COL, Tiger aircraft, rains: Many reasons to look skywards
"Thaaththa", Bindu Udagedera asked, "why is everyone looking at the sky these days?"
"They must be worried about the rain and the possibility of floods..." Bindu's father Percy suggested.
"I don't think so...." Bindu disagreed.
"Why do you say that?" Percy wanted to know.
"Why, thaaththa, they must be looking at the sky to see if they can see the cost of living which is rising like a rocket..."
"Why do you say that the cost of living is rising so fast?" Percy queried, "I thought we now have a minister who was an expert in reducing the cost of living while he was in the Green camp not so long ago..."
"Why, thaaththa, bread has gone up in price..." Bindu pointed out.
"Ah," Percy said, "but that is just one item..."
"Of course not," Bindu said, "they increased the price of petrol during the World Cup and hardly anyone noticed..."
"But still," Percy argued, "that shouldn't send the cost of living rising like a rocket..."
"But they have also increased the price of gas now..." Bindu observed.
"That may of course add to the burden..." Percy conceded.
"And that is not all..." Bindu declared.
"Why do you say that?" Percy demanded.
"Why, thaaththa, they are now trying to raise bus fares also..." Bindu said.
"Then," Percy said, "maybe we should all be looking at the sky to see this cost of living rising like a rocket..."
"And there may be more, thaaththa..." Bindu cautioned.
"Why, what else is there?" Percy inquired.
"Why, they may even increase the electricity rates..." Bindu suggested.
"If that is so," Percy said, "all of us should be looking at the sky to see this cost of living rising like a rocket..."
"But there are other reasons to look at the sky too, thaaththa..." Bindu said.
"What reasons are those?" Percy wanted to know.
"Why, we must be on the lookout for an aircraft that will bring our Opposition Leader home..."
"Why is that, Bindu?" Percy was puzzled.
"Why, thaaththa, he is always out of the country criticising our human rights record instead of trying to force the government to bring down prices and ease the burden that is being heaped on the people..."
"But weren't they asking us to look at the sky anyway?" Percy asked.
"Yes, they did," Bindu said, "but that was to be on the lookout for Tiger aircraft..."
"What do they want us to do?" Percy queried.
"Why, they want us to identify the aircraft and then just give them a call," Bindu said, "and then they will blow the plane to pieces and we will live happily ever after..."
"I am sure that will happen..." Percy said.
"Why do you say that, thaaththa?" Bindu asked.
"Why, one minister has said that the Tigers got away in their aircraft only because they came in the night," Percy explained, "and he said that the moment they come during daytime, the planes will be blown to bits..."
"I am not so sure about that, thaaththa," Bindu said, "because they say that the Tiger aircraft are like the yorkers bowled by Lasith Malinga..."
"Why do you say that?" Percy asked.
"Why, everyone knows where it is coming from, everyone knows where it is going to hit but no one can do anything about it except to be sad after they hit..." Bindu explained.
Percy knew he couldn't disagree with that.