Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Batch reunion, 1960 medical entrants, Colombo, Sri Lanka.



On 12 Sep 2017, at 02:48, Asoka Dissanayake wrote:

> I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by Nana. If the committee meetings are  held in Colombo on a week day, I may be able to join and help in whatever way possible
> Regards to all
> Asoka Dissanayake


Charith Nanayakkara
               
11:02 PM (5 hours ago)
               
to Mana, M.G.S, me
Dear Mana

I agree it would be nice if we have our ReUnion coinciding with COMSAA but logistically this would be very difficult.

No useful purpose would be served if we only have an evening for singalong & dance as CoMSAA did this year. With the music blaring, one could not even chat to each other comfortably.
The COMSAA members had app 40-50 rooms booked and our ReUnion would have app 90-100 rooms I believe.

Not everyone wants to attend COMSAA except for the very few regulars as you have witnessed so far.

I would feel happy if our ReUnion could be held either in the preceding weekend or the following week end with chance for our batch mates & families to meet & greet at leisure like what we have so far planned.


Regards

Nana

Monday, September 11, 2017

1960 Medicoes , another Reunion- To be or Not To Be!!



1960 Medicoes , another Reunion- To be or Not To Be!!
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Charith Nanayakkara
               
4:07 PM (13 hours ago)
               
to me, M.P., M.G.S, Daya, Jayalath, HB, Udula, Keerthi/Sriyan., Lalitha, Buddy, Nalini, Derryck, Asoka/Chandra, Sujai
Dear Philip

Please share these thoughts with our batch mates for their response.

1960 Medicoes, Probably the last ReUnion- To be Or Not to be !!

1. The last ReUnion was held in 2015 and most of those who attended it were keen to have another one , sooner than the usual 5 year cycle.
Some of us have repeatedly highlighted the importance of having another ReUnion before we lose more of our batch mates and who may very likely lose some of our mental and physical faculties as well.

2. Philip in response to our previous appeal, very kindly volunteered to organise a batch Get Together this year 
in Avissawella but no positive response was forthcoming. ( in fairness, we do need reasonable advance notice especially for those who are domiciled overseas).
3.  It is likely that any planned future ReUnion may be sadly be the last & the final one ( others may disagree)

4. Let's reflect on the past ReUnions:

a.  Most of us agreed that these ReUnions were a wonderful Forum for us to meet & greet. These would ideally be held in Sri Lanka mostly for the benefit of our colleagues who reside in Sri Lanka (even though not many 'locals' have actively participated for variety of reasons)

b. The last few ReUnions held in Sri Lanka were very successful thanks to the dedication and combined efforts of the Organisers led by Kapu.  He is no more and I feel it would be very fitting to organise the next one in Sri Lanka to show our respect & Gratitude to his sustained efforts.

c.  Durumila who also took an active role is functionally incapacitated but still strong mentally( I had a long chat with her few weeks ago at her residence)
d.  Ranjan F is still around but appear not too capable of any active support.

e.  Of the rest of the Organising Group, we are left with Mana/ Piyaseeli ( who are still active and willing), Jayalath and Philip. They do need few active local supporters to organise another ReUnion soon. I do not want to name those capable mates but I am copying this to some of them who I believe would volunteer.

f.  My personal thoughts are any planned future ReUnion would very likely to be the last and final one as the organisation takes so much of effort, commitment and dedication.

g.  We have a good guess as to who would very likely support this idea. We know  by now those who have continued to participate over the years and those who have not attended any of the past ReUnions ( for variety of reasons).  We also know how difficult to get a consensus as to the mutually agreed  date, venue etc.
I also feel the need to organise any of this event closer to Colombo rather than outside ( for overall convenience/ commuting).

May I suggest that we plan to have at least one more ReUnion say in September/ October 2018 in a mutually agreed location near Colombo. May I appeal to Mana/ Piyaseeli and Philip to take the initiative and get few other active volunteers in and around Colombo to form the organising committee.

We would offer our support in whatever way we could to make this a great success.

Let's all put our combined effort and dedicate this to all our departed and disabled colleagues.

Best wishes.

Nana

Mana Wedisinghe
               
10:33 PM (6 hours ago)
               
to Charith, bcc: me
My dear  Nana.

It is  a good  idea.

Might i  suggest  that  we  combine  our  batch  get  together  along  with  COMSAA   next  year.

Comsaa   , as  you  know  will have  a  one  day session  on  a  sunday.   Some members  gather  the  previous  day  ,have  a  sing  song  and  a  dance.

Why  dont  we  gather  the  day  prior  to  Comsaa  meet ,  have  a  joint   sing song  in  the evening   and attend  the  comsaa  next  day  and  depart.

This  is  only  a suggestion.  Logistically  easier  to  manage.

Your  views  please.
Another Reunion
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Udula Pathirana
               
10:20 PM (7 hours ago)
               
to me, Nana
Dear Philip,

I am thankful to Nana for starting the dialogue about another batch reunion. Like Nana, I believe batch reunions are a great opportunity for us to meet our old friends/batch mates we don't meet otherwise in our day to day lives. Most of us in 2015 voiced our opinion that the next reunion should be in three yrs time, and not five as before. Hence 2018 is the year we should meet again. Not for the last time I hope. We are still young at heart with a few aches and pains here and there!

