17 November, 2018

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Malinda Wins 2013 Gratiaen Prize

Editor in Chief of ‘The Nation’ Newspaper Malinda Seneviratne has won the Gratiaen Prize – 2013 for creative writing in English for his collection of poetry ‘Edges’.

This year the shortlist was made up exclusively of poetry and the shortlisted works for the Gratiaen Prize 2013 are:

  1. This Nothingness, a collection of poetry, in manuscript form, by Inosha Ijaz
  2. A Patchwork Soul, also poetry, in manuscript form, by Chamali Kariyawasam
  3. Edges, ar collection of poems, published by Fast Publishers, by Malinda Seneviratne

The judging panel for the Gratiaen Prize 2013 are:

MalindaTissa Devendra (Chair) originally a student of literature, has had a distinguished career in the Public Service, working around Sri Lanka.  After retirement he has served as Chairman of the Public Service Commission and the Salaries Commission.  He is the author of Tales from the ProvincesOn Horseshoe StreetMemoirs of a Pen Pusher and Quest for Shangri La.

Dr Shavrika Damunupola Amarasekera is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Colombo. Her primary research interests are in childhood studies, postcolonial literatures and Sri Lankan writing in English and she has published work on childhood, ethnicity and Sri Lankan fiction in English.  She has a keen interest in Sinhala literature in translation and was a judge of the HAI Goonetilleke prize in 2012.

Vijay Kumar Nagaraj is a researcher, writer and teacher.  He has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay, India and most recently at a secondary school in Colombo.  He has worked on issues of rural community empowerment in Rajasthan and for a think-tank in global public policy research.

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    Malinda Seneviratne

    “Editor in Chief of ‘The Nation’ Newspaper Malinda Seneviratne has won the Gratiaen Prize – 2013 for creative writing in English for his collection of poetry ‘Edges’.”

    Congratulations, Malinda on your good work and efforts and winning 2013 Gratiaen Prize. Wish you all the best.

    Please do keep writing. The True Word is powerful and long lasting than the sword, the bullet and the lies.

    Next Project dive your support to displacing the current dictator, Mara and his cronies from the Land of Native Veddah, so that the expectations of Native Veddah of an egalitarian society can be built, where the Myth Holders keep their Myths to themselves.

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      Dear Malinda Seneviratne

      “Editor in Chief of ‘The Nation’ Newspaper Malinda Seneviratne has won the Gratiaen Prize – 2013 for creative writing in English for his collection of poetry ‘Edges’.”

      There are many who say that you are a Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa Shill. Of course there is no smoke without a fire, unless there is such a thing as fire-less smoke. While there are indications for this, based on your many writings to white-wash Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his regime, what do you say?

      Are you a Shill of the Mahainda Rakapaksa Regime?
      Are you an independent write, who says, a Spade is Spade?

      Or are you in between?

      Sometimes, people can get confused by illusions.A good excaple is the Sun going around the Earth vs. the Earth going around the Sun.

      So what are you and where to you stand?

      Would you call a Spade , a Spade?

      Would you call Para-Monk Mahanama Lies and Imaginations, Lies and Imaginations?

      Would you call Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils in the Land of Native Veddah?

      Would you call the Heliocentric Model, the correct model?

      etc….

      Malinda, would like you to take up Somme of these in your writings…

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    Congratulations Milinda.

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    Poor Gratien must be turning in his grave at this insult….. this is one heckuva dishonest journo who is also a shill of the most despicable regime Lanka has seen!

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      Ivor Biggun

      “Poor Gratien must be turning in his grave at this insult”

      “this is one heckuva dishonest journo who is also a shill of the most despicable regime Lanka has seen!”

      Is this true? Is there evidence for being a consistent shill of the regime? Is it subject to debate.

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        Amarasiri
        Oh dear (frown)…. are you the same bloke who writes incessantly on CT about monk Mahanama and the perversions of Buddhism in this dear country? If you are, then what has taken over you that you cannot see Malinda for the total Jaarapakse shill he is? He may be better disguised than his counterpart from his rival school at the Daily Noise, but then when has subtlety been a substitute for honesty and integrity?

        You need to read more widely man, to understand where Malinda’s true position lies…. compare his writing with Tisaranee, Dharisha, Kishali, then assess whether the prevailing desperate situation in mother Lanka matches that described (or deluded) by Malinda, or the three ladies mentioned.

