Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teamwork and Leadership in Islam

It is well known that, since the beginning of time, man is unable to live in isolation. We Muslims believe, even with all the beauties in Heaven, Adam (peace be upon him) was made a wife – Hawa’ (Eve) – for the sake of companionship – and this marked the formation of the first team on earth.
In Islam there are so many successful examples and stories on teamwork and leadership. The father-son relationship of Ibrahim and Ismail building the Ka’bah, Dangerous migration of the handful of Muslims to Abyssinia, joint leadership of Moses and Aaron (peace be upon them) etc.  Working together has always been important in Islam and it falls upon all believers to honor this responsibility and hold on to the rope of God together.
Noble Quran says, hold firmly all together the rope which Allah SWT had stretched out for you and be not divided among yourselves. (Al-Imran 3:103). It shows the guidance was given and a lot of good can come out of hanging on together and helping each other out in times of difficulties.

Monday, October 14, 2013

සිතිවිලි..


නිදන ලෙසට මද මරු මට හාදු දෙයි
නොනිදා ඉන්න! ඔබේ සුවඳ මට කියයි
මගේ සිතත් ඔබේ තුරුලෙම ලැගුම් ගයි
නලවන්නකෝ ලමැද තියා ස්නේහයෙන්..

වනපොත් වී ඔබේ රූපය මගේ හිතේ
මතක සුවඳ කවි සිත්තම් වී ගැයේ
මගේ මනස ඔබේ පහස නිති සොයයි
පෙම් සිතිවිලි මගේ සිත නිති කිති කවයි..

ඔබේ සෙනෙහස මතකෙට නැගෙනා විට
උණුසුම් කඳුලු පිපෙයි නෙතින් මුතු ඇට
පෙම් බස් දොඩන්නට කැමතී විටින් විට
ලං වී ඉන්න නිරතුරු වී මා ලඟට..


Saturday, October 12, 2013

සමනල සංධවනිය මට ඇසුන හැටි..

විටෙක ඇසෙන විටෙක නොඇසෙන අහිංසක හැඟීමක් වටා ගෙතුනු ඉතා සංවේදී අමුතුම කතාවක් යැයි පැවසුවොත් මා නිවැරදිය. මෙම චීත්‍රපටය නරඹන විට මගේ සිතට නැගුණු හැඟීම් බොහෝය, කිමද මෙම කතාව අප කාගේත් ජීවිතයේ සිටින ව්ශේෂ, අපිට ලං විය නොහැකි වුවත් අමුතු බැඳීමක් ඇතැයි සිතෙන, අසාමාන්‍ය වූ නමුත් අතිපිවිතුරු, සුමිහිරි මතකයන් ගෙන එන, ඒ සුන්දර වූ හෘදස්පන්දනයයි. මෙය වචනයට හෝ සමාජයේ පිලිගත් මතිමතාන්තර වලට හෝ සීමා කල නොහැකි එකකි. වාධීශ නැමති චරිතයද එවැනි අත්දැකීමකට මුහුණ දෙන අහිංසක චරිතයකි.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Leaving it for something better


Yes my heading gives a bad impression at the first glance, but here I am talking about the job I am doing. I am an innate marketing person and its time to take strategic initiatives to reach my career aspirations. Currently I am in a finance

position even though it has market research and analysis. Some people can call this as a fundamental mistake but I think all happened because life wanted me to learn some more. Well, I was offered a job in a multinational advertising firm and the current job I am doing. I was so excited because both the options are great. I did my best at the initial selection process for the position at the advertising firm but I the best story is about the current job I am doing.

I got a call from my current employer when I was at KFC exactly 19 months before. I was a bit surprised and didn't even care because I knew even if I go to this interview I would not get it. So what I did was I just forgot about it and was really excited about the job offer at the advertising firm. Because I knew I can perform very well.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

මට පුළුවන් විදිහට..

