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Confessions of IS Co-Directors, more like Co-Pilots – A Rollercoaster Ride with Rewards

Let's be honest, being the International Service Co-Director for the Rotaract Club of the University of Colombo Faculty of Arts sounds fancy, right? Pictures of jet-setting, international meetings, and hobnobbing with Rotaract rockstars probably come to mind. Well, buckle up, because while there were some seriously awesome moments, it was more like piloting a rickety plane through a cultural storm, sometimes solo as well! Our first project, 'See Well to Be Well', was a project focused on color vision awareness. This was a joint venture with the Rotaract Club of the University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine, and the Rotaract Club of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan. With the honorable guest speaker, optometrist Mr. Amila Chandrasekara from Vision Care Pvt. Ltd.,…

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Crafting Connections: The Tale of the PR Duo

Want to hear about a boring yet memorable story about two girls who found themselves selected as co-directors of an avenue that they had no clue on how to operate? This might sound extremely uneventful of a read but for us, this story is an important plot twist in our lives that ends with special memories and lessons to treasure for years to come. From not knowing even the basics of editing a photo to getting to handle a Public Relations Avenue for an entire term, we both have come a long way in our journey along the Rotatact memory lane as the two PR directors of the Rotaract Club at Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo. We believe that…

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Thriving Together: Growing our Rotaract Family

As Directors of Membership Development Avenue of the Rotaract Club of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, we reflect with great pride on a very successful year with the dedication and participation of our members. In our efforts, the Rotaract Club has done a great job of promoting membership and contributing to the development of their abilities. This year, we primarily contributed by directing the members toward more opportunities in other avenues and by promoting the "Ambalame Thala" initiative, which is an evening of songs that was a huge success. At the beginning of the year, we played a unique role in bringing new members to the Rotaract society. We worked to educate the new students online for the…

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Guardians of the Green: Rotaract Arts for an Evergreen Future!

As the Directors of the Environmental Services Avenue of the Rotaract Club at Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, we are very proud to reflect on a year packed with impactful projects and dedicated participation from our members. Our efforts have not only enhanced the environment but also fostered a sense of responsibility and community among fellow members. This year, we successfully completed three major projects: Pruthuwi, Sobaru, and Blue Horizon, each leaving a significant mark on our journey toward environmental sustainability. Our year began with Pruthuwi, a planting project in a rural school in Pannipitiya. That was a joint project with community service avenue and this initiative aimed to enhance the green cover in school premises while introducing the importance of environmental…

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What’s the News Today? Interview with News Anchor, Therunee Karunaratne 

Unlike in the past, women nowadays are entering the work field more and more with each passing day, breaking barriers and redefining boundaries. In journalism, a field which is considered to be difficult to persist in as a woman, Therunee Karunaratne stands out. Starting as an aspiring presenter, she's now a respected news anchor, defying stereotypes along the way. As part of our project, "Beyond the Labels," we explore her journey, delving into the obstacles she faced, and the wisdom she shares with other aspiring women. Therunee's dedication is truly inspiring. While working as a news anchor for Sirasa TV's ‘News 1st: Prime Time English News’, she also presents programs and coaches scrabble—all while pursuing her education at the Faculty of…

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Twinkling Watermelon: A Time Slip to the Past

I’m sure everyone, at some point in their lives, has wondered: “What if I could turn back the time, change the course of events, and maybe relive some moments for a second time?” The Korean TV series ‘Twinkling Watermelon’, directed by Son Jong-hyun, seamlessly blending elements of time-travel, coming-of-age, family and love, delves into the idea of rewriting the past. However, the approach is different as the main leads Ha Eun Gyeol (Ryeon) and On Eun Yu (Seol In-ah) are, in fact, trying to rewrite the lives of their parents, ultimately leading to a restructuring of their own life. This drama reminds us that our parents were also once teenagers with their own hopes, dreams and inner struggles. That there…

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Medici (TV series)

