It caters everybody in the same spoon.

Also I am thinking, whether the economic growth of China a mistake? My absurd though hints me of different economic model rather than current monitory system and is master plan already working on it! Finally, China is becoming the richest...while USA is more concerned about the governance of world resources such as Oil... Richness of China is just an agreement (Money is a manmade entity) made through a created concept of the civilization. Does this tell something?

What is being put in store for Sri Lanka. Is it a flight crash for president? , Or another attempt of revolution through new fraction of JVP party.

As a society, we seem to have accepted a force and become wheels of its mechanism. Since we don’t have any other alternative, we have become fake... don’t we...

Probably, I am suffering from mild condition of Schizophrenia, else we all have only one question. Are we real or fake?

1000 journals


I always wanted to do something with Graffiti. I believe it as ultimate expressionism. Today all art media have some kind of connection with monitory system. Movies, Books or Paintings are commercial entities. So I like graffiti because it is done just to express something... no rewards.. it’s very powerful, dynamic and people-centric; No rules at all. Recently I found information about a nice self-assign project done by a person to reveal such expressions done by different people in different geographic locations of the world. This project is called 1000 journals.

Andrea Kreuzhage was fascinated about the creativity kept beneath people’s lives. As he says he has been always thinking about what people scrawl on bathroom walls and story behind them. He started a project to pass 1000 journals within people/strangers to express their story in it through a writing/ painting/ abstract or any other way and pass it to next one. This exposed an exciting result. It ultimate became a story of modern mankind; an honest expression of thousands of people who live on earth today. Above clip shows some of the art work done by those unknown people.

please find the full story here.

Poplar trees of Hanthana


Dedigama V. Rodrigo is just a name, that we used to see in the second page of most Russian books (translated to Sinhala) found in Sri Lanka. I called him “just a name” due to reasons. We have at least seen photographs of other translators and have managed to collect some information about them, but not about Dedigama Rodrigo. Dedigama Vincent Rodrigo himself seems to be an untold story.

Sri Lankan readers have been influenced by Russian literature than any other stream of literature. Specially, when we were young and youthful, we were amazed and addicted to the true beauty, romance, power and progressiveness of the contexts of books by Aithmathaw, Gorky, Austhrovski and etc. They really touch our hearts and they were helping us to identify new emotions in us. Russian books translated to Sinhala by Dedigama was like a comprehensive example for the influence, books can made to a community.

One day, when we were having some tea at Colombo public library canteen, while chatting about Russian literature, we decided to find out some information and probably to meet this legendary person. Our attempt was not successful since the first clue we could collect was about his death.

Very recently (in 2010), I could read a little bit about Dedegama’s life from an article published in Divaina Paper. Though, I knew he was a communist party member who lived in Russia, just with the objective of getting Russian literature to Sinhala, I didn’t know he was initially a doctor who left the profession for his noble task.

Though it is controversial, I too agree with the idea that Sri Lankan society was well-fed with ideology of a fair society through literature that lead to a revolution in 1971. It was a society without many developed audio/visual communication and information media we enjoy today. Luckily, Sri Lankan society was maintained with high rate of literacy than most other developing countries; in fact, it was a good background for development of literature. One should do an in-depth study on the reasons that Russian literature reached each and every layer of the society than English literature, considering the fact that we were under the administration of Queen for a long. We have adapted to most Victorian traditions, but not English literiture. In other terms, I wonder why “Tale of Two cities” didn’t reach all the layers of the society, but “The Mother” of Gorky and “The first Teacher “of Aithmathaw. One reason should be the context which is friendly for our agriculture based society. Other reason could be the clever translators like Dedigama.

The First Teacher (Guru Geethaya) was one simple example for a Russian book, which captured the hearts of young readers in Sri Lanka. It is a masterpiece for me and most of my friends who like literature. Once I visited my brother at Peradeniya University. My brother was one big fan of Guru Geethaya. There was an amazing view of Hanthane Mountains from my brother’s hostel room. From there we could see two significant trees, which they used to call “Poplar” trees, which was a well explain symbol in the book. Sri Lanka hasn’t got Poplar trees, but they live in the hearts of the youth!

Below poem is one of the nice once that shows poets passion on this book and its characters, which I saw in a Blog recently.

