Empathy: automatic or choice?

Found this article fascinating, for its take on empathy and how we have a say over it. Somewhat long, but it was quite informative and offered a fresh perspective. Happy reading! http://edge.org/conversation/jamil_zaki-choosing-empathy

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Marketing and the seven sins (Alok Ranjan)

Was going through some articles on LinkedIn, one of my favorite pastimes in the social media world, and I found this gem: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-deadly-sins-digital-marketing-alok-ranjan In my more annoyed moments (after an onslaught of advertisements and in-your-face marketing), I have thought that marketing should be banned, that it should be illegal to have so much noise on TV, radio,... Continue Reading →

5 year plans in the world of work

Ever since I left full-time work and started on my own, I have been thinking about the pros and cons of in-office work (leaning heavily towards self-employment, of course). Found this article about 5 year plans on a local radio station's FB page: http://lite87.com/8-reasons-why-having-a-five-year-career-plan-is-completely-overrated/ I have been asked this 5-year plan question by some companies. But... Continue Reading →

I Like My Whiskey Neat

This author is constantly exceeding my expectations!

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

What if I couldn’t live by the stereotypes?
What if I don’t want to get caught in the wave,
I don’t want to get on that boat.
What if I just want to stand my ground and say my story as it is?
What if the world just isn’t ready, but maybe someday they will be.
What if I don’t want to drink wine like a lady should,
What if I like my whiskey neat?

Death threats to my pen, while the murderers roam free.
The struggle isn’t a hobby it’s a duty, a responsibility.
The fight is important; only a few believe.
Is it really freedom if only the corrupt are free?
Happiness in the palace while the slums cry to sleep.
I write for the little ones,
I fight for the little ones, the ones who can’t breathe,
Their air stolen,
Their hearts broken,
Politicians promises are last…

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Dating Lessons We Can Learn From The Cast Of ‘Friends’

This was so beautifully written, so heartfelt, that it spoke to me. I read this expecting a humorous take, but was soon caught up in the sincerity of her attachment.

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Perhaps it was the fact that Friends recently became available on Netflix, but I feel like this classic sitcom has experienced a second wave of popularity lately. It feels as though all the Gen Y kids who used to watch Friends with our moms when we were 12 are now re-watching it at 26, in complete awe of the jaw-dropping truths and revelations we were never mature enough to realize before. All those innuendos and daily references that are typical of urban living that, while entertaining and hilarious at age 12, never really quite hit home the way they do now. It’s particularly funny how when we used to watch Friends, the characters seemed so old. Back then, they were ADULTS. With adult clothes and adult hair. But guess what? We’re their age now.

I went through a pretty earth-shattering breakup half a…

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An Open Response to Namal’s rant on the Colombo Telegraph “Vengeful Politics And Rugby: Phone Calls To My Brothers”

Superb writing!

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

I’m so sorry life has been so hard for you lately. I’m sorry about your horses and all those unlicensed elephants now astray on the streets of Colombo. I’m sorry you had to say goodbye to all those Ferraris, Audis and Bugattis you bought with your hard-earned trillions of tax-payer money. I’m sorry about all that gold from the treasury that went missing, the mystery must be keeping you up at night. How is your mother by the way? The story around town is that “She sells sea shells by the sea shore of the Seychelles”. Satire aside, I hope she’s well, I think she wasn’t all that bad. I’m sorry your brothers lost their rightfully earned captaincy in the military rugby teams. To have three brothers talented enough to captain the tri-force teams at the same time was truly a blessing for the nation, such a beautiful coincidence, in…

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