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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Creative Spot by Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale



Since I met you Baby.

This song was first recorded by American pianist and singer Ivory Joe Hunter in 1956.
It is a Rhythm and Blues number.

It became popular again in the 1960s when Sonny James released his much acclaimed version

Other notable singers  have been Dean Martin, Pat Boone, Lou Rawls, BB King, Wanda Jackson and Johnny Watson.

I sing to this Dean Martin's karaoke version by KtV entertainments.

Hope you like it.





Friday, January 20, 2017

Crime and Punishment

The following article appeared in the August 2013 issue of the CoMSAA newsletter. Please click on the link below and read under "Anecdotes from the Past" (or cut and paste the URL). As I know that many viewers don't read the CoMSAA newsletter and because the print might not be clear, I have reproduced the original word document below. Anyway, I just thought it's worth a re-read.

http://www.comsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Newsletter-August-2013.pdf

Crime and Punishment
By Lakshman Abeyagunawardene

With determination written all over our faces, we were eager to embark on the gruelling five-year course which was to begin shortly. That was 51 years ago when a batch of budding doctors with high expectations were converging on the main Administration Block on registration day.  Just prior to that, all of us had been summoned for the routine medical examination which is a part of the registration process. The hilarity associated with a medical student’s life had already begun. The University Medical Officer (UMO) had instructed us to bring with us a sample of stools for examination.  An overzealous colleague who was the sole entrant from a lesser known school in a so-called “outstation” had obviously misread the UMO’s instructions. He had brought with him a somewhat heavy parcel with a neat brown paper wrapping. His doting mother, always eager to help her loving son, had taken a lot of trouble in preparing this parcel. As expected, the other students had managed with just a small glass bottle containing a little bit of the smelly stuff! Recalling this hilarious incident, I am reminded of the well-known limerick which goes as:
“There was a man from Newcastle – who wrapped up some shit in a parcel” etc. etc!

Coming closer to the title of this story, what we didn’t know at that time was the dubious honour that was to be bestowed on us in 10 months time by “the powers that be”. As illustrated by the attached document which I have preserved over the years, almost all male students of the batch were suspended from lectures for a period of two weeks and fined rupees ten as punishment for what was described by the authorities as serious offences. I must reiterate here that I was only one of the recipients of this letter signed by the Vice Chancellor Sir Nicholas Attygalle.  All male students who participated in the fun and frolics associated with the Law medical cricket match that year received similar letters and were thus punished.






































Medical students of that era had a number of fun-filled events to relieve themselves from the stresses and strains of studies and examinations. The Law- Medical match, Second MB trip, Block Seniors versus Staff cricket match, MSU elections, the annual Block Concert and Dance and the Final-Year trip were the highlights.

Law-Medical ‘63
We remember the Law-Medical ’63, not for the cricket, but for our involvement in two incidents as junior medical students. As outlined in the VC’s letter, those of us who participated in the fun and frolics were accused of:
1.      Invading the playing fields at St. Peter’s and Royal Colleges and interrupting a cricket match (see picture).
2.      Disturbing a class at Castle Street Girls’ School.




As tradition goes, being the most junior students in the Medical Faculty, we made preparations weeks ahead of the big event. We coordinated well with our parallel batch in Peradeniya who too were to join us. Dressed in black shirts with the skull and cross bones emblem, the juniors paraded the streets of Colombo in open trucks as usual. The trucks were loaded with “Gal”, “Pol” and barrels of draft beer and the boys carried on their “high spirited” fun and frolic in gay abandon. The match itself was played on March 1 and 2, 1963 at the Colombo Oval in Wanathamulla where our honourable seniors sat comfortably in the pavilion indulging in other forms of fun.

However, the merry makers somewhat exceeded the limits when they invaded the pitch and disrupted play in an inter-school cricket match at the St. Peters College grounds at Bambalapitiya. This drama was soon repeated at Reid Avenue where the Royal-Trinity match was taking place. Unfortunately for us, a Medical Faculty professor (who was unknown to us at the time) was an interested spectator there. He was an eye witness.

That was not all. The boys also “visited” Castle Street Girls School at Borella (present Devi Balika Vidyalaya) and “entertained” the schoolgirls who I am sure enjoyed the proceedings (at least initially) as much as the boys did. They giggled, ran hither and thither and waved invitingly as truckloads of unexpected visitors entered the school premises. However, in a matter of minutes, there was complete chaos when a few inebriated boys got out of hand. They were restrained by the more sober types who tried and succeeded in getting them back into the trucks before any real damage was done. But the school authorities were outraged.

As expected, a flood of complaints soon reached our Dean, particularly from an angry Principal and staff of the girls’ school. All male students who took part in the fun making were summoned to the main lecture theatre in the Administration Block. After a long drawn out inquiry conducted by the Dean Prof. Abhayaratne himself, punishment was meted out to those found guilty. The boys accepting “collective responsibility” and not resorting to finger pointing at those who may have “misbehaved”, avoided probable expulsion of a few students. They stood together as one, even at the height of the crisis. There were no whistleblowers, tale-carriers, sneaks or whatever such traitorous cowards may be called. It was clearly a case of inebriation clouding better judgement combined with mob instinct that was responsible for the misbehaviour of a few.

