If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders – Doug Moran 

If You Will Lead - Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders

I am an admirer of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “If.” First I read its Sinhala translation while I was a schoolboy and I felt it was exclusively written for me! Later, when I came to a stage I could understand the original English version; I just fell in love with the poem. In fact, I use this as the main inspiration to me whenever I am dejected and hopeless.

When I came across the book “If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders,” I was overjoyed and read it as fast as I could. It is a book filled with inspirational stories about the people who won despite being challenged by many a negative force. All the people discussed in this book are leaders who achieved their goals while being forced to abandon their struggles on the way to success. But their “never say die” attitude took them along to where they wanted to be. This is a good book to read if you want to be a leader. You will understand that sky is the limit if you wake up your inner sense and align all the forces to a well set goal.

The book gives examples of legendary leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela who achieved extraordinary heights despite being at the receiving end for most of their lives. The book also tells you how American presidents such as Washington, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Reagan fought against all odds to achieve what they aspired. The book is written in a simple style and you won’t be able to pause reading it till you get to the end. The author uses the style of storytelling to inspire the readers to make the reader feel that they too can achieve more or less the same heights that the role models in the book achieved.

We are at a time we do not meet that many exemplary role models to follow. You would say I am wrong as you could argue that the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are good enough to be role models. I agree with you. They are living legends we have today. But the leaders talked about in this book never had the luxury and the sophistication today’s leaders have access to.

Doug Moran, the author of this book talks about “If Sixteen Leadership Attributes” that Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” talks about. When I read the poem I did not understand its value in management, but only as a set of guidelines one should follow to resist failure and win. But now, after reading this book, I treat both the poem and the book as the best management lessons I took. If you want to upgrade yourself from a good leader to a great leader, consider this book as your Bible.

Thanks Nuwan Samaranayake, my friend in the United States for giving me access to read this wonderful book.

How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour – Steve Scott

How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour – Steve Scott

How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour – Steve Scott

“How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour” by Steve Scott provides you almost all the information on how to start a blog (with WordPress.com) and monetize it in a few easy steps. It is brief, easy to read and has the exact information you need for the purpose.

WordPress.com is not the easiest blogging platform. Obviously, Blogger is easier and it is totally free. For some reason, I started my blog with WordPress and taught the same to my students. Having heard this, a friend of mine told me that I have got into the pool from the deep end.

WordPress is complicated and you have to pay them if you exceed the free quota of web space (3GB) but it is worth the pain with the type of facilities it offers.

The book “How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour” will teach us how to use WordPress to get a blog online in under an hour. The simple seven-step process will teach you to have your brand new blog with a theme, ten plugins and four tools for building a effective web presence. The entire process will only take one hour to complete.

Even if you already have a WordPress blog but not exploiting it enough this is the book you should read. You can definitely get something from the book and make your blog both content rich and technologically advanced among the rest of the blogs.

Steve Scott takes you through a basic introduction to domains, hosting and traffic, etc. He straightforwardly tells you how to set up a blog that will suit your needs.  It does have its technological jargon but it doesn’t affect you even if you are new to blogging.

Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India’s intelligence – Rohan Gunaratna

Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India's intelligence - Rohan Gunaratna

Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India’s intelligence – Rohan Gunaratna

Much has been written by many Indian and Sri Lankan writers about the Sri Lankan civil war and India’s role in it. But Professor Rohan Gunaratna’s book, “Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India’s intelligence agencies” stands out among them as it provides a good account of the civil war from the inception till the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the then Indian Opposition Leader. (A second time candidate for Prime minister).

The book provides solid evidence of how India manipulated Sri Lanka’s civil polity by creating, funding, training and arming the various groups of Tamil youths by re-naming them as freedom fighters. Sri Lanka opened its economy (which was a closed one hitherto) to the whole world, especially to the West and with the high literacy rate she boasts of, Sri Lanka had all the ingredients to become the next Singapore in the region,  but India thought otherwise. They were busy with persuading frustrated Tamil youths to terrorists who could go at length to kill their own people let alone the enemy. The Tamil youths were converted into members of the world’s most ruthless terrorist outfit, the LTTE.

