Ambitions are endless by absences


									2                                                    Tuesday 1st September, 2009                                           Miss Derana for Miss World 2009

                                                      Ambitions are endless
       ! Name: Gamya Prasadini Waidurya
       ! Date of Birth: 6th December, 1986.
       ! Lives With: Family   .
       ! Choice Of Music: Hindi, jazz, R ‘n’
   B, Sinhala, African... actually all kinds of
       ! Favourite Movies: Veer Zaara,                (mind you, my personal trainer would         pageant?                                         My priority right now is to represent
   Hotel Ruwanda, Castaway Seven Pounds,              beg to differ). I normally have healthy         I plan to continue to work harder on      Sri Lanka in the best way possible, and
   and so much more!                                  eatig habits and being a vegetarian it’s     my physique, walk, wardrobe and, more        to put my best efforts into that. Once
                                                      easy to escape the oily fatty foods that                 ,
                                                                                                   importantly my knowledge about the           that is over, I plan to finish my Masters
        1. How did your family react when             Lanka is famous for. But I indulge in        world. This is not an easy task, but I’m     Degree and go on to my PHD. At the
   you wanted to enter the Miss Derana                                       .
                                                      fresh produce mostly I think I have a fast   prepared and willing put in the hard         same time I’m working on establish-
   for Miss World 2009?                               metabolism... luckily!                       yards. Nothing comes easy  .                 ing my designer label WAIDURYA,
        Having achieved everything else in life           8. What was your daily regime               10. Is there someone special in           as well as trying some artistic
   (above and beyond my family’s expecta-             during the pageant?                          your life?                                   work, whether it be movies, music
   tions), this was the one thing I wanted to             Due to the hectic nature of the com-        Yes, many special people occupy var-      or dancing. I have such a creative
   do for myself. Given my reasoning for it (I        petition, it was hard to maintain a          ious special roles in my life. (I’m learn-   spirit in me and I want to keep
   had to really explain to them why I wanted         regime, so I felt, at times, that things     ing to be diplomatic).                       that alive, always. I’d love to pub-
   to do this), they realized that I was keen to      were a bit too chaotic. It’s beginning to       11. What are your plans for the           lish a book one day as well. I
   enter because I wanted to make a differ-           be a bit normal now and I’m settling         future?                                      believe defining one self is limiting
   ence - cause a revolution - so they support-       back into a normal life. I really                                                         oneself, as Oscar Wilde said. So, the
   ed, me, as they always do.                         like having a rou-                                                                        ambitions are endless.
        2. What kind of training did you go           tine in life to a cer-
   through before the pageant?                        tain extent, simply
        I think more than any special training,       because it’s easier
   it’s my education - being well read and            for life to flow then.
   intelligent - what helped me a great deal.             9. How are you
   Of course, I had to learn the art of walk-         preparing for the
   ing and follow the advice given to me and          international
   the other participants by Derana and
   Rozanne Diasz.
        3. Were there any awkard moments
   during the lead up to the
        Yes, competitions can get
   awkward at times but the main
   thing is that I maintained my
   positive feelings towards the
   competition and the contestants,
   and saw the good things in every-
   one. That being my philosophy in
   life, things generally don’t get too

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   awkward for me.
        4. What were your feelings
   right before your your name
   was announced?                                             Chief Guest
        I was terribly anxious. The wait was                     Gotabaya
   long and the girls that were beside me

                                                                                                                                                              business field
                                                            Rajapakse and
   were some of my favourites (the ones that
   I was closest to), so it was bitter sweet. I
   was hopeful, of course, and kept praying                     Rajapakse
   that it would be my name.                                  with Glenda
        5. And whose reaction do you                         Pathipan and
   remember the most?                                             Mathi K.
        My mother’s reaction was very special.                   Pathipan,

