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OLYMPICS 2020

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The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are normally held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years in the four years. The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and branded as Tokyo 2020, is an international multi-sport event. The story is indeed sad when the Covid-19 Pandemic devoured the entire earth. Eventually, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 being the event victim to come through this unprecedented time.

The actual event fell from 24th July to 9th August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. However, it has been pushed forward from 23rd July to 8th August 2021. Following this, the Paralympics will take place from 24th August to 5th September 2021. Although the event is postponed by a year, it preserves the name Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes. The act of rescheduling the Olympics is the first time in history instead of canceling it. 85,000 athletes are representing 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Refugee Olympic Teams.

THE HOST CITY

Tokyo is chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympics, marking the second time for hosting the Summer Olympics. It so happened during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7th September 2013. Japan witnessed a total of four Olympics including the Winter Olympics in 1972 in Sapporo and 1998 in Nagano. It is also the second city in East Asia out of three consecutive Olympics, Pyeongchang being the first and the next in Beijing, 2022.

Where is the Tokyo Olympics venue?

There are 42 different venues for the various competitions for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Most of them are located within the city, while other additional events will be held anywhere else in Japan. The Heritage Zone, the Tokyo Bay Zone, and other outlying venues are the chief divisions of the venues. Additionally, the Olympics Village is set up between the two zones. The Olympic Stadium in the Heritage Zone will host the Opening, Closing ceremonies, soccer, track and field events. The zone has a total of 10 venues at the heart of the city. The Tokyo Bay Zone will represent the traditional Tokyo, and thus it is an innovative Heritage Zone counterpart. The area has several artificial islands with futuristic environments. It consists of sixteen spots for the Summer Olympic events. Out of them, it includes the Ariake Gymnastics Center and the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. Another 16 outlying venues are outside the two main zones. In particular, Sapporo will host marathons, race walking, and other events.

History of Olympics

The Olympic Games, which originated in ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago, were revived in the late 19th century and have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the Games were held every four years in Olympia, located in the western Peloponnese peninsula, in honor of the god Zeus. The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 participants from 12 nations, competing in 43 events. In the ancient Olympic Games, there were no gold, silver, and bronze medals. There was only one winner per event and they were crowned with an olive wreath made of wild olive leaves. The leaves were taken from a sacred tree that grew near the temple of Zeus at Olympia in Greece.

WHAT IS NEW IN THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS?

Olympics over the years overwhelms everyone with myriads of games and sports. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is no different from such spectacular events. New sports in the events include 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and Madison Cycling with other added mixed events. The new policy of IOC allows the host organizing committee to add new sports. The new policy also gives a chance to shift the event not only to focus on ‘sport based’ but also ‘event based’. As a consequence, the event will see five new games consisting of baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will host 33 sports at 339 events all across 42 venues. Following, the Paralympics will feature 22 sports at 539 events across 21 venues.

Fun Facts of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Written by: Rtr. Gihindu Perera

Edited by: Rtr. Loshini Gnanasambanthan

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Is friendship a worthy cost for winning arguments?

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We would have come across many instances where we either win an argument and lose a friend or lose the argument and win a friend. What is advantageous here? Undoubtedly, losing the argument and winning a friend, isn’t it? However, is it always practical? Does this mean that you should not express your opinions? Does this mean that you must lose every argument? Well, the answer is NO! This blog discusses my experiences and thoughts on how to be reasonable in winning the argument without losing the friendship.

I have come across many instances where I have seen my friends arguing about simple things and costing their friendships for it. At times, it appears as if they are intentionally damaging the friendship. I prefer winning a friend over arguments. But this does not imply my freedom of expression, or my point of view needs to stop.

First and foremost, I do not believe that true friends do not argue. What are friendships or relationships without small arguments and fights? Won’t it be like a flat road? Won’t it be monotonous, dull, and drab? As life has its ups and downs, so do friendships and relationships.

Sharing ideas with a diverse range of individuals is not always easy, especially when we disagree. Disagreements are inevitable when we all meet at a collective table. Even if certain points by them do not make a logical leap, that does not indicate that you should get into a conflict. Here are few tips to remember when a conversation steers down that road next time.

We have many things we agree upon. Hence, it is always better to start by getting to a common ground. And starting on the basic points where we agree rather than disagreeing from the initial point itself. If we start with a disagreement, it will result in the conversation ending unpleasantly.

Effective communication is a crucial factor, especially during conflicts or quarrels. When someone is trying to state a point, miscommunications may occur. Which then can lead to misunderstandings that could later be a root cause of another conflict or a dispute. Also, listening to others is another crucial factor of effective communication. It is always necessary to hear the other side’s viewpoints since it is correct from their perspective. Ignoring the ideas of others without understanding their point of view is a definite way to lose good communication even before the start. Everyone has the freedom to express their opinion. It is unfair when a person becomes judgmental of other’s standpoints. It is one of the most common issues that we come across in every argument. When we are in an argument all of us are more concerned about how to make our point correct rather than listening to what the other person is trying to say. Which ends up in ineffective communication.

It is most effective to state definite facts, rather than vague ones since others might get irritated or often misunderstand you with ambiguous points. Therefore, always make sure to speak with known facts. It’s always better to get some perspective, for example putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and starting with “If I talk from your point of view…” as it makes you empathize with your friends’ point of view and a bit of perspective makes discussions level out.

Never value winning the argument more than winning the relationship. Thus, never let the need to win the argument suppress the need to keep the bond of friendship alive. As I would say that friendship is something that is too valuable to throw out by arguing about ridiculous things.

If you sense the disagreement is getting carried away, it is better to apologize quickly. When you proceeded too far on validating your point until you understand that you have caused any inconveniences to your friend, it is wise to admit your fault and apologize for it. Stay sophisticated and own up to it.

As the arguments and misunderstandings can be minimized by apologizing, despite you behaving as an adversary, the friendship you have is exceptional. It is honest, valid, and fundamentally the bond must be so strong and deep enough to sustain misunderstandings. It is possible to clear out misconceptions if the bond of friendship is strong enough.

In conclusion, it is better not to have misunderstandings prolonged. Always make sure to step back and consider if it is worth losing your friendship. It is much easier to save the bond if you have been polite and friendly. Try to excuse yourself, make fun and try to set the points aside. Be forgiving and try to move on with your relationship even though your disagreements did not settle perfectly. As time can be the best healer, you would forget the disputes and would eventually wonder why that conflict occurred in the first place.

Written by: Rtr. Sashmittha Manickam Kumar

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe,
Rtr. Lakshan Banneheke

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Guitar – The Easiest and the Hardest

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The Guitar is one of the most popular instruments all around the world, among musicians and players, and even listeners, thankful to either its ease to begin, the warm sound, or for the mere fact that it is used in more than half of the music that’s been created in the past few decades. It is widely applicable to all kinds of music, whatever the genre is.

Street musicians in Havana, Cuba.

With a body and a neck (or multiple necks), a guitar is a string instrument often having 6 or more strings made of metal, nylon, or animal guts. The sound is mainly produced by strumming or plucking the strings using one’s fingers or a pick, but sometimes the body or the strings are used for percussion, by tapping and other such techniques.