Professor Gunaratna has accessed the photo evidence of Sri Lankan youths being trained in India, even in Uttar Pradesh, let alone Tamil Nadu. Indira Gandhi started the heinous scheme which was taken forward by her son, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who paid the price by being blown up by the very terrorists whom he helped. Apparently the alleged suicide bomber was said to have been gang raped by the so called Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) soldiers whom Rajiv Gandhi forced the then Sri Lankan president J. R. Jayawardene to accept into Sri Lanka.

The book extensively details how the then Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Mr. Jyotindra Nath Dixit masterminded the ugly coup to intervene in Sri Lanka’s political sphere unethically. The unfortunate thing is that most Indians do not believe this and they have been brainwashed by the Indian government and the media with the story that Sri Lankan President requested Indian Premier to send its forces to fight Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil terrorists.

Prof. Gunaratna has done a lot of research to infiltrate into the LTTE to find facts about the most ruthless guerrilla outfit in the world. Velupillai Prabhakaran, the undisputed leader of the LTTE, fires his first bullet to kill Alfred Duraiappah, then an MP for Jaffna from the SLFP. Since then, the former never looked back. Professor Gunaratna gives a detailed account on how the LTTE was formed and how its cofounders were killed by the LTTE itself for it to gain supremacy over the other Tamil militant groups.

Though we blame the LTTE for all the bombings and mass killing today, the book reveals that some of the bombings in Colombo were done by the other Tamil militant groups such as TELO, PLOTE, EPDP, EPRLF, EROS, etc.

Having had the opportunity of interviewing the VIPs from both Sri Lankan and Indian governments, Prof. Gunaratna has firsthand knowledge about how politics worked between Colombo and New Delhi. Characters like Jyotindra Nath Dixit, M. G. Ramachandran, M. Karunanidhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi had gone beyond the accepted diplomatic boundaries to enable the LTTE become a powerful force against the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL.) The late President J. R. Jayawardene’s West oriented policies also played a big role here. He should have been more diplomatic with the Indian leaders and solved the problem.

The failure by President Jayawardene to quell the Black July riots in 1983 that killed a few hundred Tamils in Sri Lanka lead the Tamil Nadu and the Government of India (GOI) to be more sympathetic to the militant groups. The latter made use of this sympathy to become stronger politically and militarily. Subsequently, military training camps to train the militants mushroomed in India. Rather than the Indian High Commission, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the intelligent agency of India took care of the relations between the two countries.

Professor Gunaratna details how the deteriorating relations between the two countries resulted in India violating Sri Lankan airspace and subsequent forced Indo-Lanka Peace Accord and the arrival of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF.) It was ironic that the IPKF happened to fight the LTTE, who had been trained by the GOI, itself.

Professor Gunaratna also describes how series of peace talks were held between the militants and the GOSL, starting from Thimphu, Bhutan to the Hilton Hotel, Colombo and how the LTTE sabotaged each opportunity to come to a compromise by getting what they wanted. The biggest betrayal of all was the attacking the GOSL forces after allegedly obtaining money and weapons from the then president Ranasinghe Premadasa. This angered him a lot and he appointed Ranjan Wijeratne, the energetic UNP Chairman as the Minister of State for Defense. Having foreseen the impending threat to the LTTE by the minister, they were able to remove him from the scene by using a remote controlled car bomb. Had he survived the attack just like Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa did, the story of the LTTE would have been different.

India’s attitude to Sri Lanka took a different turn after Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister was brutally killed by an LTTE suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, India in 1991. The LTTE was proscribed in India and the GOI was more helpful to GOSL. The book ends there.

I feel Professor Gunaratna’s book is factually correct to a great extent, but the downside is that it has some grammatical errors. This may cause a credibility issues in the minds of some readers. I hope this could be rectified in any future reprints.

