back home - gedera yana gaman
It is one of Tara de Mel's special teaching lessons. Some of Tara
De Mel's handpicked teachers are teaching Sinhalese according to
the way that only Tara De Mel would approve.So she says "now
children, what does "Ratnasiri wikka" means in Sinhalese?
even the slowest young kind in class knows that. The slowest young
kid in fact gets up and says it means "Ratnasiri sold''.
The teacher is very happy.
But now she wants to show the difference what a word or two can
do in Sinhala viyakarana.
So she asks ,"what does Rathnasirita wikka'' mean in Sinhalese?
The brightest kid gets up like a bullet, and says it means "It
was sold to Ratnasiri.''
is talking 2nd Grade Sinhalese here, so there is no doubt these
questions relate to Rathnasiri, the coconut-tree climber.
But the same example is being given in the Tenth Grade political
science class and here the brightest student gets up and says Rathnasiri
wikka and Rathnasirita wikka can made all the difference.
what have they sold to Rathnasiri that the political science class
is worried about?? Certainly, even Tara De Mel will tell you, its
Did they sell Rathnasiri the Party?
Nuts. But wait a minute…
When the leadership of the UPFA was purloined and passed to Rathnasiri
Wickremenayake the other day, the story that was doing the rounds
was 'gedara yana gaman' (on the way home as the famous Supermarket
says.) The lady wants to bid goodbye to politics.
does. Like Miss Universe wants to give up her crown for instance.
Like George W. Bush wants to give up the Presidency. Like the South
Africans want to lose to Sri Lanka at the Test match..
Rathnasiri Wickremenayake was one of her old political buddies,
and old here can be read in two senses. Ah another lesson in semantics
children. It could be 'old' as in old friend, old comrade. Or it
could be 'old' as in old refrigerator, old wristwatch, old sewing
the purpose of any political science lesson, we will have to think
of the President and Rathnasiri Wickremenayake in the second sense
folks. And I almost forgot, Tara de Mel, you too.
The President installs Rathnasiri Wickremenayake as the coalition
time, he acquires some gloss, like an old sewing machine doing the
heavy duty work at the tailoring shop. Then, he is made the Presidential
candidate.Then, with luck, he becomes President. Then, with luck,
he becomes another D. B. Wijetunge. He is positively glowing in
the aura of office. Why won't he be? One Chandrika Kumaratunge is
running the country for him.
far as home science students are concerned (is that science still
alive?) all these old watches and Rathnasiris are not considerations
that swim in to their ken. They will ask about the prices of kerosene
and the cost of electricity. To this we have to move to the oracle.
That is the former Minister of Tourism Gamini Lokuge. He appears
on television, and he looks like something that has been washed
in an old washing machine himself. Fresh and fluffy, rearing to
says 'we are waiting for this government to make all the mistakes.''
He says, repeat: "We are waiting for this government to make
all the mistakes". When they do he says (giggle giggle) we
will move in. We hear he dreams of a country with a famine the size
of Sudan - and a war the quality of Iraq. Forget about old refrigerators.
And forget about the cost of living. It still looks to me like we
are living in the same old country….