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                                               Tuesday 17th March, 2009

            R oya l         triumph

                    otaquest 2009”, an all-island Interact   effective projects in community service, inter-

        “R          Club quiz competition, organised by
                    the Rotaract Club of Colombo, was
        held early this month at the HNB Towers audito-
                                                             national understanding and professional devel-
                                                             opment throughout its existence of 40 years,
                                                             with Amana Takaful being its sponsor for com-
        rium.                                                munity based projects for two consecutive
           “Rotaquest” is the first such initiative by the   years.
        club and had registration from over 10 Interact         Currently the Club boasts a strength of over
        clubs. The quiz was formulated and conducted         40 members, comprising students, academics,
        by professional quiz masters, Jehan and Navin,       professionals and entrepreneurs, between the
        who are the pioneers of pub quizzes in Sri           ages of 18 to 30.
        Lanka.                                                  The Club meets every first and
           The quiz rounds tested the participants           third Tuesday of every month at
        knowledge of Rotary, current affairs, sports,        6.30 p.m. at the Royal College
        science, generaI knowledge and entertainment.        Skills Centre.
        The Club hopes to make this an annual event.            For more information please
           The challenge trophy for this year was won        visit www.rotaractclubofcolom-
        by the Interact Club of Royal College, with the
        Interact Club of The Study coming in a close
           The Rotaract Club of Colombo is the pioneer

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        Rotaract Club in Sri Lanka and comes under the                                                                                                                     o doubt, the sari   momentarily came to
                                                                       photographs to:
        guardianship of the Rotary Club of Colombo.                                                                                                                        is a very special   mind when I got a
           It has been synonymous with innovative and                                                                                                                      outfit and can be   glimpse of these fab
                                                                                                                                                                    worn for practically       four shalwars which
                                                                                                                                                                    any occasion.              I’m highlighting for

    First studies...then music                                                                                                                                      Unfortunately, not all
                                                                                                                                                                    women, especially the
                                                                                                                                                                    younger ones, feel
                                                                                                                                                                                               you this week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arn’t they gorgeous?
                                                                                                                                                                                               Imagine you being
              e, in Sri Lanka, remember him            Thotho has joined Male’s first inter-                                                                        comfortable wearing        seen in one of them!

                                                                                                  back at school soon, said his dad.
              as Thotho, the child prodigy          national school, Billabong High                  While recuperating at home,                                    them.                         You can be doubly
              drummer from the Maldives.            International School.                         Thotho spends his time reading,                                      I wouldn’t know the     sure that all eyes will
         Although still a kid, he’s approaching        He’s in Grade 5 and has already made       and has got a whole lot of books, all                             exact reason, but vari-    be focused on you.
      the age where studies take priority over      lots of new friends. Of course, his popu-     for himself.                                                      ous excuses are trot-         Get your tailor, your
      everything else.                              larity could he attributed to the fact that      Thotho, who will be 11 years old                               ted out.                   dressmaker, or your
                                                    he is quite famous in Male for his drum-      on June 3rd enjoyed the Chinese                                      Okay, if you are not    fashion designer to
                                                    ming prowess.                                 New Year holidays in Malaysia.                                    going to be seen in a      turn them out for you.
                                                       While school takes up most of his             And in a chit-chat with “Scene                                 sari at the next big          Be different and
                                                    time (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Thotho hasn’t        Around”, he said he plans to have a                               occasion, why not go       make your presence
                                                    neglected his practice sessions on the        birthday bash this year.                                          for a trendy shalwar!      felt at the next big
                                                    drums.                                           “I want to celebrate my birthday                                  Rickey Nelson’s “I      event you plan to
                                                       After completing his homework, his         with all my friends. I want to invite                             Got My Eyes On You”        attend.
                                                    drums get a beating! And he now exer-         them all for an evening of fun and
                                                    cises his vocal chords as well.               entertainment.”
                                                       However, for the past three weeks,
                                                    Thotho has found himself in an unenvi-
                                                    ous position. He twisted his leg at
                                                    school and is still in plaster. He now has

                                                                                                                          LOVE at first sight
                                                    to move about on crutches. But with
                                                    exams around the corner, he will be

                                                                                                        he’s multi-talented. But what      our event that changed Punsara’s      CIMA (Charted Institute of
                                                                                                        brought her into the limelight     life.                                 Management Accountant) and is
                                                                                                        in a big way is her flawless          She found herself inundated with   now working for MAS Active (Pvt)
            Thotho (above and right)                                                               complexion - skin beauty, as some       offers to appear in commercials.      Ltd.
                                                                                                   would say.                              And some of the big ones where she      Our photographs show that mem-
                                                                                                     And that’s precisely what won         made her appearance included the      orable day in the lives of Punsara
                                                                                                   Punsara the title of Chavi Kalyani -    Sunsilk ad, Voodo and Damro.          and Dilshan Siriwardana.
                                                                                                   Sri Lanka’s first ever Miss Beautiful      Her lifelong partner also showed
                                                                                                   Skin pageant.                           up after the contest and it
                                                                                                     The contest was organised by          was ‘love at first sight’ for
                                                                                                   Nature’s Secret and sponsored by        both, said Punsara.
                                                                                                   ‘The Island’ and ‘Sunday Island’.          He’s said to have gone
                                                                                                     However, her first try at a beauty    ga-ga over her flawless
                                                                                                   contest saw her take the runner-up      skin and exceptional looks.
                                                                                                   spot in the Capri Queen beauty pag-        Punsara and Dilshan
                                                                                                   eant.                                   Siriwardana (from
                                                                                                     But it was the Chavi Kalyani glam-    Unilevers) had their wed-
                                                                                                                                           ding at the Cinnamon
                                                                                                                                           Grand, while the Earls
                                                                                                                                           Regency, in Kandy, was the
                                                                                                                                           venue for their homecom-
                                                                                                                                              Punsara studied at
                                                                                                                                           Musaeus College, Colombo
                                                                                                                                           7. She played badminton
                                                                                                                                           and also was the school

                                                                                                                                           band leader.
                                                                                                                                              As a hobby, she did

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                                                                                                                                           dancing, and that included

                                             ! T ene
                                                                                                                                           Kandyan dancing and
                                                                                                                                           Baratha Natyam.
                                                                                                                                              She recently completed

                                                Sc                                                                                         her Business
                                                                                                                                           Administration Finance
                                                                                                                                           (special) degree at the
                                                                                                                                           University of
                                                                                                                                           Jayawardanapura and
Piumi Purasingha

                                           Photograph by: Saman

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