Office – OBT

Last couple of month I couldn’t gather myself to write something here, and now I regret it a little. Anyway, it was a busy couple of months with work and assignments. As usual, little bit of a breathing time at the end of the year, and almost all of us have lighter schedules toward the end of the year, mostly preparing plans for the next year.

Anyway, this is about the three-day OBT and annual trip from the office. We thought of changing the traditional way of going on the annual trip from the office, and added some adventure this time. Pushing ourselves to extremes in life is something I believe a lot, and this time we tried some of that, which we haven’t done or have happened to be forgotten for a long time. As kids we loved adventures, and we used to see some exciting things more regularly with the curious minds. But with time, we embrace quite a lot of responsibilities and bundle our lives with work and hardly find to time to explore the world, more importantly, explore ourselves.



So, first we head up to the mountains, for canoeing and then 3-hour trekking through the jungle. That sounded amazing, and we all were eager for the whole programme. Even though it got half an hour later to get there, we managed to get everything in order not to skip anything from the schedule. Since some rain was expected in the evening, we decided to do canoeing first and then the hike, as it would be even more interesting and challenging in a wet weather.

It was not an usual rowing exercise,  the canoe itself was so narrow that we could hardly fit into it. After a little bit of struggle, we managed to row in to the reservoir. It was pretty exhausting after an hour of fun in the lake, and by the time we came to the shore, a lot of energy has been drawn out from ourselves. But that couldn’t stop us from the next adventure.

It was the most thrilling experience I would say. Creeping through jungle bushes, and to make it more interesting, the beautiful Belihuloya stream crossed our path several times. We dipped our feet in icy cold water a few times, and felt the energy rising back up inside us again to head toward the end. The scenery was breathtaking as well, as most of the central hills were visible through the mist which covered most of the peaks of them.

After a hectic three hour journey through the jungle, we settled for a late lunch and relaxed ourselves in the tents in the evening. Dinner was a BBQ night with a campfire, and we had a pretty joyful time doing games and sharing funny stories.

The rest of the trip was to relax ourselves a bit in Udawalawa, where we stayed in Grand Udawalawa Safari resort. We played some cricket in a local school playground and in the next morning went to safari in the national park. On the way back home, we couldn’t miss out one of our favourite sports, which was carting. The track looked the same and the feeling was the same. Even though the ten minutes of speed and twisting our bodies with sharp turns made the body-pains even worse, the pure thrill of the event could soak up all of that at the end.

After three days of adventure, we managed to arrive at homes before the sunset, and it was something I would definitely try again next time, and may be, add a little bit of more time to spend in the wilderness.


Secondary Plans


If someone asked why we work, there would be whole lot of different answers coming from people. Apparently that’s where we are all heading to, right after finishing the education in schools and colleges. At that time, we all wanted to enter the professionals’ clubs, and to feel the next level of class in the society. Dreams were there like imagining how we would look like driving our dream car, giving away the nicely designed visiting cards to strangers and even travelling to exotic locations all around the world. That’s pretty much the way how we used to plan our future, may be in next five or ten years.

How many of you had dreams like that? And, how many of you have actually ticked off the checklists you used to scribble back then? After eight years of working in four companies, those are the sort of questions I ask myself now, usually before going to bed. Yes, I have done something for my life for sure, but those things were not the ones I usually planned when I was in the university. How did it happen? And why the priority list keep changing?


As we have learned through various subjects, everything seems to be relative. Now that I look back at the times I studied, the things have changed quite a lot around us, both in terms of personal and social life. Change is universal. Everything and everyone around us keep changing, day after day. How can we have steady and fixed goals in such an environment? I believe that’s why we have little slippages in planning our future.

Money. The cause for all problems. The thing we need to accomplish most of the dreams we had. There is a controversy of defining happiness with money. I usually don’t like to answer that question as I realize money plays an important role in everything we do. That’s quite obviously the same reason for entering the professionals’ club, having dreams of earning heaps of money and use them to travel world etc.

Anyway, sooner or later, we all come to a stage in order to judge ourselves about past decisions we have made. Some might be delighted with them, while some will regret. There are ups and downs in life whether you like it or not. But, the most importantly, you need to take charge of your life, whenever you feel like you need a boost to reach what you have already planned to do, before you become physically challenged to do so.


