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Of Walt Rathnayake and God

What if Walt Disney was Sri Lankan? And what if God was born in Sri Lanka and living here in Colombo right under our noses? Although the former is a spectacle one might witness in a parallel world, the gavaliers of University of Colombo and SLIIT had the good fortune of listening to the ice breaker speech of God AKA Gavalier Pulina at the Disney Themed UOC-SLIIT joint educational meeting held at the Faculty of Arts, last Wednesday.

The meeting started with a very interesting setting where many Gavaliers wore their favourite costumes from Disney characters barring Pixar and some more ranges; which obviously displeased some enthusiastic pixar fans. After the formal proceedings of welcoming the fellow SLIIT gavaliers, the round robin session was held where each member had to speak on the topic of “What if Walt Disney was Sri Lankan?” for 20 seconds, each successor taking up the last word spoken by the predecessor.

The imagination ran wild and as common as it is for a UOC Gavel meeting, many came up with interesting theories as to how Walt Disney would flair in a Sri Lankan setting. The room was clearly divided into two where some people thought he would still make the world stage with stories of Ramayana and Ravana, Reeri yaka and mahasona whereas some gavaliers thought Walt will be left unknown in a remote village painting some murals, or maybe even doing some illicit liquor trade. Gavalier Paba came up with the name Mickey Mudiyanselage Walt Rathnayake which led to some more names being brought of which Walt Disney would have been proud of the imagination level of Sri Lankan Gavaliers!

The prepared speech session started with a bang and “The light” when Gavalier Pulina AKA the God; or the other way around, who am I to judge? ; said “let there be light”. After spellbinding 306 seconds of his booming voice and compulsive storytelling , ‘God’ had indeed earned his place as an assertive speaker in the Gavel club; may be not on the pious side though.

Then it was time for the beautiful Sarah to take the stage. Compelling and captivating, she made sure that we knew she simply doesn’t listen to anyone and her Ice Breaker told us a remarkable story which taught us that life is indeed jumping into your worst fears nose up front and heart in mouth.

After two remarkable and awe-inspiring ice breaker speeches, it was time for the sudden death, the table topic round in which voluntary gavaliers had to pick a hitherto unknown topic and speak on it for two minutes. Being there last week, let me tell you, this is no simple task. However few gavaliers conquered the challenge in mind blowing fashion, whilst gavalier Thisura earned the best laughs and most raucous comments by his inspiring yet picturesque storytelling that some gavaliers received with wild imagination.

After one of the funniest and best gavel educational meetings in 101st meeting UOC Gavel history, it was time to say farewell to the fellow SLIIT gavaliers who shared this most beautiful evening with us. And it was sugar coated indeed, with chocalate cakes and cola.

As the sun went down painting the sky with a golden hue that beat Picasso’s best works, god went to his rat-ridden boarding place. And I walked back home with the memories of a colourful evening filled with pretty princesses, scary Scars and the promise of a feeling. A feeling that I belonged to a beautiful family, away from home.

 

Gavelier Kashmir Karunanayake | Faculty of Medicine | University of Colombo

Capure credits : Malin Ranwala

The Exuberance of the 100th

 “We’ve made it this far. We can make it through whatever comes next.” — Daniell Koepke.

Assignments, mini projects, viva, internship, matches and many more things for a single week ! Despite all these, UOC Gaveliers found themselves at their best-loved place on every Wednesday evening to spend their time with the gavel family.

This weekly meeting was absolutely a special one because it’s the most important milestone meeting of our gavel journey so far. It was our 100th meeting ! By all means it was a day to celebrate and all of us were really excited for the evening.

Hall no 310 in Faculty of Arts was filled with chit-chats, giggles and laughter of newcomers as well as experienced members.

Madam President; Gavelier Vimukthini started the proceedings of the meeting by welcoming everyone who were present including the newcomers and our dearest past gaveliers.

The proceedings of the meeting was handed over to our Toastmaster of the day, a very special and humble person who was none other than Gavelier Shaik, one of the first members of the Gavel Club and a leading personality behind Gavel UOC.

He took us on the journey of Gavel UOC sharing his diverse experiences as a UOC Gavellier. It was a delight to see how they brought out this club for greater heights.

The round robin session was conducted by Gavelier Althaf and all the gaveliers enjoyed the session to its fullest. Many controversial ideas were expressed by UOC gaveliers blending with the theme ‘Colours’, making the meeting more colourful.

Gavelier Kamali unraveled the remarkable story of Eva Peron with her CC2 in this way:

“She had won the hearts of the poor people of Argentina when she died at a young age of 33. She was outstanding not because of her rise from poverty to fame but because of how she used her influence as a speaker to improve the healthcare and education in Argentina…”

Well, it was indeed really nice to hear her speaking. She conveyed a profound simple message, yet with a moving story.