A variety of guitars exist. Mainly of two categories: acoustic and electric. The Electric guitars need to be plugged into amplifiers to get the desired sound, while an acoustic guitar sound is amplified by its hollow body. When it comes to acoustic guitars there’s a plethora of kinds of guitars, starting from the classical and flamenco guitars known by all to the old baroque, steel, bass, 7 stringed Guitars, 12 stringed Guitar all the way up to 49 stringed guitars.

Steve Vai, rock & metal virtuoso playing “You’re here” on a triple necked guitar. Topmost neck has 12 strings, middle has 6 and bottom neck is fretless with 6 strings.

The Arabic Oud is the oldest instrument in the line of the history of the guitar which has big resemblances to the modern day guitar. Oud has no frets, enabling them to play half flats (quarter a note below the notes) which are very unique to Arabic Music. This was brought to Europe with the Umayyad Caliphate invading Spain. After being brought to Spain, Oud soon became a beloved instrument to the Iberians. Gut strings were tied across the neck as frets, which fixed the instrument to the western tonal system of 12 notes. This evolved into the Renaissance Lute in the 15– 16 centuries, which gained popularity throughout Europe.

Lute further evolved into Vihuela, which took an hourglass shaped body, resembling much of the shape of the modern guitar. This was the most important step in the evolution of guitar. With further modifications, with a larger body and almost the same tuning as in modern guitar, the Baroque guitar was invented. Up until this point the frets were movable, which meant tuning selective notes could be prioritized while some were out of tune. By replacing the movable frets with fixed metal frets, with an even larger body, in 19th century the Classical Guitar was born. Due to the fixed metal frets the notes were equally slightly out of tune. Later modifications to the body structure led to the modern guitar. In 1930s to 50s after modifications such as getting rid of the hollow body, adding electronic amplification, the Electric Guitar was born.

There’s a variety of techniques involved in playing the guitar. By Ludwig van Beethoven’s own words, “The instrument is an orchestra by itself.” The earlier compositions written for Oud and Lute is played with a pick, hence plucking one string at a time or playing chords was the most common. Afterwards Polyphony, playing multiple melodies on one another was developed. Vihuela and the Baroque guitar gave rise to the classical guitar music as we know of today. The sudden rises, sudden falls followed by a peaceful melody, using the percussive techniques of playing, banging the body of the guitar, these are techniques prominent in this style of music. Due to this loud nature, this style was often called “Música Ruidosa”, which translated to “ridiculous music”. Due to the difficulty of composing without a proficiency in instrument, as well as not matching with orchestras, classical music repertoire has been mostly written by classical guitarists and not by well renowned composers such as Johann Bach or Amadeus Mozart. Niccoló Paganini is an exception, having written a few pieces especially for the guitar. After the birth of modern guitar due to the rapidly rising demand for guitar music, much less complex songs were appearing. Afterwards different styles such as jazz and pop emerged. With evolution into Electric guitars and with the rise of rock as a genre, a brand new style of playing was born. This includes a number of techniques that were made possible by electronic amplification. Usage of a wide array of electronic effects such as reverb, distortion and added overdrive came to stage with new effects units. These sounds play a massive role in today’s songs.

Spanish composer and classical guitarist Francisco Tárrega, also known as the father of classical guitar
Jimi Hendrix, one of the most celebrated musicians and one of the most influential electric guitarists of 20th century
Brian May, the lead guitarist of English rock band Queen with Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time

Guitar is very popular amongst beginners due to the absolute ease of learning the basics. To begin playing, one only needs to know few of the chord shapes, and very little about music. One can learn by themselves and after only few days of mild practice, play a song. After few months of practice, they can play a ridiculously large number of songs. This is due to the ability of playing the guitar as a harmonic instrument, as well as hundreds if not thousands of songs of modern mainstream music having similar chord structures. But as easy as the basics are, it is hard to master this instrument. Even playing the finger style or tap style is much more difficult than playing chords of the harmony on the guitar. Styles such as flamenco require immense proficiency, and years of intense practice. Even when the electric guitars depend heavily on electronic effects, playing solos and riffs require a lot of a skill.

Tap style, a technique of playing guitar by tapping the string over the fret board

However, over the past two decades, popularity and usage of electronically synthesized music has risen. Instruments such as the bass guitar and drums have been almost replaced by electronic synthesizers. But due to the complicated sound, synthesizers have not been able to imitate the guitar perfectly. Although with the improvement of technology, modern synthesizers might sound similar to a non-musician’s ear. So, does this mean the guitar would be soon replaced? One day it will. But in the recent past years, there’s been a rise in playing guitar, as well as using it on music. So that day won’t be anytime soon.

A kid learning to play the Guitar

Written by: Rtr. Yasith Silva

Edited by: Rtr. Abinaya Sritharan

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GIVE A BREATH TO OUR MARINE LIFE

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‘‘How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly ocean’’

                                                                         -Arthur C. Clarke-

The ocean, full of saltwater covers approximately 71% of the surface of the planet Earth. It is one of the greatest legacies to mankind, with extraordinary biodiversity.

Although we cannot drink this salty water, why do we still need it?

There is a reason why marine life conservation is considered so important. Let me tell you why :). Scientists have discovered that 50-80% of the oxygen supply on earth comes from the ocean. There are more than millions of planktons, algae, and some bacteria that can photosynthesize. They do a great service to the environment.

Health benefits from seawater

•Sea water can strengthen the immune system

By bathing or swimming in the sea, it helps to increase your red blood cells and white blood cells which can fight against harmful viruses and bacteria.

•Sea water can clean your body well

Seawater contains sodium chloride (NaCl) which is good at killing germs. It also helps to prevent acne problems in your skin.

•Sea water reduces anxiety

The ocean water includes magnesium. So, seawater helps to calm you down. 

Marine pollution

Marine pollution happens because of adverse chemicals, poisonous elements, plastic particles, or breeds of invasive organisms in the ocean. Researchers have found that more than 80% of pollution occurs by land. There’s a tendency to release waste collected in factories into rivers and sewer systems. Most of the time, rivers are the main source that brings garbage to the ocean. When it comes to Asia, countries like India and Sri Lanka are somewhat careless in disposing garbage properly. Hence, around the world, about 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the sea every year. These contain harmful substances that affect the human body as well as the animal body. So, would it be better if we let them go to the sea?

We all know that a ship called ‘’Express Pearl’’ had an accidental fire on the 20th of May 2021 in our maritime boundary. That ship carried 1486 containers including 25 tons of nitric acid. All of them sank in the deep sea. Since then, a large number of sea creatures have died and been dumped into the beach. Ocean has life, even if we can’t see, it breathes. It’s like a well-grown garden with lots of flowers and blossoms. But what the human being does is, put all the garbage into the garden; step on nice flowers, and destroy the beauty. People must be aware that humankind belongs to nature; not that nature belongs to humankind.

