Sunday, July 18, 2010
1. The transport facility in luxury coaches from Colombo to Habarana & return (for some of us)
2. Welcome cordeal on arrival at the hotel reception
3. Hotel accommodation with a fantastic array of meals, friendly and obliging staff and superb facilities
4. Innovative plans for participants to wear local apparel which added so much of colour
5. The most somber but dignified commemoration to show our gratitude to all our departed colleagues
6. The block concert and all its actors
7. The modified evening ‘paduru partiya’/sing song
8. The photographic session
9. The academic session with varied topics of interest
10. Opportunity for optional visits to places of interest
11. Gala dinner dance with the preceding ‘procession’ inclusive of colourful and talented Kandyan dancers
12. Superb buffet dinner of such great choice and variety
13. Plenty of opportunity for all of us to meet & greet or to get drunk
14. The production & supply of souvenir + paduru partiya song book- ‘golden oldies’+ CD+ souvenir
11 ( Friends,Dreams and memories) and few more items of interest etc.I was extremely moved but very pleased by the determined presence of Kamala in spite of all her disabilities ( proving the reality of frailty, uncertainty and the impermanence of human beings. Who deserve our sincere thanks and appreciation?
Our sincere thanks must go to:
1. All the members of the organising committee(Piyaseeli & Wedi,Rohantha,Jayalath,Ranjen,Geri,Durumila,Buddhadasa,Philip,Sivarasa,Nalini and Ranjini) led by energetic and ever smiling Sarath Kapu
2. Philip & Buddy for the commemoration presentation
3. All the actors( Buddy, Gerry, Heather,Lucian, Travis..) who took part in the ‘block concert’ & who made it so hilarious
4. Tissa K, Philip V and Ranjen F and Piyaseeli W for editing and compiling the souvenir,CD, 'souvenir ii' and the golden oldies.
5. Durumila K for getting the hotel bookings/accommodation at concessional rates
6. Ranjen F for arranging the transport coaches
7. Indu Chandrawansa & and all the hotel staff for their friendly service
8. Nalini for organising & chairing the academic session
9. The official photographers and Asoka D for organising the group photos
10.Philip Veerasingham for maintaining the web site and regular updates which kept all of us (attendees & non attendees) connected with the Event ‘live’Please forgive me if I missed out other deserving colleagues.May we have the strength, determination and the fortune to meet again in the near future as a very happy and as an extended family.
PS: Philip I have just managed to read your book. What a superb recollection of events with such philosophical outlook and humility. You have obviously missed your vocation. Good Luck and keep writing.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Ranjini and I were both very touched and very appreciative of the sentiments that you have expressed in your e mail to the batch.
In a way, one kind of forgets the difficulties one had to overcome in the early days, even before Sri Lanka acheived ICC status, which happened in 1981.
It also gave Ranjini and me quite a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in looking after the young cricketers who came over to this country with very little peripheral support, eg physios etc.
When I read your observations I was reminded of our contribution and a sense of deep satisfaction we had in helping the country of our birth.
I was also involved in helping to get an expert opinion on Muralitheran's arm, which I did through one of the best known orthopaedic arm specialists in the UK, based in Manchester. I well remember Murali staying at my home for a few days before we sent him to Manchester for the opinion. It proved very favourable to us and the report was, of course, submitted to the Sri Lankan cricket board at the time.
Just one correction I would like to make, is that the body that I liaised and represented for Sri Lanka was the ICC and not the MCC.
Many thanks, Karals, once again.
Although I am very pleased to read this and point out this very minor correction, I am still not sure where this information, if at all, will appear in our get-together.
Ranjini and Daya