MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE The postman’s bell, still a welcome ring The old General Post Office, Colombo         Today we live in a digitally dominated world. We communicate using various gadgets of technology. Over the past six months, Zoom chats have become vital for corporate executives and schoolchildren. Two hundred years ago, the island of Ceylon was experiencing a new dimension of communication – the use of letters sent and received through postal service. As children, hearing the postman’s bell was a moment of delight to receive a birthday card or letter, and checking out the new stamps on the envelope. The postman attired in khaki uniform, riding his black Raleigh bicycle was a welcome friend. He was a messenger who delivered good news, and at times, he delivered bad news of someone’s death, often through a telegram. In fact, the ringing of his cycle bell was the same for ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 9th March 2022 – 3rd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “MONKEY-MEN” – by Des Kelly eLanka Cartoons by Max Gerreyn S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, Old Boys’ Association – Walk a Mile DUBAI EXPO – Alston Koch in Action International Women’s Day – Women for Women – by Uma Panch UDUMBARA SEVWANDI KUMARI PHENOMINAL MULTIPOTENTIAL VISHARAD DANCING DOCTOR AT THE SUMMIT OF FAME – by Sunil Thenbadu What and how can it happen to someone so young and with so much to contribute to the sport? – by Alston Koch Lessons from Shane Warne’s death – A cardiologist’s perspective – by Sanjay Gupta Blue Ocean Group builds to last India -Sri Lanka – by Trevine Rodrigo : Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor) Dubai World Expo- Rhythm, Music, Dances, of Sri Lanka- by Dr harold ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 5th January 2022 – 2nd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter COLOMBO-CHETTY BUGGERS – by Des Kelly The Ceylon Society of Australia AGM and Social Sunday 19 December 2021 – By Adam Raffel (Photos thanks to Mahal Selvadurai) Jamie Mitchell’s dream was a baggy green cap, but a cricket tour from hell has left him searching for answers By Russell Jackson Queen’s baton reaches Sri Lanka By Chathura Ranasinghe Desmond Tutu, Our Generation’s Moral Conscience – By GEORGE BRAINE Great Things Sri Lanka Achieved in 2021 Alcohol what it does when consumed-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Homage to most unassertive noble musician Lakshman Wijesekera – by Sunil Thenabadu Health & Views December 3rd issue 2021 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake White kept India’s mighty Olympic hockey team at bay in first unofficial Test Elephants in ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 11th August 2021 – 4th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “LOCKDOWN LARRIKINS” – By Des Kelly UDULA BANDARA CROWNED WINNER in Sri Lankans Got Talent in NZ (SLGT in NZ) Washington will continue to support Lanka’s fight against Covid-19 Celebrating 206 years of proud existence AP appoints Daisy Veerasingham as agency’s president and CEO By DAVID BAUDER Sri Lankan Village Food 🇱🇰 FARMER’S LOTUS LEAF LUNCH + UNIQUE New Year Food in Sri Lanka!! 2021 Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade Goes Global The Flow Eternal – by Oscar E V Fernando Baila Sadaya ( බයිලා සාදය ) – Musical Programme FLIGHT OF THE DOUBLE SUNRISE-by – Capt. Elmo Jayawardena Apostolic Warranty – by Lakshman Navaratne Health guidelines for funerals,Wedding ceremonies REVISED Delta ‘Breakthrough’ infections becoming noticed-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Kaleidoscope with Savithri ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 04 April 2021 – 1st edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “NUWARA ELIYA” – by Des Kelly Women on the Cambridge MBA Melony Mahaarachchi, USA 3 SRI LANKA NEWS – MARCH 2021 Sydney – Celebration of 125th anniversary of St Joseph’s College, Colombo Sri Lanka New Year – Avurudu Litha 2021 in English Watch Test Cricket Highlights – West Indies vs Sri Lanka – Test Series March-April 2021- 2nd Test Potassium in your blood-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Gregory Lake – spectacular tourist attraction in ‘Little England’ By Arundathie Abeysinghe The 1st big Match in 1981 between St. Anthony’s College and Trinity in Australia – by Afzal Laphir Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo Emerging technologies and changes in job trends – Ultimate Access | Webinar series Sri Lankan Economy Towards a New Era Deforestation in Sri ...

