We go through our life and meet people, who become our friends and others who though never become personal friends, where one would invite them for a party, are nevertheless part and parcel of one’s life, sometimes more genuine than friends. This was the case of Asanka Mudalali, whose real name I only read on the banner when I arrived ...

Siyane Golden Star The Golden Star in the Center with the joint second place on the right and the third on the leftThe Amateur Singing Competition held at the Delgoda Public Grounds on Friday 28th September 2012Joint Second placed stars receiving their awardThe Dancing Group with one of their performancesOne of the bevy of helpers and runners! Hemamali from the officeThe other helpers organized by Maduri

A weekend of campaigning in Polonnaruwa I am now unabashedly political, defending the direction and objectives of the party and believe the most important part is to impart one’s opinion to those who really matter in the context of attempting to change the system for the better. It is the traditional UPFA voter who needs to be talked to and convinced that they are being taken ...

If I was in a three wheeler I would have been dead meat! In Yesterday’s Island paper (August 31st 2012) there was the caption of an MP’s security vehicle (why does an ordinary run of the mill first time MP need a back up security jeep?) having collided with a three wheeler and a young lady lost her life with a host of others injured. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=60477Whilst facebook http://www.facebook.com/lankaenewssaid that the MP was in ...

An evening courtesy of the Norwegians I wondered what I would do this evening after a day’s work. I opened my email at 5pm and had an invitation for a Norwegian musical evening at the British School by a Norwegian friend from the 60’s, Arne Fjortoft. I called him immediately at 5 and said I will come. I got the best seats!!!I did not have a ...

Garden party Nuptials 'at home' I attended the Garden Party 'at home' at the home of the groom today. He is the owner of the Rice Mill where I have for many years milled my paddy, before I bring it to my customers fresh the following day. Most of that activity has had to be in abeyance since my accident and this boy Hasantha insisted ...

A Sunday in the life of a working MP! Sundays are usually the busiest days of a working MP who has both to husband an electorate and as is the case now due to the preference voting system, has to travel throughout the District to ensure that people know him in the whole area, where he can expect to garner votes at an election.For the Gamapaha District MP, today ...

The overnight train from Gal Oya Junction to Fort I stayed a few nights over Vesak (4th- 7th May) at Ratmale residence near Kaudulla National Park.(www.ratmale.blogspot.com) I was without transport. I was confined to my house. I am still unable to walk without feeling stiff with the elbow crutch!On reflection the enforced stay was a great relief, as I could sit on the rocking chair on my verandah and ...

Vesak - Bucket Lanterns Today is Vesak Poya and as part of old traditions, we usually make a lantern to hang outside the home or we also make and set up some bucket lanterns with candles inside for effect. So we had to arrange the lanterns carefully as they are rather crudely made, so that we need to ensure the candle does not make ...

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