Those were the same reasons why I continuously tried at least two different things in a year to start another income source. If you could dream of your future back then, why we stop trying to make them happen now? I remember I have attempted ten times in the last eight years to form a new business, but I failed. But I didn’t want to stop as something keep nagging me that I’m not quite done yet, and there are other possibilities to choose from. That made me to step out of the comfort zones and start discovering other markets which I didn’t have any kind of knowledge and experience. Everything started from scratch and I invested time to learn most of the things, mostly by myself.

Hustle. Hustle and hustle until you find the right path. That doesn’t mean you have to be careless. Every month and year brings you enough experience to deal with new challenges in life, and it’s up to you to identify what taught you the most valuable lesson. As I am quite confident of the thing I’d be doing in the year starting from now, I’ll post that particular story in future posts. (And, I believe that’s not quite that far …)


Never Procrastinate

It’s been a while I’ve written something here. As I have already mentioned in a post before, getting back to the study mode is finding to be a difficult task everyday. The assignments of MBA are coming my way every once in a while. But the real struggle is to get them all submitted on time.

However, I enjoy studying again, a lot. Reading the educational books, and spending hours and hours in the library takes my memory back to the days in the university. Even though the subjects have become a bit advanced, the feeling is more or less the same.

The topic starts to relate to the title of the post right now. The last assignment was a real killer, which I happened to go through financial statements of the companies and getting myself familiar with all the financial terms and equations were a real drama. I accepted the challenge (of course I had to), and prepared myself little by little for the assignment. The journey became so harder due to the fact that I haven’t touched anything related to it in any part of my education. However, the subject was interesting, and sometimes it made myself to drift away from the initial target.

I was literally covered in sweat when the submission date came closer and closer. How much I planned to cover a certain word limit for a day, I felt exhausted after going home from office. I would have done a better job if I had started a bit earlier, where I was interested in gathering and reading a lot of background information.

The job was done, finally. But I didn’t like the feeling at the end. Why should I push myself into such extremes in terms of pressure and stress levels? They were all created by us, where we would have identified and attended to those in the early phases of time.

Again, there is nothing good will come in our way by procrastinating stuff. As everyone says (it’s actually easier said than done) the best time to do something is right now. If we can think of it now, why can’t we find time to act upon it. And again, who knows if the same opportunities will come again in the future?

Once we train our mind to take prompt actions, we’ll be able to save a lot of time. And more importantly, we’ll be able to open many doors. Who has all the time in the world to wait for something to happen? Who knows how many days are left for us in this world?

So, quit dreaming. Wake up. And make dreams a reality, because there is no one in this world who would do that for you!!

Harambe : An eye-opener ?


How many times have we come across encounters between the wild and humans? Probably many. Even though those are a common thing for some people who live closer to the jungles where the wild animals roam freely, for most of us having an urban lifestyle, such news is pretty rare.

Ever since I heard the horrible news in the morning, just a few days before, I found my eyes go wet. I couldn’t think for a moment, and went my heart out to that beautiful creature who had to say goodbye in the most horrible manner. Yes, I’m so far away from Cincinnati, but the incident pulled out my sensitive side, particularly toward the wild and nature.

During the following days I read many articles shedding light at the incident in different angles. The outrage was particularly from the wild-lovers and from the set of people who believed they must have done a better job than that. And I’m also in the same standpoint.

Why do I care about the animal more?

This is a very sensitive topic to write about. As a human, describing the importance of existing of an animal has already become a hot topic among us. Amidst the many asking for the justice for the animal, the others slowly started to bring out the reasons to justify the incident. I was shocked at first how we forget our past in a matter of hours.

My anger would directly be pointed to the parents in the first place. Among many others who try to justify the parental issues raising a child at that age, I’d like to point out to them that if you realize it as such a tremendous task, why not do it without bothering others? I know my parents would have gone through the same scenario, and they still laugh mentioning about the mischievous things I’ve done in the past as a baby. But, they’ve made sure to protect me and the others as well.

