North-south brand against east-west brand

Views - 3741 Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

  Is it time to stop thinking north and south? For too long now we have been working this equation; either to create problems or work out solutions. In a natural phenomenon (scientifically speaking) north and south attract but when we

When CSR reporting becomes a nation statistic

Views - 3790 Friday, 13 March 2015 01:27

Still on the subject of CSR, one begins to wonder if in order to be a socially responsible entity; you should be judged by what you do or who you really are. Of course action speaks louder than words so it is easier to be identified by what you do or

News… What next?

Views - 9887 Tuesday, 4 December 2012 23:51

The speed at which we get news these days is amazing. Digital media has revolutionised the way we look at information and if that sounds clichéd, I would like to say it over and over to myself that I must not stop being amazed. My earliest r

No stereotyping the Bollywood women!

Views - 5423 Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:07

Anushka Sharma and Sunny Leone are probably two obscure names to the Daily FT reader. I must admit this was true for me too until very recently when I had the opportunity to view a programme on Star Movies called ‘Front Row,’ a talk show

South Asian ports need synchronised development

Views - 6427 Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:06

With the opening dates of terminals in the Colombo South Harbour Project in Sri Lanka and Deep Water Container Port in Pakistan now set as 2013 and 2014 respectively, port development in the South Asian region is about to enter another era. Whe

India connecting

Views - 5228 Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:34

There were some interesting bits of news in the papers about a week back, with some stories having a certain thread running through them.  The US Ambassador Patricia Butenis visited the Coca Cola plant in Biyagama. The British High Commissioner

A new journalism

Views - 5484 Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:20

There is a notion, a thought, a germ of an idea that is forming amongst some of my ex-journalist friends, that there is a need for a newspaper or magazine or some other media that should be managed and run by journalists themselves. An interesting co

Living the Lankan way

Views - 4374 Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:15

The other day I was shopping with my wife at Odel – that’s where I do most of my clothes buying; not because I want to be fashionable but simply because they’ve got the right sizes in shapes that fit me! I was about to buy ano

Of hair, shampoo and not understanding the opposite sex

Views - 21681 Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:03

A couple of weeks ago I was at a supermarket and was accosted by a particularly aggressive marketing person (one uses the word person when one refers to a woman just to be politically correct) who wanted to sell me shampoo. Well, at first as I was

Not in my backyard

Views - 4866 Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:26

With the heat bearing down on us and indications pointing to the weather getting steadily worse before it gets better, cooling off with a dip in a pool or the ocean would seem like a very good idea, especially on a lazy Sunday morning. With just su

Being perfectly Frank

Views - 5128 Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:03

A pre-’70s class from an elite school was meeting at a Hikka hotel and one of the members of this class, I am told, was the former chairman of a well-known company. Spirits were high and some were high on spirits. One particular individual o

‘Sa’ in the theatre

Views - 14101 Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:02

I was in an operating theatre recently, and yes, I was the guy they were operating on. It was what medical practitioners call a minor procedure; I was to get a screw pulled out of my ankle, which fractured about six months ago. What’s importan

Getting up to speed

Views - 3809 Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:02

Last week I wrote about how there was a clash of speeds, how various sectors of our economy were not synchronised with each other. My focus was on the Southern Express Highway and how we need a plan to get moving! I travelled up north last weekend,

The slow road to Galle

Views - 4033 Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:01

When I travel I like to amble along, as I am a strong believer in enjoying the journey as much as the destination. On an average it would be safe to say that I rarely exceed the speed limits set by the Highway Code. Therefore, the 100 kilometres per

The thin grey line

Views - 3898 Wednesday, 25 January 2012 00:05

There are three stories that I’d like to talk about in this column, which might seem unconnected, but I see a connection and hope my explanation of it will hold water. I read a report on Huffington Post Business quoting a 10 January report on

Data over voice?

Views - 8438 Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:02

I lost my phone on New Year’s Day and I have not replaced it as yet! Actually life has been good without it. How do people contact me? Those who really wanted to got me on the landline and that was it! In this day and age when everyone must ha

Is it the end of the world?