(Duishane and Althenai are the main characters of Guru Geethaya)

It’s not an exaggeration, if I say, we lived with Russian literature than one can imagine today. Some characters became our heroes. We tried to grab some characteristics of them. We loved the way they think.. We wanted to be brave as them.. We wanted to have the commitment of Duishane in us.. We tried to find Althenai within the girls we liked.. I was wondering whether Steps plains is far different from Horton plains..
Anyway, this is becoming the history since, reading is very much lacking in the agenda’s of the generations followed afterwards. Literature was also removed from school curriculums since J.R Jayawardena though it’s nonsense. As he wanted, new generations didn’t have “fantastic” heroes we had, but “real” heroes like cricketers and Super stars!

I recently met a Russian lady and had the chance of asking some questions about their literature. Surprisingly, she hadn’t read some of the Russian books I have read in Sinhala. So I had to explain how Russian literature influenced us and the mysterious person behind it.

This faded image is the only one, I could ever find of Dedigama;

e-Bird database - Beyond the field note


This post is for people who do birding. Now we have a complete online system to manage the bird watching records. It caters every aspect of maintaining an online birding database. Please try
May be you are a recreational bird watcher, whose birding records will not go beyond your field notebook. Through this system you are sharing your valuable data with others who are more serious in the subject and need more data for their studies. For your point of view, your data is stored somewhere safe to refer from anywhere, whenever you need. What I like most is capabilities of analysing my own data and data of all other bird watchers.

Please see few ways I can analyse/summarize my data;

1) My records of Gray Hornbill with locations

2) Ceylon Jungle fowl observations throughout the country

3) Bird observation list of just one birding field trip

These are a very few simple data presentations I prefer as an armature birder, but you can have your own charts and graphs of your choice. Also you can download your data to an excel sheet that enables importing your data for another application.

Credibility of Data

If everybody can freely submit their data, what could be the guarantee we have on data? This is also being handled by e-Bird org carefully. Observations submit to the system is being monitored by a (volunteer) country reviewer who is an expert ornithologist. In simple terms, if you report you observed Blue Magpie in Maradana, you will be asked to discuss and produce your field notes.

I wrote this, especially to encourage non-professional birders to manage and share their valuable data. I know some, who has got very important data, but they wannish with their field note books without any trace.

Sadness, Night and Moon


Moon is a friend of mine! Moon has a very special place within the minds of poets.. anyway, I guess people prefer night when they have to do something with their emotions .. Specially when you want to be alone with the tiny tear drops hidden in the mind. In such occasions, moon becomes the only observer.

When I was young and started to dig the life in my early twenties, I understood the power of sadness and started to enjoy the lonely emotions bombarded in to my mind under the moonlight. It is the time we started to enjoy songs of Kapuge. I could still remember how I saw the tear drops of audience, glittering under the pale lighting of John de Silva theatre, when I first watched his show Kampana. (the shock). Hope Nilantha should be remembering that night we enjoyed the “passion of sadness”. Though I am a non-smoker, we smoked to see whether it will compensate our emotions. Since there were no buses available in the late night, we walked back to home under the moonlight. So whole this useless story was told to tell that I am someone enjoy sadness than joy. People who are in same mind would know the hidden connection among sadness, night and moon. For me moon doesn’t remind me of a beautiful face of a girl, but a very mysterious companion who shares my hidden tears.

Today I am alone and staying in a distance country. I am away from home, wife, baby and Mum.. In most of the nights, I become alone with my emotions and the old companion.. In northern hemisphere, moon is seen bigger than the tropics. In early nineties I saw in a paper, the best poem that tells my story, which revealed that I am not alone with my abstraction.. Its from one of my favorite contemporary Sinhala poets, Chandrasiri Dodangoda (see how Vini sketched it). I think, each word of this poem lies beneath my thoughts till I leave this world.

As a hiker, when I spend countless nights in jungles, I didn’t forget to be with my emotional space with night and moon. Today I am again feeling it. It’s already autumn in southern hemisphere, I can’t be walking outside in the night, but I don’t forget to look at it via my window. Is this sadness? Is this the tragic of loneliness.. I don’t know.
Famous dramatist Dayananda Gunawardena once told, dramas with enjoyable ends would more suitable for tropical countries while, dramas with tragic ends would suitable for countries with cold climates!

Dr. Nalin Suwaris had a very interesting idea about sun and moon. He thinks, sexually, sun is like Man and Moon is like Women. Moon has a cycle of twenty eight days and Sun simply comes to climax every day. In fact, when we look at moon in the night, are we becoming connected with Moon’s feminine features.. is it a healing for ones hectic life.. I know, I am not the only person who has this abstract thought; there are more to come…

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