මා බාල වියේ සිට හිතේ තිබූ හීනයක් හැබෑ කරගන්න පුළුවන් කාලයක් උදා වෙලා කියා පැවසුවොත් මම නිවැරදියි. දැනට මම මේ ව්‍යාපෘතිය තනිවම කරගෙන යන අතර එය ඉතා කුඩා පරිමාණයෙනි. මම දියත් කරන ඊලඟ ව්‍යාපෘතිය වන්නේ, අලුත් අවුරුද්දට පොත් ලැයිස්තුව මිලදී ගන්න බැරි නංඟිලා මල්ලිලාට පුලුවන් විදිහට දායක වෙන්න. මේ කටයුත්ත මහා පරිමාණයෙන් දියත් කිරීමට  දැනට හැකියාවක් නොපවතින අතර, හැකිතාක් දුරට මගේ යහලු යෙහෙලියන්, නෑ හිතමිතුරන් දැනුවත් කර සියලු කටයුතු සූදානම් කර ඇත.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

කරුණාවති.. අහිංසක අම්මා කෙනෙකුගේ කතාවක්.

කව්ද මේ කරුණවති? පසුගිය දිනක කොලඹ ප්‍රසිද්ධ පෞද්ගලික රෝහලකට ගොඩවැදුනේ මගේ මහත්තයාට වැලඳී තිබූ උණ සහ කැස්සට ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා ගැනීමටය. නර්ස් නෝනා අප දෙදෙනා දොස්තර මහත්මිය වෙතට යවන තුරු අප රැඳී සිටියේ වෙද්‍ය කුටිය පිටත පේලියට දමා ඇති ආසන වලය. සුපුරුදු ලෙස මගේ නෙතට ගැටෙන සියලු දේනා අධ්‍යනය කරන මම දුටුවේ බාල රෙදිපටක් වුවද ඉතා පිලිවලට මසා නිම කල ඇඳුමක් ඇඳගත් මිටි කාන්තාවකි. ඇය ඉතා සෙමින් ඇවිද ආවේ ජංගම දුරකතනයකින් කතා කර කර අප දෙසට ඇදී ආ කාන්තාවක් පසු පසින්ය.. ඇයගේ කතාවට සවන් දුන් මට දැනගන්නට ලැබුනේ ඇය හිටිවන බුදු පිළිමයක් මිලදී ගැනීමට තැනක් සොයන බැවිනි. ඇය දුරකථනයෙන් දිගටම කතා කරමින් පැමිණ පුටු දෙක තුනක් එහායින් අසුන් ගත්තාය.

මා දුටු මිටි කාන්තාව මා අසල හිටගෙන ඇය දෙස බලා සිටි අතර දුරකතනයෙන් කතා කර කර ආ කාන්තාව ඇයට වාඩි වන ලෙස හිසින් සංඥා කලාය. ඇයද එම සංඥාව අනුගමනය කරමින් මා අසල වාඩි වූවාය. සුළු මොහොතකට මට අනුමාන කර ගැනීමට නොහැකි වුනේ මේ ඇයගේ මවද නැතිනම් අඳුරන කාන්තාවක් ද කියා. නමුත් ඇය මව විය නොහැකිය, කිමද ඇය අසුන් ගැනීමට දෙවරක් කල්පනා කල බැවින්.

දුරකතන ඇමතුම අවසන් වූ විගස ඇය අනෙක් කාන්තාව සමඟ කතා කරන්නට පටන් ගත්තාය. "කරුණාවති, ඔයා බෙහෙත් ඕනාවට වඩා අරගෙන ඇඟට ඔය බෙහෙත් පුරුදු වෙලා, ඒකයි ඔය කිසිම බෙහෙතක් දැන් වැඩකරන්නේ නැත්තේ". කරුණාවති ඇය දෙස බලා අහින්සක සිනහවක් පෑවාය.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Still at office.. wondering


It's a hectic day and I am still at office waiting for my husband to pick me. Kind of bored but still have the courage to write something. I'm just seeing random things right now, yes my coffee helps me a lot to do that. Still people are around trying to figure out their work and specially how to say good bye to their office computer. Its just tiring to stay in this chair and look at the screen and even look into others work. But I just don't know how to get rid of it.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My dear grandma