Consequences of our carelessness  

A lot of sea turtles, dolphins, and fish species died of poisoning after that ship sank. That was the tragedy we saw with our own eyes. What about that unseen tragedy in the seabed? As mentioned above, there are plankton and chlorophyll algae that can produce oxygen. If we keep ignoring the activities that we do against marine life, the oxygen capacity of our earth won’t be sufficient for the survival of any life. The life of coral reefs is also vanishing because of the increase of dumped plastic particles and chemicals and the acidification of the ocean. It affects some fish species too because they breed inside corals.

If this pollution process continues for another 20 years, the next generation will see the sea creatures only through their textbooks. 

Prevention is better than cure

People think that someone else will protect nature instead of us. We all should stop thinking like that. Be that someone and take the first step. For a few years, we see people cleaning the beach as CSR projects. It’s good to take part in such projects like that without handing over the whole responsibility to the government. But we can protect our marine life before the ocean gets polluted.

If we can force the factories and people to dispose of non-perishable waste in a sustainable manner, we can minimize the impact on the ocean. To limit the effect of plastic, we can use non-disposable containers to store food, a reusable water bottle for daily use, and carry our own reusable bag when we go shopping. Plastic ruins the natural habitats of marine animals, as well as their lives. Apart from that, when we go to the beach to relax along with our friends, we should always make sure to clean up the area before we leave. Because if we leave anything behind, it would be a death trap to an innocent marine life. We should try our best to keep plastics in recycle bins, without letting them end up in the ocean. Keep the beach clean and fulfill your responsibility.

We might be the last hope for our marine life. So, come forward and be a part of marine conservation.  

 Written by: Rtr. K. D. Chamodi Kaveesha

Edited by: Rtr. Loshini Gnanasambanthan

Health benefits from seawater:  https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/the-health-benefits-of-sea-water

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History Of Music

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Pre historic men shouted for joy or howled with rage. This may have been the beginning of Music, but how did it evolve to what we hear today?

Music was so important to ancient men that they believed god had sent it to them. The oldest civilized men such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Hebrews and Hindus all believed that music had come from heaven. The word “Music” is taken from the name of the daughter of Zeus and Muses. Who governed all the beauty and the harmony in the world according to Greek Methodology. Ancient men associated music with magic and used it to pray to the gods. They shouted, clapped with their chests, stomped their feet as they believed that it brought them rain, cured the sick and made crops grow. The very first musical instruments are believed to be rattles of pods and dried seeds, drums made of stretched skin on hollow logs, symbols and gongs from beaten metals and xylophones from rows of different sizes of stones.

Western Music mainly refers to the type of music that originated around Europe. The history of music evolved with style, form, and accompaniment into different types of genres. This evolution has been broken down into different periods as follows;

The Middle Ages (450 – 1400)

The Renaissance period (1400 – 1600)

Baroque Period (1600 – 1750)

Classical Period (1750 – 1820)

Romantic Period (1820 – 1910)

Modern Period (1910 onwards)

Middle Ages

In the early middle ages, music was “Monophonic”. Monophonic means ‘a single voice or a single melody line’. They had no rhythm, written in Latin and based on sacred texts like the bible. For Example; The Gregorian Chant.

In Europe it was the Roman Catholic church that held most of the power at this time and as a result music evolved around the church. Originally music had no rhythmic structure. As music became more complex, there was a need for rhythmic unity. With this complexity, rhythm was notated too.

The Renaissance

With the invention of the printing press and other innovative ideas of the renaissance period, music changed and spread like wildfire. ‘Chants’ grew into music with 2 to 4 parts. While church music continued to grow, musical life was linked to power and royal courts. Vocal music was more important than instrumental music. There was more rhythm in music compared to the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, music was mostly used for religious purposes.

Baroque Period

Music during this period was know as “Polyphonic”. Poly meaning ‘Many’ and Phony meaning ‘Sound’. Composers during this time generally enjoyed the benefits of increased arts patronage as well as the growing acceptance of non-scared instrumental music which fuelled innovation and experimentation. Compositions became more complicated, highly decorated and reached emotional extremes. The musical trends coming out of Italy served as the greatest source of inspiration for baroque composers and many of the practices established by these trends remain in standard to this day. Many instruments that became staples in the modern classical orchestra either matured or were invented during the baroque period.

Famous Composers during the Baroque Period

  • D. Scarlatti
  • G. F. Handel
  • J.S Bach

Classical Period

Classical Music was based on the western art tradition. This music tradition covers different styles, trends and sounds. Many of the traditional practices of western music were codified during this period. The genres of the orchestral symphony and string quartet began during the classical period and became essential genres for many composers. Orchestral instrumentation likewise became standardised during this period as opposed to earlier periods where composers would simply write for whatever instruments were available at the church or court. These newly standardised forms became the authoritative versions that musicians continued to use and expand upon.

Vienna was home to the classical period and the instrument form “Sonata” dominated that period. Compared to the baroque period, classical music had more of a formal balance and singable melodies. These tuneful melodies and simpler textures also appealed to a raising population of new audiences. Musicians no longer had to rely solely on the church or court to perform their music. Public concert houses were being established for the first time. Allowing more people to hear concert music. As a result, music was associated around big concert halls where people used to attend symphonies and operas dressed in tuxedos and fancy dresses.

Famous Composers during the Classical Period

  • F . J . Haydn
  • W . A . Mozart
  • L. V. Beethovan

Romantic Period

Musical romanticism was influenced by the romantic movement in art and literature that began in the late 1700s. The romantics reacted to the growing rationalism of the 18th century, choosing to emphasize on the importance of individual and emotional experiences. Of the many emotional experiences highlighted, the most common was ‘Longing’. Longing for love that was unattainable, longing for a homeland to return to or longing for a better life. This time period along with romanticism also coincides with important political and economical changes in the Europe and America. Political revolutions of the late 1700s sought to give more rights to individuals. In these revolutions the rights of the individuals and their longing for freedom were valorised (Slave Trade abolished in 1807).

As a result of the industrial revolution more people were making money. This created a new middle-class society. The rise of this middle-class society meant that it was no longer only the royalty that had disposable incomes and access to leisure activities and the population of music lovers who could afford to attend concerts and take lessons increased rapidly. To fulfil the demands created by this new middle-class society, music was created in greater quantity for people to enjoy in their homes.

Families hiring music teachers for their children

Musicians of the romantic period chose to depict stories tied closely to the individual and to emotional expression. However, unlike the popular plays and operas of the previous century the plots of romantic stories tended to end tragically. In connection to the political changes during the period many composers took part in political movements and wrote pieces to celebrate their country or national identity.

Composers extended the instrumentation they used in their compositions. This included increasing orchestra size to have larger string sections. Composers also added higher and lower instruments to the orchestra to increase its pitch range. The range of the piano was also expanded during the romantic period. Increasing in size from a 4 to 5 octave range to the modern day 7 octave range.

