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துருவங்கள் 16 படம் மூலம் இளம் வயதில் இயக்குனராக அறிமுகமானவர் கார்த்திக் நரேன். அவரது இயக்கத்தில் மூன்றாவது படமாக உருவாகி, அருண் விஜய், பிரசன்னா, பிரியா பவானி ஷங்கர் உள்ளிட்டோர் நடிப்பில் வெளியாகியிருக்கும் படம் மற்றும் லைக்கா புரொடக்சன்ஸ் சார்பாக சுபாஷ்கரன் தயாரித்துள்ள படமாக வெளிவந்துள்ள படம்தான் மாஃபியா. இந்த படத்தில் நடிகர் பிரசன்னா அருண் விஜய்க்கு வில்லனாக டிகே என்ற ரோலில் நடித்து உள்ளார். ஏற்கனவே துருவங்கள் 16 என்ற படத்தின் மூலம் துருவங்கள் விஜய் அவர்கள் கார்த்திக் நரேன் உடன் கைகோத்து இருந்தார்கள். தற்போது இந்த படத்திலும் இவர்கள் இணைந்து உள்ளார்கள். இந்த படத்தின் மூலம் இவர்கள் இருவர் கூட்டணி வெற்றி பெற்றதா? இல்லையா? என்பதை பார்ப்போம்

 

திரைக்கதை

தமிழகத்துக்கே போதை மருந்து சப்ளை செய்யும் மிகப்பெரிய கும்பலின் தலைவனை, 3 பேர் மட்டுமே சேர்ந்து பிடிக்க முயற்சி செய்வதுதான் ‘மாஃபியா’.

போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தல் தடுப்புப் பிரிவில் அதிகாரியாகப் பணியாற்றுகிறார் அருண் விஜய். வயது வித்தியாசம் இல்லாமல் எல்லோருமே போதைப்பொருட்களுக்கு அடிமையாகிக் கிடப்பதால், மற்றும் அவருடைய சகோதரர் போதைப் பொருள் வாங்கச் சென்ற சமயத்தில் மரணமடையவே. அதை அறவே ஒழிக்க வேண்டும் என்பதுதான் அவரின் எண்ணம்.

அவருக்குத் துணையாக, அவருடைய குழுவில் ப்ரியா பவானிசங்கர், பாலா ஹாசன் ஆகிய இருவரும் உள்ளனர். அவர்களால் போதை மருந்து கடத்தல் தொடர்பாகக் கீழ்மட்டத்தில் இருக்கும் ஆட்களைப் பிடிக்க முடிந்ததே தவிர, அதற்கு மேலுள்ள ஆட்களை நெருங்க முடியவில்லை. அந்தக் கும்பலின் தலைவன் யார் என்ற சின்ன க்ளூ கூட கிடைக்கவில்லை.

இந்நிலையில், போதை மருந்து கடத்தும் கும்பலின் தலைவன் யார் என தனக்குத் தெரியும் என்றும், அவனைப் பற்றிய கூடுதல் ஆதாரங்கள் கிடைக்கும்வரை யாரிடமும் இதைப்பற்றிச் சொல்ல முடியாது என்றும் அருண் விஜய் குழுவின் தலைவர் கூறுகிறார். ஆனால், திடீரென அவர் கொலை செய்யப்படுகிறார். அவருடன் சேர்ந்து ஆதாரங்களைத் திரட்டிய சமூகப் போராளி தலைவாசல் விஜய்யும் கொலை செய்யப்படுகிறார்.

இவர்களைக் கொன்றது யார்? போதை மருந்து கடத்தல் கும்பலின் தலைவன் யார் எனக் கண்டுபிடிக்க முடிந்ததா? அருண் விஜய் ஆசைப்படி போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தலைத் தடுக்க முடிந்ததா? என்பது மீதிக் கதை.

 பின்னணி இசை

 

ஜாக்ஸ் பெஜோய்யின் பின்னணி இசைதான் திரைக்கதை இல்லாத இந்தப் படத்தை, குறைந்தபட்சப் பொறுமையுடன் பார்க்க உதவி புரிகின்றன. விவேக் வரிகளில் பாடல் வரிகள் பெரும்பாலும் புரியவுமில்லை, திரும்பக் கேட்க வேண்டும் என்றும் தோன்றவில்லை.

ஜேக்ஸ் பிஜாய் பின்னணி இசை படத்திற்கு கூடுதல் பலத்தைக் கொடுத்து மற்றும் காட்சிகளின் வீரியத்தை அதிகரித்திருக்கிறது.

பொசிடிவ் கருத்துக்கள்

 

 

காதல் காட்சிகள் கிடையாது, டூயட் பாடல்கள் கிடையாது, மொக்கை ஜோக்குகள் கிடையாது என சில கிடையாதுகள் படத்தில் இருக்கின்றன. இருந்தாலும் இரண்டு மணி நேரத்திற்கும் குறைவான படத்தை நம் பொறுமையை சோதிக்காமல் கொடுத்திருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர்

போதைப் பொருள் தடுப்புப் பிரிவு அதிகாரியாக அருண் விஜய். வித்தியாசமான ஹேர் ஸ்டைல், தாடி, விறைப்பான நடை என அந்தக் கதாபாத்திரத்திற்குள் தன்னை ஈடுபடுத்திக் கொள்கிறார்.

பிரசன்னா தான் படத்தின் வில்லன். நடுத்தர மல்டி மில்லியனர் தோற்றத்தில் அசத்துகிறார். அவருடைய குரலே அவருடைய கதாபாத்திரத்திற்கு தனி அடையாளத்தைக் கொடுக்கிறது.

வில்லன் வேடம் பிரசன்னா கோபத்தைக் கூட நிதானமாக காட்டுவது மற்றும் வித்தியாசமான மேனரிசம் என கவர்கிறார்.

பிரசன்னாவின் அறிமுகத்துக்கு பிறகே படம் சூடு பிடிக்கிறது. “நீ என்ன பண்ணுவனு தெரிஞ்சிக்க, நான் உன்ன மாதிரி யோசிச்சேன். நீ என்ன மாதிரி யோசிச்சா நான் பண்ணத உன்னால் கண்டுபிடிக்க முடியும்” என்பது போன்ற வசனங்கள் படத்தை ஆங்காங்கே சுவாரஸியப்படுத்துகின்றன.

