In that period I have seen guppy fish die due to high temperature and saw flowering of some plants never seen in Kandy and its suburbs.
I have not been to the Botanical garden for some time and I am sure some plants there are dieing due to warm weather.
The Kandy City was known for mild weather for centuries and it was where many come to escape from warm weather of Colombo.
Not any more.
And we hit this temperature regularly for the last five years of my recording.
My fire hazard registry goes like this.
4. CD/ DVD and their cases
5. Plastic containers (to avoid dust and ashes) buckets
6. Furniture including the bed and tables
7. All the wires that are connected to internet
8. My shoes
9. Computer utilities, keyboard, mouse and wires connected
10. Empty Cardboard boxes and last year’s (remaining) Wesak lanterns.
In actual fact I have nothing except three items that would stand a minor fire.
So I took a leaf out of the guy who does it as a habit.
Set fire to them one by one and it took three hours to finish the lot and I stayed close to the fire till it was safe for the dog.
The guys come and say the supply is OK and do nothing inside as far as the checking is concerned and leave us to our own devices even at night.
Thank god we do not have little ones in our house except the dog who does not understand electricity, thunder and fire crackers.
So my obsession to fire is well founded.
Just think of the wastage I.P.L is making during the 20/20 games when some Indians are not having a square meal.
Make it a point to switch off the TV set during Wesak and think of the poor Indians who are struggling to make ends meet.
After all they are our neighbours (poor Indians) in need of spiritual guidance if rich Indians are neglecting them for a song and cricket.
Fire wins and we lose everything and that is the name of the game.
A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet.
It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.
The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self.
In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (literally “sun-city” in Greek). It is said that the bird’s cry is that of a beautiful song.
The Phoenix’s ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one.
In very few stories they are able to change into people (who set fire to the entire world).