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This letter addressed to Speedy by ND was originally meant to be a comment under one of ND's recent posts. However, he has changed his mind and thought that all members of our batch should read this. Therefore, it is now being published as an open letter.
You have always been most kind asking me to
write my memoirs. I have been overwhelmed by the generous comments of my
batchmates. I wish I can sing like Mahen, play the piano like Zita , paint like
Lucky W and Bunter and manage the Blog so well like Lucky Abey.
No one really will want to know about my
drab life.I was a scraggy kid born in a
distant hamlet in a deep valley in Kegalle. We were surrounded by tall mountains. Every
morning when I opened my bedroom window I saw Utuwankanda, the home of the
infamous bandit Saradiel (1832-64).He
had a profound influence on my young life. Even now when I pass a jewellery
shopthose powerful primal instincts
resurface. The only reason why I haven’t
yielded to temptation is because I don’t want to lose my GMC registration.
In my youth I lived close to nature. The eco-friendly existence amidst its great
benefits has its hazards too. The
spacing and the direction of the feet in the squatting plates left a lot to be
desired. I am well aware these are minor issues during such emergencies.
For me this was a time of great
spirituality.I provided free food and
lodging to numerous friends who were totally dependent on my generosity like ,
Ascaris lumbricoides, Taenia solium, Ancylostoma duodenale, Strongyloides
stercoralis. Enterobius vermicularis and Entamoeba histolytica. Some have
specifically asked me not to name them and I have acceded to their request
reluctantly. They have also made a plea not to call them parasites.They say it is a misnomer. It is just their
livelihood. We maintained an open house. My generosity extended to stragglers
and occasional visitors Cimex lectularius, Pediculus humanus capitis, and Sarcoptes
scabiei. There were those who flew in
for a meal like Culex fatigans, Anopheles andAedes aegypti. I have had a
love-hate relationship with Wuchereria bancrofti, and Brugia malayi. The rest have now been friends for life. So far I have escaped the medical consequences
of the unrelenting demands of my unusualfriends. Despite the many close-encounters by day and night I have never
invited Phthirus pubis. I know that must surprise many of you!!
have lead an altruistic life.As a septuagenarian
I always have one eye on my next life.I
hope my un-selfishness, hospitality and benevolence will give me enough Brownie
points to achieve that Ultimate Bliss of Nirvana.
I am deeply indebted to Prof AS Dissanaike.
I drew much inspiration from his lectures and life. To teach to remember for
over 50 + years the names of those ‘unwanted guests’ is a minor miracle. May he
find Eternal Peace.
whom the Bell Tolls:
his support, enthusiasm and CPR for the Blog to keep it alive.
who contribute and comment without whom the Blog will perish.