Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sri Lankan ‘train culture’

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Tamara Nissanka
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Everyday thousands of people travel to Colombo for work from different parts of Sri Lanka. Public transport, essentially busses and trains, are the main carriers of these scores of working men and women. Let us focus more on commuter trains. If you have taken an ‘office train’, as it is called, on a weekday you might have noticed that people travel in little groups or circles. Although the term ‘public transport’ quickly reminds us of a bunch of strangers in some random vehicle, commuter trains in Sri Lanka are sure to challenge this conventional notion. Daily rail users are a community within the train. They have a distinct culture and share norms and values pertaining to train travel. Continue reading

Ragging

The invisible office

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Tamara Nissanka
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Conspiracy, trade, political campaigns, gaming, and even intimate relationship are some of the ‘under-the radar’ actions which take place in an office – an environment created to meet formal objectives. No formal organization could limit employee interactions to a prefigured blueprint. A new recruit quickly picks up cues on implicit codes of conduct within the firm, and tries to attune himself to the fresh social atmosphere, while his more mature colleagues keep watch on how well (or poorly) he goes about doing this.

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