Name boards of the lanes
Posted on January 24th, 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai,

I wonder who decided to place the name boards on lanes on the left sides! Someone who has never gone looking for a lane! When you drive along the main roadƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the lanes are on your left. It si simple logic that the names must be seen when you come near a lane. Rather in Colombo ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ all the name boards are placed in such a way you have to partly pass the lane and ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ look back to find the name of the lane. Often you have to reverse back on the main road ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ to get into theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  lane. Or people seem to be cruising along at low speed slowingƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the traffic, much to the annoyance of the drivers behind, ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ when looking for a lane.

Sometime backƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  some private companies undertook to re paint the name boards of many lanes ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” will they come forward to place them on the right side of the lanes so that when one drives or walks they can see the board?

Some name boards of the lanes are translated into Tamil and others are not. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Some are horribly misspelt in Tamil. A name of a lane ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ is a name ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” one does not translate it. Or else how do one tell the address to three wheeler drivers or the nano cab drivers? Let us streamlineƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the names to be the same in all three languages.

We must learn to do whatever we do in the best of the ways. These are small matters ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ yes, but it is nice to be as perfect as possible, especially when it does not cost us much. Attraction for tourists, convenience and pride for locals.


6 Responses to “Name boards of the lanes”

  1. Nanda Says:

    names of lanes should be written in Sinhala and English only.
    Oh ! I forgot now the majority in Colombo are Tamil speaking !
    OK, get rid of Tamil naming and then make the majority Sinhala. That is the only sustainable way.

  2. mjaya Says:

    I wonder what will be next…..

    Will it be on how Sri Lankan sand is not as sandy as Saudi desert sand? A sneak peek may look something like

    “I happened to notice a beach near Dehiwala recently and I noticed how the sand was too course compared to the soft sand of the Saudi Arabian desert. Can’t the municipal authorities keep our beaches clean?….”

  3. mjaya Says:

    Sorry about the mistake it should be *coarse* not *course*.

  4. callistus Says:

    I just cannot say how right you are, but it happens in the UK too. So, it must be correct. However, we like to see more of your jokes here. I wondered if you have sorted out the doorman problem in supermarkets. Did you not take it to the president.

  5. callistus Says:

    Oh I forgot to ask you about that unfortunate incident with Rizana. Do you think Saudi people were right to behead her. And did you not send her family at least a note of condolence.

  6. Nihal Fernando Says:

    What a perfect lady your are Dr. Mareena!

    At least you should have given some names of the roads to see how imperfect they are.

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