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My ‘Exercise Books’, From Ceylon, From The 1960s.

by Anura Guruge




These are mine from the mid-1960s, when I was still in Ceylon. I would have been between 9 – 11 during that time.

I saw a post on Facebook earlier when someone was asking whether you remembered ‘exercise books’ with multiplication tables at the back.

I had not realized that I had both the ‘English’ & ‘Sinhalese‘ versions. Made me SMILE.

I used to be a fairly decent artist in my youth, now, as many will attest, I am but a poor piss artist. SMILE.


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Happy Sinhalese “New Year” 2020 — April 14 (& It Is That Already In Colombo).

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If I wait till it is April 14 ‘here’, it would be 10:30pm in Sri Lanka — and most would be in bed, exhausted.

So, I have to go my the local time — i.e., Colombo time (where I was born & grew up).

Happy New Year.


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Happy Sinhalese “Old Year” 2020 — April 13.

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Come on. It makes sense. It is the day BEFORE the ‘New Year‘. So, it is the ‘Old Year‘. Well, we can be perverse.

Yes, New Year’s EVE would make more sense.

But, unlike an ‘Eve’ this is full-day, FULL holiday.

National Holiday, April 13 & April 14. We like our holidays.

I, alas, do NOT celebrate the Sinhalese New Year — other than on the Web.

My U.S. family is totally oblivious and has NO interest in learning, let alone observing. IF I did say ‘Presents’ they may be more motivated.

It was my beloved grandmother’s birthday. So, it was always a dual celebration. She was the one that brought me up.

So, HAPPY “Old Year” 2020.


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New Study By ‘University Of Liverpool’ Concludes That Reading For Pleasure Is V. Beneficial To One’s Well Being.

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Wow. I am CHUFFED. But, am I chuffed (because I am innately happy) due to my lifelong addiction to ‘reading for pleasure‘.

30 minutes a (bloody) week. Try 30-minutes (at least) a DAY. 210-minutes, MINIMUM, per week — and that has been every day (bar nary a miss) for 62-years.

Next to sex and WRITING, reading is my greatest pleasure — in terms of things I do. I caught the bug young — when I was 3 (when I started to be able to read in both English and Sinhalese). That my adoptive father too was an incessant reader (& writer) definitely had something to do with it — and I grew up in a house with a HUGE, book-lined library. So, that was a good start.

So, I am HAPPY. That is one of my trademark traits. I am HAPPY. Is that happiness due to all the reading I do? I am not sure. I don’t think so. Reading most likely helps. In my case I think it is also hormones and my rather unique relationship with my brain (my best friend) — à la my ‘Brain Meditation‘ precepts.

But, I read a lot and I am happy, content and satisfied. Maybe there is a connection.

I am flabbergasted by folks that do NOT read, for pleasure, day-in and day-out. I feel sorry for them. I feel that they are missing so much in life. This study just confirms my feelings on the front. SMILE. Read. It is good for YOU.


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Where Does Kamala Harris Stand Re. The ‘Tamil Tigers’?

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. Google ‘Tamil Tigers’ for more.


Click here to access original article (above).


Click to ENLARGE. What came up when I Googled “kamala harris tamil tigers”. Do your own search.


Kamala Harris is 50% Tamil. There is nothing wrong with that. I, personally, though I am, by birth, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have nothing against Tamils in general — though, I, like million others, were not fond of what the ‘Tamil Tigers‘ did in Sri Lanka. My current doctor, BY CHOICE, is Tamil and my prior cardiologist (who has since moved away from New Hampshire) was also Tamil. Growing up our neighbours, who we interacted daily, and were very much part of the family, were Tamil and one of our closest family friends (a gifted sculptor from Madras (now Chennai)) was Tamil.

Yes, 99.5% of Americans would never have heard of the ‘Tamil Tigers’ or care what or who they are. But, there are millions who do worry about the ‘Tamil Tigers’ — and there are probably a few thousand Sinhalese with American citizenship that will factor this in when they vote in 2020.

IF (and that is a HUGE, HUGE ‘IF’) Kamala Harris becomes president her attitude towards the Tamil Tigers will be pivotal.

If she is sympathetic to them, despite all of the International condemnations, it could change the balance of power in central Asia. India would be happy, BUT not China. Sri Lanka would be screwed.

