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Sanith Santhasa Piyadigamage
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The 23rd edition of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum from the 18th to the 20th of September. This year’s theme – ‘‘tales of plants’’ aimed to offer valuable insights to customs, traditions and popular heritage in the UAE and across the globe.
There’s nobody around without a story. We’ve all got stories of our own. I like to say that that our “human” universe isn’t made up of atoms but stories instead. Its these stories after all that build culture and tradition. Eventually these two key points build our own identities and who we really are. I feel that a great story restores order with creativity I feel that a great story speaks of values with imagination.
The common realm, altered significantly as a result of 10 years of turmoil, what have we learnt from it? Disagreement, regardless of scale, reiterates all colours of what it truly means to be human. A discussion forum on how the present should let go, of the scars that built it. A narrative analysis on the deadliest global conflict.
Tapping into imaginative minds, inviting them for their own imagery and rational. I enjoyed connecting with children of many ages, specially, the small ones throughout all three days. Conveying ideas and building up empathy via spoken words, tell me? Isn’t it the smooth transition of cultural heritage across generations?
History serves as the basis for us to recollect our thoughts, analyze the past, and stay inspired for what's ahead. Emphasizing the importance of uniting for common progress, avoiding war, and eliminating ignorance. The need for change and to avoid conflict. Image courtesy: SIBF
I was honored to be the youngest narrator and to work with performers of stupendous experience and energy, in an initiative where the symbolism of cultural values was reiterated, ” In a world where many think that we children will create - will constitute in the future, I was already aspiring!
We read through more fact and opinion during the Pandemic, the times, we were compelled to stay away from school. Discussed why it's more important to figure where we have gone wrong. We understood that its ignorance and not consciousness that makes humans intolerant.
An interactive workshop on Creative Writing in association with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. We spoke of how and why we should be ready to take the compliment or the blame for what we create. And why we should agree to disagree. Interacting with many students from UAE, Bangladesh, and Eswatini during our school closure and social isolation, how could I not make a note of?
In an era, where personal bank balance reigns supreme for many, could state of happiness ever matter? Building social bonds, living in packs, forming villages,and capitalizing in specialized labour - what exactly did it do to the homosapien?
If not for books, clueless, we would have been of vegetarians sacrificing vegetables in ancient Greece, and how the Nazis treated animals in a way better than the Jews. Looking at history for an in-depth interpretation of today's world. An invitation to read and understand before we draw our own conclusions. With astounding ten -year- olds and many others, on ''The World Book Day''
Humans are species of utmost complexity. Amidst the dark cluster of shrubs and fine beautiful gardens, there they were, the ten-year-olds., A discussion forum with many who joined me at the Sharjah International Book Fair in 2018. the day I began to reveal my story, my story of how, I began to blend my thoughts into words.