Meaningful change doesn’t come from bashing elected leaders.

Countries develop through generations. Nearly every Sri Lankan politician since independence have failed our country and led us down a dark precipice into our current predicament. But our collective response should not be a widespread vilification of our politicians; most of whom are simply staying true to their own beliefs and value systems which favour self-enrichment, power-hunger, and greed for Sri Lanka’s material riches, above a genuine desire to improve the lives of its citizens. …


For one, they don’t really “analyse” anything …

I never met an analyst report I couldn’t ignore. Most aren’t worth the paper they are printed on with many simply regurgitating numbers off financial statements with a laundry list of industrial and economic talking points fitted neatly into a formatted template. There is very little actual “analysis” involved and next to no understanding of emerging business practices and evolving market dynamics (digital disruption, asset-light models etc..). …


It’s not about all the praying either …

“All the deeds of people are for them; except Fasting which is for Me, and I will give its reward”

- God (according to Muhammed)

Why does God command otherwise healthy and sane people to refrain from eating or drinking for the better part of their day, for a month? Not for health reasons or we’ll be doing it year-round. And despite what we sometimes tell our kids, It’s not really to get a feel for the poor either; for people who are actually hungry, are already deprived of most other things we still take for granted in Ramadan. Is…


(Answer: Yes)

Let’s say you have a million bucks you don’t immediately need. What do you do with it? Keep it in your savings and make 2% per annum — that’s 2 full tanks of petrol per year! What about fixed deposits? 6 full tanks? 8 at best? For a whole year!? No thanks. If you’re thinking of buying dollars or any other forex, I will explain in a later article “why”, but just know it’s not the best idea as an investment, and in the current context, not a very easy one to execute either.

Crypto is hot right now. Bitcoin…


(Part 1: Get ’em young)

Ever wonder what gave the United States, and much of Western Europe its financial and intellectual firepower (not to mention the added nicety of being among the “happiest” nations on earth?). And why such a reality seems out of reach for us Sri Lankans? It might seem like a complicated mixture of archaic systems and centuries-old unwritten laws keep things the way they are, but in reality, it boils down to just one thing; what we do with our children.

The way to develop a country is by making its youngest citizens examples for the country you wish to create…


What people need to understand is this; unlike previous bull-runs of our lifetime, we have never seen one quite like this. The infamous “pump and dump” situation back in 2010/11 (soon after the minor recovery from the 2008 global recession) was exactly that — a pumping of money in selected stocks to bet against others and “artificially” increase prices before being the first to dump them on unsuspecting newcomers and small retail investors (all played by people who were left desperate and reeling from the ‘08 recession).

This one however, is different. It is not a pure gamble. Covid has…


How to sell-yourself in a post-pandemic world

When I joined my family’s business a few years ago, I was wholly unprepared for the sheer volume of CVs (or Resumes if you like) that I would have to go through on a regular basis. Having only ever prepared my own CV for jobs after university, I had never given much thought to how an employer might perceive them, until I was on the receiving end. As a business with diversified interests in the export trade, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality, the mix of CVs I saw ranged from those applying for accounting and admin positions at our head office…


The World has rarely, if ever, reached unanimous consensus on anything. But most would agree 2020 was a shitty year. We stayed away from friends, worked from home (some among toddlers and kids with a complete disregard for Covid protocols), and questioned our personal hygiene in a manner unprecedented in our lifetimes. I washed and sanitised my hands so much my outer skin is now replaced with a permanent layer of palm oil, and my fingers have checked into AA. …


Image: Kelli Mc Clintock (Unsplash)

Parenting is a pretty steep on-the-job learning curve and no matter what anyone tells you beforehand, you can’t really prepare for what comes after the birth of your firstborn, or really know what to expect till you’re suddenly thrust knee deep in the water (or pee). You learn lots and you learn fast. That’s just how it goes. My wife and I had our second baby one year ago and trust me it gets easier to care for them with each successive one — not because the workload gets lighter, you just learn to handle it better.

But here’s the…


Surely we can do better

Politics isn’t something I dwell on. Caught up in my own bubble of work, family, and excessive procrastination, I have scant surplus grey matter for politics. …

Afthab Salie

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