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The Mudaliyar Great-great grandfather meets Olcott

Mudaliyar Andris Perera Abhaya Karunaratne Dissanayake of Dissanayake Walauwa, Nalluruwa, Panadura, Sri Lanka. Circa 1880s.Copyright Chulie de Silva.

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Sailing on Recollection Seas

“If only we could set sail in ships whose cargo is memory….and thereby go out on recollection seas where all reality drifts and fades before great gentle beasts scaled by infinite possibility,”

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And the river sang

Eleven years ago, on the 31 August, death came silently taking away my father. More than a decade later, I still feel the events of that day with a stark loneliness that is hard to describe.

Photograph©Chulie de Silva

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Fleeting Moments at Hikkaduwa

Then there was the soft rain in the morning – falling gently, the morning drink for the parched grass after the blistering sun of yesterday. The planter’s chair  left on the back verandah is

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Haripriya’s story

In my hand is a pale blue aerogramme with a coloured photo of a beach scene at the back. The year 1977, the address on it is 2, Solok Glugor Penang, Malaysia, the sender B. Kirtisinghe, 306, Hikkaduwa, with a scrawled arrow from the word Hikkaduw on the sender’s address pointing to the beach photo.

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