Concert life flourished during the romantic period. The public concerts that have been gaining popularity in the classical period exploded. Governments as well as music societies scheduled concert series to be held throughout the year in a variety of venues. Large concert halls were erected to accommodate large performing orchestras and huge audiences. Composers could now earn money from the performance and publication of their work for such public concerts rather than for composing solely for noble patrons or churches.

A Concert

Famous Composers during the Romantic Period

  • F . Schubert
  • F . Mendelssohn
  • R. Wagner

Modern Period

As with romanticism, modernism is both a historical time period as well as a philosophical aesthetic. As a term reference in music, modernism was first used by critics to describe forms of musical expression adhering to the radical changes happening at the end of the 19th century. Modernism describes relatively few unifying musical traits. Making it especially useful for referencing many musical styles to grow out of the historical era. The sounds of modernism ranged from the wistful and bucolic to the bizarre and jarring. Modernism derived great inspiration from the social and political upheaval that happened during that period for example, Spanish and American war, 1st world war, the great depression as well as great science achievements such as the theory of evolution, automobiles, recorded sound etc.

Modernise composers thus began to challenge what was possible to do with music. Experimenting with a variety of ways of constructing music. Advancing music through sound experiments. Many of these composers experimented with musical sound through tampers, rhythms and tonality. 4 of the most prominent styles of modernism are Impressionism, Primitivism, Neoclassicism, Atonality.

Experimenting with Sound

Famous Composers during the Modern Period

  • B. Bartok
  • I. Stravinsky
  • B. Britten

Written by: Rtr. Dinithi Wijayaratne

Edited by: Rtr. Abinaya Sritharan

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Surviving with Narcissists

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Many people that we encounter daily in our life can be narcissists and without having a proper understanding of their behavior, we can become an easy target for them. As a famous saying says, “Prevention is better than cure”, it is always better to understand the people around you so that you would know better to handle the situations when you are with difficult people with Narcissistic traits. This article is purely to educate and give a point of view to the readers and not to self-diagnose people.

The most common traits of Narcissists can be listed below.

  • Insecurity
  • Lack of empathy
  • Grandiosity
  • Entitlement
  • Gaslighting
  • Superficiality
  • Admiration and validation seeking
  • Hypersensitivity, rage and a tendency to manipulate and exploit people

Narcissists are deeply insecure people. Due to their massive insecurities, they want to hide them from the world. Hence, they often use grandiosity, entitlement, and arrogance as methods of covering up. Moreover, they do not care about how much they affect other people. Also, they rule over people and are very paranoid of others.

As much as it may sound surprising to you, the Narcissists tend to be very charming and charismatic. It is the perfect way to shield themselves without letting others see the deep-lying insecurity issues of narcissism. It is genuinely a concerning point because people around them tend to attract and believe the narcissist due to the enchanting personality. Since the closest around the narcissists become a victim unknowingly, this is known as manipulating behavior.

“We are not flocking to narcissism because we love emotional coldness or invalidation or shallow people. We are drawn in because narcissism is seductive, I call it the three C’s of narcissism.

  • Charm
  • Charisma
  • Confidence

-Dr.Ramani Durvasula[1]

It is greatly difficult to deal with narcissists when you cannot necessarily walk away from them. Few tips to follow to avoid confrontational situations explained in detail below.

  • Radical Acceptance.

As much as astonishing it may sound, the self-reflective capacity is almost non-existent with a narcissist; they would not understand how their behavior would impact others around them. Therefore, you must embrace the fact that the personality pattern of a narcissistic person will never change no matter what. Your approach to such persons and your expectations must be realistic and you need to re-evaluate your thought process in any confrontational situations with a narcissist.

“Narcissists are made, not born.”

  • Recognizing how to manage the situation.

It is advised by professionals for people who deal with narcissists to follow the DEEP technique.

As much as you want to defend yourself, it is better not to engage in a conversation with a narcissist to explain your side. Follow the complete opposite to disengage from that situation and the toxic conversations. It is best to follow the Gray Rock Method. This method is to be extremely inert with a situation with a narcissist so that the narcissist would not have anything to feed off in the situation. You would have to expect the narcissistic person to get angry at you when you use the gray rock technique simply because they are looking for a fight with you.

“The Gray Rock Method is a way to communicate with an abusive/manipulative/gaslighting person that focuses on disengagement.”

Make sure if you encounter a narcissist, never fuel their ego with Narcissistic Supply: attention, energy (both positive and negative), validation, or with arguments because Narcissists love to win fights. In the case of more than several people dealing with a narcissist, the narcissist tends to lose interest in the person who would disengage with them, which results in the narcissist moving along to the next person they can bicker. Additionally, you must be mindful when sharing your personal information. Especially sharing about the good and bad things that happened to you with them. They might mock you for the good things that happened to you and would utterly criticize bad things that happened to you.

The above techniques mentioned are solely for protecting oneself from a Narcissist. Professionals suggest that you never use the above methods to get along with a narcissist because you cannot. A narcissist would often believe that they are always right and have no insight about how wrong they could ever be. Containing a toxic and harmful thought process of a narcissist will result in more emotional damage for you. Hence, do not perform aforesaid to get along with a narcissist.

“Narcissistic Patterns are difficult to break.”

  • Set Boundaries

Setting and strictly sticking to boundaries would help you to build lesser engagement with them. The less connection you have with them, the better peace of mind you will receive. Never let the narcissist tamper with the peacefulness of your life.

To sum up, about surviving with narcissists, it is up to the person who deals with the narcissist, on how to wisely handle the situation despite how difficult it can be. Smartly following suitable techniques and professional support would immensely help to keep up the mental health.

“No matter how hard the past you can always begin.” — The Buddha

Written by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

Edited by: Rtr. Loshini Gnanasambanthan

References

[1]helloimnik, Artist, Moods. [Art]. 2021.
[2]D. R. Urvasula, “openpolitics.com,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.openpolitics.com/tag/narcissism-3-cs/.
[3]D. Calderon, “Blessing Manifesting,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.blessingmanifesting.com/the-gray-rock-method/. [Accessed 03 07 2021].
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A journey of a Lifetime

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I believe that I’m a fan of spontaneous plans and decisions. I believe that whatever happens to you in life, happens for a reason. Just like that, on a rainy evening, I casually took an invitation from Mindula to join the Rotaract Club of Achievers Lanka Business School, simply because I was too bored to go home after CIMA lectures. Just like a lot of people, I too joined Rotaract with the promise of food. If someone told me that I would be at this position in Rotaract back then, I wouldn’t have believed it for split second. But then again, that’s the beauty of life!

Starting as a newbie, I found myself involved in our club’s biggest projects such as Conquer Colombo and Friends in Action, in next to no time. At the end of that Rotaract year, I was approached by Sathma to take up Secretary of the club, and although and nervous of what’s to come, I took it up. Today, here I am at the end of my tenure as the 11th President of this prestigious club with a rich history. You might say that it was a risky transition from a newbie to a President, but I believe you can never achieve things in life if you aren’t willing to take that risk.

When I look back at my journey at Rotaract Achievers, it is filled with numerous stories and moments that are simply priceless. I can’t even count the moments of satisfaction I have gained through making a difference in someone’s life, the times where we’ve laughed so hard until we cry, the nights where we’ve had meetings till everyone falls asleep on one zoom call, and many more.