ஹேக்ஸ் பிஜோயின் பின்னணி இசை காட்சிகளின் வீரியத்தை அதிகரித்திருக்கிறது

வருண் கதாபாத்திரத்தில் பாலா ஹாசனின் நடிப்பு, பாராட்டும் வகையில் உள்ளது.

நெகடிவ் கருத்துக்கள்

 

 தமிழ் சினிமாவில் கடந்த சில வருடங்களாக போதைப் பொருள் பயன்படுத்துதல், கடத்தல் ஆகியவற்றை மையமாக வைத்து சில படங்கள் வந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றன. 80களில் இப்படியான கடத்தல் படங்கள் நிறையவே வந்தன.

படங்களில் இடம் பெறும் சில வழக்கமான காட்சிகள் படத்தில் இருப்பது சுவாரசியத்தைக் குறைக்கிறது

ஒரு வீடு, ஒரு குடோன், ஒரு ஸ்டார் ஹோட்டல் அறை என சில குறிப்பிட்ட இடங்களில் மட்டுமே படத்தின் காட்சிகள் அதிகம் நகர்கிறது. சமூக சேவகர் என ஒருவரைக் காட்டும் போதே அவரைக் கொன்று விடுவார்களே என யூகிக்க முடிகிறது.

போலீஸ் அதிகாரி ஒருவர் பிரசன்னாவிற்கு உதவியாக இருப்பது, பிரசன்னாவைத் தேடி அருண் விஜய் ஹோட்டலுக்குப் போகும் போது அங்கு இன்ஸ்பெக்டர் பரத் ரெட்டி யதேச்சையாக வருவது போலக் காட்டுவது, அருண் விஜய் முதன் முதலில் குடோனில் துப்பாக்கியில் சுட்டுத் தாக்குதல் நடத்தும் போது அந்த சத்தம் கேட்டு கூட அக்கம் பக்கத்தில் உள்ளவர்கள் யாருமே வராதது போன்ற சில பல வழக்கமான காட்சிகள் இந்தப் படத்திலும் இருக்கிறது.

கார்த்திக் நரேன் படம் என்பதால் படத்தின் காலை காட்சிக்கே தியேட்டரில் கூட்டம் நிறையவே இருந்தது. அவர்களின் நம்பிக்கையை கார்த்திக் இன்னும் கூடுதலாகக் காப்பாற்றியிருக்கலாம்.

அருண் விஜய் பிரசன்னா இருவருக்கும் கொடுக்கப்பட்ட ஓவர் பில்டப்பைக் கொஞ்சம் தவிர்த்திருக்கலாம்.

சத்யா கதாபாத்திரத்தில் துப்பாக்கியால் சுட்டுத் தள்ளுகிறார் ப்ரியா பவானிசங்கர். அந்த முகபாவத்தை ஒரே மாதிரியாக வைத்திருந்ததற்குப் பதில் கொஞ்சமாவது ரியாக்‌ஷன் காட்டியிருக்கலாம்

படத்தின் திரைக்கதை என்ன என்பதைத் தேடிப்பிடிக்க பெரிதும் மெனக்கெட வேண்டியிருப்பது, இந்தப் படத்தின் மிகப்பெரிய பலவீனம்.

குறிப்பாக, சில காட்சிகளை ஸ்லோமோஷனில் பார்ப்பதற்கு நன்றாக இருக்கிறது. அதற்காக, படம் பார்ப்பவன் கொட்டாவி விடும் அளவுக்கு பெரும்பாலான காட்சிகளை ஸ்லோமோஷனில் காட்டுவதெல்லாம் அதீதம்.

மொத்தத்தில் முதல் பாதி கொஞ்சம் மெதுவாக சென்றாலும், இரண்டாம் பாதி விறுவிறுப்பு, கிளைமேக்ஸ் டுவிஸ்ட் என அடுத்தப்பாகாத்திற்கான எதிர்ப்பார்ப்பை எகிற வைக்கின்றது இந்த மாஃபியா.

-Rtr. Nihmathullah Hameed

 

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නිකුත් කර දිනය – 2020 පෙබරවාරි 21

වේලාව – පැය 1 යි විනාඩි 52 යි

කාර්තික් නාරේන් අධ්‍යක්ෂණයට පිවිසියේ වයස අවුරුදු 16 දී. ලයිකා ප්‍රඩක්ෂන්ස් වෙනුවෙන් අරුන් විජේ, ප්‍රසන්න, ප්‍රියා භවානිශංකර් සහ සුභාෂ්කරන් රංගනයෙන් දායක වේ. එය මාලාවේ තුන්වන චිත්‍රපටයයි. නළු ප්‍රසන්න දුෂ්ටයෙකුගේ චරිතයට පණ පොවයි. පොලාරිස් 16 චිත්‍රපටය හරහා කාර්තික් නාරේන් සමඟ පොලාරිස් විජේ මේ වන විටත් අත්වැල් බැඳගෙන තිබේ. මෙම චිත්‍රපටය හරහා දෙදෙනාගේ සන්ධානය ජය ගත්තාද? එය නොවේ ද? බලමු!

තිර රචනය

තමිල්නාඩුවේ විශාලතම මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම්කරුවන්ගේ කල්ලියේ නායකයා අල්ලා ගැනීමට උත්සාහ කරන්නේ තිදෙනෙකු පමණි.

අරුන් විජේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය වැළැක්වීමේ නිලධාරියෙකි. සෑම කෙනෙක්ම වයස නොතකා මත්ද්‍රව්‍යවලට ඇබ්බැහි වී සිටින අතර, ඔහුගේ සහෝදරයාද මත්ද්‍රව්‍යවලට ඇබ්බැහි වී මිය යයි. එබැවින් ඔහුගේ අභිප්‍රාය වන්නේ එයින් අනෙක් මිනිසුන් මුදවා ගැනීමයි.

ඔහුගේ කණ්ඩායම ප්‍රියා භවානිශංකර් සහ බාලා හසන්ගෙන් සමන්විතය. මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම සම්බන්ධයෙන් යටි පංතියේ ළමයින් අල්ලා ගැනීමට ඔවුන්ට හැකි වූ නමුත් ඉහළට යාමට නොහැකි විය. කල්ලියේ නායකයා කවුද යන්න පිළිබඳ කුඩා හෝඩුවාවක්වත් නැත.