I doubt whether this will ever come up in a debate.

But, somebody needs to ask her this question, on the record.

Don’t you think so?


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A Very Happy ‘Vaisakhi’ 2019 To All Sikhs Worldwide. Enjoy.

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Though I have associated with Sikhs for many decades, I am embarrassed to confess that I only came to fully appreciate ‘Vaisakhi’ last year.

That ‘Vaisakhi’ always coincides with the Sinhala New Year — which is typically on April 14 — makes it even more special and memorable. They are basically both Spring festivals.

In general Sikhs are good people, have good hearts. I like Sikhs.

So, Happy Vaisakhi 2019. Enjoy.


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James Michener Accuses Us Singhalse Of Being Renowned International Thieves As Way Back As 1820!

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This will be around page 369 of “The Covenant” depending on which version you have. It is at the end of the long, pivotal chapter, titled “The Missionary”.


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Yes, I am wading through the 1,000+ page ‘The Covenant‘ by James Michener with my usual enthusiasm for Michener’s writing. I learn so much from Michener that I have no choice but to forgive him his occasional fobile. Indubitably, I think the world of him. How I wish I could be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the writer he was.

But, James confounds me every once in awhile and he takes my breath away.

This statement, that us, the Singhalese (and I spell it without the ‘g’) are well known thieves caught me by surprise. And way back in the 1820s.

We have many shortcomings but thieving isn’t high among them — I think.

Of course, we have thievery BUT I had never thought it was anywhere beyond average.

James has a thing about Ceylon.

He, extensively travelled, must have visited Ceylon at some stage. He mentions Ceylon often,

But, I am not sure about this reference.

Not a big deal. Just amusing. He might even be WRONG!


The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.


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“Vaisakhi”, The Sikh Festive Celebration, Coincides Each Year With The Sinhala New Year (On April 13 – 14).

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaisakhi



The Facebook post that got me intrigued because it was on the same weekend as the Sinhala New Year.


Sikhs are no stranger to I. I have known quite a few over the years and even associated/collaborated with some — especially in the networking field.

But, in all that time I never knew of this festival. Wow.

It was a post on Facebook (above) that caught my I. Struck me that it was quite the coincidence that it would be the same weekend as the Sinhala New Year.

So, a few minutes ago, I did some Googling. I am shocked. Wow.

But, I realize that it is NOT a coincidence!

The Sikhs and the Sinhalese are RELATED — we are both people of the ‘Singh‘ — i.e., the Lion.

All Sikhs have ‘Singh’ in their name, and ‘Sinhalese’ starts with ‘Sin(g)h’. Plus, we have the rampant LION on our flag.

Yes, there were never lions in Ceylon/Sri Lanka.

But, we and the Sikhs are from FAR Northwestern ‘India’ — actually what is now the area occupied by Iran.

Neato! I will have to find out more. Now I know where I can celebrate Sinhala New Year. With the Sikhs.


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Sri Lankans Now Eating Rats?

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On my Facebook timeline — albeit with TRANSLATION enabled.


I, alas, can no longer read Sinhalese (or for that matter understand or speak it), though in my youth, 50-years ago, I was proficient enough to get a straight ‘A’, at ‘A-level’, in my Sinhalese exam.

So, whenever I see anything, all in Sinhalese, on my Facebook Timeline I have to invoke Translation.

The above is what I got.

I smell a rat.

Do you?


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English Can Be So Cruel To Foreigners Like Us, Even Those At The Indian “The New Camera” Website.

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From “The New Camera” page on Facebook. This was a post from yesterday, i.e., March 25, 2018. Click to ENLARGE and savor at your own speed.


Another “The New Camera” gem from August 2016.

Refer to this July 16, 2016 post for previous examples.


Why does English insist on being so confusing, confounding, cruel and callous to us foreigners. Why can’t it be simple and logical like Sinhalese (my native tongue) or Hindi (that of “The New Camera”).

‘Fast’ refers to speed, so why is ‘fasten’ not related to speed?

So confusing. It is so bad like with ‘good’. I never understood why it is never good, gooder and goodest. Sounds good to I.

I am convinced it is a conspiracy to make us foreigners sound bad, if just having an accent wasn’t more bad.


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