I will always remember the unique Suwithi moments, and how everyone gets in line to roast her, and how she would only respond to it with a bright smile and a never-ending laugh. I will always remember how I turn towards Sathma every time I had a doubt or doubted myself. I will always remember how Asel subtly swoops in when all the roasting sessions start, and how he agreed that he is as old as Kasun, as fat as Hamdhan and as lame as Sathma (if you know him, you wouldn’t believe it). I will always remember how we tease Hasitha to buy a car every time we had to walk in the sun whenever we go to Seenigama (Build a Smile for Hasitha). I will always remember how Bipash never helps out but would gobble all the food at Food Voyageur. I will always remember how Kalani would help each and everyone out without hesitating, and all the egg-related jokes, as Hiru resembles a giant living egg. Rishad and Niflaz, the two people who are best friends and a bit more who have no idea that the word no exists.

I will always remember how everyone suspects Lavanya to be the imposter when we play among us and ends up getting kicked out, except the times where she actually is the imposter. I will always remember the first time Mark played Pictionary with us where he drew something bizarre and unrelated. I will always remember how Lakshan drove on the wrong side of the road after Installation until I shouted and saved our lives, and how Theekshana almost killed everyone trying to do a insane car stunt. I will always remember how Gowthaman showed up at Sathma’s President’s dinner wearing a T-shirt, shorts and slippers and how Priyan drives a massive vehicle despite his height. I will always remember how fast Rukaiya talks so that no one understands what she has said and how Sandithi believes all the lies she is told, especially from Lakshan, Theekshana and Priyan. I will always remember the man with a plan, Ruwin, who never runs out of ideas. I will always remember the exceptional PR skills of Akila and Nadun who always mentored us, and not to mention the unique and funny vocabulary they share. I will always remember how easily Rahul gets annoyed when we say or do something stupid, and how Nuwanthi would be there for every one of us at the most crucial times. Finally, to all the newbies who joined us this year, your commitment and enthusiasm which even inspired me at times is something that I will never forget. 

I will always remember how we used to celebrate everyone’s birthdays by singing happy birthday around the table in the cafeteria while playing among us. I will always remember how we took a post-midnight road trip at DejaVu, and how Theekshana almost drove us into the Kelani river. I will always remember how we made random plans to meet at Suwithi’s, tried to walk on the beach despite the rain, played a deadly game of spoons at Kalani’s and ending the day with the heartiest singing session. 

This year was a difficult and a different challenge to all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic. Switching projects from physical spaces to virtual platforms all of a sudden was a real test for me as well, because growing up as Rotaractors, we have only had exposure to events and meetings which happen physically. I believe I was gifted with a very talented team who were always determined to keep their heads up, while even inspiring me to become the best version of myself. This year we fell, we stumbled, we got up, and we mustered the courage to complete many noteworthy initiatives, while transforming into the best version of ourselves. It was indeed a rollercoaster ride that we all faced, and I believe we overcame all those obstacles through sheer perseverance. As they say, it’s not the destination but the journey that matters. It makes me happy to see how much my members have grown during this year, and I believe that it is one of the greatest satisfactions for any President. 

I would like to take a moment to thank all the past presidents and senior members who shared their wisdom and experience to guide me towards the correct path. I also wish to thank all my friends in Rotaract as well for being a part of this journey.

The past three years have been some of the best years of my life, thanks to Rotaract Achievers. This journey has been full of challenges, laughter, tears, sleepless nights, tiring days, but above all, I’m truly grateful for all the lessons, the inspiration and the experience I’ve gained. More than that, I’m sincerely grateful to the people I’ve met, and for the fact that I have a place where I can call home without any hesitation. Rotaract may not be an easy ride, but what this extraordinary movement has to offer is priceless and rare. To all future leaders out there, know that this journey is not going to be a cakewalk, but a one to remember, and that those difficult paths will always lead you to beautiful destinations. Never be afraid to take risks and move out of your comfort zones because it is only when you Reach Beyond them, you that will reach your maximum potential and be the best!

Rtr. Thisura Ramanayake

President 2020-2021

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Boost your immunity against Covid-19!

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The Impact of Current Pandemic

We are all aware that this Pandemic has hit the world since the end of 2019. It results in approximately 13,000 deaths per day. The main cause of death is that the virus roots to pneumonia, which causes shortness of breath. Vaccines are given to trigger the immune system and to make it stronger so that the system could fight with the virus. We can face any disease if we have a stronger immune system.

වත්මන් වසංගතයේ බලපෑම

මෙම වසංගතය 2019 වර්ෂයේ අග සිට ලොවට බලපා ඇති බව අපි කවුරුත් දනිමු. එහි ප්‍රතිවිපාකයක් ලෙස දිනකට ආසන්න වශයෙන් පුද්ගලයින් 13,000 ක් මිය යනු ඇත.මරණයට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව වන්නේ වෛරසය නියුමෝනියාවට මුල් බැස ගැනීමයි. එන්නත් ලබා දෙන්නේ ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතිය අවුලුවාලීමට සහ එය ශක්තිමත් කිරීම තුලින් පද්ධතියට වෛරසය සමඟ සටන් කිරීමට හැකි කිරීමයි. අපට ශක්තිමත් ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතියක් තිබේ නම් ඕනෑම රෝගයක ට මුහුන දීමට හැක.

தற்போதைய தொற்றுநோயின் தாக்கம் 

2019 ஆம் ஆண்டின் இறுதியில் இருந்து உலகை ஆட்கொள்ளும் தொற்றுநோயைப் பற்றி நாங்கள் அறிவோம். சராசரியாக ஒரு நாளைக்கு சுமார் 13,000 பேர் இறக்கின்றனர். இதற்கு முக்கிய காரணம், இந்த வைரஸ் நியுமோனியா எனும் மூச்சுத் திணறலை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது; இதுவே மரணத்திற்கு வழிவகுக்கிறது. எனவே நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதியைத் தூண்டுவதற்கும், அதை வலுவாக மாற்றுவதற்கும் தடுப்பூசிகள் வழங்கப்படுகின்றன. இதனால் நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதி இந்த வைரஸுடன் சண்டையிட்டு எம்மை பாதுகாக்க முடிகிறது. வலுவான நோயெதிர்ப்பு திறன் இருந்தால் எந்த நோயிலிருந்தும் உயிரைப் பாதுகாக்க முடியும்.

The Importance of Immunity

What is the Immune System? The immune system is a network of biological processes that protects an organism from diseases. It detects and responds to a wide variety of pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, as well as cancer cells and objects such as wood splinters, distinguishing them from the organism’s healthy tissue. But how can we build a strong Immune System? There are actually many natural methods instead of using any artificial drugs. It is healthier and has fewer side effects or no side effects at all.

