Oh! If you ask me Colombian about the biggest buzz in town during the
past week, well many Colombytes would think that it is all to do with a
photo-man very much in vogue, being man or is it woman-handled.
Okay, okay handled somehow, by a lady employee, named Melisha; of the
agency which initially thought that it was the media sponsor of a
FASHIONABLE WEEK-END held in me Colombian's Colombo recently.
But me Colombian would think, it is that dame with her dress flying
high and a masculine hand with a paint brush painting her underwear red
which has had heads revolving non-stop during the past week.
Darlings! I don't know about the underwear that dame is wearing dears
but that ad has painted me Colombian's Colombo red alright.
The thing is honey! the ad is being run by a school which offer
graduation courses for students interested in fashion design so on and
But the ad it seems is catering more to the week-end party poppers
and Peeping Toms rather than trying to present an in-depth view of the
students work at their graduation show. So in fact now the city is
looking forward to one hell of a cabaret, me Colombian was told.
Now that the dress that's flying high worn by that dame, who was a
fancy star of hollywood and also later considered to be the mysterious
mistress of sorts connected to the hierarchy of bygone American
Now everybody is looking at that ad and wandering how on earth that
kind of character (and its a bad drawing of the star too) can have
anything to do with a graduation show of students dabbling in a subject
But considering the good credentials of the institute, one is left
wandering who is behind that faltering idea of promoting Malryn with her
dress flying high.
Whether the organisers wanted to show the public the kind of serious
work that students pace through before they present their graduation
collection or if the interest lies in what that ad suggest 'yet another
high flying week-end party' is yet to be seen.
Strangling fashion photographers
There was pandemonium it seems at that week-end which all of me
Colombian's Colombytes spent all their money and time la di da-ing with
fashion. You know why?
No, no, no! Why, why, why ah? Mayee don't get so excited aney! Like
all those Colombytes, at a drop of a goz.
It seems that there was this photo-catcher who represented a glossy
which has come into vogue very recently and me Colombian was told that
though the organisers have had an earlier te te te to limit the events
media publicity to a sponsor which has its label pasted up at every
event that is held under the sun here in me Colombian's Colombo.
At the press conference (very strangely, at which many of the other
press too had turned up) The man behind the event took his turn to
'Singh' out and answer to a question in positive terms that the event
was open to all media.
But instead of sorting out the matter with the organisers and asking
them to re-phrase their statement clearly, which would have kept others
from covering the event, a female employee from the media sponsorship
had turned violent towards a photographer, caught him by his collar and
unceremoniously attempted to throw him out.
Well darlings! Me Colombian thinks it's only natural no? When
competitors do the familiarisation tour within the same circles where
others have already run around saying there ha's and hello's? Besides
breaking ground (now the earth is about to open up any way dears with a
competitor who claims that they are more in vogue than merely go around
greeting) Mayee... Professional jealousies meya!
The awards trigger
Darleengs! You know no? How many award functions there are the world
over. Oh my goat! me Colombian had to count on all ten fingers, then on
all toes, then on other people's fingers and toes too!
Hm... and dears in our little aboard also there are many, many, many
functions where actors, directors, musicians and all types and sizes are
walking away with all kind of shapes and sizes of awards presented to
them for there talent and contributions made towards their field of work
during their space of time.
So, it is natural no? That they all look forward to events where they
are recognised for their work. So recently, when one such event
organised under the active patronage of the head of state was under way,
an actress and actor was called upon to appear on State television to
discuss the event.
Now if you believe what me Colombian witnessed? it was amazing,
within seconds of airing their opinion, stating that they considered the
presidential awards function a very prestigious one and was looking
forward to it, the channel had the visiting voice of a leading reverend
noted for all his yeoman service towards the arts and responsible in
spearheading another awards function annually.
The voice disappointingly said that it is unfair that the actor and
actress concerned should think that the Presidential Awards Ceremony was
more important than any other held throughout the year, so on and so
In an instant all three - the actor, actress and the TV presenter,
all apologised profusely for any pain caused to the said reverend in the
process of airing their views.