කණ්ඩායමේ නායක අරුන් විජේ පවසන්නේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම් කල්ලියේ නායකයා කවුරුන්ද යන්න තමා දන්නා බවත් වැඩිදුර සාක්ෂි ලැබෙන තුරු කිසිවෙකුට පැවසිය නොහැකි බවත්ය. එහෙත්, හදිසියේම, ඔහු අභිරහස් ලෙස අතුරුදන් විය. ඔහු සමඟ සාක්ෂි රැස්කර ගත් සමාජ ක්‍රියාකාරිකයෙක් වන විජයම්ද අතුරුදන් විය.

ඔවුන් මැරුවේ කවුද? මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම් කල්ලියේ නායකයා කවුදැයි ඔබට සොයාගත හැකිද? අරුන් විජේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම නතර කිරීමට කැමතිද?

පසුබිම් සංගීතය

ජැක්ස් බෙජායිගේ පසුබිම් සංගීතය මෙම චිත්‍රපටය සුවපහසු ලෙස නැරඹීමට අපට උපකාරී වේ. පද රචක විවේක්ගේ පද රචනය සමහර විට තේරුම් ගැනීම අපහසුය. ජැක්ස් බෙජායිගේ පසුබිම් සංගීතය චිත්‍රපටයට ශක්තියක් එක් කර ඇති අතර දර්ශනවල ශක්තියද වැඩි කර තිබේ. පරෙවියාගේ පසුබිම් සංගීතය දර්ශනවල ශක්තිය වැඩි කර ඇත

ධනාත්මක අදහස්

ආදර දර්ශන, යුග ගීත, විහිළු සහ විහිළු නැත. කෙසේ වෙතත්, අපගේ ඉවසීම පරීක්ෂා කිරීම සඳහා අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයා අපට පැය දෙකකට අඩු කාලයක් ලබාදී ඇත.

අරුන් විජේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය නිවාරණ අංශයේ ප්‍රධානියා වේ. වෙනස් කොණ්ඩ මෝස්තරයක්, රැවුල, තද විලාසිතාව භූමිකාවට සම්බන්ධ වේ.

ප්‍රසන්න චිත්‍රපටයේ දුෂ්ටයා ය. ඔහුගේ කෝටිපති පෙනුම බියජනක ය. ඔහුගේ කටහඬ ඔහුගේ චරිතයට අද්විතීය අනන්‍යතාවයක් ලබා දෙයි.

ප්‍රසන්න කෝපය සියුම් ලෙස පෙන්වයි. මෙය අත්පොළසන් ලැබීමට සුදුසුයි.

ප්‍රසන්න හඳුන්වා දීමෙන් පසු චිත්‍රපටය රසවත් වේ. “ඔබ කරන්නේ කුමක්දැයි මම දනිමි, මම ඔබ ගැන සිතුවෙමි. මා ඔබ ගැන සිතන දේ ඔබට සොයාගත හැකිය” වැනි පද, චිත්‍රපටය උණුසුම් කරයි.

සෘණ අදහස්

චිත්‍රපටයේ සිදුවන සමහරක් දර්ශන රසවත් නොවේ. පසුගිය වසර කිහිපය තුළ දෙමළ සිනමාවේ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම පිළිබඳව අවධානය යොමු කරන චිත්‍රපට කිහිපයක් තිබේ.

බොහෝ රංගන පටිගත කිරීම් සිදුවී ඇත්තේ නිවසක් හෝ හෝටල් කාමරයක් වැනි ස්ථාන කිහිපයක පමණි. එබැවින් එයට බොහෝ විවේචනාත්මක අදහස් පල වුනේය.

කාර්තික් නාරේන් චිත්‍රපටයක් වන නිසා උදෑසන වේලාවේද රංග ශාලාවන්ද පිරී තිබුණි. එමනමුත් ඔහුට තවත් ඔහුගේ දක්ෂතා එලිදැක්වීමට තිබුණි. ප්‍රියා භවානිශංකර්ගේ චරිතය එකම ඉරුයව්වෙන් රංගනයේ යෙදී ඇත.

චිත්‍රපටය කුමක් දැයි සොයා බලන්න!

 

English Translation

Starring – Arun Vijay, Prasanna, Priya Bhavani Shankar

Production – Lyca Productions

Direction – Karthik Narain

Music – Jax Bejoy

Release date – 21 February 2020

Running time – 1 hour 52 min

Plot

Naren made his directorial debut at the age of 22 with the critically and commercially successful thriller Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. Mafia is the third film in this movement, starring Arun Vijay, Prasanna, Priya Bhavani Shankar and Subhashkaran under the production of Lyca Production. Actor Prasanna plays the role of the villain. Dhruvangal Vijay has already joined hands with Karthik Narain through the movie ‘Dhruvangal 16’. They are currently in the film. Did their duo win through this film? Or not? Let’s see!

Three people are trying to capture the leader of the largest gang of drug dealers in Tamil Nadu. “Mafia” is fully based on the above content

Arun Vijay is an officer in the Prevention of Drug Trafficking. Due to the death of his brother through his drug addiction, Arun Vijay intends to get rid of it.

His team consists of Priya Bhavanishankar and Bala Hassan. They were able to catch the underclassmen in connection with drug trafficking, but could not reach the top ones. They were not able to obtain a small clue about the drug baron.

The leader of the group of Arun Vijay’s gang, says he knows who the leader of the drug trafficking gang is and cannot tell anyone until proper evidence is obtained. But, suddenly, he is murdered. Thalaivaasal Vijay, the social activist who has amassed evidence along with him, is also murdered.

The rest of the story details on the murder, who the drug baron is and if Arun Vijay can stop the drug trafficking.

Background music

The background music of Jakes Bejoy brings us to watch this movie comfortably. Lyrics in Vivek are often incomprehensible and are not very fond. Jakes Bejoy’s background music has added strength to the film and increased the vigor of the scenes.

Positive comments

Arun Vijay is the Chief of the Drug Prevention Division. A different hairstyle, beard, a stiff style made him best fit his role.