Views - 8384 Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:02

2012 has arrived and if we are to go by Mayan predictions, this is the year that the world will come to an end – to be precise 11-and-a-half months from now, on 21 December. This year I got many wishes reminding me of the impending doom and ho

Is snail mail becoming a redundant mode of communication?

Views - 8528 Wednesday, 28 December 2011 00:01

The Christmas season is a time in which we use the post a lot. Christmas cards are still quite traditional and sending greetings via snail mail has its own special place in the season’s activities. Writing addresses on envelopes and licking

A Christmas grumble

Views - 4488 Wednesday, 7 December 2011 00:03

It’s Christmas and it is open season on us shoppers as the retailers wait to get us. In fact the world over, especially in the USA, the beginning of Christmas shopping has a special term called ‘Black Friday’. Black Friday is the

The Information Age

Views - 3750 Wednesday, 30 November 2011 00:09

The Information Age, also commonly known as the Digital Age, is an idea that the current age will be characterised by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely and to have instant access to knowledge that would have been difficult or

The Christmas Tree

Views - 1381 Wednesday, 23 November 2011 00:04

There is a saying in the English language, which goes something like “you cannot see the woods for the trees”. What it means is that those who cannot see the wood because of the trees that obstruct would not be able to see a situation as

Demographic dividend

Views - 1631 Wednesday, 16 November 2011 00:29

I recently read a document produced by the World Bank this year, titled ‘Reshaping tomorrow’ and in its overview written by Ejaz Ghani, he asks the question ‘what will south Asia look like in 2025?’ The World Bank says, &lsq

Neo socialism

Views - 1346 Wednesday, 2 November 2011 01:10

Karl Marx, 1818 to 1883, was the German revolutionary sociologist who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism. He published various books during his lifetime, the most notable being the two books, ‘The Communist Manifesto’ and &ls

Market sentiment

Views - 1339 Wednesday, 26 October 2011 00:02

My mother once asked me whether she should invest in the stock market and my answer was ‘no’.   She had heard a lot about people making money from dabbling in stock and was thinking about investing some of her life savings to ge

White noise

Views - 1210 Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

Should news carry opinion with it? This question I asked of a young journalist a couple of days ago and the answer to my question was (to me at least) surprising – because she said ‘yes’. Now if this same question was asked of me

The bitten apple

Views - 1308 Wednesday, 12 October 2011 02:58

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died last week and I was quite surprised at the response this news received here in Sri Lanka. I thought it especially good, given the fact that Apple is a relatively unknown brand here, since almost all our compu

The triumph of the Sri Lankan brand

Views - 1355 Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00

In my view, Sri Lanka today, although a nation looking towards the future, is one that is facing a considerable set back by being constantly dragged into its past. What’s going on in the United Nations these days is nothing but a stumbling bloc

The PR ‘big idea’

Views - 1541 Wednesday, 21 September 2011 00:28

It is usual for advertising people taking on a new campaign for a client to talk of the ‘big idea’.   The cracking of this ‘big idea’ becomes the pivotal factor in designing any campaign. The creative team’s

Throwing the baby out…

Views - 1629 Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:04

Of late, it seems like every time I open the Newsweek, there is a reason to change my life. Just two weeks ago, there was a Newsweek article on how to handle one’s health from checkups to medication. The article outlined with examples, why it w

Managing the message

Views - 3389 Wednesday, 7 September 2011 01:37

How does one manage the media - i.e. from a PR sense?  If you speak about this subject to any mainstream media journalist, he is probably not going to like the word ‘manage’, as managing might also connote control. But from a PR p

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Many roads open

Saturday, 20 January 2018

We have just commenced Yahapalana Year 4. The third anniversary of Yahapalanaya is also the third anniversary of the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime. Both anniversaries coincide happily with the imminence of an island-wide election, the first since 20

Kasur child rape stems from subjugation of women in general

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Since the first week of the New Year, Pakistan has been in turmoil over the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur, a small town not far from Lahore in the Punjab province.

Demagoguery, deception and decrepitude inherent in most contemporary democracies

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Democracy is well and good as long its erstwhile proponents and players remain committed to high attendant ideals, pursuing with some degree of intelligence and sanity (fast eroding with the ascent of Donald J. Trump). Surely one must be faithful and

Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.

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