Now dears! Me Colombian thinks that everybody is entitled to their
own private opinion on any matter.
Likewise what the actor and the actress stated was their personal
belief about what they thought of the Presidential Awards Ceremony and
it was quite uncalled for other award function organisers to call in and
impose their own point of view against it.
Learning from books
Myeee..... goat! Me Colombian was told that the big 'thamasha' which
was held recently in Goal. You know goal no? Aney darlings that place
where there is also a foat. Yes, yes 'Goal Foat' that's where it was.
No, no not only inside the foat aney! All over the place it-seems.
Some of me Colombian's real 'Book Browse' were there amongst many
(far out did the number of the 'Poth Gullas' anyway) of me Colombian's
Colombytes who, according to one visitor, probably read a book for the
first time in their lives.
May be true? dears! imagine finding the time to read books while
having to 'Goz' on the phone at any given hour of the day and with the
fanatical obsession to dress-up for cocktail parties. But darlings this
too was important enough to be seen around no? after all many, many
national and international personalities were attending no?
So there they were in there dozens checking into all the posh
aboard's within the 'Goal Foat' and also out of it.
Beside dressing up and posing for photographs in-between the cocktail
parties and luncheons apparently the Colombytes found some time it-seems
to gape at a few books in-between all that week-end hullabaloo.
Winning ways of the 2 SS'
Oh darlings, it was wonderful to see the one with the bat (and the
ball too) who is known as Master Blaster showing up to be interrogated
by that pleasant chap who claims its 'Nothing Personal' with the ones
that takes the opposite seat facing him to be put through the paces of
answering all his Q's.
Well dears that's exactly what the blaster, who is a master at it
did. It was all how he played his game, first with his brother and
father and then in school.
"It was with a tennis ball that I started and it was nothing to do
with playing for the Sri Lanka team or for the country. It was all, my
plain love for cricket".
To the question whether he was distracted by the beauties at the time
he sat on the panel to judge the Miss World beauty pageant in Bangalore?
He said that he takes each event as it dawns upon him "even though I
have my family on my mind most of the time, when I am on the field, my
priority is the game and the best I can give towards winning it".
The shinning star of Sri Lankan cricket, very humbly said how his
parents were not in favour of him taking to the game seriously "because
they were not able to pay towards what it takes to carry on to reach the
"Total commitment and a mission to do the best can get you there",
his advice to the young, up and coming players seeking to grace the
field in the future.
The Other S
Oh! she had made her way through, without the mildest friction to her
feet or her ego. That's the little child star who just dived into the
waiting arms of international critics, to grace the isle at this years
Oscar Awards in the world's hottest movie seat 'Hollywood'.
Deepa Meheta, one of India's most controversial film makers might be
breathing a sense of joy for having cast this little girl from Sri Lanka
in a role that stretched through a series of emotions and moods which
called to be played with perfection, that would have envied even the
most seasoned character player of our time.
In a recent TV interview with regard to her dawning upon Hollywood
through her performance in 'Water' which is amongst the best five
nominees in the foreign film category.
The beaming child actress stressed her passion for acting "but in
selected films and with good directors and when I find time beside my
To the question whether she would want to live outside Sri Lanka,
since she has now seen most places, both in the East and the West by
travelling to numerous film festivals along with 'Water', she answered
with a wide grin " I love Sri Lanka".
With both, The World Cup and The Oscar Awards ceremony just a few
months away, don't you think darlings we must put our hands together in
applause to both these SS'. Sanath Teran Jayasuriya and Sarala Jayani
Kariyawasam. Once, for whatever they have achieved in their relevant
fields, while gaining glory for our country.
A standing ovation, for keeping their feet firmly placed on the
ground, on their way to achieve that glory and long after getting there.
Me Colombian's Colombytes! Are you listening?