ප්‍රතිශක්තියෙහි වැදගත්කම 

ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතිය යනු කුමක්ද? ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතිය යනු ජීවියෙකු රෝග වලින් ආරක්ෂා කරන ජීව විද්‍යාත්මක ක්‍රියාවලීන්ගේ ජාලයකි. එය, වෛරස, පිළිකා සෛල, පරපෝෂිත පණුවන් හා දැව බෙදීම් වැනි රෝග කාරක වස්තූන්, ජීවියාගේ නිරෝගී පටක වලින් වෙන්කර හඳුනා ගැනීමට හා ඒවාට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමට උපකාරී වේ. එහෙත්, අප ශක්තිමත් ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතියක් ගොඩනඟන්නේ කෙසේද? කිසිදු කෘතිම ඹංෂධයක් භාවිතා කිරීමෙන් තොරව එය ගොඩනගාගැනීමට අපට බොහෝ ස්වාභාවික ක්‍රම ඇත. එය වඩාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සම්පන්න වන අතර, එයින් වැළදිය හැකි අතුරු ආබාධ ඉතාමත් අවම වේ.

நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியின் முக்கியத்துவம்

நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதி என்றால் என்ன? நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதி என்பது ஒரு உயிரினத்தை நோய்களிலிருந்து பாதுகாக்கும் உயிரியல் செயல்முறைகளின் வலையமைப்பாகும். இது வைரஸ்கள் முதல் ஒட்டுண்ணி புழுக்கள், புற்றுநோய் செல்கள் மற்றும் மர சிராய்வுகள் போன்ற பொருட்கள் வரை உயிரினத்தின் ஆரோக்கியமான திசுக்களிலிருந்து வேறுபடுத்தி கண்டறிந்து செயல்படுகிறது. வலுவான நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதி ஒன்றை எவ்வாறு உருவாக்குவது? செயற்கை வழிகளுக்கு (உ+ம் :- மருந்துகள்) பதிலாக பல இயற்கை வழிகள் உள்ளன. இவை குறைவான பக்க விளைவுகள் கொண்டவை அல்லது எந்த பக்க விளைவுகளும் இல்லாததால் ஆரோக்கியமானவை ஆகும்.

Diet System Helps! ආහාර පද්ධතිය උපකාරී වේ! உணவுப் பழக்கவழக்க முறைமை உதவுகிறது!

Some foods function as Immune Boosters. For example, Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fiber and many other antioxidants, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your plate.

සමහර ආහාර ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ වර්ධකයන් ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරයි. නිදසුනක් ලෙස, බ්රොකොලි විටමින් සහ ඛනිජ වලින් පිරිපුන් ආහාරයකි. බ්‍රොකොලි, විටමින් A , C සහ E මෙන්ම, තන්තු සහ තවත් බොහෝ ප්‍රතිඔක්සිකාරක වලින් පිරී ඇති අතර, එය ඹබේ ආහාරයට එකතු කරගත හැකි ඉතාමත් සෞඛ්‍ය සම්පන්න එළවළුකි.

சில உணவுகள் நோயெதிர்ப்பு திறனை அதிகரிக்கின்றன. எடுத்துக்காட்டாக, ப்ரோக்கோலியில் (Broccoli) வைட்டமின்கள் மற்றும் தாதுக்கள் அதிகம் காணப்படுகிறது. வைட்டமின்கள் A, C மற்றும் E, அத்துடன் நார்ச்சத்து மற்றும் பல ஒட்சியேற்ற எதிரிகள் நிரம்பிய ப்ரோக்கோலி உங்கள் தட்டில் இருக்க வேண்டிய ஆரோக்கியமான காய்கறிகளில் ஒன்றாகும்.

Garlic is found in almost every cuisine in the world. It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. Garlic may also slow down the hardening of the arteries, and there’s weak evidence that it helps lower blood pressure.

සුදුළූණු ලෝකයේ බොහෝ රටවල ආහාරයට ගැන්නා දෙයක් වන අතර, එය ශරීරයට අවශ්‍ය සින්ක් ආහාරයට එකතු කරයි. සුදුළූණු සතු ආසාදනවලට එරෙහිව සටන් කිරීමේ හැකියාවද, අතීතයේ මීනිසුන් හඳුනාගෙන ඇත. තවද, සුදුළූණු ධමනි ශක්තිමත් කරන අතර, එය රුධිර පීඩනය අඩු කිරීමට උපකාරී වන බවට සාක්ෂි ඇත.

உலகின் பல்வேறு உணவு வகைகளிலும் பூண்டு காணப்படுகிறது. இதை உங்கள் ஆரோக்கியத்திற்கு அவசியம் உட்கொள்ள வேண்டும். ஆரம்பகால நாகரிகங்கள் கூட, தொற்றுநோய்களை எதிர்த்துப் போராடுவதில் பூண்டின் சிறப்பை அறிந்திருந்தன. பூண்டு நாடிகளின் கடினப்படுத்துதலை குறைக்கக்கூடும், மேலும் இது இரத்த அழுத்தத்தைக் குறைக்க உதவுகிறது என்பதற்ககான சிறு சான்றுகளும் உள்ளன.

Ginger is another ingredient many turn to, after getting sick. Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce sore throat and inflammatory illnesses. Ginger may help with nausea as well.

බොහෝ අයගේ අසනීපයන්ට ‍ප්‍රතිකාරයක් ලෙස ඉඟුරු උපකාරි වේ. ඉඟුරු වේදනාව අඩු කිරීමට ඉඟුරු උපකාරී වන අතර, එමගින් වැළදිය හැකි බොහෝ රෝගද අවම කර ගත හැකිය.

நோய்வாய்ப்பட்ட பிறகு பலர் நாடும் மற்றொரு மூலப்பொருள் இஞ்சி ஆகும். இஞ்சியானது வீக்கம், தொண்டை வலி, குமட்டல் மற்றும் அழற்சி நோய்களைக் குறைக்க உதவும்.

Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C. You can find double the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in a single medium fruit. Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects. Papayas have decent amounts of potassium, magnesium, and folate, all of which are beneficial to your overall health.

පැපොල් යනු විටමින් C පිරි පටවා ඇති පලතුරකි. ඔබට දිනපතා නිර්දේශිත විටමින් C ප්‍රමාණය මෙන් දෙගුණයක් එක් පලතුරකින් සොයාගත හැකිය. පැපොල්හි ආහාර ජීර්ණ එන්සයිමයක් අඩංගු වන අතර එහි සෞඛ්‍යයට හිතකර පොටෑසියම්, මැග්නීසියම් සහ ෆෝලේට් ද, මනා පමනින් අඩංගු වේ.

பப்பாளி வைட்டமின் C நிரம்பிய மற்றொரு பழமாகும். ஒரு சாதாரண பப்பாளிப்பழத்தில் தினசரி பரிந்துரைக்கப்படும் வைட்டமின் C அளவை விட இரட்டிப்பளவு காணப்படுகிறது. பப்பாளியில் காணப்படும் பாப்பேன் (Papain) எனப்படும் செரிமான நொதியம் அழற்சிதரு எதிர் விளைவுகளைக் கொண்டுள்ளது. பப்பாளியில் பொட்டாசியம், மெக்னீசியம் மற்றும் ஃபோலேட் (Folate) ஆகியவை குறிப்பிட்டளவில் காணப்படுகின்றன. இவை அனைத்தும் உங்கள் ஒட்டுமொத்த ஆரோக்கியத்திற்கு நன்மை பயக்கும்.