Prasanna is the villain of the film. His multi-millionaire looks are appalling. His voice gives him a unique identity. The villain’s role, Prasanna, shows anger subtly which deserves applause. After the introduction of Prasanna, the film gets interesting. Verses such as “I will know what you’re doing, If I start thinking like you” made the film more thrilling.

There are no romantic scenes, no duet songs, no jokes. However, the director managed to give a thriller movie. The background music of the Jakes Bejoy has increased the vigor of the scenes

Bala Hassan’s performance as Varun is admirable.

Negative comments

In the past few years there have been only a few films focusing on drug trafficking in Tamil cinema. although, during the 80s there were a lot of films based on the exact concept. Some of the scenes that take place in the film are less interesting.

The biggest weakness of the film was that the plot was easily comprehensible. The scene where the social worker was killed was predictable. Also, the shooting had only taken place in several locations such as a house, a godown, a star hotel room. Thus, it was a little boring.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police helped Prasanna and Arun Vijay go to a restaurant to meet Prasanna and accidentally meeting the inspector was a disappointment to the audience. And the gunshot attack by Arun Vijay and his team in godown was not practical at all.

Since it is a Karthik Narain movie, a big crowd was present in the theater at the morning show. Karthik could have performed better to have gained more praise and trust. Also, the extra build-up given to both Arun Vijay and Prasanna should have been avoided.

Priya Bhavanishankar showed out the same facial expression literally in all the scenes.

In particular, it is nice to see some of the scenes in slow motion. Although, some scenes which were presented in slow motion boosted boredom. Even though the first half was a bit slow, the second half had a climax and twist which raised expectations for the following chapter of Mafia.

 

 

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Your Fast Food can be your Last Food

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The present corporate world is all about fast. Whether it can be food, communication, sports or studies. We realize that all kinds of people compete to be faster. The time factor is the reason for getting things fast. We are carried away with various things in this busy world. As life expectancy is getting shorter the medical experts try to stretch it to be longer with modern medicines and treatments to their level best. On the other side what we discover is that the amount of sudden deaths increases day by day. We are forced to ask what are the causes for this. Let us try to find out.

Humans who live in this corporate world that consume fast food ends up with many health problems. What does fast food contain? Mainly it has a large number of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats and salt (sodium). As we all know these things do harm to our health and leads to death. If you say you don’t have time to take healthy food and tend to take fast food, remember that your lifespan is going to be shorter. We all are busy to be wealthy. But we must understand that health is wealth. I would like to point out some disadvantages of the habit of taking fast food.

Obesity

This is the most common drawback everyone gets. The high levels of sugar and fat can lead to an increased risk of obesity. Obesity is not only bad for your physical appearance; it can also lead to health problems including heart disease and reduced life expectancy.

Kidney and Cardiovascular Diseases

Most fast foods have high salt and cholesterol which when consumed excessively can cause problems with kidney or cardiovascular system. High levels of sodium from fast food will increase your blood pressure, which can also increase the risk of heart attack or stroke over time. In addition, the higher level of salt in fast food contributes to the probability of developing kidney diseases.

Here are some tips where you can have healthy fast foods when you’re at work or outside:

  • Water, milk, or 100% juice. But beware of the calories in drinks other than water. Take that cooled milk and douse it over whole-grain cereals that come in their own single-serve cups. A great snack or part of a meal when you’re in transit.
  • Low-fat cheese sticks to go with rolls and fruit.
  • Tubes or cartons of yoghurt.
  • Cut veggies or washed carrots and tomatoes.
  • Sliced bananas, apples, grapes and pears.
  • Peanut butter in a tube or a small tub to go with crackers or bread.

When you’re on the road and didn’t plan – get into the supermarket instead of the fast-food drive-in. You can pick up fresh fruit, cheese, and bread for a satisfying meal to go.

And here is some tips on where you can have healthy fast foods when you’re at home:

  • Whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta.
  • Milk, reduced-fat shredded cheese, eggs, canned tuna, beans, peanut butter, beef, chicken and meatballs.
  • Fresh, frozen, or no-added-salt canned vegetables; fresh and dried fruit; and fruit canned in juice.
  • Tuna melts with reduced-fat cheese on whole-wheat bread, and salad.

There are people who are consuming not only fast food but also junk food as their habit and struggling to get rid of it. So, these are some tips for those who struggle with it:

  • Kale chips instead of potato chips.
  • Baked veggie fries instead of French fries.
  • Yoghurt fruit pops instead of ice-cream.
  • Homemade smoothies instead of milkshakes.
  • Fruit juice instead of soda.
  • Crust-free pizza instead of pizza delivery.
  • Bunless burgers instead of traditional burgers.
  • Baked chicken wings instead of fried chicken wings.

A survey result regarding fast food is as follows,

As we can see many people consume fast food because it’s convenient for them. For those who have no option other than craving fast food, also can-do exercises to get away from the diseases. They can do gym, jogging, etc. If you are able to allocate an hour per day for exercises, that will help you to maintain a healthy body.

These days many youngsters go for fast food due to their passion, prestige, culture, taste and so on. They must understand that the companies of fast food grow by attracting customers based on what is mentioned above. For an example, they will change the variety of fast food according to the culture of a country to attract customers. Through a survey, the producers of fast food will know the taste of the customer and supply accordingly. The parents must stick to their traditional culture as their children grow up in a world where they will be exposed to the modern culture which is attracted to fast-food. Mostly it is the parents’ negligence in providing their children with healthy food and they defend themselves by saying that they have no time.

Discipline yourself to take healthy food you will be healthy and enjoying a long life. If you’re in Sri Lanka and you want to follow healthy diet of Sri Lankans, here are some.  You can take milk-rice with ‘katta sambol’ which is made with onion, chili, lime and salt for breakfast and porridge, grain, idly, and thosai for other meals.

For lunch, red rice with dhal curry, gotukola sambol,

beetroot and fish curry would help for your health.

For dinner, string hoppers or rotty with pol sambol which is spicy coconut garnish. And also egg hoppers.

“Fast food craved for an hour, or the body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision.”

