Computer, a hi-tech invention
The computer helps man in many ways. A door to the modern world, the
computer has become one of the most advanced technological inventions in
the world today. Even small children can operate a computer nowadays
because it is found in many homes and even schools.
In the medical field a computer is very useful, especially for
scanning, to search for new medicines and to research into new diseases,
among many other functions. Same even use computers for certain sports
activities. It is generally used as an instructor.
There are many computers in the market today such as palmtops,
laptops, desktops, minicomputers, mainframe computers and micro
computers. The computer is very useful for school leavers too,
especially to look for employment.
We can contact many people who are living far away from us via skype,
e-mail, messenger and facebook.
At times a computer can make a person become lazy.
A computer has the ability to do a great deal of work which brings
man fame. However, if man misuses it, it can become embarrassing for
So, use the computer only to carry out useful and good work and make
the maximum out of it. The computer, which is the result of advanced
technology, is there to make our lives comfortable and successful, not
complicated. We must use it in a responsible manner.
of our land
Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Yapahuwa, Gadaladeniya and
Ambakke are some of the ruined cities of Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura is one of the most sacred places in the country because
the branch of the Bo tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment
is planted in the Mahamewuna Garden. Anuradhapura which is the first
capital of Sri Lanka was founded by King Pandukabhaya. Ruins of many
ancient edifices can be seen in Anuradhapura even today.
Sigiriya is a rock fortress built by King Kasyapa. The ruins of the
palace can be seen here along with the world famous frescoes, waterways
and graffiti walls.
Polonnaruwa too has many ruins. The Parakrama Samudrya situated in
Polonnaruwa is symbolic of its grandeur in the past. Yapahuwa was once
the Kingdom of King Buwanekabahu. Here too ruins can be seen. Ambakke
Devale is famous for its wood carvings.
All these places are precious and important because of their
historical and cultural significance. They must be protected. These
ruins display the creativeness, patience and skills of our ancestors.
We, as Sri Lankans must be proud of these ancient places.
A rainy day
It was a cloudy, dull day. The sky was dark and a chilly wind was
blowing. I was on my way to school when suddenly rain drops started
falling. As I had no umbrella, I covered my books under my shirt and ran
fast to school. The slight drizzle turned into a heavy shower in next to
no time. When I reached school I was drenched.
The leaky roof and the spray from the rain made our classroom wet.
The tables and chairs were all wet. Most students came late to school
and they were also wet like me. There was thunder and lightening too.
There was no sign of the heavy shower receding.
The playground, our garden and all the paths were also flooded. We
made paper boats and floated them in the water. Then the good news came
from the Principal’s office - “Today is a holiday.”
We were all glad and excited. We ran and jumped about in the flood
water, splashed water at each other and also threw stones into the pools
of water, to watch the ripples with great joy. We had an old football
with us so we kicked it over the flooded grounds. It was great fun. Our
shirts were covered with mud. It was still raining when we went home by
11 ‘o’ clock. I was wet to my bones.
My father was very cross with me. My mother came running with a towel
and dried my hair first. My grandma made me a hot cup of coffee. She
feared I might get a headache and fever. She wrenched my ears and said,
“You naughty boy”. I didn’t care. I was only thinking of the great fun
we had that morning.
My favourite toy
It is a jeep. It is yellow and black. It has big wheels. It has four
doors, two white lights. I love my jeep.
What leads to
Most people eat fast food which contains fat and carbohydrates.
Eating too much fat leads to obesity. Some people eat more than they
cause of obesity is lack of exercise. We do not have time to do
exercises as we spend hours in front of the television and computers.
Many people travel by vehicles, so hardly any walking is done. In
villages, not everyone has vehicles. Therefore, many people walk. As a
result most villagers are not obese and are free from diabetes,
cholesterol and blood pressure. They also do not eat ‘junk’ food.
Another fact that leads to obesity is the type of jobs we do. Many
people do not have time to play, exercise or even relax. They work
sitting in one place. Sedentary jobs lead to many illnesses too.
Many people work hard and are pressed for time. They eat the wrong
food, seated at their desks at times. They do not have time to even to
walk about. So, they gain weight.
Another reason is the type of environment, especially in cities. Lack
of parks, playgrounds, trails, swimming pools, rivers and side walks,
prevent people from going for walks and exercising. Even when facilities
such as swimming pools are available, they do not use them because of
their hectic lifestyles.
Many do not play football, basketball, badminton and do any running
or walking. They do not have time for such activities. In fact, they
have no leisure time and freedom. Advertising also is one of the causes
of obesity. Commercials and advertisements of food tempt even children
to consume a lot of sugary drinks, chocolates, toffees and many other
fat and sugar based foods. Therefore, many children have diabetes today.
Obesity is also caused by genes. If there is a family history of
obesity, especially if the parents are fat, it is possible that children
too could be fat.
So, to avoid obesity, we should control our food and do plenty of
Obesity is one of the major problems faced by many countries in the
I was born in Haggala
I am a tree in the Botanical Gardens at Haggala. It is situated in
the Nuwara Eliya district. I have to live in very cold weather. Now I am
accustomed to these climate changes, especially the cold weather
condition. I am protected by some officials who have been appointed
especially to do so. Though many people visit me from all corners of the
country, they are not allowed to harm me in any way.
When they sit in my shade, they talk about a lot of things. One thing
I understand is that they are jealous of my fruits, leaves and other
parts of the body. They also say that if I were born in their garden,
they could harass me as they wish. Thanks to all those who protect me
from such danger.
Every year, lots of animals and birds are hunted by man, either for
food and raw material or for sport. Some animals such as blue whales,
rhinoceros, polar bears, dolphins, turtles, certain species of monkeys
and birds are facing extinction. Wild animals like the lion, tiger and
elephant are also becoming less each year.
On one hand, hunters, kill many of these animals and on the other,
forests are being destroyed for cultivation and development programmes,
robbing them of their natural habitats.
The loss of habitat has an adverse impact on many animals because
they can no longer roam about freely.In addition to the above mentioned
factors, the use of insecticides by farmers has also affected their
progress. Pollution is another major problems which affects animals,
both on land and in the sea.
The world wildlife foundation, which is an international organisation,
helps to save wildlife and conserve areas of land and sea where
different species of animals are found in abundance.
Sri Lanka is a country rich in wildlife, although it is a small
island. The government has opened many sanctuaries like Yala and
Wilpattu to protect wild animals. It has also set up a bird sanctuary at
Kumana to protect birds.
Every country in the world should take necessary steps to provide
facilities to protect animals and birds. We too as children must learn
to protect animals, their rights and habitats.
A strange world!
What a pathetic world it would be,
If people could not walk or talk
But trees and flowers could
Both talk and walk and even run
How strange if birds
Could teach and also study,
As man could not do any
Cats and dogs would make a perfect band
How strange if tigers and lions
Could eat fruits and jump and play alike,
Monkeys could catch tigers and lions
Only in play of course!
How strange if dogs could sing like birds
Cats could dance like peacocks,
Bulls and cows do the cha cha,
Oh! How wonderful it would be!
How strange if elephants were like ants
And worked faster than them
And ants were like elephants and no more lethargic,
Wouldn’t it be a fantastic world
And also the end of our poor EARTH!