I could never fully thank you for all that you did, all that you do and all the lovely things you taught me and our family. I would have to spend every moment of my life hugging you in order to do that. God has truly blessed our family with you, Grandma. You are so perfect in everything that you do. You love us unconditionally and for that we are grateful too. You are one in a million and we really mean it and everyone knows it. Our queen and one and only. You are always different and you never wanted to hide it. You are just amazing in everything you do. You wanted us to achieve and you were proud about it and your never giving up attitude motivated us a lot. We are very proud to say that we are your grand-children and people love to hear it. 

I can remember my mom and her siblings used to say that you did your best to raise them up, educate them and guide them towards the future they are having today. Because of your unconditional love and strength directed them to be better people and to guide us in the same way. I know that you sacrificed a lot in your life because of us and you wanted us to get the best in everything. I can say that all your dreams have come true. 



Thursday, February 14, 2013

My thoughts on Halal Issue

Some people might think, I am crazy or may be some might disagree with my opinion, But I would like to share what I feel.

Halal Certificate is a validation done by ACJU to check is there any way that the food or the product has HARAM assortments (HARAM means strictly prohibited in Islam such as Lard, alcohol or any other related byproducts) and cleanliness. YES it is true this is only for Muslims but not for any other religion and also it is a valid point because of this 8% population why everyone else has to pay for this.

First of all, obtaining the Halal certificate is a voluntary initiation. If the company wants to get it, ACJU processes the application and follows the procedure. A monitory value is incurred in this process and it depends on the size of the business. For a small business and if that business has 1-5 products they only have to pay 500-700 per month (It means on average, (500+700)/2*12 = 7200 per annum). If it is a large multinational company and having more than 100 products to certify the amount is fixed.

All the promotions, leaflets and other campaigns are specially done to educate the Muslims and definitely rest has the total freedom to neither reject nor ignore these. Obviously if the companies do not want to obtain this certificate definitely the business will not report losses since the Muslim population is just approximately 8% of the total population.

Some people might think this amount might be a huge cost and can affect the profitability but for this the best example I can provide is, a Halal certified small businesses’ product and an established non-Halal multinational’s product’s pricing structure is similar. There is no significant variation on the product pricing and it is a very simple economic theory where the price increases the demand decreases. Therefore, if someone is arguing a business is reporting loss because of this Halal Certificate definitely the company’s management will think twice than the customer to remove the certificate or exit the business.

We all are the children of Mother Sri Lanka and I wonder why all of a sudden these conflicts arises and the ACJU certify these products since 1924 as an independent, non-political, non-governmental national religious institution in Sri Lanka and ACJU was incorporated by an Act of Parliament No. 51 of 2000, with a membership of over 3,000 Ulama.

Anyone can reject Halal products and they have total rights to do it since it’s not a must to consume Halal products for non-Muslims. But as Muslims we do not request alcohol, drugs or any other illegal products to certify. End of the day I wish Sri Lanka always to be a peaceful country with religious harmony.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Facebook enables free iPhone voice calls

The tech press started buzzing earlier this month with reports that Facebook planned to add VoIP (voice over IP) calling to its Messenger app for the iPhone. The new feature officially arrived, when Facebook released an update for its app.

 

Source : CNN Money

Facebook's app transmits calls using your phone's broadband connection, whatever it is 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. Instead of sucking up your monthly allotted voice minutes from your cellular carrier, it sucks up megabytes from your data plan. That's a boon for heavy talkers with unlimited data plans.
                                        
This is nothing new or technologically groundbreaking: Skype was doing it long before Facebook. Facebook has many more active users than Skype, though, and the allure of having to use one less network or app will appeal to some (perhaps many).
                                        
But it's not all roses just yet. For now, this is a pretty limited offering. Your phone won't alert you the way it does when you have a normal call: Facebook calls just show up as a push notification. And right now, you can only connect with a conversation partner who also has Messenger installed on their iPhone.
                                        
