I was introduced to Clive Tissera one cold evening in Nuwara-Eliya by a mutual friend. Before the introductions were made my friend as kind of background information said out of Clive’s hearing, “He, like most of the Tisseras, was a tea planter. They were colourful and sometimes rumbustious, but none of them put their hand into the till.” Read More
Eulogy by Ken Balendra at a requiem mass held in memory of Sepala Ilangakoon on 4th July 2009 Reverend Fathers, Sunethra, the immediate and extended families of the late Mr Sepala Ilangakoon and their friends,
Thank you, Sunethra, Yevi and Rio for asking me to speak a few words at this Requiem Mass.
Not often is it that men have the heart when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place, and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo
Sir Thomas Villiers, in his book on the tea industry in Ceylon, notes that Ceylon was clearly an attractive place for young men. Read More
I wish to express sincere thanks and gratitude to my lecturer and supervisor Dr.Lalith Senaweera, Deputy Director General of Sri Lanka Standards Institution and Senior Lecturer ICBT for the guidance, encouragement and the support given to me during the period of the MBA. I extend my sincere thanks to Mr.Chamila Senaratne, Manager – Post Graduate division ICBT Read More
Tea-tasting as an occupation has always intrigued people whose reactions vary from thinking it an easy way to make a living, to the slightly incredulous, or the comment, “You must have a fantastic palate”. Having been a tea taster for 21 years from 1952 to 1973, I feel a little de-mystification is desirable. Read More
The year was 1954 – in April to be precise; my husband Percy and I were on the first leg of our honeymoon and on our way to Killarney Estate in Bogawantalawa, where we were to stay with our dear friends Douglas and Margaret Kelly.
The drive to the bungalow was unique. The first section, while twisty and windy, was approachable by most motor vehicles of that period. Read More
Living here in Azerbaijan has been an incredible experience so far. I have met countless people who have never ever seen a ‘dark skinned’ person, let alone a “Sri Lankan”. I have had conversations with people in sign language, with little bits of Azeri, and thru an interpreter about all kind of topics, ranging from ‘Tea’, ‘Tsunami’ to ‘Tiger Rebels’!