Smoking - a
Smoking has become a very common habit, especially among young boys.
This habit usually begins at school when boys try to experiment with
every new thing that they hear about or see and can lay their hands on.
Despite the warnings given by adults and doctors about the ill effects
of smoking, many people continue to smoke.
Most smokers are addicted to it. Even if they want to, they cannot
refrain from picking up a cigar or cigarette.
Some youngsters smoke because of peer pressure or to fit into a
certain segment of society. Some feel that smoking would make them
appear liberated and broadminded. At the start, a person may only take a
few puffs from a friend’s cigarette, but gradually it becomes a habit.
Then comes a time when smoking becomes an indispensable part of the
person’s life.Having a puff just for fun could be the formation of a
habit. So, don’t do it. Smoking definitely affects the health, but once
a person is addicted he is reluctant to give it up.Many end up as “Chain
”Smoking causes lung cancer. Tobacco companies all over the world
have been requested to carry a health warning on every packet of
cigarette or cigars they release to the market. Even though smoking is
harmful to one’s health, and the cigarette packets carry a warning about
the danger, the smoker never reads this warning.Even if he does, he
hardly pays any attention to this.
The government increases the price of cigarette and tobacco every
year, usually to discourage people from smoking. However, it has no
impact. Smoking continues to grow.It does not only harm the smokers but
also many others who inhale the smoke. They are known as passive
Smoking can be stopped if one has a strong will to kick this deadly
habit. Every person has the ability to give it up, once he sets his mind
Who is more
cruel: man or animal?
Animals and humans are all living beings who belong to one family.
That is the family of Mother Nature.Planet Earth belongs to animals and
humans, so they both have a right to live in this world.We generally
think that animals are more cruel than humans. But this is not exactly
the truth. Animals usually become cruel when someone tries to harm them.
It is to protect themselves that they bite, sting or attack us.
Today, most humans harm animals in many different ways, sometimes for
no apparent reason. So, that is why animals have become cruel. They have
to be cruel to protect themselves, from the cruel activities of humans.
Going by what’s happening, I believe that man is more cruel than
Man is also an animal. But the difference between man and animal is
that man has a brain to think and reason out. However it seems as though
he does not use it for the betterment of mankind. That is why humans do
more harm than good to the animals in the world. If man thinks deeply
about his actions, no one will become cruel. But because of man’s
foolish activities most animals will end up becoming ferocious or cruel.
Why cannot man realise that if he destroys the environment which
includes animals, we cannot exist?
Modern society has become very competitive. Today people clear
valuable forests to meet their needs of living space. As animals too
live in these forests what will happen to them? They will lose their
There will be a shortage of food and shelter too when forests are
destroyed.Why doesn’t man think about these before resorting to such
careless acts? They only think about their comfortable lifestyles and
care very little about animals.
So, I think animals are actually not as cruel as humans. They might
be cruel in their own way but when compared to man, it is not
significant, because man has a good knowledge about his actions.Man
often kills animals for sport, for their skin or some other body part
and sometimes because he simply does not like animals. Some ill-treats
even animals they rear as pets. So, I think it is the man who is more
cruel than animal.
My favourite sport
My favourite sport is cricket. Cricket is a very popular game in Sri
Lanka. Two teams are needed to play cricket. There are eleven players in
a cricket team. The players need a bat, a ball and three-wickets to play
this game.Cricket is generally played in a big playground.
We have a very good national cricket team in Sri Lanka. My favourite
cricketers are Mahela and Thisara. I also like to be a good cricketer.
Farming in Sri
Sri Lanka is a country with a multiultural society, consisting of
different religions and racial groups speaking different languages. The
people who belong to these different categories engage in various
occupations to earn something to meet their day-to-day needs. Some of
the areas they work in are the fishing industry, carpentry, farming and
mat weaving. Out of them farming is very special for the Sri Lankan
people. Paddy is one of the three main crops that is cultivated mostly
due to the suitable climatic conditions in the country.
Farming is an occupation which has been in existence from ancient
times in Sri Lanka. The kings who ruled the country in the past have
done so many things to develop farming. The major thing they did was the
construction of huge tanks which supply water needed for cultivations.
People did farming under two methods. One is the normal paddy fields
as seen in low country areas and the other, the terrace system seen in
the up country. People did cultivation in terrace systems in the
mountains. They sow the paddy seeds in two kannas or seasons known as
‘Yala’ and ‘Maha.’ After the growing period is over the people harvest
the fields and store the extra paddy in a special place called ‘Vee
bissa’ for the use in the dry seasons. In the past the farmers gave
their share to the king’s palace and to the temple.To plough their
fields they used buffaloes and they treated them like their wealth.
However,today things have changed because of modern technology.Now
people use tractors instead of buffaloes.Various new machines have been
introduced to carry out different work to make the process of farming
fast and easy.
When we take into consideration the use of technology in farming,
especially in Sri Lanka, we can see that there are advantages as well as
disadvantages. The benefits are that the machines make the work faster.
But the disadvantages are that the smoke and chemicals emitted by the
machines pollute the environment.
As Sri Lanka is a developing country, farming affects the economy of
the country in a big way.
People in the rural sector earn money mostly by engaging in farming.
Therefore, farming can be considered as an effective means to develop
the economy of the country and ensure a good future for the citizens of
Early to bed and early to rise
Early to bed and early to rise is a good habit. Rising early has many
advantages. Early in the morning our mind is fresh and the environment
is also clear.
There are less distractions and noises. So, one can concentrate
better on studies and do more work too.
A great deal of work can be completed before others even get out of
bed, if you rise early. One becomes a gainer, as he has much more time
at his disposal.
An early riser is also a healthy person. He has time to go for a walk
or to exercise breathing fresh air. It enables a person to accumulate
energy for the whole day. After a good night’s sleep, the mind is fresh.
It is therefore good for students to concentrate on their studies in the
morning hours, when they can absorb the maximum. Most bright students
are, early risers.
When compared to early risers, late risers have a definite
disadvantage. They not only lose their prime time in sleeping, but also
have very little time left during the day. This affects their studies,
work and health.
They are deprived of the beauty of sunrise and the freshness of
nature. Like a sunflower or a lotus, the mind of a man too blooms with
dawn and wanes with sunset. If we disregard this principle of nature, we
would be working against ourselves and restrict our growth.
One day I entered a city
Which was full of animals
There weren’t any humans,
But that was the most beautiful
Place I have ever seen.
Monkeys were riding motor bicycles,
Riding faster than any human being,
I saw the tigers driving cars
As if in a race.
In that city there weren’t any roads,
All the vehicles were travelling
High up in the sky.
Snakes too were flying in the sky.
Buildings were floating.
Birds were swimming in a pool,
All the animals could talk
Trees could talk and walk too.
Wasn’t it a wonderful thing?
I am still wondering!