Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando


Sunday, May 21st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando People in this country have read in newspapers, until their eye balls go hexagonal, listened to the Radio/TV discussions of various government officials, eminent intellectuals and Police spokesmen commenting, criticizing and suggesting ways and means of reducing road accidents and ever mounting traffic jams, until the listeners go deaf in […]

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Saturday, May 13th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando “The value of life does not lie in the number of years, but in the use you make of them. Whether you have lived enough depends on your will, not on the number of years”.-Michael de Montaigne 1553-1592. According to Shakymuni, the term “Buddha” is applicable to an “enlightened one.” […]

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Saturday, May 6th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando In everyday communal language news is referred to as information gathered from North, East, West and South. The word “news” developed in the 14th century was used as a plural form. Evidently, news contains information, throughout the world referring to either the present or the past occurrences that appeal to […]

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando My friend Asoka Jayawardena in New Jersey who often despatches vital information on health matters sent me an interesting brief on ‘Moringa‘ (Murunga) with a request to write an article on the subject and, if possible, to get it published in a Sinhala newspaper, as the advantages of a Sinhala […]

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Sri Lanka’s loss – Australia’s gain

Friday, April 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando During the last week’s Sinhala and Tamil New Year ‘Nonagathe‘ period I stopped all work, in conforming to the centuries old Sinhala traditions prevalent in our society where the majority still observes with deep respect and follow such customs with profound emotion. Next, I picked up a book from my […]

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando ‘Never say die’ was the slogan adopted by Senaka Edirisinghe in Kandy, from the time his daughter Jeewanthi was in his wife’s womb. At first, it was a hard fought battle with the gynecologist who monitored his wife’s pregnancy from the beginning. The baby was due on 24th October 2009, […]

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Only when something comes up in print or exposed on television, people who have been affected by the highlighted topic(s) will emerge out of their shells to either join public protests or respond with their type of experiences (as feedbacks). The Saturday Column on 11 March, in Ceylon […]

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Beggars adopt modern tactics

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Charles Dickens scribed on something completely different from his prose in May 1850, when he portrayed the Nigerian 419 scam where 419 wealthy people were approached seeking financial assistance for orphaned children, emergency surgery and quoting numerous examples of begging letters he had received over the years from various individuals […]

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Are tourism authorities wearing blinkers

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A British citizen (born to Sri Lankan parents) living in Switzerland spent three weeks in his paternal roots recently. His experience has been a mixture of attentiveness, excitement, and fascination and at times hilarious with a few repulsive, disturbing and irritating experiences. At Zurich airport, Emirates Airlines did not permit […]

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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A Burger boy arrived, about 25 years ago, at David Jansze’s doorstep looking out for any type of work, showing signs of malnutrition and prominent burn scars on his face and body. Tyrone Bottoni hailed from a middle class family. His father was an engine driver at the CGR, married […]

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak. S.Fernando During a visit to a local renowned supermarket last week I approached the ‘pharmacist’ to make enquires about an allopathic cardiac drug (RanCV500). A guy who did not appear to have any knowledge of the inquired medicine questioned me as to what the drug was prescribed for? Quite bemused by the […]

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Political mayhem 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, George Orwell expressed his views on social injustice and tyranny in 1948, as follows: “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears, and it was their final, most essential command!” Sometimes one wonders whether such statements congruently […]

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The Uncle Syndrome

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today An interesting comment made by J. Appaswamy on 18 January 2017 in the Ceylon Today, ‘Letters to the editor’ column under the title  ‘The Uncle Syndrome: Can someone enlighten me?‘ intrigued me, as I too have experienced this type of display in our modern society since returning from […]

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Saturday, February 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-02-11 US officials have been warning the public to avoid all kinds of food high in cholesterol to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries since the 1970s. The Department of Agriculture (US) is the authority responsible for updating guidelines on dietary aspects and warns people on suitability of consumable items […]

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Monday, February 6th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando It was an early night indeed that I went to bed quite early. I could hardly finish my bedtime prayers that I felt as if I got lifted up from the bed and floating up in the air! Was it a dream or an optical illusion? Next, I landed on a […]

