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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creative Spot by Srianee (Bunter) Fernando

The inspiration for this painting came from a scene I witnessed some years ago in Sri Lanka outside a Buddhist temple, where there were several stalls where flower sellers were selling mainly lotuses to the worshippers entering the temple.  It was quite a colorful and rather peaceful scene.  I took a photograph to get me started, but my painting is not exactly like the photograph.  The tree above the makeshift stall had huge leaves, which I have tried to replicate in the painting.  I have no idea what kind of a tree it is.  Maybe someone will know…


Monday, August 14, 2017

Acknowledgement from Ramani Collure

Don Collure

11:58 (5 hours ago)
 to Lakshmanme
Dear Lucky,

I would appreciate it, if you could insert the note below into the group blog on my behalf.

Thanks.  Ramani Collure.

Thank you to all  Mahendra Collures  batch mates, for the kind messages and sympathy shared during  our time of loss.  We were deeply touched by your words of condolence.

In appreciation.

Ramani Collure, Nishani and family

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rudra Rasaratnam FRCS

He did a few lectures for us in the early sixties when he was Resident Surgeon GHC. I met and spoke to him at Mrs. Padma Uragoda’s (wife of Dr. Chris Uragoda) funeral last year. Mr. Rasaratnam (as he wanted to be called) and Chris worked together in the Surgical Professorial Unit under Professor Milroy Paul (Rudra’s uncle) in the early sixties when Rudra had just returned from the UK. Rudra used to speak with a heavy English accent and I was surprised that he still had it when I spoke to him last year. Chris and Rudra were close friends and shared a common interest in wildlife.

RASARATNAM - RUDRA (Retired Consultnat Cardiothoracic Surgeon) - Son of late Mr & Mrs V. Rasaratnam,​ beloved brother of Drupathy,​ late Sundari,​ Solochana and late Anandan,​ passed away peacefully on 7th August at his residence. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour,​ Borella on Wednesday,​ 9th August from 9.00 a.m. to be followed by a cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Kanatte at 4.30 p.m.097659

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Creative Spot by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale

"Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh"

This is an instrumental version dominated by the saxophone (and piano) played by myself on the Yamaha Tyros 5 Keyboard work station.

This song is from the movie Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (My Heart is Mine But My Love Someone Else's) which is a 1960 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film produced by S. A. Bagar. The film tells the story of a surgeon who is obligated to marry the daughter of a family friend, while he is in love with a colleague nurse, played by Meena Kumari. It is one of the noted acting performances of lead actress Meena Kumari's career  The film's music is by the famous  Shankar Jaikishan, and features hit song, the Hawaiin-themed "Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh" sung by Lata Mangeshkar. At the 1961 Filmfare Awards, it created an upset by beating popular musical epic, Mughal-e-Azam of Naushad for the Best Music Director category.

This is a translation of the song (sent by Speedy)

Ajeeba dastan Hai

Main verse
What a strange story
Where does it begin
What are the stages of it
Neither he nor I understand.

Why does the wispy smoke
Arise from the lamp
I am having a dream
I have awoken from the dream

My congratulations to you
You are now someone else’s light
You are close to someone now
So you avoid others

You have someone’s love
You will begin a new life
When the evening comes
I shall remember you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Razaque Ahamat writes.....

This is an e-mail (unedited) sent by Razaque

This is slightly belated, but cannot disappoint Rohini Ana as she was very keen to hear about  the 'incidents' that took place in my recent hospitalisation. It appears that they seem to follow me around!!

Anyway at a rather 'turbulent' period in our Blog, what... with all that Dosa & Vadai dialogue that went on and of course the jubilation of reaching the milestone of a MILLION posts on the Blog, let me say 'BIG THANK YOU' to you for all your untiring  efforts and to all the participants in these 7 years or so for their contribution, without which it could not have achieved so  much success. One moment to those shunned or who were indifferent to participate in this Forum..... "You do not, nor will ever know WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED OUT ON?".

