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The moon appears bigger here

It’s been six months since we migrated to Sydney. And my mother says she misses me and that she is sad. Then I tell her, even when I was in Sri Lanka I was not at home. I didn’t go home every weekend because I had lectures on both Saturday and Sunday in Kelaniya university as I had started following an MBA even before I got married. If I knew earlier that I would give up my MBA and migrate I could have spent my weekend with my parents. The struggle of being away home is common to most...

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Tasks Vs Traits

Hey, listen! None of us are perfect, but don’t worry because there is always room to improve. Here is a reference for you to gauge yourself. Regardless of the job or “generic” in other words, here are the work behaviours (with examples) that seem to be important to all jobs. Wondering how I found this? I read this in a HRM module. People use common sense and methodical approaches when compiling a list of qualifications for a job. Certainly, specific skills that are required to perform the tasks associated with the job have to be enlisted. For instance, mental dexterity and an agreed educational level will be considered as human traits specific for a job. However, we should not ignore the fact that some behaviours may apply to almost any job. The below included two tables present both the positive and negative traits common for every employee. The good thing about this is, we all can use this to self-evaluate, no-matter which position we hold. But, the idea of negative of positive traits can differ form company to company depending on the accepted company culture.   Positive Traits Job-related Behaviour Some Examples Industriousness Keeps working even when other employees are standing around talking; takes the initiative to find another task when finished with regular work. Thoroughness Cleans equipment thoroughly, creating a more attractive display; notices merchandise out of place and returns...

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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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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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