If you do have any comments regarding this post, you can e-mail me at mark4789nesan@gmail.com

 

Rtr. Mark Nesan

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Let’s get Rich

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Want to get rich? Rich with money? This might not be the best article for you if you’re looking to earn more money, but this may be the best article to earn money continuously for the rest of your life. Being rich is not just a measurement of the quantity of money you possess, it’s the measurement of quality of oneself which is measured throughout your life shaped with your own doing. Getting rich with Quality will enable all other measurements to fall within our frame of life.

Did you know, that money is a mode of transaction which came to life in the early era of human civilization to buy and sell things? But right now at this moment, it’s the measurement of all most everything. Money which was a mode has now become the main member of the newest cast system in the world, where we differentiate and categorize people according to the quantity of money they possess. We don’t care how the money is earned, even if it was inherited, if it was hard-earned, or if it was just offered money, or earned in ill ways. We just look at the cover page of an earner or an inheritor that states how Rich in Money this person is, what type of a vehicle does the person uses, the house they live in, the clothes they wear, and the list goes on and on. Without stopping there, after casting ourselves according to the “Richness”, we tend to make life choices accordingly. We tend to find friends looking at their cast that we created, we tend to find our life partners looking at their casts a.k.a Money, throughout generations we keep practicing this, and at the end of the day all our choices, all our decisions were centered on one element; “Money”, which is a mode of transaction. A physical element a person can earn in different ethical and unethical ways. As a result of those choices and decisions, we face their consequences.

We try to overcome the circumstances we face, but we only just delay them. The only way of stopping them is to make the correct decision at the correct time. So, what defines correct and incorrect time? Our categorization(casts) defines them, and It’s time to cast ourselves according to the choices we make, according to the things we do. A fairway of classification to all humans I would say. I believe that it’s the quality of a person we should focus on. What is so-called “Quality” means; the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. Quality of a person can never be faked, can never be inherited, can never be taken or learned by ill ways, it can only be achieved through doing good deeds to the society. Quality of ourselves never on the hands of our parents, or our teachers, or our friends we meet in this life, it is 100% on our hands. Differentiating you, according to a factor that is completely on your hands would be the best and fair way to cast ourselves, by that we get the responsibility of ourselves completely on our hands.

So, how to find money with quality?  This is a common question and let’s try to find an answer. To live, we need just food, water, and air which were freely available, but not anymore. Everything is now labeled with a price tag. Pricing everything even the basic needs of a human-led us to the above-mentioned casting system we made ourselves. But yes, still we can make our money with the quality we possess. We all know that having a stable job with a stable source of income is the goal of every one of us to live happily. To have a job we should learn, qualify and mostly face an interview. If we assume that the interviewer was rich in quality than rich in money, the person with the real talent and qualifications would be able to pass into the job, not the person who has the most money to offer would. From that point onwards the company or organization which has an employee who is rich in quality would outperform all other companies, finding themselves a higher profit. At the end of the day, all the employees of that company would have raised a salary and a peaceful friendly non-backstabbing office environment as well. With just one person’s richness of their quality, it changed millions of lives and attitudes for a better future. That person would never get poor again even his bank accounts get deserted.

If we plan to get rich today with a quality, your birth certificate or your religion won’t become an obstacle for your future. Only the choices you make would decide how rich you are going to be in this world. Even the poorest man would be able to make himself a better future. The rich ill full person would never be able to rule with money. Corruption would reduce, law and order can be restored, where we all can live in peace and harmony and make a beautiful future for ourselves.

Never wait till the other to change. Be the Bill Gates in Quality starting today. Let’s Get Rich to live in a world where we are recognized for the choices we make, for the decisions we take not for the choices we inherited.

Never Give UP

Rtr. Ruwin Rathnayake

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Splendid escape from a hectic life

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Looking for a perfect adventurous yet relaxing get-away for the upcoming long weekends of 2020? Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site inscribed in 1988 and also has been designated a Biosphere Reserve. Located in the south-western outskirts of the internationally renowned rainforest of Sri Lanka, Rainforest Eco-lodge consists of secluded cottages in the Sinharaja Division of the Enselwatta Estate that is managed by Mathurata Plantations.

In order to reach Rainforest Eco Lodge, you have to travel to the Deniyaya town and then come on the Enselwaththa road for nearly 8km.

The first sight that catches our eyes when setting foot on this gorgeous property is the entrance to the hotel which consists of a rock fortress. When checking into the hotel you will be presented with a refreshing iced tea. The hotel’s vestibule consists of a gigantic furnace and also a bar. The view from this lobby is breathtaking, you can see the cottages located below and on the far side, you can see the Sinharaja Rainforest.

Each cabin is made out of 2 and ½ shipping containers which are raised on stilts and the interior is adorned with bamboo paneling while the floor is made out of rejected railway sleepers. Each chalet consists of a bedroom, bathroom, living area, and a private deck. In order to turn your stay there a very remarkable and cozy one, Rainforest Eco Lodge provides you with various amenities like hot and cold water, tea or coffee making facility, personal safe for your valuables, hairdryer and a personal WIFI for each chalet. You can sleep each night listening to the sublime sound of the breeze mysteriously coming alive among the forest canopy.

To keep you occupied during your stay and also to give you an opportunity to experience and appreciate the real beauty of our beautiful country, Ecolodge Sinharaja offers you experienced and well-trained guides that could take you through challenging trails and they could educate you on the many endemic species, flora and fauna that call Sinharaja “home”. You can also benefit from a natural fish spa therapy in a natural water stream where dozens of toothless fish in these streams would nibble away at dry and dead skin, making you feel refreshed and healthy.

In order to reduce food wastage, rainforest eco-lodge doesn’t offer you the customary “buffet style” meals. Instead, they present you with a menu from which you can choose your dinner from. For breakfast, they usually offer you either the continental breakfast or the Sri Lankan breakfast to choose from. The Sri Lankan breakfast consists of milk rice and an onion sambol, rice and string hoppers with some curries and ‘roastpaan’. For lunch, they offer rice with about 10 different Sri Lankan delicious curries.

The dining area too overlooks the spectacular forest canopy. You can indulge in the mouth-watering meals whilst you relish the soothing breeze coming from the Sinharaja forest reserve.