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When ancient Serendib lured Jewish ships-by Dishan Joseph King Solomon’s Temple Source:Dailynews The resplendent island of Sri Lanka has been the envy of many for its strategic maritime position. This geographical position together with our natural resources drew the attention of traders from across the world. Ancient records show details of Arab trading vessels which were later followed by the Portuguese and Dutch. Subsequently the British arrived here lured by our tropical pearls and cinnamon. Many know these stages of our maritime history. The people of Israel had established trading links with ancient Serendib (the Persian name for Ceylon). It is believed that by the 12th century there were around 3,000 Jews living on this island engaged in business. They had lived in peace, sharing in our prosperity. Jews had resided in Colombo, Kandy and Galle in a bygone era. It is said that a Jewish synagogue had existed along ...

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A slice of Africa in Puttalam-by Dishan Joseph Source:Dailynews Most Sri Lankans in Colombo city would have caught a glimpse of robust women, of African descent dancing to pulsating drumbeats. We have applauded the performances of the African Manja group. But have we truly understood their origins, displacement and hardships hidden behind their smiles. I firmly believe that after their generations have lived here for 500 years, they too are very much Sri Lankan. For centuries Ceylon had been a maritime domain for foreign traders, and defiant conquerors. All these foreigners left behind their ancestors, who with time integrated into our society. ...

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The mosque with 49 minarets-by Dishan Joseph Side view of the Red Mosque Source:Dailynews The general vicinity of Pettah is always crowded with vendors and shoppers. It is in a sense a melting pot which unknowingly unites all of us in this beautiful city as well as thousands who come to the Fort Railway Station. Along Main Street there are many shops that specialize in textiles, shoes and fancy goods. As you walk along Second Cross Street or enter the area via Main Street your eyes connect to the beautiful dome of the Red Mosque, quietly heralding its presence. This mosque is an architectural gem and a cultural icon for Muslim devotees and all Sri Lankans. Its contrasting red and white design has been a stimulating sight that makes us pause and admire its architecture. The mosque is testament to the dedicated work of its pioneer builders who infused this ...

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“P.M.G’s OFFICE, COLOMBO FORT” – By Des Kelly     Yet another wonderful article to be shared with all of you, who are members of eLanka. This superb building in the very heart of Colombo Fort, holds special memories for “your’s truly”, as well, because it was here that the girl of my dreams worked as a Stenographer in the 1950’s. It was from one of those windows (upstairs), that she first saw the Queen of England, Elizabeth ll, making her way into Queen’s House (where else ?), which was practically opposite the P,M,G’s building. Her Majesty was in a magnificent car of course, with her husband, but they were deliberately being driven very slowly, so the adoring crowds could catch a glimpse of them. Cynthia Georgesz, one of my girlfriends at the time, told me that she was very lucky indeed to be able to see our Monarch quite clearly, ...

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Remembering the Railway’s Three Sisters – By Dishan Joseph The Uda Rata Menike passes the Nine Arch Railway Bridge Source:Daily News The prudent railway engineer and general manager of the railways B.D. Rampala came up with the brilliant idea to launch three trains to three popular destinations. These three trains were lovingly known as the Railway Sisters of Ceylon. When we pause to reflect on the past, it generously offers us a deeper insight to appreciate the present. Travelling by train is a lovely experience that all Sri Lankans enjoy. The dazzling views of the villages, mountains, green fields and beaches will leave you with splendid memories. The beautiful old railway stations are an iconic reminder of the golden days of train travel in Ceylon. By 1845 the Ceylon Railway Company (CRC) was formed. The new railway projects were full of challenges: there were rocks to be blasted, water clogged ...

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