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Author: Hasitha Adhikariarachchi

A Sonnet for Mother Lanka

During a creative writing workshop I got the chance to learn the form of poetry, “Sonnet” (or sonette). Probably you have already read Shakespeare’s famous sonnet “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The basic rules of writing a sonnet are as follows (please note this is not a complete guide for writing a sonnet, but you can certainly try writing one by following these tips). 1. You should write 4 verses. Three verses with 4 lines and the last/fourth verse should have only 2 lines (altogether it must consist of 14 lines). 2. The third verse should change the direction of the poem (a twist or conflict). 3. It must be written in one of various standard rhyme schemes. 4. The last verse should summarize and leave the reader with a new, concluding image. The below given poem was the outcome of an exercise I did in the workshop. This was written by me and Debora (another participant of the workshop), where I wrote every other line and she wrote the rest of the lines. The rhyme scheme we followed is, A B A B C D C D E F E F G G Here is the sonnet we wrote (you might think it’s a very political poem, yes, it is). Oh Sri Lanka, How wonderful you look I’ve slept in your breast, I felt your...

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Mermaid in Love

I love rhyming words. I love mermaids. The poem is a combination of the love for both. The image is a photograph of a wall painting in the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Redeem her love her wildest dream The mermaid in love will swim upstream And will sing under creamy moon beam While sea stars dance with team sea...

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The Memory Box

Here’s my short story published in the Write To Reconcile Anthology II. I wrote the first few pages of ‘The Memory Box’ during the Write to Reconcile workshop. The story is based on the experiences I gathered throughout the workshop in Batticaloa. Sri Kanthi couldn’t tear her eyes away from the shining earrings and bracelets, the bright colours of the outfits worn by the group of young ladies who were visiting the convent. Their earrings had many dainty parts like mini chandeliers, unlike the traditional big, gold earrings her Amma used to wear for kovil. Amma had a pair of...

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What’s Your Credo?

I had to write my credo statement as a part of an assignment. Though I never had thought what my credo would be, I realized I have been working to achieve this state of my life even without knowing what I want to gain. It feels like I had a plan in my subconscious mind. My Personal Credo Statement Most people say Work – Life balance is important, but I believe Work, Life and Hobby balance is essential. Writing is my hobby, it is an art, self-taught to me. I loved reading story books and eventually I started writing...

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The Tip of an Ice Berg – technical writer’s job

10-12 December I participated in a Technical Writing workshop held in Global Towers Hotel, Wellawatta, Sri Lanka. It was quiet cheap, just 50 US Dollars. I have attended few creative writing workshops earlier, but this was the first time I attended a technical writing workshop. Because I’m involved in documentation in my workplace (a computer software company specialized in simulations for training purposes) participation was necessary. The workshop was organized by Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA). Mr. Shrawan Kumar from Tech Total Corporation, India, conducted the workshop. I met few Technical Writers, Business Analysts, SQA (Software Quality Assurance)...

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