For all of its unique concepts that rainforest eco-lodge has implemented, they should be truly appreciated. The ecolodge has given out a hand to support the tea worker community around the lodge. It consisted of 37 families when the community outreach project was first begun. The resident community has formed a full-time labor force for the 25 hectares of tea grown in the eco-lodge property. This community was relocated and thus a new tea worker village was built in a different location with improved housing, power supply, clean drinking water, and sanitary facilities, a better school, crèche, clinic and a cooperative store as advised by a rural sociologist from USAID.

Rainforest Eco Lodge has practiced environmental best practices in design and management according to international ecotourism guidelines for the first time in Sri Lanka. Rainforest Eco Lodge has taken every initiative possible to make sure that the forest habitat will not be destroyed or disturbed in any way. Despite the heavy investment they’ve undergone they have strived to stick to the guidelines set by the US green building council. Rainforest ecolodge flatters oneself as the only hotel to be awarded the LEED platinum award in Sri Lanka, 4th in the whole of Asia and 5th in the world.

They have also won the Skal international sustainability award in the countryside category at the award ceremony held in Mexico in 2014. It was also awarded the wild forest award in 2013 for its efforts to conserve energy and preserve the ecological balance around the property.

Rainforest eco-lodge has been awarded the Certificate of excellence 2019 on trip advisor whilst having 487 reviews and is also among the top 5 4-star accommodation in Matara according to Travel Myth.

Rainforest Eco Lodge is heaven on earth for nature lovers while this is also highly sought by anyone who wants to retreat from their busy lives to sit back and relax.

Rtr. Sandithi Jagoda

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How Formula 1 Changed My Perspective Of Life.

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The pinnacle of motorsport they say, the fastest sport in the world they say, the most expensive sport, there are different ways to define this sport but I see it as the sport that changed the entire way I look at life.

It’s none other than the great sport of Formula 1 racing.

Formula 1 or F1 dates back to the early 1900s but the first official Race/ Championship was recorded on May 13th, 1950 which was held in the historic circuit of Silverstone in Great Britain.

For me, F1 is not just a sport, its something far greater. F1 is my motivator. Just watching the sport on TV and seeing drivers fighting for the win at 300 km/h is just staggering. Some people say F1 isn’t actually a sport but I always tell them to watch a race to see what goes on in a race weekend.

I started watching Formula 1 right after the summer break of 2017. It was the Belgian Grand Prix held at the famous race track ‘Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’. Watching that race made me fall in love with the sport and I’m still falling to this day.

I might be a little bit of a stereotype but I am a huge Lewis Hamilton fan.

After watching my first race I went back in time to find out and do a little bit of research on the sport. Here are some stats for you to know. (Updated to the end of the 2019 season)

  • Most Drivers Championships:-
  1. Michael Schumacher- 7
  2. Lewis Hamilton- 6
  3. Juan Manuel Fangio-5
  • Most Constructors Championships:-
  1. Ferrari- 16
  2. Williams – 9
  3. McLaren – 8
  • Most Wins by Driver:-
  1. Michael Schumacher- 91
  2. Lewis Hamilton- 84
  3. Sebastian Vettel- 53
  • Most Pole Positions By Driver:-
  1. Lewis Hamilton -88
  2. Michael Schumacher- 68
  3. Ayrton Senna- 65

The way I became a passionate fan was through following a Motorsport media page on Instagram know as WTF1. It stands for Who’s The Fastest 1, not what instantly pops to your head. So yeah I randomly followed this page when it was acquired by another Youtube channel I was following known as Car Throttle. This page WTF1 had everything you needed to know on their YT channel as well as in their website, which you should definitely check out after reading this :).

Watching F1 is something you have to dedicate yourself to properly understand the true way how the thing works out. For instance, a race weekend consists of 4 days.

  • Day 1 being Media day. Usually a Thursday
  • Day 2 being the day for Free Practice 1 and 2 on a Friday
  • Day 3 is for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying on a Saturday
  • And finally, Day 4 is for the Main Event, The Race on a Sunday.

Free Practice (FP) is given for teams to do testing on the cars and get the car’s set-up to their optimum working window to fight for the win.

FP1 is where teams test any upgrades they bring to the weekend to test them out and make adjustments to make the car work at 100% efficiency.

FP2 is mostly about seeing how the tires work for the circuit in the long runs and gather all the data required to plan various strategies for the main race.

FP3 is mostly a practice qualifying round, teams do low fuel load runs to make the cars go fast as they possibly can and get a benchmark on how they perform in Qualifying and The Race.

Qualifying is what decides the starting grid for the race.

Qualifying is done in 3 parts namely Q1 Q2 and Q3.

Q1 is a 30 minute session where everyone must do a lap and the 5 people with the slowest time get eliminated.

Q2 is a 20 minute session where the 15 drivers will set a lap time and again the 5 with the slowest time will get eliminated.

The remaining 10 will go into the final shoot out where they battle for pole in Q3.

Q3 is a 10-minute session where every team cranks up their engine as far as they can go to battle for pole position.

When Pole Position is taken the drivers say only 50% of the work has been done.

Race day, the moment every fan wants to watch without missing is the race, it starts at different times depending on where the race is held. But the FIA tries to start the race where the time to watch every race is the same globally. For example, all European races start at 6.40 pm here in Sri Lanka. Sometimes they have night races which would be the Bahrain GP, Singapore GP and the Abu Dhabi GP. The American leg of races usually starts very late, around 11.40 pm for us in Sri Lanka. And the Australian GP, Chinese GP and Japanese GP and probably the Vietnamese GP ( New Race Venue for 2020) will start in the morning, around 10.40 am here for us in Sri Lanka.

Now for the moment you guys probably came to see where this Sport changed my way of living life. Since I’m a huge Lewis Hamilton(LH) fan I’ll show you my point of view of the 2018 season. 2018 season starter, the Australian GP started out great for LH with one of two perfect Q3 Laps of the season. When the Ferrari’s were stronger and faster he still managed to get the lap done.

Now go to the race, LH started out great, he had a great start and was going well until a hazard on track brought out a virtual safety car where Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel saw an opportunity to get a free pit stop. When this was happening LH had a software glitch and was driving slower than what was necessary. With all the events combined Vettel could get pass LH in the pit lane and get the race win. Vettel won the second race as well, this brought up an old statistic where every driver except one who won the first two races always wins the Championship. This was not so good for LH he was still staying strong since it’s still the start of the season.