Good Rest Helps

Apart from boosting the immune system through foods, other ways help to improve the performance of Immunity. Sleep and immunity are closely tied. Getting adequate rest may strengthen your natural immunity. Also, you may sleep more when sick to allow your immune system to better fight the illness. Most adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. moderate exercise may reduce inflammation and help your immune cells regenerate regularly. 

මනා විවේකය උපකාරී වේ

ආහාර මගින් ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතිය ඉහළ නැංවීමට අමතරව, වෙනත් ක්‍රම මඟින් ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණයේ ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය වැඩි දියුණු කිරීමට අතිශයින්ම වැදගත් වේ. සුවනින්ද හා ප්‍රතිශක්තිය සමීපව බැඳී ඇත. ප්‍රමාණවත් විවේකයක් ලබා ගැනීමෙන් ඔබේ ස්වාභාවික ප්‍රතිශක්තිය ශක්තිමත් වන අතර, ඔබේ ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතියට රෝගයට වඩා හොඳින් සටන් කිරීමට හැකි වනු ඇත. සෑම වැඩිහියෙකුම රාත්‍රියකට අවම වශයෙන් පැය 7 ක නින්දක් ලබා ගත යුතුය.  තවද, මධ්‍යස්ථ ව්‍යායාම, ඔබේ ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ සෛල නිතිපතා පුනර්ජනනය කිරීමට උපකාරී වේ. 

நல்ல ஓய்வு உதவுகிறது

உணவுகள் மூலம் நிர்ப்பீடனத்தொகுதியை பலமூட்டுவதைத் தவிர, பிற வழிகள் மூலமாகவும் நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியின் செயல்திறனை மேம்படுத்த முடியும். தூக்கத்திற்கும் நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்திக்கும் நெருக்கமான தொடர்புள்ளது. போதுமான ஓய்வு பெறுவது உங்கள் இயற்கையான நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியை பலப்படுத்தும். மேலும், நீங்கள் நோய்வாய்ப்பட்டிருக்கும் போது, நோயை எதிர்த்துப் போராட நோயெதிர்ப்பு சக்தியினை அனுமதிக்க நீங்கள் அதிகம் தூங்கலாம். பெரும்பாலானோர் ஒரு இரவுக்கு குறைந்தது 7 மணிநேர தூக்கத்தைப் பெற வேண்டும். 

Physical Exercise Helps

Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking, steady bicycling, jogging, swimming, and light hiking would help to maintain immunity. 

ශාරීරික වියායාම උපකාරී වේ 

මධ්‍යස්ථ ව්‍යායාම සඳහා නිදසුන් වන්නේ වේගවත් ඇවිදීම, ස්ථාවර බයිසිකල් පැදීම, පැනීම, පිහිනීම සහ සැහැල්ලු කඳු නැගීම ප්‍රතිශක්තිය පවත්වා ගැනීමට උපකාරී වේ. 

உடல் உடற்பயிற்சி உதவுகிறது

மிதமான உடற்பயிற்சி வீக்கத்தைக் குறைத்து, உங்கள் நோயெதிர்ப்பு கலங்களை தொடர்ந்து மீளுருவாக்கம் செய்ய உதவும். மிதமான உடற்பயிற்சிகளான நடைபயிற்சி, நிலையான சைக்கிள் ஓட்டுதல், ஜாகிங், நீச்சல் ஆகியவை நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியை பராமரிக்க உதவும்.

Avoiding Liquor Helps 

What weakens Immunity? Lack of sleep and poor diet deteriorates immunity. Also, Smoking impacts both innate and adaptive immunity and plays dual roles in regulating immunity by either exacerbation of pathogenic immune responses or attenuation of defensive immunity. 

මත්පැනින් වැළකී සිටීම උපකාරී වේ

ප්‍රතිශක්තිය දුර්වල කරන්නේ කුමක් ද? නින්ද නොමැතිකම සහ දුර්වල ආහාර ගැනීම ප්‍රතිශක්තිය පිරිහීමට ලක් කරයි. එසේම, දුම්පානය සහජ හා අනුවර්තී ප්‍රතිශක්තියට බලපාන අතර, එය ව්යාධිජනක ප්රතිශක්තිකරණ ප්රතික්රියා උග්ර කිරීම හෝ ආරක්ෂක ප්‍රතිශක්තිය අත්පත් කර ගැනීම තුලින් ප්‍රතිශක්තිය නියාමනය කිරීමේදී ද්විත්ව කාර්යභාරයක් ඉටු කරයි. 

போதை பழக்கத்தைத் தவிர்த்தல் உதவுகிறது

நோய் எதிர்ப்பு திறனை பலவீனப்படுத்துவது எது? தூக்கமின்மை மற்றும் மோசமான உணவுப் பழக்கவழக்கங்கள் என்பன நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியை மோசமடைய செய்கிறது. மேலும், புகைபிடித்தலால் உள்ளார்ந்த நிர்ப்பீடனம் மற்றும் தேர்வுக்குரிய நிர்ப்பீடனம் ஆகிய இரண்டிலும் பாதிப்பு ஏற்படுகின்றது. மேலும் நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியைக் கட்டுப்படுத்துவதில், நோயாக்கி நுண்ணங்கிகளுக்கு எதிரான நிர்ப்பீடனத்தை ஆபத்தாக்குதல், நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தியின் உக்கிரத்தை குறைத்தல் ஆகிய இரட்டை வேடங்களை வகிக்கின்றது.

Prevention is Better than Cure!

To conclude, everyone should understand what needs to be done to fight against the coronavirus. Without depending on artificial drugs, let’s take some steps to improve our Immune System to fight against the enemy of all mankind, the pandemic. 

Love yourself, love your family, love your neighbors and far-neighbors!  

Stay Home! Stay Safe!

වැළැක්වීම, ප්‍රතිකාරයට වඩා යෝග්‍ය වේ!

අවසාන වශයෙන්, කොවිඩ්-19 වෛරසයට එරෙහිව සටන් කිරීම සඳහා කළ යුතු දෑ අප සියලු දෙනා තේරුම් ගත යුතුය. කෘතිම ඹංෂධ මත යැපීමකින් තොරව, සියලු මානව වර්ගයාගේ සතුරා වන මෙම වසංගතයට එරෙහිව සටන් කිරීම සඳහා අපගේ ප්‍රතිශක්තිකරණ පද්ධතිය වැඩිදියුණු කිරීමට ගත හැකි පියවර සියල්ලම ගනිමු. 

ඔබටත්, ඔබේ පවුලේ අයටත්, අසල්වැසියන්ටත් ආදරය කරන්න! නිවසේම රැදෙන්න! නීරේගීව සිටින්න!