Things got more excited and curious as an expressive Gavelier stepped on to the stage. “Grab every opportunity you get in your life and make the most of it”. It was the perfect opportunity for her to talk about the lessons she learnt over the past few years as an undergraduate of University of Colombo and what she spoke was purely words of wisdom. Gavelier Charuni was able to steal the audience through her vibrant speech and left a strong message with them.

Then it was time for the Table Topics session. The proceedings were handed over to the Table Topics Master for the day ;Gavelier Harith who took us on a dramatic voyage with his topics. His creative and diverse topics of were centered on the theme “Colours”. The level of enthusiasm was so high that the Gaveliers were eagerly waiting for their chance to speak. After a groovy Table Topics session the Table Topics Master handed over the proceedings back to the Toastmaster.

It was a great day for the Grammarian Gavelier Ramalka as well. All the Gaveliers used good language along with the word of the day ‘’Exuberance”. It was used thirteen times during the meeting.

After hearing the reports of the Timer, the Ah Counter , Gavelier Harith and Gavelier Shaik evaluated the prepared speeches and Gavelier Vimukthini and Gavelier Nishadhi evaluated the table topic speeches. They gave suggestions for all the members in the house to improve in their speeches.

An insightful evaluation was given by Gavelier Farha as the general evaluator, encouraging the speakers further.

Then our beloved madam President took the stage with her lively and radiating energy reminding us to grab our piece of mouth watering chocolate brownies (yum yum!) baked by Gavellier Harith especially for our 100th meeting.

Thus, our 100th Gavel meeting was adjourned on an enthusiastic note with high hopes and plans for meet next week. It was truly a remarkable gathering.

UOC Gaveliers dispersed, bidding everyone a safe journey home, with the intention of gathering again at another blissful meeting.

 

Editor |Gavelier Ramalka Kasige | Faculty of Science | University of Colombo

Capture credits: Malin Ranwala

 

Gavel WhatsApp Chat is 200 days old.

Recently we added few new members to our WhatsApp chat and the activity in the group spiked up. Although it was a minor annoyance to see 65+ unread messages in the group everytime you open the app, I was happy that the newcomers have made themselves at home.

But has the Gavel Chat always stayed the same? what happened through the years? I went to find out.

There’s this neat trick of emailing your WhatsApp chats to yourself. You go to any group or a personal chat and you will notice in the settings to email the chat. From that you will get a text file containing the messages, the time it was sent and the sender. Continue reading “Gavel WhatsApp Chat is 200 days old.”

Life Is Your Choice

After thirteen years of primary and secondary education every student sits for the Advanced Level Examination with high expectations for the future. After facing much difficulties we enter in this great University. First, we are so blessed to be here.When considering last fifteen or sixteen years our parents sacrificed and dedicated for our growth. Every parent stand behind our achievement. Our achievements are not ours alone. Because it is a collective effort of a group of people in the society. We came up to this level by their effort and support. Our ambitions are defined by the desires of many people. Therefore, when you become a successful person, you are fulfilling their desires as well. This is not just your dream. It is a victory of a society’s dream. Continue reading “Life Is Your Choice”

The Journey of My Life

According to you I am a Final Year student of Science Faculty, University of Colombo. But the story behind me is very interesting.

I am the eldest son of my family. I have a younger sister. Beginning from my primary education I performed well in Studies. I got 162 in my grade five Scholarship Examination through which I got admission to Jaffna Hindu College in Grade Six. It is one of the famous national schools in Jaffna. Continue reading “The Journey of My Life”

Humorous Speech Contest – Rules and Regulations

Contest Rules and Regulations – Preliminaries  

The preliminary round will comprise only of prepared humorous speeches. Each contestant is allowed to give a prepared speech according to the following rules.   Continue reading “Humorous Speech Contest – Rules and Regulations”

Educational Meeting: Generosity

The first Educational Meeting after the New Year vacation was held on the 27th of April, Wednesday at the Zoo Seminar Room, Faculty of Science. The meeting started at about 4.15 pm, and Gavelier Shaik presided the meeting. There were few newcomers, and when they introduced themselves, they told us that they got to know about the Gavel Club during the orientation program and from their friends. Continue reading “Educational Meeting: Generosity”

Gavelier’s Dilemma

Hope all of you are familiar with the term ‘Jewish dilemma’. It’s half-price pork. It refers to the common belief that Jews can’t resist bargains and to the prohibition of consumption of pork in Judaism. As a Gavelier, a similar kind of dilemma exists for me (I’m sure, for many other Gaveliers too). It’s the dilemma of ‘the told story’ and ‘the untold story’. Continue reading “Gavelier’s Dilemma”