Moving on to the British GP (Home race for LH) where the Ferrari’s were strong every session LH managed to extract a Q3 lap that blew everyone’s mind, something no one ever saw before. Still, with the race start he lost his 1st place to Vettel then at Turn 3 Crashed into Kimi which put him to the last place. This was heartbreaking for millions of fans, you could hear the crowd in the stands gasping, but lewis kept his head down and went with all his strength and beyond and climbed up the order to finish P2. When he came out of the car the guy was exhausted but happy to have a strong race.

LH was still behind the points and to Vettel when going on to the next race in Germany. A mistake from him at the end of Q1 made him start P14 in the race. He had a lot of catching up to do. He kept his head down and doing what he does best, race hard and fast, the strategy was disturbed when the rain started, since race tracks cover a vast area of land only part of the track was wet but the majority was dry so rain tires was not ideal. This triggered what most people called the turning point of the season, the race leader, Sebastian Vettel went in too deep into a corner and crashed. A small mistake that cost him dearly. This made the race fall into LH’s hand and finally giving him the win, which is from P14 to P1 which was phenomenal considering that he is the second driver ever to win a race from starting from way back in the field.

Looking at these races and going back to many many races we could see how LH always keeps his head down and just keeps on doing what he does best, how when you dedicate yourself to the things you love to do, things work out well even though you have a very rough start.

This sport is cruel at times, for example in 2007 Chinese GP, LH was supposed to have an easy race to get his 1st Championship in his rookie year where a small gravel trap at the entrance of the pitlane which no one knew was there because it was so small, caught him, losing him the Championship. In 2008 Brazilian GP Lewis had to finish the race 5th or higher to win the championship but in the latter part of the race, rain started falling he pitted for rain tires and he was in 6th place until the last lap in the final corner before the Timo Glock who was on dry tires was struggling when he passed him to get 5th position and win the championship only in his 2nd year in F1 which was a first. This moment was famously known as the Is That Glock moment.

So to wind it all up F1 is a sport which showed me that planning and having a good strategy can take you a long way. Working while keeping your head down gives you the best results. Never lose hope till its finished. Push harder and harder every time you seem to have a problem and finally, all the hard work will always pay off and everything will be alright with time. When the sport starts to inspire you to get motivated to keep pushing harder and harder to get out of your comfort zone to do something you fear and make it work like nothing else.

I would really like to know your feedback and explain anything you want to know more about this great sport.

Just send me an email to theekshana.tsg@gmail.com

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Wtf1:- Instagram Facebook Youtube Website Twitter

Car Throttle:- Instagram Facebook Youtube Website Twitter

 

Rtr. Theekshana Gunasekara

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Sri Lanka and Plastic: A match made in hell

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As Sri Lankans, I think we’ve all been overcome with intense patriotism when we see Sri Lanka being recognized internationally for something. Whether it’s being named ‘Lonely planet’s No.1 travel destination for 2019’, playing good cricket, producing world-class tea, or simply even being mentioned by a Hollywood celebrity, these moments never fail to make us feel proud of being Sri Lankan. However, as of recent times, we’ve been getting global attention for a very shameful reason. Sri Lanka has made a reputation of being one of the leading contributors to ocean plastic pollution in the world.

An Instagram photo by National Geographic, September 2019

 

A study by The Wall Street Journal, in 2010, found Sri Lanka to be the 5th largest contributor of marine plastic debris in the world. We produce, a staggering, 5 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste annually of which 640,000 tons end up in the ocean. One of the biggest impacts ocean plastic pollution has is that many marine animals ingest plastic debris floating around in our oceans and Sri Lankans, being people who love their seafood, will unknowingly be consuming these and harmful chemicals micro plastics.

Sri Lanka also relies heavily on its tourism industry, which brings in a large portion of the countries’ earnings. Marine plastic debris can often be seen washing up on the shores of the Sri Lankan coastline, often bringing with them a pungent odor, tainting the golden sands and turquoise waters that are a major attraction for foreign travelers.

The Wellawatte beach

The next big question is, ‘so what can we do about this?’ The answer is quite simple, really.

Avoid Single-use plastics

What exactly is single-use plastic? Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. A good place to put this into practice is the supermarket. Out of courtesy, the cashier will offer to put that one book and biscuit packet you bought into a plastic bag. REFUSE! If you aren’t carrying anything else you can surely carry a couple of items in your hands without the need for a bag. Its small things like this that can make a big difference.

Proper waste management

Sri Lanka has introduced the concept of garbage segregation, separating plastic and polythene for recycling. It’s essential that we aid this effort by segregating our waste as much as possible and also making sure we collect any waste in general. A stray chocolate wrapper or a plastic bottle, no matter how far from the ocean, will end up being swept away by rainwater into the nearest drain or canal which will eventually reach the sea. Even items as insignificant as the plastic wrapper of the straw of a Milo packet should be disposed of properly.

You could take your effort a step further and hand in your plastic waste to one of the many recycling plants in Colombo.

Eco-friendly alternatives

It’s crucial that we look for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic in our daily lives. Simple things like using reusable bags instead of plastic bags to carry groceries, switching from polythene lunch sheets to more biodegradable lunch sheets or even banana leaves, buying glass bottled beverages over plastic bottled ones, patronizing shops that use paper or reusable bags/packaging over ones that use plastic. With so many people making an effort to lead more eco-friendly lives, it’s our responsibility as well to make greener changes to our lives.

Spreading awareness

Finally, spreading awareness and educating the citizens of our country is paramount. It’s only through proper education that this problem could be completely wiped out. Volunteer work such as hosting workshops, beach clean ups, peaceful protests or even something as simple as sharing a post could go a long way and help society see the damage being done and hopefully bring it to a stop.

As Robert Swan said “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”.

Rtr. Yasiru Gunaratne

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Leadership

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              ‘’Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary

                     Achievements from ordinary people”

 

Leadership is not just a word or a role to be played simply. It is a small word that includes a huge meaning that takes each letter of this word to describe. Let us look into these Letters carefully to understand the true sense of ‘ Leadership’.

Listen twice as much as you speak. As one of the most important qualities of a leader, he should be a good listener rather than a chatterbox. Being the sole head of the group he/she must be able to listen to all the ideas that flow in from each member to analyze the problems and find optimum                       solutions for it.