வரும் முன் காப்பதே சிறந்தது!

முடிவாக, இந்த வலுவான கொரோனா வைரஸுக்கு எதிராக போராட என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பதை நாம் அனைவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும். செயற்கை மருந்துகளை மட்டுமே நம்பி இருக்காமல், அனைத்து மனிதகுலத்தின் எதிரியான இந்த தொற்றுநோய்க்கு எதிராகப் போராட நமது நோயெதிர்ப்பு சக்தியை மேம்படுத்த உரிய நடவடிக்கைகளை எடுப்போம்.

உங்களை, உங்கள் குடும்பத்தை, உங்கள் அயலவர்களை நேசிக்கவும்! 

வீட்டில் தங்கி நாம் அனைவரும் பாதுகாப்பாக இருப்போம்!

Written by: Rtr. Mark Nesan

Sinhala Translation: Rtr. Kalani Siriwardena

Tamil Translation: Rtr. Gowthaman Jegatheesan

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Step in to save the Environment

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I don’t want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where environment doesn’t need protection – Davis Rally

Environmental Pollution is a major concern in today’s status quo.  First, let us address what we refer to, as the environment. The environment is the surrounding which includes hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, biodiversity of plants and animals, chemical forces, abiotic substances, and nature. The environment is the fundamental feature needed for mankind, and now it arises a doubt whether the next generation will have an opportunity to survive on planet Earth?

Harming Mother Nature which ensures our survival, is the same as betraying our own mother who gave us this soul and body. In the name of so-called progress, we are destroying the ecological balance of our planet. The wastage from the factories, chemical reactions, deforestation are the main causes for such imbalance. Furthermore, Improper disposal of garbage also influences the cleanliness of the environment. Additionally, although it is hard to identify light and nuclear pollution, these are equally harmful. Excessively bright lights consume a lot of energy while threatening the environmental balance in several ways. The negative impacts of nuclear pollution would last for many decades to come.

I believe that there is nothing to do with laws here. As the dependents of the environment, everyone in the earth is responsible for the impacts. It’s our responsibility to make sure our next generation will have a healthy environment to live in. We have to make sure our garbage is disposed properly, and we have to start planting Trees.                                                       

He who plants tress, plants hope.

The factories should use the natural resources in an effective way which means the mining of resources should be done properly. We should use water economically. We should protect wildlife from its illegal trade. We should build Eco-friendly buildings and use cars only for a long distance as the gas emitted from cars pollutes the air. Governments are also emphasizing on planting more trees, eliminating plastic products, better recycling of natural wastes, and minimal use of pesticides. This kind of organic lifestyle has helped us protect many plant and animal species from becoming extinct while making earth a greener and healthier place to live in.

Walk with your mother nature. It will nurture your mind, body and soul.

If the precautions are undone, the results will force us to find another planet for survival. There will be scarcity of water and food. The air and water will be polluted. It is unnecessary to say that environmental pollution has ruined and spread its toxic tentacles inside the basic needs of humans, i.e., water, food, air, and soil. It affects our inhaling, drinking, and eating. It also damages the health of animals along with humans. Population would fall. The beauty of nature? Oh no, Existence of nature is a doubt here, In between who cares the beauty? 

The United Nations is implementing a lot of projects to protect the environment. From 1974, they declared 5th of June as the World Environmental Day. Their themes for the past 5 years are;  

2017 – Connecting People to Nature

2018 – Beat Plastic Pollution

2019 – Beat Air Pollution

2020 – Time for Nature

2021 – Generation Restoration 

Many people nowadays think that they don’t need to protect the environment. They don’t know that they can’t survive without it. “It is the first mother; we have to take care of it”. Polluter pays principle says, the one who harms the environment has to bear the loss and settle it back to the environment. But let me ask you, can anyone set off the pollution and diseases caused by pollution itself? NEVER. “Prevention is better than cure” Let’s stop harming each other and the environment. 

As ancestors for our future generation, let’s start making legacies to bestow!

Rtr. Ramajini Gnanasuthan 

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Be a true Friend

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Good Friends care for each other, Close Friends understand each other, but True Friends stay forever, beyond words, beyond distance and beyond time.

Friendship is valuable, but how many of us truly value it? Almost all of us have friends, some who we made in our childhood, to some who we make today. True friends always help each other grow and change for the better. They support you in good times and bad, and know about you more than anyone else. True friends always have each other’s back, and never blame each other.

But, is it always like this?

It’s heartbreaking to see how those who were once best friends, are almost like strangers now. It’s even more heartbreaking to see how little it takes for a friend to drift away. I personally loath those kind of friendships. When we become friends, I expect that bond to remain forever. I hate to see how ‘best friends’ move away from us after some time, and even become someone else’s ‘best friend’ so easily. In my opinion, those aren’t true friends. I believe that true friends are people who care for each other, understand each other, and remain the same despite the span of distance, or lack of time and words.

I value long-term friendships. I personally don’t fancy the short term ones which are only formed for a specific purpose, as an ad-hoc committee. I expect my friends to always be in touch with me, and not turn into the category of a ‘hi-bye friend’ after a few months. I believe that true friends must always be in touch. 

I have met some friends who say they are busy all the time, even to have a chat over a call. Sometimes they don’t seem to even have the time to reply to a text message, but seem to have the time for others. All I can say about such friends is that they aren’t true friends! In my perspective, it’s all about people’s priorities. So, if  you don’t even count on their priority list, how can you consider them your true friend? If you too have been in a situation like this, my advice is, Don’t waste your time finding stones when there are diamonds

The most important qualities of a true friend include honesty, respect and trustworthiness.

A true friend must be honest. We meet many people in our lives, among whom some become our friends, few remain to be long lasting, and the very few who gems who turn out to be honest and loyal for a lifetime. I believe that the main ingredient of true friendship is honesty, and that it also turns out to be the secret of a successful friendship. Being honest includes both appreciating the good things about them, like complementing the way they dress, encouraging their achievements, and taking part of their joyfulness, as well as advising them before they make a wrong choice, or tackling their problems with them.  

We must value respect in a friend. A true friend is someone who accepts you for who you are. True friends don’t start a fight just because they disagree with you, don’t backbite you, and don’t make up rumors about you. 

Trustworthiness is important in any relationship. True friends are known to be those secret keepers. True friends will hold each other’s embarrassing moments and funny stories, and protect you against offense. A true friend will stand with you and support you at every stage of life, and I believe this acts as a liberating element in true friendship. 

Try to get back in touch with an old friend…

A Cheering moment of a friendship story is getting back together with a childhood friend who you weren’t in touch with for a long time. Even after years, if you can get in touch with each other, restart your friendship from where you left it, and be the same old close friends you were, I recognize that as a TRUE FRIENDSHIP!

It is very important to have a true friend who is always there for you. Everyone should know how to choose a true friend and how to honor friendship. If we wish that our friends should be true to us, then we must be true to them. True friendship is not only doing crazy things and having fun together, it’s also sticking together and having an inseparable bond.

Rtr. Sashmittha Manickam Kumar

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