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Soul-pleasing stories

Title: Nuwarata Yanakan Reload

Author: Rupa Sriyani Ekanayaka

Publisher: Sooriya Publishers

Nuwarata Yanakan Reload is the second collection of short stories written by Rupa Sriyani Ekanayaka. This collection consists of seven short stories. The first short story titled Nuwarata Yanakan Reload has been written by using the third person viewpoint. The main character is a middle-aged person named Keerthi.

When he was travelling by train from Colombo to Kandy, some episodes tend to evolve. In this short story, the attitudinal conflict between the youth Wenura and others is elegantly depicted. Wenura symbolises the unwillingness of enjoying environmental beauty. This has taken place due to addiction to modern ‘shell’ phones.

However, attitudes in the elder generation, such as Keerthi Ananda and chubby women are more different than Wenura’s attitudes. In this, the elder generation represents the society which existed before the computer era. Wenura symbolises the thinking pattern of the present younger generation. However, at the final stage, the attitudinal struggle between Wenura and the other side is solved by Keerthi. He builds a friendship with Wenura before reaching Kandy owing to the emergence of humanism in his mind. On one hand, this short story alludes the importance of modern technology. On the other hand, it shows the value of humanism.

In the end, the attitudinal struggle between two generations is settled.

Aiyo Sri Devi is the second short story of this anthology. In this, conflicts related to cultural values and social recognition between mother and daughter are depicted. Mother, Lalitha symbolises our traditional society.

She admires food and drinks, clothing and ornaments and moves conforming to Sinhala Buddhist culture. She was shocked by the death of the Venerable Thera. However, her beloved daughter, Anjana, usually transgresses the existing culture she was born during the computer period. This daughter always deals against the remaining thinks and wishes, tasted and aversions, likes and dislikes and customs and exclusions. She desires modern thoughts and wishes. Therefore, Anjana grew sad in the view of the death of Indian actress, Sri Devi.

But Lalitha’s husband, Priyantha, holds neutral ideas. He always tries to settle attitudinal fights that sprang between his wife and daughter. Lalitha and her daughter live with different attachments. Lalitha had a righteous feeling about the chief monk. Nevertheless, a bond has conceived in Anjana’s mind about Sri Devi, as she watches the television and computer.

In this short story, Priyantha does not transgress the Sinhala-Buddhist culture. He pacifies conflicts which emerged between mother and daughter with regard to cultural acceptance. In this, at the final stage, Lalitha’s mind gradually changes. She also peeps to the computer with the purpose of looking for information regarding Sri Devi.

Mala Hiru Basa Yana Sande Yame could be mentioned as a short story based on the true love generated among sincere lovers.

The short story moves forward through Madura. In its inception, this story evolves the love affair between Madura and Sundari to some extent. Madura is one of the university students of Peradeniya. Sundari draws diagrams on the Articles written by Professor Nathawitharana. Within a short period, she gives up love affair unexpectedly. Hence, some ladies disparaged Sundari, considering as a mutable lady. A few months later, Sundari passed away due to a sickness expanded in her body. When her remains were brought to the burial ground for lighting, Madura remembered her past incidents.

Madura’s pain is portrayed with the natural environment. It alludes to the heavy sock conceived in Madura’s mind. In the end, true information about Sundari revealed, as the conversation occurred between Madura and Sundari’s father. Sundari might have decided to separate from Madura due to her fatal ailment. By then, sincere love had matured between fiancé and fiancée. The short story writer discloses true information at the end of the short story.

Ka-Wa-Na-Thaa-Wa is an interesting short story written by Rupa – It depicts the present sorrowful situation happened to the literature and Sinhala language. Siri Deva and Professor Aravinda are fast friends. Both of them meet each other after a long period of time.

While they were drinking beer in a restaurant, they discussed the current position occurred to the language and literature. Presently, step-mothers treatment has been given to these subjects. Even some university Sinhala professors try to throw the classical literature into the garbage dump. At present, rough criticisms are levelled on the persons who dedicate to upgrade the literature. Both of these friends devoted their valuable time for the purpose of promoting Sinhala language and literature.

However, recently, Aravinda is disgusted in relation to literature owing to criticisms levelled on him. Hence, he laughed, when he saw the copy of a novel written by Siri Deva. Some of current readers and critics are fond of reading books written by using simple language style. Aravinda knows this situation through his own experiences. At last, Siri Deva displeased with Aravinda and left the restaurant. It also proves that many writers will love panegyric criticisms. Presently, subjects such as classical literature and language have become distant from the folk and the scholars.

On one hand, this short story book contributes to widening the understanding of life. On the other hand, it helps to sharpen readers’ enjoyment. In all the stories, the language style used for characterization is decorous. A creative language could be noticed in many short stories.

In addition, the writer has changed her forms in accordance with the contents. The Lady writer, Rupa has used many tactics to enact characters nicely. In our view, this collection of short story many rejoice readers and critics. - Rohana Wansatilaka

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