Now for the main item of my hospital 'experience'. You all know that I was admitted to hospital as an emergency on 3 occasions within a few days. When I was admitted with my 'so called chest pain', it was an Irish student nurse who documented initial details. At one point she asked me "Do you live with your wife?" To which I replied with mischief "Yes... with my first wife". She was taken aback. Of course there were other nurses and docs & students who were 'eavesdropping' looked at me with some concern. The female Registrar smiling asked me "How many?" To which I replied "only one"...  relief to some & 'disappointment' to others who wanted to know more of the sordid details. Then I was asked why I said 'lived with my first wife?'. To which I replied "I have only one wife --- only the first one, and I was not telling a lie, was I ??" There was laughter and that 'broke the ice'.
I was then transferred from A&E to the short-stay Acute Medical Ward that had 8 bays with 6 patients in each. It was only then that I realised that it was an Uni-Sex ward!!!... lucky me!! I also realised that I was the only male in that bay...... 'the only COCK in the HEN coop'!!! .....By the way the term 'HEN' is an endearing term in Scotland for the female of the species, although 'COCK' does not refer to males!!! As night fell the two beds on either side of me fell vacant (either discharged or sent to Specialist wards). There were all types of monitoring devices bleeping away, but that did not bother me as the 2 beds next to me were now occupied by two more women of 'ginormous' proportions that I had very rarely seen ever before!! When it was time to sleep and the lights dimmed & curtains round the beds closed 'IT' began. Noises from both sides like 'staccato machine gun fire' ...  volley after volley!!.... they both were FARTING away merrily. I was kept awake by this. Then there was some activity in isle as nurses were talking to the two  ladies. Then the 'machine gun fire' stopped and after awhile there was some 'hissing' sounds. Thought the these ladies had gone into the 'slow release' mode??.
I managed to get some sleep only to be woken up by the nurse come to check  my BP / Blood sugar levels.
I told the nurse "There was some excitement last night & I could not sleep due to the  sound of passing wind by two patients. I suppose other patients may had complained??" She said "NO, it was not the sound but the SMELL,we had to spray the place with odour elliminators "!!. I said " That explains those 'hissing' noises but have lost my sense of smell some time back & I suppose I was lucky, but I unfortunately I had my hearing aid on"....... We had a laugh, ---- to put it lightly!!!. 
Next time....., there will be no next time & will be no follow-ups either as I may be gone for GOOD!!!.
Please pray for me for a "safe journey" to wherever ???

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Creative Spot by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale (New version of Pinsidu Wanney)

Please note the following e-mail from Speedy:

Mahendra Gonsalkorale

16:35 (18 minutes ago)
to me
Dear Lucky,

I am grateful to you for posting the first version on our "Millionaire" Blog!
The value to me has been the feedback, both through the blog and via email and I have revised it accordingly and redone it. I hope it is a better version now.

If you agree, you can post it on the Blog with my email note on how this came about.

Very best wishes,


Monday, July 24, 2017

Hooray! We have a million hits.

I have been very busy these last few days, especially with visitors, domestic travel, minor house repairs etc. In fact, I was trying to keep an eye on the magical figure, but sad to say, I missed it. I was hoping that the ever alert Speedy will come up with a brief message to viewers on my behalf. He has come up with a gem even without my requesting him to do it. I am so grateful to Speedy for coming to my rescue at such times. Here it is:

Mahendra Gonsalkorale

Attachments22:18 (10 hours ago)
to me
To all visitors of our Blog site, "Colombomedgrads 1962" which was started and maintained by Lakshman (Lucky) Abeyagunawardene.

On this day the 24th of July 2017, the number of page views reached the landmark figure of 1,000,000. This happened at about 5.10 pm UK time today.

This does not mean that the Blog was visited 1 Million times as we know that numbers are boosted by unwanted visitors known as "web crawlers", "bots" and other automated programmes seeking information from the web. But nevertheless, it is an indication of the popularity of the blog and in my view, a significant achievement.

I have attached a screenshot of the 1,000,000 hits to which I have added Lucky's photo and the very first Blog page in 2011.

I am sure the entire 1962 Medical Batch will join me in raising a hearty cheer for Lucky. Hip..hip..hip (I hear a loud hurrah!), Hip..hip.. hip..(I hear an even louder hurrah!), Hip..hip..hip (I hear a huge hurrah!)


Creative Spot by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CoMSAA Get-together September 2017

CoMSAA 2011

09:44 (11 hours ago)
to bcc: me
Dear CoMSAA members,

A reminder of the 

Colombo Medical School Alumni Association Annual Academic Sessions and Reunion
2nd and 3rd September 2017
@ Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach

Please do join in to celebrate the good times.

E-mail from Bala on the Upcoming Reunion

Kumar Balachandra

Attachments19:49 (1 hour ago)
to me

Dear Lucky
Sorry to hear that you are unable to attend .

I am sending them a letter I got from the travel agent today with the application form to be completed by each person boarding the ship . Please complete and email the form to the attention of Lara Bradford as per instructions given below.

Please post this in the blog . Thank you for your support.


From: <>
Sent: 20 July 2017 14:26
Subject: P&O Britannia 2 September 2017 x 20 cabins

Good Afternoon Mr Balachandra

Thank you for you phone call today.

We are happy to price match for you, (subject to availability)

2 September 2017
2 Nights
P&O Britannia
Balcony Cabin Saver Fare
£249 per person
Agreed Price match £241 Per Person *subject to availability* 

Summary of Figures

Price Per Person £241

Price Per Cabin £482.00 

Overall Group price £9640.00

My colleague has kindly prepared a booking form, with required information.