Punishment was therefore relatively mild although it was the much dreaded Board of Residence and Discipline (BRD) headed by the Vice Chancellor Sir Nicholas Attygalle which decided on disciplinary action. What saved the day was probably our rock solid unity. They simply couldn’t have expelled over 100 students in one go. The Dean’s daughter Rohini being a member of our batch, it was also rumoured that she may have mitigated on our behalf and prevailed on her father to soft pedal the issue. But that was mainly speculation among senior students. However, I must state here that our female colleagues stood by us during those difficult days. They took down notes even more meticulously than they usually do, and shared them with the suspended male friends.

Our batch was somewhat unique in that we were subjected to a second rag (in addition to the traditional “Freshers’ Rag” during the first fortnight) by our seniors when we were well into our second year in medical school. That was added punishment for our infamous role in the Law-Medical ’63. The vast majority of us didn’t deserve such harsh punishment. But we never considered it to be a black mark on our careers. On the contrary, we take pride in the fact that our unity may have prevented a catastrophic ending to the careers of a few colleagues.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Batch Reunion 2017 - Latest Update

Reunion 2017 (March 3, 4, and 5) – Attendance Update 17.01.17

Name
Spouse
(Accompanying)
Guests
Rooms
Hotel advance
Extra payment
Miscell:
Remarks
1
Swyrie Jayasekara Balendra
Ken
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
2
Pramilla Kannangara Senanayake

1
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
3
Sriani Dissanayake Basnayake
Ralph
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
4
Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Mangala
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
5
Jimmy Wickramasinghe
Kathy
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
6
Malkanthi Wijesuriya McCormick
Jim
2
Two doubles
Paid



7
Lareef Idroos
Nabila
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
8
Rajan Ratnesar (Patas)

Nil
One double
Paid


 Sharing room with Speedy.
Initial formalities concluded.
9
Srianee Fernando Dias (Bunter)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Manel
R Wijesundera.
Initial formalities concluded.
10
Sanath Lamabadusuriya (Lama)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Anton.
Initial formalities concluded.
11
Mahendra Gonsalkorale (Speedy)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Rajan
Initial formalities concluded.
12
Kumar Gunawardane
Kanthi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
13
Cyril Ernest
Indranie
Nil
One double




14
DSC Attale
Rupa
Nil
One double




15
Lakshman Jayasinghe
Jecintha
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
16
Sujatha Lena
Rabi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
17
Nalin Nanayakkara
Damayanthi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
18
Harischandra Boralessa
Harshi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
19
Rohini Abhayaratne

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
20
Manel Ratnavibhushana Wijesundera

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Bunter.
Initial formalities concluded.
21
Harsha Samarajiwa
Yulali
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
22
M.Z. Lameer

Nil
One single




23
Kusuma Jayasuriya Ruberu
Varuna
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
24
N. Vishweswara

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
25
Vasanthy Thuraisingham Perera

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Shanthy.
Initial formalities concluded.
26
Anton Ambrose

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Lama.
Initial formalities concluded.
27
Chandra Silva

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chira.
Initial formalities concluded.
28
Suriyakanthi Karunaratne Amarasekera
Mahendra
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
29
Ranjith Kuruppu

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
30
Mahesan Richards
Selva
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
31
Indra Anandasabapathy
Rani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
32
Chittamparanathan Thiagarajah

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with VPH Rajapaksa.
Initial formalities concluded
33
Senerat Jayatilake
Hemantha
Nil
One double



For one night only
34
Chirasri Mallawarachchi Jayaweera Bandara

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chandra.
Initial formalities concluded.
35
S.A.P. Gnanissara
Lilamani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
36
Suren Iyer
Swini
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
37
Bertram Nanayakkara
Sunil
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
38
Shanthy Nalliah Edwards

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Vasanthy.
Initial formalities concluded.
39
Nihal Goonetilleka

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
40
K. Balachandra
Loretta
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
41
S. Sarvananda
Iroma
Nil
One double





42
Devayani Gunasekara Salgado
Anil
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
43
Sunil Abeysuriya
Sirima
Nil
One double




44
Bandula Jayasekara
Leela
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
45
Lalantha Amarasinghe
Priyangani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
46
Preethi (VPH) Rajapaksa

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chitta.
Initial formalities concluded
47
Chitra Perera

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
48
Dharmani Makalanda
Amara
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
49
*JC Fernando
Sura
Nil
One double
(Sharing room with spouse Sura)
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
50
*Surangani  Abeysuriya
Fernando
JC
Nil
One double
(Sharing room with spouse JC)
Paid


Initial formalities concluded














































Rooms required:  Doubles – 38
                                Singles – 5.

*Though listed separately, JC and Sura will be allocated one double room. This list is only for our consumption. Hotel will have a separate list.