   For someone to be as happy about your                        Managing                                                                                                                     glittering ceremony was held at the
   victory as you are, is certainly special, and              Director, BT                                                                                                                   Hilton Colombo to honour the best
   that was my mother’s sentiments. So, I felt                    Options                                                                                                                    corporate performers in Sri Lanka
   thrilled to have made her that happy and                                                                                                                                           for the year 2007/2008.
   proud. Of course, the reactions I got were                                                                                                                                            This prestigious event, put together by
   all exhilarating.
                                                                                                                                                                                      “Business Today” (BT Options), the pre-
        6. As Miss Derana for Miss World,
                                                                                                                                                                                      mier magazine of the corporate world,
   is there a special cause that you want
   to be associated with?                                                                                                                                                             was graced by the upper echelons from
        Being a professional in the field of psy-                                                                                                                                     Sri Lanka’s corporate and political are-
   chology my special attention always goes
             ,                                                                                                                                                                        nas.
   to mental health and health care of our                                                                                                                                               The Chief Guest was the Secretary of
   country in general. Being in a post-war sit-                                                                                                                                       Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
   uation, we need to focus on mental health                                                                                                              Comperes                       In recognition of their superior per-
   and having healthy minds if we want to                                                                                                                                             formance, John Keells Holdings took the
   develop and march forward as a nation. I                                                                                                                                           number one spot in the Business Today
   would make this my priority at this point.                                                                                                                                         TOP 10 listings, followed by Sri Lanka
   I have already done the first of a series of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Telecom, Distilleries Company of Sri
   lectures for the armed forces in the east on
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lanka, Commercial Bank of Ceylon,
   Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. I will
   continue along these lines in providing                                                                                                                                            Dialog Telekom, Hatton National Bank,
   my services.                                                                                                                                                                       Lanka IOC, Carson Cumberbatch, Aitken
        7. Did you diet during the pageant?                                                                                                                                           Spence & Company and Cargills (Ceylon)
   Not at all, but exercised a hell of a lot                                                                                                                                          Ltd.

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                                                                                           ith the dawning of     were the law enforcement

                                                                                 W         peace, the scene
                                                                                           here is certainly
                                                                                 brightening up - although
                                                                                                                  officers - the police!
                                                                                                                      Such scenes would not
                                                                                                                  be tolerated in any part of
                                                                                 the global financial melt-       the world - not even in the
                                                                                 down is still a major threat     States where, generally, any-
                                                                                 to our part of the world as      thing goes.
                                                                                 well.                                I believe, it’s in New
                                                                                     Tourism is showing           Orleans where they cele-

                                                                                 signs of improve-                            brate Mardi Gras
                                                                                 ment, especially                             on a grand scale.
                                                                                 with Sri Lanka                                   It’s a sort of a

                                                                                                      on the
                                                                                 Tourism going                                street      festival
                                                                                 on a major cam-                              where the police
                                                                                 paign abroad to                              is a bit tolerant

                                    e                                                                 beach
                                                                                 woo foreigners to                            with what the
                                                                                 checkout       the                           revellers do on

                                                                                 splendour of our                             that particular
                                                                                 nation.                                      night - but there
    September is going to be              ingredients, you need to check-            However, the question        is zero tolerance for anyone
an extremely busy month for            out the Cheesy Pizza Promotion at         now being asked is, ‘should      who exposes himself/her-
the folks at the Galadari Hotel as     the Coffee Shop - 11.00 a.m. to
                                                                                 we entise aliens to visit Sri    self in public.
they would be introducing a whole      11.00 p.m.
lot of super-duper promotions.              There are also small, regular        Lanka - at any cost?’                They are immediately
    The first gets underway at the     and family pizzas made to accom-              All this has come about      penalised and escorted to

Coffee Shop - from the 2nd till the    modate individual needs, and all          after the recent exposure of     the police station.
13th of September - and they are       pizzas will be served with a chilled      tourists taking a stroll, sans       Perhaps, we are now

calling it the Cheesy Pizza            bottle of coke to complete your           all their clothes, on the        looking at tourism different-

Promotion.                             meal.                                     beaches down south!              ly - we want them here at

    The Cheesy Pizzas are                   In   the    meanwhile,       the         The photographs, cap-        any cost, even at the expense

designed to give customers the         Ramadan special is now on at Cafe         tured by our cameraman,          of our culture.
experience of pulling and popping      64 of the Galadari Hotel.

                                                                                 are shocking! They show,             Lip kissing is not
the irresistible cheese-filled bites        The goodies include vegetable
                                                                                 not the odd foreigner (after     allowed on local TV Porn .
into their mouths before digging       samosa, spring roll, godamba roti,
into the pizza slices.                 fish cutlets, pasthol, kunafo, chick-     one too many), trying to dis-    websites are being jammed;
    The Galadari Hotel prides itself   en pie, fish patties, biriyani, omali-    play to the world his man-       and there’s a query about
in making each (handmade) pizza        mahalabiya and many more.                 hood, but groups (men,           adult films as well. So how
just the way you like it.                   A sahour menu is available at

                                                                                                                                                          Sondra Wise
                                                                                 women and youngers), com-        come nudity on our beaches
    If you love a butter, flakey       the Coffee Shop, between 11.00            pletely nude - in public.        are allowed?
crust, sweet and tangy tomatoes,       p.m. and 4.30 a.m. and your have a            Where were the authori-          Are we ear-marking cer-

gooey mozzarella cheese, perfectly     choice of two varieties (menu 1           ties concerned when all this     tain spots for a nudist
seasoned sausage, and other fresh      and 2).                                   was happening? And where         colony!

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