Encourage people to take risks. This is a vital case as many are allergic to take risks. They think that the risks might only entail losses rather than goodwill. It’s the leader who gives that confidence and motivates him with optimistic thoughts.

Assess the facts before making a decision. There will be so many interests, involvements, influences coming your way. It is in the leader who verifies, evaluates, analyzes and decides which is best among all and which benefits the most.

Demand accountability of yourself and others . Being the leader you are responsible for what’s happening under your control. Also, you are accountable for works done on behalf of you, by you and also the work of your team.

Expect people to do their best . It is a duty for a leader to encourage the team members and motivate them to give their best in the works and responsibility they are given with. This will build up a team with great results and efficiency to work with.

Respect those “under” and “above” you, even if it is a normal team member or higher officials which you have to report to. All have to be given equal respect, as all humans in this world deserved to be respected.

Solve problems with the action . First and foremost, the leader has to be a person with patience and a humble mind. Where a person could analyze the situation well and decide on what’s true and fair according to relevant facts and analysis.

Honour your word . As you respect others ideas and views. You must always honor your word and stick to it. If you agree upon doing a certain thing, it must be done without any hesitate, This will make you a role model among the team members as well.

Include others in the process. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”. when working with a group, higher aims, higher motivations, goals could be achieved as a team together. Always delegate work between teams to get the maximum results.

Praise publicly , criticize and correct privately. This is the most important quality a leader should possess. this is where the inward respect of others build towards a leader. Appreciations have to be done publicly and criticizing or correcting a person’s fault has to be done privately. This is also another way to motivate a good team spirit.

In conclusion, each letter has a descriptive meaning for the word LEADERSHIP “ . As I mentioned before, just being a ‘Leader’ for its namesake won’t bring you anything, But, if you add the above principles to yourself and act accordingly, you will be able to be a leader to be remembered.   

Rtr. Shiffara Haarief

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A Belt! A Road! A trap?

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Colonialism, A thing of the past and yet not so much for those of us living in developing countries.

China, having emerged as a new economic powerhouse in the Orient, has taken many great steps to extend upon their economic success. The Belt and Road Initiative was the brainchild of this new emergence which estimates to be one of the largest infrastructure and investment projects in history, covering more than 68 countries, including 65% of the world’s population and 40% of the global GDP as of 2017.

This has lead to many assertions and allegations thrown around as to what’s the real deal behind this project. Many of these accusations have been made by China’s western counterparts who see this as a threat to the existing western-designed global financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. However these raised concerned aren’t necessarily unfounded and what lies between the lines do need to be realized.

 

A tool of global political puppeteering?

China isn’t exactly the first country that comes into mind when speaking of political meddling. Despite being a global power, China’s interference with foreign politics is minimum at most (Not counting Hong Kong nor Taiwan). Even in terms of military presence, China currently maintains only a single foreign military base located in Djibouti. China’s main purpose (as they claim it to be) is to improve global relations through economic cooperation and bring out joint economic prosperity for those within this belt. These infrastructure deals don’t seem to come with any sort of political strings attached (at least on paper). Thereby it is natural that many of these developing countries who have had to settle for many political concessions which may have to undergo many political concessions to get loans would seek out China in bail them out

A inflated story?

Sri Lanka has been the prime example taken by critics of the belt and road critics in proving its flaws. A harbor that ships are reluctant to come to and the prestige of constructing the world’s emptiest airport have created large doubts with regards to the sustainability of the Chinese projects. The lack of cash flow from these projects meant there was no way to settle the funds burrowed. This lead to the Sri Lankan government settling for a “99-year” lease of the port to  China Merchant Port Holdings Limited for $1.12 billion in 2017 where the Chinese state-controlled firm owned 85% stake. As doubtful as it remains, fears of Chinese militarization of this port alarmed India which prompted them to invest and take control over the airport to balance out any form of Chinese hegemony in the Indian Ocean.

Would this mean Hambantota will host WW3 before the Commonwealth games? Only time will tell.

There is a certain side to this debt trapping that is over-inflated. Common myth many Sri Lankans believe is that our debt problem is mainly owed to the large proportions of loans taken from China. While acknowledging that we do have a critical debt problem, Chinese loans aren’t the real problem here. Chinese bilateral loans only amount to 9 – 15% of our external debt which happens to be mostly concessionary loans and they even have longer debt cycles ranging around 19 years while the majority of our external debt which is International Sovereign bonds only have cycles of about 7 years. In reality, Sri Lanka’s debt crisis is attributable to its persistent Balance of Payment issues and its inability to bring about productive returns in the infrastructure projects it undertakes.

The best deal in town?

Through this project, China has spent billions of dollars investing in over 68 countries and by no means are there any assurances that all these projects will provide the expected returns. However, these projects play a pivotal role in bringing about the much needed infrastructural development in these developing countries which could potentially bring about the economic prosperity these countries yearn. Furthermore, these are countries placed as high risk by credit rating agencies thereby they face difficulties in gaining required funds to kickstart sustainable development programs. The Hambantota Port project, for example, has a greatly untapped economic potential. Given its close proximity to the East-West shipping route than the Colombo harbor, provides greater means of attracting ships as well. The port is further advantaged by the fact that there are approximately 3.5 square kilometers of vast land area, dedicated for port-related industries along with an additional 50 square kilometer industrial zone. This proves that perhaps the fault lies with government mismanagement or with the fact that it’s a little too early to expect returns from these ventures. Given the right management and time, these white elephants might just turn into pots of gold and truly make these deals worthwhile.

To conclude it is understood that beyond a reasonable doubt that China’s Belt and Road Initiative has greatly boosted China’s soft power in world politics. Perhaps the Road and Belt Initiative and its complementary Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) would act as a parallel economic system and would ensure that China brings about a new world order where Chinese political, economic and societal influences will dismantle and take over that of its western counterparts. China’s higher priority on noninterference with political matters of other countries and in the meant time its lesser commitment to adhering to human rights would perhaps be a welcome and an unwelcome change to the new world order we would see in the years to come. Is this a new age of neo-colonialism with a new colonialist or will it usher new dawn of development to the 3rd world? Only time will tell.

Rtr. Asel Gunaratne

 

 

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