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          Ivor Biggun

          “Oh dear (frown)…. are you the same bloke who writes incessantly on CT about monk Mahanama and the perversions of Buddhism in this dear country? If..”

          Yes, the same bloke. Got into writing about BBS and Mahanamaa in CT and few other on-line sites about 1 year ago.

          The “bloke”, wants to call a Spade, a Spade. No problem calling a Shill, a Shill, if the data supports it.

          Yes, can I see Malinda as a shill, but wanted to separate his writing from his MaRa Shill business. Is he a good writer and a good shill as well? Would you be happy if Amarasiri criticizes Malinda, the same way he criticizers Monk Mahanama?

          Amarasiri was posting on lankaweb and they would not post the posts.Posted on onLanka, and they would not post. However, they posted all the shills, like Shinali Shill Waduge, Shill Lorenzo and a host of other shills. Well aware of the Daily News and other publications that give room only for Shills, but still there is some news, not affected by the shills.

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          Ok he will read mor. But it wont be the stuff that you read ok. lots of rubbish.

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    Surely, Gotabhaya Rajapakse should be awarded Nobel Peace Prize (by a simple extrapolation)

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    Congratulation Malinda.

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    To appreciate the rubbish of a shill like Milinda who fornicate journalism, the panel of judges must be utter buffaloes or must have had some bribes or threats to do the dirty work. Almost next to this article there is a post by this very shameless journo doing lip service to the regime and deforming the message of Vig to MARA. Those who involved in this farcical judgment must be banished from civil and civilized society when people create a civilized government and society.

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      If this guy should be awarded with the mentioned price, Thisaranee G should be awarded with NOBEL PRIZE. .. nodoubt about that :)

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      Sounds to me that you have a case of tall poppy syndrome.

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    [Edited out] We are sorry,the comment language is English – CT

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      වැඩපියා

      Put it on the Sinhala section. I will translate to Para-English from Para-Sinhala for you, provided it is short.

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        Tks. No need. I’ve done it. I had to wait till night time ‘coz only at night I can write in english. I went to night school to learn english. During day time I went to school to learn good singhales.lol

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          instead if you consulted a psychologist – that could have helped you a lot. Get well soon

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    Tisaranee Gunasekera has the requisite qualifications to be awarded with NOBLE PRIZE.

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    [Edited out] are today Gratien prize winners! Haa ha ha haaa haa haaaa!

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    Congratulation Malinda!

    You are really good in creative writing. I think the “news” is really intolerance of your expertise. You should stay in that side, then you will see of your talent is being rewared more.

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    Congratulations !

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      Mother lanka would not congratulate MS for one reason that he has made a voice against the authoritarian regime of Meharaka Rajapakshe.

      Many in this island would not see any reason this kind of writers to be awarded any prizes.

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      How come just you became that indifferent with this kind of felicitation to a person who cried always for MR regime?

      If only the writing style was focused – there are few in our society that deserve the awards.

      I think if Hambantota mayor was awarded with a peace price highlighting his deeds – to have attacked the decent UNP parlimentarians lately in compliance with Rajapakshe thugish principles.

      Or making the milliatory man who stood in forfront killing the few and injuring oligo numbers in Rathupaswala the next ambassador to the UK or any rich nations…. there we could also applause I think… People wake up…
      Think of the levels that the megalomaniac have taken us sofar.

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    What a sorry pass the Gratien has come to now!

    What next? Mervin Silva on the panel of judges?

    O tempora! O mores!

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      Somebody is going to be tied to a tree

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    Ayoo ayoo …. what I would like to ask most of you people who have commented negatively to this news item is, can you guys do a better job than Malinda ???
    If so, where are these creations?
    You guys are damn good at “talking big”, making negative comments and criticising others, You Armchair Generals are living in cloud cuckoo and having nothing else to do the whole day !!
    Let me remind you all who write negative comments about Malinda’s “Edges”, it is a book of POETRY and not a political essay. Try to look beyond your cloud cuckoo abode and understand that in spite of Malinda’s political ideology he is a damn good writer, and no one is more deserving of this prize than he !!!.
    Don’t be so petty minded as to judge a person’s writing skills, through his political view. I bet you guys have not even seen the colour of this book, even though you are very quick to criticise him. Read the book with an open mind first and then comment rationally, without spitting venom at one of the best writers of our times. However, I doubt whether you people would be able to understand this kind of poetry, anyway try, might be quite an enlightening experience for your dull minds!!!!

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    Malinda. See it is the laptop that matters.

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