After three days of crying and being angry I am going to start speaking my heart to all of you. You are free to share this as much as you want and with whom you want. I was born a Sri Lankan Muslim in a town called Gampola very near Kandy Sri Lanka. I was born into a multilingual household and have been trilingual from birth. In that town we had a Muslim majority. There were several mosques and my very large extended family lived sprawled all over the town.
Irfadha Muzammil ….. from https://www.yamu.lk/blog/contemporary-powerhouse-women-in-sri-lanka
At pre school age I was sent to a preschool in a local church . I observed the nuns quietly (Leon Chan and I were friends there as tiny tots) the nuns preferred to call me Fathima as it was a name of a Christian saint as well. They were peaceful kind and so calm! I had the most wonderful time of my life there! They ran an orphanage had some rabbits and made us all smile .
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News Item in ISLAND, with Upul Wijayawardhana as Inspiration, 5 March 2019, where the title is “She has higher IQ than Einstein … Child Genius UK 2019: Nishi Uggalle”
The remarkable win of 12-year-old Nishi Uggalla, from Manchster, on Saturday night’s (2nd March) final of the Channel Four’s Child Genius competition was, no doubt, a proud moment for all Sri Lankans domiciled in UK. But it was much more because she made it ultra-special and won the hearts of everyone who watched the programme by an inspiring acceptance speech. Further, she was different from all the other contestants; whereas all the others were driven by their parents or relations, Nishi was the driving force herself.
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Uvin Dassanayake in Daily News, 14 February 2019, where the title is “The pen PROVED MIGHTY INDEED!”
On Saturday February 9, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church was host to a celebration of the work of the late Anne Abayasekara, Sri Lanka’s first woman to become a staff journalist and a much beloved writer over her career of nearly 70 years. The evening proceeded with each of her seven children speaking about their mother, recounting fond memories of the sounds of her typewriter in the family home and sharing poetry she had written for her grandchildren; all to an audience of family, friends and people who had been, in some way, affected by Abayasekara’s work.
|Anne with her husband Earle
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Item in THE ECONOMIST, Christmas Special, entitled “Gleaning. The return of gleaning in the modern world. How much can an ancient practice do to alleviate hunger?”
AT THE SALON in Paris in 1857, Jean-François Millet exhibited a painting called “Des glaneuses” (“Gleaners”). It caused a scandal. Millet had long made a point of painting peasants at their labours, but this big canvas was his strongest provocation. Into a decorous world of silks and parasols it introduced rough women, plump in their homespun skirts, rumps in the air, grubbing for ears of grain dropped after the harvest. One critic complained of “ugliness and…grossness unrelieved”. Another said it made him think of the scaffolds and pikes of the Terror of 1793.
Millet had seen the women differently. He found them dignified, doing their work in a sanctifying late-summer light, companions to his peasant “Angelus”. In this, as well as their humble roughness, he caught the essence of gleaning.
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- “Galle Fort in Better Light. Images from a Professional Juliet Coombe,” 21 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/galle-fort-in-better-light/
- “The Fort of Galle: Images Past and Present,” 24 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/the-fort-of-galle-images-past-and-present/May 2014,
- “Burgher Tennis Club in Galle, circa 1928,” 29 June 2017, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/burgher-tennis-club-in-galle-circa-1928/
- “Galle Fort in British Times,” 31 May 2014, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/galle-fort-in-british-times/
- “Wedding Bells in Galle Fort,” 21 January 2018, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/wedding-bells-in-galle-fort/
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