There's no way to ring up a Facebook friend who is logged in through the website, and there isn't any way to place a call to a ten-digit phone number. Calling is still absent from the Android and BlackBerry versions of the Messenger app.
                                        
There's a good reason for those omissions. The VoIP features in the Web version of Facebook were built using Skype's technologies, while the calling technology in Messenger is all Facebook. The ability to place and receive calls using traditional phone numbers requires telecommunications resources Facebook doesn't have (at the moment, at least).
                                        
For the time being, services such as Google Voice and Skype have a leg up, given their larger feature sets. But Facebook generally doesn't let anything remain in stasis for long. As we've seen in the past and caught a glimpse of yesterday with the Graph Search reveal Facebook likes to start small, and steadily flesh out its products. Expect the same with voice calling.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Nations prepare for cyber war

Security analysts are predicting that 2013 is when nation-sponsored cyberwarfare goes mainstream -- and some think such attacks will lead to actual deaths.


In 2012, large-scale cyberattacks targeted at the Iranian government were uncovered, and in return, Iran is believed to have launched massive attacks aimed at U.S. banks and Saudi oil companies. At least 12 of the world's 15 largest military powers are currently building cyberwarfare programs, according to James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
 
So a cyber Cold War is already in progress. But some security companies believe that battle will become even more heated this year. "Nation states and armies will be more frequent actors and victims of cyberthreats," a team of researchers at McAfee Labs, an Intel subsidiary, wrote in a recent report. Michael Sutton, Head of Security Research at cloud security company Zscaler, said he expects governments to spend furiously on building up their cyber arsenals. Some may even outsource attacks to online hackers.
                                        
The Obama administration and many in Congress have been more vocal about how an enemy nation or a terrorist cell could target the country's critical infrastructure in a cyberattack. Banks, stock exchanges, nuclear power plants and water purification systems are particularly vulnerable, according to numerous assessments delivered to Congress last year.

But after legislation aimed at preventing such attacks stalled in Congress last year, some experts believe this will be the year when cyberattacks turn deadly. "Nation-state attackers will target critical infrastructure networks such as power grids at unprecedented scale in 2013," predicted Chiranjeev Bordoloi, CEO of security company Top Patch. "These types of attacks could grow more sophisticated, and the slippery slope could lead to the loss of human life."
                                        
Security firm IID also predicted that cyberattacks will lead to the loss of life this year. But others say that such event is unlikely. Our most potent online foes, Russia and China, haven't shown an interest in infrastructure attacks. Those that would pursue them -- Iran is often mentioned -- haven't yet proven capable of pulling off something on that scale.
Source : CNN Money

Facebook pulls back on crucial external ad network

Facebook might not be diving into the external advertising business as quickly as people hoped. The company is rolling back a series of tests involving Facebook Ads appearing on other mobile ad networks.


Facebook pulls back on crucial external ad networkA spokesperson for Facebook told VentureBeat in an email, “We are pausing our mobile ads test off of Facebook. While the results we have seen and the feedback from partners has been positive, our focus is on scaling ads in mobile news feed before ads off of Facebook. We have learned a lot from this test that will be useful in the future.”

Facebook has a lot of advertising products on its plate with Sponsored Stories, ads in its own news
feed, Facebook Ads, a test on Zynga.com, and probably more. The company might be backburner-ing the product while it prepares other technology, with the intention of returning to it.

Shareholders might not be happy about the change. An external advertising network that takes advantage of the wealth of data Facebook has about its users was a promising revenue generator. Rumors recently circulated that the company was teaming up with Microsoft’s Atlas Solutions to build an external network. The Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership, saying Facebook does not comment on rumors. As mentioned, the company also experimented with ads on social gaming company Zynga.com. There, the ads appeared in the lower corner, and show which of your friends have also liked a game you are currently viewing. It seems like the Zynga tests are not yet being shut down, which suggests Facebook isn’t giving up.
Source : Venture Beat

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