Though you tried to organise a get together this year,  due to poor response I presume it never materialised. I hope you have  not taken it as a let down, ( we never meant it to be,  but as Nana says we who live overseas need advance notice )  and will rise to the occasion and take the leading role in organising the next big one in 2018 as you did before. The organising committe has shrunk a bit, but I am sure you should be able to coax a few others to give you a helping hand. Nalini , Ranjini Thevaraps, and Lucky come to my mind as would be willing supporters in addition to Wedi, Piyaseeli and Jayalath.  I know Nalini and Ranjini  were highly  involved in the past. Duru though confined to a wheel chair will I am sure help in whatever way she can. She is very alert and keeps in contact with her friends as before. Ranjini would be able to get her help.  There may be others who will be happy to support you and take some of the burden off your hands. Some of us would offer support  in whatever way we could from distant lands.

As Nana's suggested a location close to Colombo would be  best and September/ October would be ideal timing. That is a year from now. You need a fair few months to  get everything finalised and adequate time for those living overseas to  make holiday / travel arrangements.

As Nana says, lets put our combined efforts to make the proposed get-together a success  and dedicate it to the departed colleagues.
You can tell Nalini, Ranjini and Lucky that I proposed their names.

Good luck.



Hello Udula,
Thanks for the sentiments expressed in your email. Now that we have started discussing about the get together it should gather momentum and hopefully reach a concrete objective. All my best wishes go to you.
Philip.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

List of Sinhala words of Portuguese origin



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Sinhala
සිංහල
Meaning
Portuguese
Meaning
Type
āyā
ආයා
Dry nurse
aia
Nurse
Daily
äbäärtuva
ඇබෑර්තුව
Vacancy
aberto
Open, Vacant
Trade
äänduru
ඈඳුරු
Dill
endro
Dill
Food
agōstu
අගෝස්තු
August
agosto
August
Daily
akol
අකොල්
akol
álcool
Alcohol
Daily
alavaṃguva
අලවංගුව
Crow-bar
alavanca
Lever
Daily
almāna
අල්මාන
Germany
Alemanha
Germany
Daily
almāriya
අල්මාරිය
almirah, wardrobe
armário
Wardrobe, Cabinet
Daily
almiya
අල්මිය
almea/almeia
Storax
Daily
almōsa, alumōsuva
අල්මෝස, අලුමෝසුව
Breakfast
almoço
Breakfast
Daily
alpenetta
ඇල්පෙනිත්ත
Pin
alfinete
Pin
Daily
alugōsuvā
අලුගෝසුවා
Executioner
algoz
Executioner
Administration
āmā
ආමා
Wet nurse
ama
Nurse
Daily
amandäl/mandäl
අමන්දැල්
Almond
amêndoa
Almond
Food
amēsi
අමේසි
Plum
ameixa
Plum
Fruit
anjuvā
අන්ජුවා
Angel
anjo
Angel
Daily
annāsi
අන්නාසි
Pineapple
ananás
Pineapple
Fruit
arumōsam
අරුමෝසම්
Decorative, fancy
armação
Setting, Truss
Daily
avāna
අවාන
Fan
abano
Fan
Daily
avel (aeṭaya)
අවෙල්
hazel (nut)
avelã
hazelnut
Food
asēnti
අසේන්ති
Absent
ausente
Absent
Daily
asnu
අස්නු
Rude
asno
Ass
Daily
bankōtiya
බංකෝතිය
Banquet
banqueta
Banquet
Daily
bolot
බොලොත්
Acorn
bolota
Acorn
Daily
bāldiya
බාල්දිය
Bucket
balde
Bucket
Daily
bambuva
බම්බුව
Bamboo, 'bullcrap'
bambu
Bamboo
Daily
bankalot
බංකලොත්
Bankruptcy
bancarrota
Bankruptcy
Daily
baṃkuva
බංකුව
Bench
banco
Bench
Daily
bandēsiya
බන්දේසිය
Tray
bandeja
Tray
Daily
bastama
බස්තම
Walking stick
bastão
Stick
Daily
bāsu
බාසු
Dim
baço
Dim
Daily
battala
බත්තල
Lighter
batelão
Lighter
Daily
බයිලා
Portuguese-influenced Sri Lankan music
baila
3rd person present conjugation of "bailar" meaning "to dance"
Music
bayinettuva
බයිනෙත්තුව
Bayonet
baioneta
Bayonet
Military
bēbaddā, bebeyā
බේබද්දා
Drunkard
bêbado
Drunkard
Daily
bīraluva
බිරළුව
Bobbin
bilro
Bobbin
Daily
bispuvā
බිස්පුවා
Bishop
bispo
Drunkard
Daily
bōnikkā
බෝනික්කා
Doll
boneca
Doll
Daily
bora
බොර
Dreg
borra
Dreg
Daily
bōrdaya
බෝර්දය
Border
borda
Brim, Border
Daily
bostāduva
බොස්තාදුව
Slap
bofetada


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