By Swarna Wickremeratne
Combining memoir, historical past, and present-day narrative, this booklet describes how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka.
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My popularity on campus helped me to run successfully for the women students’ representative in the student council my first year. I was hardly conscious of politics, but I found myself thrown into it. Meeting Sir Nicholas Artygalle (who was a classmate of my father), then the vice chancellor of the university, and sitting for a picture with him was exciting to me as a teenager. Some years later I drew Ananda’s attention to the framed picture hanging on the wall of my uncle’s house in Ratnapura.
Her pleased relatives reckoned that the poison extracting qualities of the rukattana used for the coffin may have saved her. VIAGRA, THE VILLAGE VERSION What ails the body may take many forms. Sri Lankans refrain from talking about sex and related matters openly. Sex, like alcoholic drinks, are taboo subjects. Nevertheless, there is a science of herbal medicine known to villagers to improve sexual desires and remedy impotence. I was walking down the main street in Kandy and picked up a few green vegetables I was familiar with from my young days.
When Martin got sick my mother gave him medicine and hot coriander tea. He would leave his basket on the floor and sit on the front step, and a servant would serve him breakfast and hot tea. He brought the best fish for my mother. Years later when I visited my mother I would take extra tee shirts apart from the gifts I took for our relatives. My mother would give them away. Nice food items from America were shared with neighbors and friends. Martin when he saw me would exclaim, “Oh your daughter has come to see you,” meaning, is there a gift for me?