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම – මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම - මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම – මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම - මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම – මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ මෙනමින් පොතක් ලියා ඇති බව මම කොහෙවත් අසා හෝ කියවා හෝ නොතිබුණි. එහෙත් මා හිතවත් ඩොනල්ඩ් ගාමිණීතිලක මහතා ඔහුගේ පුද්ගලික පුස්තාකාලය හිස් කරනවිට ඉතා දුර්ලභ පොත් කිහිපයක්ම මා හට ලෝභ නැතුව ලබාදුනි. එම එකතුවේ සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම පොත ලියා ඇත්තේ කවුදැයි බැලූවිට මා පුදුමයට පත්වූයේ එය මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ ලියා ඇතිබව දුටු විටයි. ඔහු සාහිත්‍යට අමතරව විද්‍යා කෘති ලියා ඇති බව මා දැන සිටියත් සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම වැනි පොතක් ලියා ඇති බව දුටු විට සෝවියට් දේශය ගැන කුඩා කල ඉමහත් භක්තියක් තිබූ මම අතිශයින්ම සතුටට පත්වීමි.

වික්‍රමසිංහයන් මෙම කෘතිය ලියා ඇත්තේ සෝවියට් දේශයේ දීර්ඝ සංචාරයකින් පසුව ඇතිවූ පහන් සිතෙන් යුතුවය. මේ පොත සඳහා ඔහු ඉතා වෙහෙස මහන්සියෙන් අවශ්‍ය දත්ත ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා බොහෝ සෝවියට් ප්‍රකාශන කියවා ඇති බව පෙනේ. විශේෂයෙන්ම ඉතා නූගත් ගැමියන්ගෙන් පිරි විශාල භූමි ප්‍රදේශයකින් යුතු ජනරජයක් ඉතා කෙටි කලකින් අධ්‍යාපන සහ තාක්ෂණික අංශවලින් ලද දියුණුව පුදුම සහගතය. සෝවියට් ප්‍රචාරාත්මක ව්‍යාපාරයේ බලපෑමට යම්කිසි දුරකට වික්‍රමසිංහ හසු නොවුවායයි කීමට අපහසු වුවත් කෘතියේ අඩංගු දත්ත බොහෝදුරට සත්‍ය බව සෝවියට් දේශයේ සතුරන් පවා එකඟ වූ කරුණකි. අධ්‍යාපන, සෞඛ්‍ය, විද්‍යා, තාක්ෂණ, සාහිත්‍ය සහ ක්‍රීඩා අංශවලින් සෝවියට් දේශය පැන්නේ සෝවියට් රිටි පැනීමේ ශූර සර්ජි බුබ්කාගේ පිමිවලටත් වඩා උස පිමිය.

මේ පොත ඉතාම දුර්ලභ සහ වටිනා පොතක් වුවත් මා එය මා හිතවත් දයා විජේසිංහට ලබා දුන්නේ ඔහු මටත් වඩා හොඳට එය සංරක්ෂණය කරනු ඇති බවට ඔහුගේ පුස්තකාලය දුටුවිට මට සිතුණු බැවිනි. කඩදාසි පොත්වලට වඩා ඉලෙක්ට්‍රොනික පොත්පත් වලට මා බොහෝ වේගයෙන් අනුගත වෙමින් යන නිසා තව දුරටත් කඩදාසි පොත් පත් වලට මගේ සීමිත ඉඩකඩ ප්‍රමාණවත් වේදැයි සැක සහිතය.

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම - මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

සෝවියට් දේශයේ නැගීම – මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ

Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity

I had the pleasure of reading Richard Branson’s autobiography,  Losing My Virginity last year. It is a thick book but you won’t feel like keeping it aside even for a cup of tea or a meal as the book is written in such a way that uninterrupted reading is needed. I had already heard about this genius of a businessman who fights an unending battle of dyslexia yet, despite all that, there are 400 odd companies to his credit. He starts business by publishing a magazine called “Student” while a teenager but fails to sell it to another party and the magazine dies a natural death. Then he starts a mail order record business. Later he names the business Virgin Records and expands the business to other continents as well.

Like most of the other entrepreneurs, Branson also is a man of many a facet. He has a queer childhood dealing with dyslexia as a student, has several affairs with women, lives a pretty good family life and, more than anything else, he is a great risk-taker. He travels around the world in a balloon with a professional and meets near-death experiences and still has a passion for more adventure at his old age. He has his own peculiar type of marketing campaigns for his new ventures that take the audience by storm.

