Next Monday my father is launching his book Apata Galapena Arthika Kremaveda*, on economic strategy for Sri Lanka. It’s in Sinhala and it covers economic strategies appropriate for Sri Lanka, which is a rough translation. He wrote it with C.J. Amaratunga, a senior journalist. It should be insightful and one hopes policy-makers are into, like, policy.
The book launch is on the 6th of August 4 PM at BCIS. The title translates as Economic strategies appropriate for us. It has seven chapters. The intro is about the ills of uninformed policy. Next comes transport (roads and railway), water (irrigation and drinking water), electricity (including discussion of coal and nuclear options), ICTs (incl job creation), and education (primary to tertiary). Finally comes a chapter on the importance of managing international economic relations, especially that with India. The book is dedicated to Seeya.
My co author CJ Amaratunga is a senior journalist, who currently writes possibly the most read political column in Sri Lanka, Guruda Vigrahaya in Lankadeepa. He is, like me, one who has refused to follow his profession. He holds an engineering degree from U of Moratuwa but has been a journalist since 1985. He is the Editor of the regional editions of Irida Lankadeepa.
My dad is like me except with depth, ie, much better informed and researched. He’s also had a lot of experience in and out of government, so I daresay it’ll be a good read. If anyone is interested, please come to the book launch at 4 PM, it’s at the Bandaranaike Center For International Studies, which is in the BMICH complex, to the left of the main building as you’re coming in. I’ve posted the event details on YAMU.
Also, regarding the cover, it’s the first Sinhala language Wordle, or word cloud. The software to create it in the Sinhala language was made by Pahan Sarathchandra, a young software developer. I think they’re trying to release it, but it certainly makes for an interesting cover which you can actually judge the book by.
*Why did I not put this in unicode? By accident my blog is encoded in some Swedish language format and doesn’t have the unicode. I will fix this.