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In the Realm of Military Service: A Conversation with Mrs. Sujanthi Namasinghe

In the field of military service, women are constantly breaking down gender stereotypes and advocating for equality through their professions. Through Beyond the Labels, we had the opportunity to speak with a retired Air Force Aero Instrument and Electrical Technician and Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Mrs. Sujanthi Namasinghe, about her journey, experiences, and reflections on gender equality in the military. What inspired you to pursue a career in the military, and were there unique challenges you faced as a woman entering this field? I thought of joining the Air Force after seeing the beauty of their uniform. And I've always liked the Air Force Band. After seeing those things, I became interested in them and wanted to join the Air Force.…

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Nurturing Creativity: A Conversation with U. L. Thiyara Ranasinghe

U. L. Thiyara Ranasinghe is the proud owner of @Ytartsandcrafts, an Instagram-based hand-painted cards business she manages with her sister. We interviewed Ms. Ranasinghe as a part of the project ‘Beyond the Lables’, in order to get insights as to her motivation in starting this business, the hurdles she faced and her advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs, among other key aspects. The following are the questions we directed to Ms. Ranasinghe during the interview and her remarkable responses. What motivated you to start your business? Since we were kids, both of us were talented in art, and my sister and I used to make birthday cards for our parents as well as our best friends every year. They were quite…

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Month in Review: February

Hello everyone! February was one of the busiest months for us undergraduates because of all those mid semester assignments and exams! However, that did not stop our Rotaract club from conducting various projects and initiatives, and as usual, we are here to fill you all in! A massive thank you to our dedicated group of writers who tirelessly documented all of them amidst so much work! You guys rock!  Happy reading! - The co-editors The Editorial Following the success of our "Cinematic Narrative" project, we have published numerous articles capturing the essence of storytelling on screens. Further, we've ensured quality through proofreading and editing the content and also providing gripping captions to keep our audience entertained.  As we continue to…

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Desert Flower: A Tale of Resilience and Strength

The movie “Desert Flower” relates the extraordinary story of the courageous Somalian girl Waris Dirie, who has been through a journey of struggle and hardship. Beginning from her life in the deserts of Africa to establishing herself as an internationally recognized supermodel, her story is incredibly inspiring and compelling. Just as a desert flower, she blooms in a desert, thriving hardships and harsh circumstances with her strength and resilience as a courageous woman. The director, Sherry Hormann, has done a marvelous job of showcasing Waris’s autobiographical tale along with its dramatic twists. Especially, the role of Waris is outlandishly performed by the well-known supermodel and actress Liya Kabede. The plot is mainly based on the book ‘Desert Flower', which is…

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Interstellar: A Space Odyssey of Fatherly Love

Why does a father's love often go unnoticed? Let's explore the depths of fatherly affection through the lens of futuristic storytelling in the popular sci-fi flick 'Interstellar'.  Interstellar is a cinematic exploration of a father's love transcending time and space. The movie goes beyond typical sci-fi, crafting a story full of love, sacrifice, and the unbreakable connection between parent and child. It's set in the near future, when Earth is in trouble because of a big famine caused by environmental damage. Cooper, his kids, Tom and Murph, and his father-in-law, Donald, are farmers, like most people. One day, during a dust storm, Cooper and Murph find something strange in Murph's room—a pattern made by falling dust. It turns out to…

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“I am not a monster.”

“If only some people can have it, that’s not happiness. That’s just nonsense. Happiness is something anyone can have.” This gut-wrenching quote is extracted from one of the most emotional roller coaster rides of 2023, and that is the renowned Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu's masterpiece, ‘Monster’. One with a faint heart is guaranteed to be left in a pool of tears and an aftermath of angry perceptions of the community we address as "society" after watching this award-winning creation. ‘Monster’ went on to win the Best Screenplay award and the Queer Palm award in the Cannes Film Festival of 2023, after winning the Audience Award of the Vancouver International Film Festival of 2023. This masterwork was also nominated for the…

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Month in Review: January

Hello everyone! As we turn the page on January, we at the Editorial are so excited to share the incredible projects done last month by RotaractArts. It might have been the first month, but that didn't stop our avenues from diving headfirst into quite a few impactful projects and initiatives. So buckle up for a quick recap of all of them; you're in for quite a ride (or read)! Enjoy reading! The co-editors The Editorial The Editorial is pleased to announce our new project, "Cinematic Narrative," where we will explore the diverse tastes of our members through their reviews of movies, TV series, and other productions. This project, co-chaired by Rtr. Barani Imasha and Rtr. Chamodi Peduruarachchi, officially started on…

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Wonka (2023): A Sweet Treat Indeed!

Bringing a quite different outlook to the weird Willy Wonka we know from Roald Dahl,Paul King brings us an interesting story of the young Wonka creating a visual andauditory spectacle. This musical imagining gives us a refreshing origin story of theyoung chocolatier, transporting us through a melodic adventure. Timothée Chalamet’s performance as young Willy Wonka captures innocence and radiatespositivity. It is also noteworthy that Calah Lane’s performance as Noodle addedmuch warmth and enhanced the overall charm of the film, creating an endearingstory. The film is filled with several adventurous turnovers that are entertaining andengaging to the audience (though you might want to watch yourself confrontingDeath by Chocolate because it is not your usual cake from Barista!).  The narrative unfolds, reminding…

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තරු පිහාටුවක් මටත් දෙනව දෝ…

තරු පිහාටුවක් මටත් දෙනව දෝසඳ කුමාරියක් නොවෙ‍යි කිමෙක් දෝඈත විශ්වයේ ඉගිළ යන්න දෝහීන නිම්නයේ…මං රැජිනක් දෝ… අහස් දූපතේ මල් පිපේවි දෝහිම කැට ඉවුරේ සැනසීමක් දෝඇහිපිය හෙවණේ උණුහුම ඇත් දෝහීන නිම්නයේ…මං රැජිනක් දෝ… තරු පිහාටුවක් මටත් දෙනව දෝ… නීල කඳුකරේ මං කුසුමක් දෝනීල විල් දියේ තිසරඟනක් දෝනීල තුරුපතේ පිනි බිඳුවක් දෝහීන නිම්නයේ…මං රැජිනක් දෝ… තරු පිහාටුවක් මටත් දෙනව දෝ… - Rtr. කවීෂා හංසි

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State of the Blog

Hey hey! Happy New Year everyone! It has been a while since you have heard from us and we thought we would give you a much-needed recap on how things have been on our end. The first half of the year was an absolute blast, and we have no hesitation in calling it a success story! We published just one short of 50 articles (so, 49!) of which 24 were for our first project, The Love Gazette where we explored the theme of love in all its glory. If we take a minute to reflect on the project, we would say the following, going into it we expected to look at love not just from a romantic point of view…

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