Cats: Book lovers of a different kind
Books interest not only children and adults, even cats seem to be
book lovers. These cute pictures show a variety of cats looking with
keen interest, while children read to them. The looks on their faces
give the idea that they are book lovers and are listening to the stories
being read to them with interest.
Running for joy
P.W. Rasangika of Ridee Orubandiwewa Secondary school, and U.W.
Pasindu Nimsara of Pubudu Nursery school are brother and sister hailing
from the ancient Veddah tribe in Dambana. With modern times their
lifestyles too have changed - wearing clothes, speaking in Sinhala, and
getting used to a city life. Our sataff photographer Susantha
Wijegunasekera was in Dambana recently and he captured this photograph.
Veddahs are the aborigines or indigenous people of Sri Lanka.
The Mahawamsa chronicles that Veddahs are descendants of prince
Wijaya , the founder of the Sinhala nation, through Kuveni, a woman of
the indigenous Yakka clan whom he had espoused. Many of them have
adjusted to modern culture. They eat different varieties of food and are
involved in activities which ordinary people do.
The youngsters on our cover page are the grandchildren of the brother
of Uuruwarige Wanniyalaththo, who is the present leader of the Veddah
tribe. He is not happy with this concept, and says that if the present
generation of the Veddah tribe adopts modern culture, the rituals, the
Veddah language and all the traditions he says will fade away.
He suggests that the history of the Veddah tribe and their language
should be taught in schools in Dambana and should be added to the school
curriculum. He says the authorities should take necessary steps to