the beauty with brains
glamorous pose with snoop Dogg
Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe2006
Horse riding, politics, touring Sri Lanka
and traveling the world
is Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2006, but she is more than just
a pretty face. Jacqueline Fernandez is a woman with many angles ó
smart and funny, charming and sophisticated, who has taken Sri Lanka
by storm and has now captured the world!
on tour in the Seychelles, and soon off to New York to review
various lucrative contracts, Jacqueline took time out to visit The
Sunday Leader offices before she left, to speak to Now!
would you describe yourself in three words?
honest and a visionary.
would you say is your best talent?
go out of my way to do something for someone. Iím good at making
people laugh and making people happy.
would you most like to visit in the world and why?
or Africa. They are so vastly different and Iíve heard lots about
Africa, itís an entirely different world out there and it would be
a one of a kind experience.
is the best thing about your country?
what a lot of people think, Sri Lankans are very open minded and Sri
Lanka gave me the opportunity of representing the country in Miss
Universe so there are many opportunities here, you just have to grab
is your favourite movie:
The Godfather, simply because it teaches you a lot about family,
trust and to never make business personal I guess.
Iím an oldies goldies person. I love classic rock because I
think that, back then, bands and artistes felt what they were
singing about, where as today theyíve kind of lost the plot.
/ Singer: I
love Alicia Keys, Sade, Norah Jones, The Doors and Pink Floyd.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was intriguing, the end of
that book was amazing and gave me goose bumps.
you were granted one wish, what would it be?
know it sounds cliche, but itís sad to see what the world has come
to today. With war, and the environment, I guess I just wish that
everyone could get along. I guess itís what every one of us wants.
you were stuck on a dessert island with one other person, who would
who can give me food and cook me a good vegetarian meal. Hey, I just
want to eat!
words of wisdom to future Miss Universe contestants?
believe in yourself. When such an important task like representing
your country is at hand, youíve got to uphold your countryís
name and just give it your best.
you were judging contestants at Miss Universe, which question would
you ask them?
guess it would be "Do you believe that cosmetic surgery is an
unfair advantage in a beauty pageant"? Because I think it tells
a world of truth about the contestantís personality.
says that sheíll always be an ambassador for Sri Lanka, wherever
she goes. "Sri Lanka will always be my base, Iíve got a lot
of humanitarian work here at home that I need to concentrate on and
that I have a responsibility towards, but first I have to establish
myself and my career so I can come back to Sri Lanka and be what I
want to be. I want to bridge the gap between people and countries
and be a gateway for Sri Lankan talent to flow into the
international arena. I hope I can achieve that, itís a challenge
to put Sri Lanka on the map, but itís one challenge that Iím
looking forward to!"
was recently in L.A where she received an award from the South Asian
American Community. High profile personalities at the event included
Senator Carey and the contracts on offer while she was in L.A
included VH1 and ABC to name a few.
A review &
doing a review on Moragahakumburaís previous novel, Sepalika
Mal, and before doing a review (on yet another occasion) on his
latest novel, Chathurikage eththa kathaawa, which is waiting
to be read anxiously, not only by me, but many others, I shall also
pen a few words about its grand launch at the BMICH last week. The
newly launched novel, Chathurikage Eththa Kathaawa is
supposed to be written with expectations of giving a brand new
experience to its readers. It is also written in simple, general,
spoken language, which would further grab the attention of the
readers, while having them glued to the book, until they reach its
novel, is the story of Sepalika Rana-singhe who is a village lass,
growing up in the midst of poverty. The plot revolves around a few
characters that immensely vary from one another, both in the village
as well as the city, as Sepalika revolves between the two extreme
contrasts (the village she grew up in and the city, she is alien
Sepalika is a strong
young woman with great determination and courage, who is willing to
face any situation that may arise. Yet she is innocent. But,
Sepalika cultivates the habits of being stubborn and tough ó these
habits are required for survival, especially in the city, where not
only strangers, but also those known to her become opportunists.
Family and the
Sepalika is an only
child who grows up in a remote village with her father Gunadasa. Her
motherís death, which occurs during her childhood, remains an
unsolved mystery, until her youth. Her motherís death is a
sorrowful incident which occurred in the village, but after her
arrival in the city of Colombo, Sepalika faces many more incidents,
which certainly remain mysteries unsolved. Sepalika manages to
survive through many of the tragedies she faces in the city.
Amongst the others
closest to Sepalika in the village are Kalu Nenda, who takes
care of Mudalaali who is the father of Sepalikaís first and
last true love, Salinda (Punchi Mahaththaya). The
other characters recognised in the village are Gunawathie nenda,
Wijedasa Mama, Veda Mahaththaya (the physician) and Veronica
(Sepalikaís best friend).