In Florence, during the Renaissance period, was a powerful Italian noble family bearing the name, Medici. Their power and influence bolstered by the banking and trade activities conducted by its members, the Medici family stood dominating political and economic aspects in Florence, while also extending their influence all across Europe in a way that one might call them truly the Masters of Florence. The Netflix series, “Medici”, a collaborative creation by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer, chronicles the rise to the power of this notorious Medici family, set in 15th century. With the combination of a talented cast and an excellent cinematography, the series focuses on the political intrigue, betrayals, murders, and the complicated dynamics of power that characterized the Renaissance period in which the Medici family rose to the epitome of European power. Consisting…

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Timeless Elegance Unveiled: A Spellbinding Journey Through ‘Downton Abbey’

Several years ago, amidst the not-so-remarkable movie racks at the British Council library, my attention was captured by a disc pack featuring the unmistakable face of Maggie Smith. Faced with limited alternatives and intrigued by Smith's familiarity from her role in Harry Potter, I decided to borrow the first season of "Downton Abbey." Back at home, in a moment of sheer boredom, I nonchalantly inserted the disc into my laptop, unknowingly opening the doors to an aristocratic world teeming with romance, scandal, and drama. Despite my initial, less-than-soaring excitement, this seemingly casual decision to explore "Downton Abbey" unexpectedly transported me into a captivating realm of aristocratic intrigue and historical richness. Before too long, I found myself irresistibly drawn into the…

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මුඩුක්කු යට ඇඩ්‍රස් නැති ජීවිතවල රූපමය පුනර් කියවීම

ඇඩ්‍රස් නෑ සිනමා කෘතිය පිළිබඳ කෙටි විවරණයකි  “ආලෝකය ඉපදුන ද අන්ධකාරය ද ඉපදුනේය  පොහොසත්කම ඉපදුන ද දුප්පත්කම ද ඉපදුනේය  රජුන් ඉපදුන ද සිගන්නන් ද ඉපදුනේය”       (ඇඩ්‍රස් නෑ සිනමා පටයෙනි) ලෝකය සෑම විට ම පරස්පරතාවයන්ගෙන් යුක්ත වන්නේ ය. අපි එය විවිධත්වය යැයි හඳුනා ගනිමු. එහෙත් එම විවිධත්වය තුළ සෑම විට ම කිසියම් පාර්ශවයක් අසාධාරණයට පත් වන්නේය. එම අසාධාරණය කවදා අවසන් වේදැයි අප නොදනිතත් ඒ පිළිබඳ සමාජ කතිකාවත විටින් විට සමාජ අවකාශයේ මතු වෙයි. මෙම ලිපියෙහි අවධානයට නතු කරන "ඇඩ්‍රස් නෑ" සිනමා නිර්මාණය ද එවැනි සමාජ ගැටලුවක් තේමාව බවට පත් කර ගනියි. එම සමාජ ගැටලුවේ අංශ කිහිපයක් ස්පර්ශ කරමින් ඒ පිළිබඳ පුනර්කතිකාවතක් ඇති කිරීමට නිර්මාණාත්මක වෑයමක් දරයි. ජැක්සන් ඇන්තනී විසින් තිර රචනය හා අධ්‍යක්ෂණය කෙරුණු මෙම නිර්මාණයේ තිර පිටපත…

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Bungou Stray Dogs – A Review

Original title: Bungou Stray Dogs Release date: April 7, 2016 Genre: Action/ Comedy/ Drama I was first introduced to Bungou Stray Dogs through a friend of mine in my early days of watching anime. Having watched Black Butler and Jujutsu Kaisen prior to that (both of them having no similarity other than being supernatural), I was a bit hesitant to try any other anime fearing they would, to put it in a rather blatant manner, “ruin my taste." Finally, however, when I decided to watch, it immediately became my favourite. And to my luck, the 4th and 5th seasons of the anime franchise were soon released in the following year. I ended up binge-watching the entire story several times and…

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