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Male Chauvinism Vs. Feminism

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today In my attempt to get rid of unwanted old e-mails, which I received during 2016, I was struck by a particular mail sent by an old female journalist friend, who worked at “The Island” newspaper office some years ago now working in the Middle East. She came […]

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Saturday, January 28th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando An article in the “Sunday Times” on 8 January 2017 struck me, which carried a report on a debate by some of the Sri Lankan doctors (Mid Country Psychiatrists) held at the Tourmaline Hotel, Kandy. The seminar apparently had been based on the argument on morality against medical ethics to […]

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Saturday, January 21st, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Royal Honour is an impressive and high status award to an individual. The British award three types of honours based on a person’s specific bravery, achievements or services to the United Kingdom and its former territories. Such awards are classified into three categories viz: Honours, Decorations and Medals. An OBE […]

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Traffic Fines and Loss of Life.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Sri Lankans faced a shocking and distressing spell during the LTTE conflict when the death smell was in the air persistently. A few decades ago, prior to such an abhorrent phase, the sound of the word ‘death’ or having to attend a ‘funeral’ managed to generate apprehension and fear among […]

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Insurance a Bully or Folly?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Insurance generally encompasses a collection of funds from the insured individuals and units to pay for the losses. Therefore, every insurance entity becomes protected from risk factor for a fee. To guard against any possibility of any peril, various clauses are incorporated by insurance companies into the policy, which at […]

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The World’s Greatest Love Story

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Twice married, but still slim and elegant, at the age of 36, Ernest Wallis Simpson with a keen intelligence and a gift for the witty repartee, managed to steal the heart of Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, the Prince of Wales, who was the son of King George […]

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Traffic Offences – Impact on Fines

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Before any person qualifies to sit behind a steering wheel in a movable vehicle and to be called a ‘driver,’ one needs to have the basic knowledge of the Highway Code, along with requisite experience and practical skills and a licence to drive motor vehicles. Multiple of articles […]

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Ability within disability

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Health in human existence is the supreme wealth. Money alone cannot make a person healthy and happy. On the contrary, a healthy person always maintains a state of bliss and happiness, including a healthy mental state. Whenever the term ‘disabled’ is mentioned, it becomes the general perception that one is […]

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando One of my old school mates, long years ago, at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Dilvin Mendis, in his retirement has become a sports correspondent for an English national newspaper. He recently discussed with me the achievements of Sri Lankan sportsmen and women who have represented and performed in the […]

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Much publicity has been given recently in the international media over a controversy surrounding what is known as “ The Barth Room Bill” concentrating mainly on the United States of America on the topic of segregation of sexes in public rest rooms demanding “ men should not be going inside […]

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Variety The Children’s Charity

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Many moons ago, in the 1920’s, during the depressing gloomy era, cries of an abandoned baby echoed through a cold blizzard during the 1928 Christmas Eve, within the empty Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  However, story of this orphan developed into a fairy tale, which has led to become […]

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Dr. Ajith Perera – Unsung Hero Crowned at Sri Lankan of the year 2016

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Dr.Tilak S. Fernando  The country’s most influential opinion leaders were amongst the VIP guests of a very distinguished gathering at the ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ awards ceremony held recently at the Hilton Hotel. It was an event of international standard and an initiative of Ada Derana, a premium news and entertainment media network of […]

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The most precious things in human life come free, or to put in another form, the things people value least are those very things they get free. When these two phrases are equated together what do we get in Sri Lanka? It is the university education. What are glaring in […]

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Kuveni’s curse still holds sway

Monday, November 7th, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Ceylon Today Publication on 7 Nov.2016  Despite the Joint Opposition (JO) of Sri Lanka Parliament is making an enormous ruckus from the day the Value Added Tax (VAT) problem emerged from the Yahapalana Budget, and subsequently making a hue and cry on the amended (VAT) Bill to the extent of invoking […]

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando  Criminality is classified as violation of laws of a State. It means malfeasance, immorality and corruption and the tentacles of criminality have spread on a global scale. At present, to such an extent, that no single country is free of delinquencies. Law breaking is generally grouped into two segments – […]

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