He never is disturbed by failure throughout his career as a businessman. He takes risks. Who else will start a venture like Virgin Galactic at a time NASA manages almost all their space programs with the government money? Branson is not disturbed by the failure of the first flight to take a cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Branson becomes brutally honest about his relationships, unethical business deals in the first part of his career, etc. He reveals them all in a way no other person of his caliber will be comfortable with at all.

In the introduction of the book, Branson tells us that “Losing My Virginity” is Volume One of his autobiography, which takes him up to his early 40s. So, let’s hope that we would be able to read a sequel at least after his retirement, if he ever retires for that matter. It was rumored in October 2010 “Variety” magazine that Losing My Virginity was being adapted into a biopic by David Mirkin, who would write, direct and co-produce the film with Steven Paul. But there is no information available as far as I know about the status of that project.

Branson published this book, “Losing My Virginity” in 1998. With the success of this, he later published some other books including Screw It, Let’s Do It (2006), Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur (2008), Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting Into Space (2010), Screw Business as Usual (2011), Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School (2013) and The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead (2014). Branson published an updated edition of Losing My Virginity in 2005. He tells us his views on 9/11 and how it affected his business, especially his airline Virgin Atlantic.

Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Richard Stengel

Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage - Richard Stengel

Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Richard Stengel

Mandela’s way is an inspiring book written by Richard Stengel with a forward by Nelson Mandela himself. This book explains 15 important life lessons of Mandela.

After Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela was the ideal leader, inspiration and the role model the world witnessed. One cannot expect such an exemplary figure to live in this century. He was almost a saint towards the latter part of his life though he had a rebellious youth. From a man who was made to suffer in a small cell in a prison, away from his loved ones, the last thing one can expect is a forgiving character to leave that prison cell. But he shelved his hatred in the prison cell when he left it at his ripe old age to free his people and stun the world. Such a long prison sentence did not make him a vindictive character.

The editor of Time magazine, Richard Stengel, has dug into Mandela’s life to unearth 15 valuable life lessons out of the latter’s life. The author was also with Mandela when the latter was writing his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” and traveled extensively with him for three years. This was the time Mandela aligned South Africa towards its first democratic election which brought him into the presidency, and, for which he did not look forward to a second term at a time he was the most popular candidate for the job. The humility of this great soul did not allow him to be greedy for such a high position as he decided that his duty was only to take his country out of apartheid to a democracy. This is one of the main reasons why people all over the world idolize him as an all-time great.

For Stengel, Mandela was the relentless person who knew how to sell a contradiction and come to a compromise when he had got the upper hand in many a moment after becoming a world hero. But he was so humble that he thought of the one at the receiving end to be comfortable first. That is how “the grandfather of South Africa” molded into. His long journey from the protégé of a tribal king as a child, to a freedom fighter at his youth, having to spend a twenty-seven-year imprisonment, to the post of president of his fatherland at his old age and to his remarriage at the age of eighty are magnificent events to learn from.

Chances are that you will hardly ever come across such a multifaceted character of this magnitude. So, do not think twice on investing on this excellent book. I am yet to read the “Long Walk to Freedom” of his, but ensure you that this piece can still be considered the next best.


Nelson Mandela Drawing

Nelson Mandela Drawing

I drew this picture of Mandela when I was a schoolboy in 1980’s and he, a prisoner. I had no way of sending it to him. I again found the same drawing when he was the ex-president and sent this along with a covering letter to the then president Thabo Mbeki requesting his office to send the picture to the person I intended. But, to my dismay, the letter was returned to me in a couple of weeks.

I had sent similar letters with the pictures I drew of them to people like Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson earlier and all of them were replied by those people even though I had addressed the letters with only the name of the recipient and the country. But in Mandela’s case, it did not work. Who knows, if it went to Mandela, I may have had an opportunity to have a cup of coffee with him?

Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela

Mr. Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela

Mr. Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela

This is Mr. Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop in K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela. This is the Silverine Bookshop that was in Realty Plaza, Ja Ela. The bookshop was shifted to the new location ( K-Zone, Kapuwaththa, Ja Ela) this year due to lack of sales in Realty Plaza. I bought the book Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacsonfrom here at Realty Plaza, Ja Ela. The good thing about this bookshop is it is so small that it cannot store a big stock of books. So, Mr Gunawardhana, the proprietor of Silverine Bookshop has selected only good and popular books and you feel like buying the whole stock as all the books here are readable






Wings of Fire – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari

It was a treat to read Wings of Fire, an autobiography about late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam by himself with Arun Tiwari some time back. Re-blogging the same post I wrote after reading the book as a mark of respect to the great scientist, leader and a true patriot of India.

Nanda Wanninayaka

Wings of Fire Book Cover Wings of Fire Book Cover

I bought Wings of Fire while returning from India once as I was keen on reading about India’s foremost nuclear scientist, “the Missile Man of India,” Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam.) The book is an autobiography of former President of India, Dr. Kalam. It was written collectively by Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari who worked with the former. In this book Kalam tells the reader about his early life, hardships he underwent while studying, little luck he had, efforts made while working on defense related work and constant failures and hard work that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs. Kalam started his career, after graduating from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and was assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. Later he moved to ISRO and helped establish the…

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කළමනාකරණයට මනුස්සකම – කාර්මික ඉංජිනේරු ලෝකයේ ජිනසේන ලකුණ – ආචාර්ය තිස්ස ජිනසේන


ආචාර්ය තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා විසින් සම්පාදනය කළ “කළමනාකරණයට මනුස්සකම” පොත එක දිගටම කියවා නිම කළෙමි. තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතාගේ සීයා වන සී. ජිනසේන විසින් 1905 දී බයිසිකල් නඩත්තු කරන කුඩා වැඩපොළක් ලෙස ඇරඹු කුඩා ව්‍යාපාරය ඉංජිනේරු තාක්ෂණ ලෝකයට දේශීය දොරක් විවර කර දුන් ආකාරය පොතෙන් විස්තර කෙරේ. සී. ජිනසේන මහතාගේ පුතුණුවන් වන ටී. එස්. ජිනසේන මහතා විසින් වඩාත් පුළුල් කළ ජිනසේන සමූහ ව්‍යාපාරය ඔහුගේ පුතුන් හතර දෙනා වන තෙවැනි පරපුර විසින් තව දුරටත් ව්‍යාප්ත කළ ආකාරය අපූරුය. බොහෝ පවුලේ ව්‍යාපාර නාස්තිකාර තුන්වන පරපුරෙන් එහාට නොයතත් ජිනසේන සමූහය ඊට වෙනස්ය. දිනෙන් දින දියුණුවට පත්වේ. ඊට හේතුව ඊට අනුබද්ධිත ආයතන වල ඇති නිවැරදි කළමනාකරණ විධියි.

තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා ගල්කිස්ස ශාන්ත තෝමස් විද්‍යාලයෙන් පාසල් අධ්‍යාපනය නිමවා එංගලන්තයේ Loughborough විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් නිෂ්පාදන ඉංජිනේරු තාක්ෂණය සහ කළමනාකරණය පිළිබඳ මූලික උපාධියත්, 1972 වසරේ දී එංගලන්තයේම Reading විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් කෘෂිකාර්මික ඉංජිනේරු තාක්ෂණය පිළිබඳ පශ්චාත් උපාධියත් ලබා ඉංජිනේරු තාක්ෂණය පිළිබඳ පුළුල් අවබෝධයක් ලබාගත්තේය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණි පසු තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා 1973 දී පර්යේෂණ හා සංවර්ධන අංශයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයා වශයෙන් ජිනසේන සමූහ ව්‍යාපාරයට වම්බන්ධ විණි. ඔහු ඒ වනවිටත් ජනප්‍රියව පැවති ජිනසේන නිෂ්පාදනයක් වන සෙන්ට්‍රික් වතුර පොම්පය නව තාක්ෂණය අනුව වැඩි දියුණු කළේය. ඊට අමතරව ලංකාවේ ප්‍රථම කොළ මඩින යන්ත්‍රය වූ ඇග්‍රිමෙක් යන්ත්‍රයද, ගොයම් කපන යන්ත්‍රයක්ද, ලංකාවේ කෘෂිකර්මාන්තයට ගැලපෙන විදියේ රෝද දෙකේ අත් ට්‍රැක්ටර් කිහිපයක්ද නිර්මාණය කළේය.

