Sunday, June 20, 2010
Now please don't get me wrong. I am no prude and I believe everyone is entitled to do what they do. Even if it means having some fun on the side. Its not that I have not strayed. And I have female friends who have multiple partners which doesn't bother me a bit. Having said so on a personal level I don't like kids loosing parents even if the parents marriage is rocky. I firmly believe that a child needs both parents under one roof to be brought up properly. And if we brought them into the world then we have a responsibility to bring them up properly. But I think what really shook me was how I - someone who prides in being able to see through people - could have been so wrong!!!
And how I had harbored this imaginary perception of my friend. Does it also mean that I was the good friend I professed to be if I did not see what was going on in her life? But one things for sure this will not change my love, respect and affection for her.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Was lucky to see the tusker up close when we least expected it. Believe it or not we had gone to the main entrance in the afternoon to buy some Bombay Onions and on the way back this majestic beast was lounging about virtually right at the entrance of the park.
When we had stopped to admire the tusker we saw three army soldiers in an open tractor coming towards us. However they saw us and stopped the tractor to enable us to admire the elephant without interruption. We were full of gratitude and praise for these soldiers and thanked them profusely when we were leaving. The responded with slightly embarrassed smiles which we thought was kind of strange. But we really did not give it any thought at that time.
However one of my friends who had left his camera behind in the bungalow - which was just a couple of minutes away - wanted to come back and take some more pics of the elephant. When we came back we saw that the tractor with the soldiers had not moved. It was only then we realized that it was out of fear that these soldiers had stopped not out of kindness and concern. We actually saw one soldier cocking his gun just in case the elephant got aggressive. I hate to imagine what would have happened if the elephant mock charged the soldiers and they fired on it by fright.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Just a few weeks ago the new sports minister shot his mouth off saying the three most corrupt institutions were the police, prisons and Sri Lanka Cricket Board. I was quite surprised that he had left out Customs and RMV. The past few days I have heard little nuggets of information how much people in these institutions make.
An average customs officer would make one million to one and a half million rupees a month. There are known situations of senior customs officers making as much as 50 million rupees a month. That’s 500,000 Dollars. Also a senior guy at the RMV makes an average of a Million rupees a day.
Now that the duties of most luxury goods have been brought down this kind of rampant bribery will not be necessary. And actually more money will be flowing into the state coffers. But do you think people who are used to that kind of income will be able to go back to living off a usual government servant’s wage of 20 – 30k? I doubt it. And I would not be surprised if moves are already NOT under way to sabotage this new duty structure. Only time will tell. Let’s wait and see.