Parenting is an universal phenomenon, which is common to every living being. Protecting their next generation (their younger species) is one of their priorities as well – no argument there. But as a developed species, do we really need to put us in competition with the other animals? Are we looking at a fair race there? Do they have the privilege of making use of the things that we have in an occasion like that? Simply put, they have only themselves to protect them.


In another note, I hate visiting zoos. I really don’t like to see the expressions of their faces as they show their grievances for being caged. It’s not like we go to an art gallery or a theatre, that is a living being that we stare at. Just look at their eyes and see how much of a pain they go through. We can’t neglect their feelings for just being non-humans, too.

So, the damage has already been done. A precious life has been already lost due to poor parental skills. I’d like to see the relevant authority taking stringent actions against those parents just to let out the message to others.

If that’s the way we treat the endangered species in this world, it’d be better off letting them be in the wild, on their own. Bottom line is to act responsibly and not to make excuses for the things we are supposed to do in the day-to-day basis. We boast our superiority among the other living beings, and we are just a part of the nature as well.

I think it’s time to re-think our actions and to make necessary initiatives to preserve that beautiful side of nature for the next generations to come.

RIP Harambe, and all the other animals who had to depart for stupid reasons !!!


Kolkata, India


I usually don’t ride the road of luck in day-to-day basis. But there are times when the angels look at our lives and throw some treats at us.

Something similar happened to me in just a couple of months before. Getting selected from over twenty thousand people into a bunch of really lucky twenty winners from all over the country to watch the Cricket T20 finals in Kolkata, was something extraordinary which happened in my life.

The final match was played in Eden Gardens Cricket stadium, which is one of the oldest and largest cricket grounds in the world. Having seen it over the television many times, I didn’t think I’d be able to stand under the floodlights of it for a memorable occasion.

It was a three-day journey. We almost travelled a whole day there as we couldn’t get a direct flight to Kolkata, so had to take four hours of transit time in Mumbai. This is not a report of the whole journey as I don’t think I’d be able cover a whole city within just a few hours in it. However, the first impression after stepping my feet on the grounds of the city was quite remarkable. It was already getting dark when our luxury coach pulled out of Kolkata International airport, and it took another hour to reach the hotel, which was just near the stadium.

Since we had a small time to wonder around the city, we decided to have a quick dinner and walked down the street just around the corner of the hotel. That was when I realized that I just stepped into a middle of buzzing crowd. The night market was nearly inaccessible, and hardly moved our feet among the noisy crowd of buyers and sellers. That reminded of the street market back in Colombo, but with a bit more people in it. After a couple of hours of walking down the street, we returned to the hotel – empty handed. There were only a handful of people who had the opportunity to creep inside some shops to buy some local clothes and sweets.

The following morning, I managed to eat some local food from the hotel buffet and found out some new flavours which I hadn’t tried before. They had quite a number of selections of sweets which were really mouth-watering. But my tummy didn’t allow me to try them all and I alleviated the bad feeling by reminding that I was going to stay for another couple of meals there.

I was taken aback when I stepped on the streets that morning. It was when I had the true feelings of the city as it was a Sunday morning. The first feeling was that I had time-travelled a couple of decades backwards. Almost all the vehicles in the streets were from back in 80s, and to my surprise the buildings around the hotel looked exactly the same. I wondered if they had abandoned those, but after a close look, I could see people living inside of them. After observing several buildings down the street, my first question asked from the local guide was why don’t they renovate them?

That’s when I heard a long lecture about the history of the city. He took the pleasure to highlight a lot of key information and I thanked him for breaking down them real quick. It was the capital of British India. Almost all of the buildings which were built in that era were preserved to have that look, which was quite amazing. Even though they would have done a better job on that, I secretly appreciated for not demolishing them down.

Before entering the ground, we had the luxury of driving around the city, enjoying the old monuments and the vehicles. The stories heard about India were not by far from reality, as those were proved right in front of my eyes. Even though the three-wheeler was invented there, it was hardly to be seen on the streets.

Eventually, we enjoyed a fabulous cricket match, even though Sri Lanka were not lucky enough to be there in the final. West Indies put on quite a show against the Englishmen, and it was one of a kind way to lift the cup.

After a tiresome journey, we headed back home with lots of memories. It was my first trip to India, and since there are so much to be seen, it’ll be just the beginning journey for that amazing nation.