කළමනාකරණයට මනුස්සකම පොතෙන් බොහෝ දුරට ආවරණය වන්නේ බෙල්ජියානු සමාගමක් (සොලිඩීල් – Solideal) සමග ඒකාබද්ධව ආරම්භ කළ ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් (Loadstar) සොලිඩ් ටයර් සමාගම, එහි ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය සහ කදිම කළමණාකරණයයි.

ආචාර්ය තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් ආයතනය ආරම්භ කළේ 1984 වසරේදීය. පළමු ටයර් බහාලුම නැව්ගත කොට විදේශ රටකට යැවීමට මාස තුනක් පමණ ගත වුවත් අද වන විට මසකට බහාලුම් 800ක් අපනයනය කිරීමට ආයතනය සමත් වී ඇත. ඊට අමතරව 2006, 2007 වසරවලදී නොකඩවා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තනි විශාලතම අපනයන කරුවා වශයෙන් ආයතනය සම්මාන ලැබීය.ලෝක ඝන ටයර් නිෂ්පාදනයෙන් 25%කට වැඩි කොටසක් නිපදවන ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් ආයතනය ඝන ටයර් නිෂ්පාදන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ ලෝකයේ ප්‍රමුඛයා බවට පත්වී ඇත. රබර් ට්‍රැක් නිෂ්පාදනයෙන් ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් ලෝකයේ දෙවනියායි. තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතාට මේ හපන්කම කිරීමට සහය වූ අනෙක් සහායකයා වූයේ සොලිඩීල් ආයතනයේ කළමනාකාර අධ්‍යක්ෂ බෙල්ජියම් ජාතික පියරේ ප්‍රින්ජියස් මහතාය. රටවල් දෙකක සංස්කෘති දෙකක හැදී වැඩුනත් මේ දෙදෙනාගේ සුසංයෝගය ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් ආයතනය අද තිබෙන තත්වයට ගෙන ඒමට ප්‍රබලම සාධකය විණි.

ජිනසේන මහතා තම සේවක මඬුල්ල ගැන තද ධනාත්මක ආකල්පයකින් සිටී. සේවකයන් දෙස නිතරම සැකෙන් බලනු වෙනුවට ඔවුන් දෙස සානුකම්පිත ලෙස බලයි. නිතරම ඔවුන් අගය කරයි. දිරිමත් කරයි. වෘත්තීය වශයෙන් ඉදිරියට යාමට උදව් කරයි. එයින් නොනැවතී පෞද්ගලික ජීවිතයේ පත්වන අසීරුතා වලදී පවා මැදිහත් වී උදව් කරයි. ඒ නිසා ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර්හි වෘත්තීය සමිති, වැඩ වර්ජන නොමැත. සියල්ල විසඳෙන්නේ සුහද සාකච්ඡා මාර්ගයෙනි.

වැඩබිමේ අසීරු වැඩවලදී තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතාද අනෙකුත් සේවකයන් මෙන් හරි හරියට වැඩ කරයි. තමන්ට කළ නොහැකි දෙයක් ඔහු සේවකයන්ගෙන් බලාපොත්තු නොවෙයි. ටයි කෝට් දාගෙන සීතල කාමරයක රැඳෙනවා වෙනුවට සාමාන්‍ය ඇඳුමින් සැරසී මජං, ග්‍රීස්, තෙල් වලින් නැහැවී, සේවකයන් හා හරිහරියට වැඩකිරීම ඔහුට ආස්වාදයකි. මෙවැනි නායකයෙක් සිටින කළ එම ආයතනය දියුණුවෙන් දියුණුවට පත්වීම පුදුමයකට කාරණයක් නොවේ.

ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් හි අද වනවිට 8000කට ආසන්න පිරිසක් සේවය කරති. ඔවුන්ව නවීන පුහුණු ක්‍රම, විදේශ පුහුණු සංචාර, නවීන LPS සහ SAP වැනි ක්‍රමවේද මෙන්ම යහපත් ආකල්ප සහ ගුණ වගාවෙන්ද සන්නද්ධ කොට ඇත.

මීට අමතරව ආයතනය මගින් වායව ටයර් (Air Tyre) සහ රීම් නිෂ්පාදනයද ආරම්හ කෙරිණි. එමගින්ද ලෝකයේ පෙරටම යාමට ආයතනයට හැකි විය.

2008, 2009 ලෝක ආර්ථික අවපාතය හමුවේද ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් නොසැලුනි. කළමනාකරණයේ යහපත්කම සහ සේවක පිරිසගේ නොමඳ කැපවීම නිසා ඒ අසීරු කාල වලදීත් යහපත් නිෂ්පාදනයක් සහ අලෙවියක් පවත්වා ගැනීමට ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් සමත්විණි.

ඒ වනවිට ලෝක ට්‍රැක් නිෂ්පාදනයේ ප්‍රමුඛතම ස්ථානයේ සිටි කැමොප්ලාස්ට් (Camoplast) ආයතනය හා එක්වී ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර්, සොලිඩීල්, කැමොප්ලාස්ට් ආයතන තුනම එක්වී කැමොප්ලාස්ට් සොලිඩීල් නමින් වඩාත් ශක්තිමත් ආයතනයක් බිහිවිණි.

මේ වනවිට තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා ආයතනයේ විධායක මට්ටමේ සේවයට සමුදී ඇතත් තවමත් ඔහුගේ මග පෙන්වීම ආයතනයට අවශ්‍ය වූ විට ලැබේ. ජිනසේන මහතා මේ වනවිට බොහෝවිට පුණ්‍ය ආයතන වලට උදව් කිරීමෙන් සහ අධ්‍යාත්මික සුවය වර්ධනය කර ගැනීමට කැප වී සිටී.

තිස්ස ජිනසේන මහතා රටේ ආර්ථිකයට සහ අනෙකුත් ආයතනවල දියුණුවට කළ කැපවීම නිසාම රුහුණු විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය විසින් ඔහුට ආචාර්ය උපාධියක්ද පිරිනමන ලදී.

මෙම ග්‍රන්ථය ඔබ අතට පත් කිරීමට නිබඳවම කැපවුණ ලෝඩ්ස්ටාර් සමූහයේ පුහුණු කරුවකු ලෙස සේවය කරන කේ. එච්. ජනත් නන්දසිරි මහතාව සිහිකරන්නේ ගෞරවයෙනි.

Maharaja – Diwan Jarmani Dass

Maharaja - Diwan Jarmani Dass

Maharaja – Diwan Jarmani Dass

The Book “Maharaja” was written by Diwan Jarmani Dass. He was born in Punjab in 1895, was a minister in the Indian princely states of Kapurthala and Patiala. He was well-verse in Punjabi, Urdu, English and French. He was highly decorated by the Vatican and the Governments of France, Spain, Morocco, Egypt and many other countries. He was also decorated by the Rulers of Kapurthala, Patiala and Bhawalpur States.

The book reveals amazing lifestyles of Maharajas and the royal families, their sex lives, lavish and extravagant spending on their comforts, etc. Though the majority of Maharajas were selfish and extravagant there had been some generous Maharajas as well. Some Maharajas were educated and intelligent while majority of them were just prodigals. All Maharajas had harems and huge palaces. Most of them were into expensive liquor. Though rare, some Maharajas had been very duty conscious and executed the state’s duties towards the subjects in a fair and just manner.

Most of the Maharajas were highly interested in game hunting. They treat it as a way of showing chivalry. They did it in a highly organized manner.

Politics of Maharajas were dirty most of the time. Cheating and betrayal are part and parcel of their politics.

Diwan Jarmani Dass has been fiercely open and independent in revealing the secrets of Maharajas of yesteryear and we should be thankful to him for writing this exclusive book about Maharajas.