Though Sepalika is a
shy woman who constantly attempts to ignore Salinda in every
possible manner, the love affair between the two blossoms with every
passing minute. Especially, when Salinda somehow convinces his
girlfriend to taste the flavour of the city, where he is already
employed. Yet, he never takes advantage of their moments of being
alone, even in the city. This could be the very reason that Sepalika
fights hard to protect herself from the vultures in the city,
disregarding their threats.
Life in the city
Sepalika arrives by
bus, (which is their only mode of transportation) in the city of
Colombo, along with Salinda, who finds accommodation for her in a
friendís place. This trusted friend of Salinda named Chinthaka
Samaradiwakara serves the Police and Sepalika starts her life in a
room in Chinthakaís house, where his wife Tekla and little
daughter live. They also rent other rooms in their house, as means
of extra income, but Sepalika is more like a guest for this family
who loves her company. But will this trust, love and loyalty last
forever? Do people change overnight? Well, anything is possible
under the sun and Sepalika Mal proves it to be so.
employment in an advertising agency of another friend of Salinda
named Gayan Rupasiri. Sepalika who is an educated woman, quickly
picks up the work at the office. Gayan has a brother who is also a
lawyer by profession, who also is involved in the advertising
business. Though Gayan is a Ďgentleman,í Kamal (his brother) is
an opportunist and a womaniser. Though Sepalika does not get caught
to Kamalís filthy arms, she becomes a victim, in another way. This
is where trouble begins in the city for Sepalika.
Sepalika though a
village lass who has experienced the bitter taste of poverty, all
her life and not having had previous experiences in the city, is
talented in many a way. She has the voice of a nightingale and
becomes a popular singer (in the city) by launching her initial
audiocassette Gamdorin Kolomthotata, with the utmost help of
Salinda as well as music teachers and directors.
Apart from being
employed, becoming a singer is another dream of this young woman who
manages to realise it. But how long will her achievements last? She
also indulges in modeling, also successfully organising fashion
shows in the city, by putting all her efforts into these events.
Yet, for how long will her efforts be appreciated?
As life goes on in
the city, Sepalika learns that the other employees, namely Ananda,
Kanchana, Sachithra and Nethranjalee happen to be only back
stabbers. They add to the unpleasant incidents faced by Sepalika,
due to Kamal Rupasiriís behaviour. The only two people in the
office who remain genuine and helpful towards Sepalika are Gayan (Kamalís
brother) and Mr. Hemachandra.
Though Gayan helps
out Sepalika in times of difficulty in every possible manner, he
certainly has his limits. He has no access to Sepalikaís emotional
grievances. Salindaís sudden journey abroad for a scholarship
happens to make matters worse for Sepalika, who is left alone in the
unknown city. Yet, she tries her best to be strong.
Life goes on
One may say that
Sepalika lost everything, by trying to fulfill her dreams, but there
are many lessons she learned. Yet, she did not lose the love of her
lifeÖ Salinda. Though disabled, with dashed hopes and dreams,
Salinda still had SepalikaÖ the love of his life.
Sepalika Mal is
a story, which could happen to anyone in real life. Nothing in it
seems unreal or untrue and it makes me wonder whether
Moragahakumbura has written the life story of a Sepalika who
actually lives among the rest of us, breathing the same air.
About the authour
Moragahakumbura has over sixteen years experience as an authour and
a journalist. Amongst his previous creations are short stories such
as Paradige, novels such as Kandulu thotupola, Misi nona,
Le kiri suwanda and Sulanga. Being a father himself,
Moragahakumbura has also written books of childrenís poetry and Ibihaamith
udin giyaa is one of his creations dedicated to children.
studied at Gemunupura Maha Vidyalaya in the Central Province and
began his career in journalism as a provincial reporter for the Lankadeepa
newspaper. He has also offered his valuable services to
reputed Sinhala newspapers such as Regina, Araliya and
Sriyavi. Within a brief span, Moragahakumbura has done
wonders in the field of journalism, covering many an aspect.
Moragahakumbura continues to stay attached to the newspaper field in
latest novel Chathurikage Eththa Kathaawa was launched last
Tuesday (September 19) at the BMICH and distinguished special
guests, critics as well as his fans graced the occasion. While actor
and photographer Udeni Alwis compered the event, critic and authour
K.K. Saman Kumara delivered a special speech, with regards to the
newly launched novel at the event of the launch.
The Sunday Leaderís
NOW magazine wishes Moragahakumbura success in his newly
launched book as well as his career as an authour and journalist. We
hope that he continues to write many more books in the future, which
would help nourish the mind of the Sri Lankan reader.