He also works in the advertising field, although he prefers to make music his full-time profession. However, he also wants to keep helping his dad, with whom he works, in the advertising field.
Robert believes that more people should enter the Sri Lanka music industry since it has a lot of talent, which he says has been proven in the last few years.
Here he speaks about the opposite sex, his first date, and what turns him on!
The Q&A follow:
By Jamila Najmuddin
Q: Who do you admire the most and why?
A: My mum, because she has taught me everything and she's also the strongest lady I know.
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A: Well, it hasn't happened to me yet but it would be interesting if it did.
Q: What quality do you envy in the opposite sex?
A: The fact that they can get everything they want by shedding a few tears and what also bugs me the most is how they can get into nightclubs free and guys have to pay.
Q: What would you rather be than anything else?
A: I would be a pilot because I have always wanted to be one and it is also very different from the advertising field, which I am in now.
Q: What's the first thing you notice in a member of the opposite sex?
A: Her smile.
Q: What's the most romantic moment in your life?
A: I haven't had one yet but the day I do, I will be first one to scream it from the tallest mountain.
Q: What article of clothing would you want to be?
A: I would be anything other than socks for obvious reasons.
Q: If your house caught fire and you could save three things, what would they be?
A: My family, my dad's box guitar and my three dogs.
Q: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
A: I once drove off to Hikkaduwa at three in the morning with my friend to have a sea bath and there were a heap of crabs and what scared us the most was when we were approached by some fishermen at that time in the morning.
Q: What is your nickname?
Q: Describe your idea of a romantic proposal?
A: Going on top if the tallest building which overlooks the sea and proposing to the girl there with a rose.
Q: Describe your first date in detail?
A: I can't remember much because it was a long time ago but I can remember it was at a movie because that was the only place we could go without being seen by anyone.
Q: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
A: Get rid of all the hypocrites.
Q: What are the three things that turn you on?
A: Good perfume, older women, and women with power.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?
A: A mode of transportation, friends and food.
Costume jewellery takes over!
By Risidra Mendis
In days gone by people were happy to wear a simple gold chain and matching ear rings irrespective of the outfit they wore. There was no fashion or costume jewellery at the time.
Since gold jewellery was the only available jewellery in the market even the middle class who couldn't afford to buy a piece of gold jewellery saved for months so they could finally buy a valuable piece of jewellery to wear.
Almost every working middle class and upper class individual could be seen wearing even a simple plain chain around their necks, even to work.
As time went by, goldsmiths around the world gradually started producing more elaborate and exquisite chunky gold jewellery for fashion conscious women.
A change in gold jewellery designs with more colourful precious and semi precious stones became the fashion of the day. However not everybody could afford to buy this exquisite jewellery.
Gradually the gap between those who could afford the elaborate gold jewellery as opposed to those who could not increased. A change could be seen in the jewellery people wore.
Some of the fashion conscious and the rich and famous wore the attractive and trendy pieces of jewellery while others continued to wear the simple gold jewellery sets.
However the introduction of silver jewellery to the market once again changed the trend in jewellery. Silver jewellery was much cheaper than gold jewellery and was available in similar designs set in semi precious stones.
Fashion conscious people gradually got used to wearing silver jewellery to match their outfits, instead of the traditional gold jewellery. But as time went by with the introduction of new designs in silver jewellery the cost of this metal went up in price.
Fashion conscious women who substituted silver jewellery instead of the gold could not afford to buy it anymore.
The came the era of the fashion or costume jewellery. The first type of costume jewellery introduced to the market was the plastic type.
The jewellery that came in a variety of colours of green, blue, pink, yellow, orange and red among others was snapped by those who wanted a little variety when it came to their jewellery.
The plastic costume jewellery was soon replaced by the gypsy type and the ethnic and Indian type of jewellery. What made this type of jewellery popular among the fashion conscious was that every piece of ethnic and Indian jewellery could be easily substituted for gold jewellery.
The similarity between gold jewellery and costume jewellery made costume jewellery very popular among people.
At present the variety of costume jewellery available in the market is unbelievable. The range includes colourful sets of bangles, earrings, chains, bracelets and anklets with beaded and stone designs among others.
Due to the wide variety of designs and colours, costume jewellery and ethnic Indian jewellery is worn by many fashion conscious people today.
At Mix Up, one of the many shops that sell Indian and ethnic jewellery, a wide range of jewellery sets, bangles and earrings are available. Some are pictured on this page. The jewellery comes in a variety of stone, beaded and mirror worked designs and can be purchased at reasonable prices in comparison to gold jewellery.
Your outfit maybe a saree, a shalwar, a party gown or even a plain pair of jeans and T-shirt, but no matter what you wear, there is always a piece of costume jewellery that can be matched and worn.
Simple and plain costume jewellery can be used as daily wear, while the more elaborate and fashionable jewellery can be worn in the night for functions ranging from a wedding, a home coming, a get together or even a cocktail party.
A short, full life with junk food!
In Sri Lanka, the main source of food is of course rice and curry. Love it or hate it, everyone has to eat it! We always tend to curse and think longingly of other tastier food we could be eating. Sadly tastier isn't always healthier, or I could indeed eat any junk I wanted without feeling guilty.
Recently, one person who is always telling me and my sister to stop eating junk food, told me something which I still find quite hard to believe. He told me that a certain very popular soft drink has a secret recipe which is still unknown today. But this wasn't the amazing thing, he claims that this is because the drink has a certain percentage of a drug (cocaine) in it, hence the reason why some people do get so
hyperactive on the drink. (And I am one of these people!)
I reassured myself that surely this must be false, after all millions of people drink this kind of fizzy drink! But it's amazing that something we just eat or drink without thinking can be so harmful to us.
As everyone knows, Pizza Hut recently had their all you can eat offer. I have to say that it's quite a good deal, and they have all you can drink too. I consumed no less than nine pieces of pizza, as did my friends. We do take our food seriously, unlike the other girls who only ate about three pieces and claimed they were 'so full!' In my opinion, they'd have saved more money if they'd just ordered the normal way!
However although we were very happy with our accomplishment once we got home we were all so uncomfortably full we couldn't move for an hour. I don't even want to think about how unhealthy that must have been!!
Then there's the huge amounts of cuttlefish in hot butter sauce. who can resist it?? The numerous cookie shakes, brownies and don't even get me started on the chocolate! I even occasionally binge on chicken from a popular fast food outlet, though someone who used to work there told me that if I knew what was in the chicken I probably wouldn't eat it. The thing is, I probably would, out of pure greed, because
unhealthy or not, some food just plain tastes good!
And like it or not, rice and curry, etc., always takes some time to prepare, whereas you can order pretty much anything nowadays, and don't have to waste time cooking. Of course, the downside is there would probably be bad effects on your health in the long run.
I'd like to say all this moralising on health has made me change my ways, turning me miraculously into a salad eating herbivore who exercises regularly, but then I would be lying! Even the pizza episode caused only minor guilt, a week later and I was back to all my bad habits. So all I can say is I'd rather have a short full life and enjoy my food than a long one subsisting on crackers and water!