Once all forms are received I will contact you, re check the price,  I can then process the group booking for you

Please can you mention to the group the following
  • Prices are subject to availability and change
  • Saver Fare rules apply see below 
  • Terms & Conditions

    Saver Fares require a 100% deposit at the time of booking and are subject to a 100% cancellation fee. No amendments are permitted once booked; any amendment will be treated as a cancellation. Bookings are made at the relevant cabin type and a cabin number is allocated by P&O Cruises prior to departure. Dinner seating as allocated on board. Shuttle buses in ports are an additional cost. Saver Fares apply to new bookings only. These terms and conditions vary, where relevant, the applicable booking conditions which are otherwise unchanged.

The form can be completed and emailed back to our branch, for the attention of Lara Bradford

Kind Regards

Lara Bradford
Hays Travel Eastleigh
☎023 80089113
Hays Travel Limited | 21 High Street | Eastleigh | Hampshire | SO50 5LF

From Lucky (Blog Administrator).

Please read the following correspondence as well:

My regrets to Bala:

Lucky Abey

07:46 (13 hours ago)
to loretta
Dear Bala,

This is what I was worried about. It is clashing with the Annual Get-together of CoMSAA which is on the 
same weekend. I have attended all Get-togethers of the Colombo Med School Alumni Association 
(CoMSAA) since the inaugural year 2011 and I have already confirmed with current President that I
shall not miss this year's as well.

By a sheer coincidence, I received this e-mail from the current President today. It had been addressed
to just five of us.


Lucky Abey

11:42 (9 hours ago)
to AruniSarath
Dear Sarath Gamini,

Thank you for inviting me to contribute to this year's CoMSAA souvenir. I will let you know by Monday whether I can think of a suitable topic. It has to suit the setting around the time I was a medical student from 1962 to 1967. I will be in Belihuloya this weekend and can think over it! I have this habit of re-visiting the places that I have been to with Mangala soon after our wedding in 1970. We have already been to Elle many a time. Although we have passed through Belihuloya, we have never spent a night there. The only difference is that on the last occasion, we were at the famous Rest House (where the former Health Minister WPG Ariyadasa was in the next room!). This time we'll be at Glenrock Boutique Hotel which is closer to Tenne where there is an Aranya. Mangala and her sister have arranged an alms giving to the monks in that Aranya.

I also received the Flyer that Aruni hadsent and wish to confirm my presence at the venue from the previous afternoon as we usually do. I shall get in touch with Aruni for our tickets and the hotel booking. Jetwing Blue in Negombo was where we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Batch Reunion since graduation a couple of months ago. Only sad thing is that as I informed you before, we will have to miss the Annual Dinner of the Sri Lanka College of Community Physicians that Saturday.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

More details of upcoming Reunion


Sail Away on a short cruise from Southampton to Belgium – Southampton
In a Five Star Luxury Ship for two nights/ three days  on a weekend extravaganza from September 2 to  4 in a new cruise ship / Britannia and  all of us together on a greatest journey on earth in the ocean as a once in a life time novelty.

Please note there is no visa required whether you are British or Sri Lankan citizen or visitor to UK. You may bring your members of the family and friends to join this memorable cruise.
All payments will have to be made to the shipping agent with the completion of formalities in the application that will be provided, such information as full name, date of birth, and nationality of each member, etc .
Each couple will be allocated (two persons) a balcony state room /cabin in the cruise ship and the cabin numbers and the deck number and all of us in one deck.  The meals in the dining room for the group in an allocated area as well.

The negotiated price, after having taken into account for group reservations and other discounts amounts to GBP £ 250 per person.
(Please note the normal price of this cruise is GBP £450 per person for all other guests)


SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER   - Embark ship by or before 3 pm at the Southampton                                                             Cruise Docks.  Afternoon tea at 4 pm, followed by dinner at 8 pm                                               followed by theatre entertainment 9 pm, and dancing follows                                      until midnight.
SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER -  After breakfast excursion to the city of Belgium and return to the                                      ship for lunch for 1 pm tea at 4 pm , Captains cocktail followed by                               dinner at 8 pm,  Theatre  shows 9 pm and musical entertainment                                      and dance until midnight.
MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER -  Breakfast 7 to 10 am  and disembark the ship
CONTACT DETAILS   Dr  K Balachandra -         email :
                           Tel/ fax :   02380 252222  

                           Address:       38 Guildford drive , Hampshire, SO53 3PT,  UK

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Selected Pictures from Vietnam Tour

Met on arrival in Hanoi by tour guide

Hanoi city tour

Dinner Day 1

Ha Long Bay cruise

Ha Long Bay cruise

Dinner Day 2

Hoa Lu in Ninh Bing temple visit

Tam Coc

War Museum in Saigon

Monks' dane laid out. Note the pork dish

Family factories in Mekong Delta

Cart ride in village

Tasting snake wine

Boat ride

Cu Chi tunnels network of Vietnamese guerrillas

Cu Chi tunnels

Eve of departure