Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Yet another advantage of going out into wild during work days. But I sure hope those responsible for this rot in hell.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Actually much more than impressed.
Especially for someone who is continuously critical of the people in power to a fault. I could also be accused of looking at everything they do through a negative eye.
But during the past few days I have been finding it quite difficult to keep my negative attitude consistent.
It started to shake when the price of the vehicles came down. And then when they started doing up the roads of Colombo, paving the sidewalks and making the city hoarding free and absolutely beautiful, it crumbled further. Yesterday I was driving around Independence square and could not help but gasp in amazement at how wonderful the area looked with all the walls brought down. Even the race course was going to look spectacular with all its beautiful architecture visible. It felt good to be driving around in Colombo. It was like the wonder of Asia they wanted to make it.
Even when I drop off my kids off to school there were so many cops directing traffic - and doing a good job at that too - I was bowled over. However hard I tried there was no way I could be critical of this. And then finally the cookie crumbled when I got this mail showing the pictures of the Southern highway this morning.
Wooow how lovely it looks. To be honest I could not believe that this was Sri Lanka I was seeing.
Yes it seems these guys in power are doing something right even though I hate to admit it. And I feel proud and glad to be living in Sri Lanka right now. There I admitted it.
Monday, July 18, 2011
But Humor that would have you rolling in fits of laughter??? No way!!!
In fact that’s the last thing you would expect from a book whose description reads…and other Buddhist tales of Happiness.
But that’s exactly what I found this book to be full of humor and happiness and inspiration. Even though it is an unlikely combination.
The book is full of little short stories written in an easy to read manner. Not the holier than thou art pompousness I was expecting. But to me all the stories were extremely thought provoking and eye openers.
For instance he talks about the difference between true love and romantic love. What he says (in a nutshell) is if you really love someone truly then picture that person falling in love with your best friend and starting a new life together. He says you should feel happy for them instead of feeling jealous or sad. There is one particular story which I have not heard before about how Thailand managed to handle their insurgency problem with love and compassion instead of violence. I think it deserves a special post of its own. I am just one third of the way through the book and quite in awe of the depth of knowledge and wisdom contained within the pages.
Ajahn Brahmavamso who started life as a LondonerPeter Betts is a pupil of the famous Ajahn Chah the thai priest who is considered a prophet.
I am told he visits Sri Lanka quite often and I can’t wait to go and see him preach the next time he comes down.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
“My wife asked me what does she have which I don’t?”
Confused looks across me and whispers desperately
“I don’t know how to tell her without hurting her feelings that what really attracted me to her was the fact that she can cook a decent meal and keep a neat clean house?”
“It seems so fickle. But it is the truth.”
“For fifteen years I have suffered silently!”
“I have tried to speak to her and tell her how I feel, but it has fallen on deaf years or being brushed aside.”
“In fact to this day I HATE to go home. I HATE living in my house. Who would want to stay away from his own home unless it has become a prison? Every moment I stay there I can feel my life being squeezed out of me. The sad thing is she does not realize how it is killing me.”
“She thinks I am happy or rather I should be happy”
“Sure she is a wonderful mom. But sometimes that’s not enough.
Sometimes you need a wife.”
“If I leave, my kids suffer. If I don’t, I suffer. Gosh now I know the meaning of Damned if I do and Damned if I don’t!”
I put my hands on his shoulder and let it stay there while looking at him patiently saying nothing. Because there is nothing I could say that can bring him any comfort.
All I feel is pity for the poor chap.