Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Goodwill message from an "Honourable Senior"
The 1962 Colombo Medical School Batch,
C/O The Secretary, Organizing Committee
of Golden Jubilee Celebrations 2017,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Dear Dames and Mates,
Re: Golden Jubilee Reunion March 2017
I write with utmost delight to present my good wishes, congratulations and heartfelt sentiments on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations to a bunch of “Oldies”, that I first knew as a youthful and attractive batch of lovely youngsters in the June of 1962.
I have a vivid picture of most of you walking into the Block’ sheepishly’ in your fancy attire, the Dames in particular in Raincoats of all colours. This must have been quite an experience in the heat of the Seniors and the weather !
Though I was not too keen on some of the harsh practices, I did “Rag” some of you, mostly the outstanding, noteworthy personalities. Asked for the name, Rohini blurted “Abeyratna”. I asked whether she was any relation of our Dean “PACHOS”? She responded “Oh that’s my father”. I yelled, “Miss what great misfortune”? She looked down and said no more. Your current chairperson SWYRIE also copped a bit of verbal barrage from me. Many other hilarious moments are too long to mention, but I also served a protective role of you from bad ragging.
The June to December 1962 period that I was closely associated with you as my juniors was indeed a most enjoyable, delightful time. We parted company from the Block, when I commenced the clinical years in the wards in January 1963, but I had the pleasure of continuing my personal interactions with most of you until I graduated in 1966.
Not so long after you graduated, and most of you left the “then CEYLON” to various destinations in the world, where you excelled in various fields of Medicine to become renowned Medical Consultants. Some remaining in Sri Lanka seem to have done as good, ‘donning’ the highest of “decorations”. My Congratulations again !
I sincerely hope that the colourful and flamboyant “OLDIES” enjoy a most wonderful Golden Jubilee. I would have relished very much watching your FUN & RIOT as a bystander at the Hotel. Your able committee and its meticulous secretary Lucky would ensure a memorable time for all of you.
Finally, my best wishes to all those colourful Male and Female personalities, who have flocked in from various parts of the world in a spirit of LOVE, Batch Mate Bonding and Glorious FUN !
With Fond Regards,
Ranjith Hettiarachi – Melbourne.