Celebrating a life well served. •
Duty, reliability, honour, dignity, respect: these are all qualities that my father not only held in high esteem, but practised every day during his time on this earth. •
He loved nothing more than exploring opportunities in which he could contribute to a nation that he loved and saw so much potential in. His vision for a prosperous and united Sri Lanka saw him draw up plans for an agricultural and dairy industry that would rival New Zealand and the Middle East where he worked for most of his adult life.
One of those ambitious plans was a collaborative Village Development Project in Batticaloa together with the Eelapatheeswarar Temple, London. In April 2016, he was appointed Project Consultant by the Temple Board to oversee the entire project. •
Since then, he spent most of his waking hours strategising, planning and implementing his ideas for elevating the socio-economic profile of two low-income villages by empowering the people to ensure sustainable development. Once completed, the villages will have a fully-functioning private school, 4-acre sports stadium, cabana-style hotel, IT hub, sewing centre, children’s park and an industrial estate comprising small-scale local industries such as pottery, ornaments, mats, brooms and aquarium fish-keeping. •
A naturally empathic person, he began this project by fulfilling the desires of the villagers by building Ganesha and Pechi Amman temples. The next phase provided easy access to drinking water via bore wells to villagers who previously had to walk miles to pump water for daily use. •
Sadly, my father did not live to see his plans come to fruition. In the wake of his passing, the people of the villages flocked together to build a memorial to honour a man they called the Father of their Villages. •
Empathic, loving and determined, my father was all these things and more. His statue now keeps watch protecting his villages as their guardian for eternity.
In all my cemetery creeping I do, this has to be one of the coolest family memorial plots I’ve ever seen! I’m not one for crosses but it was a tree on top of a huge rock that had the names engraved in the rock!
The US Capitol last night. It’s always special to see it at night, all lit up. When Congress is in session after dark, they turn a light on, right under the Statue of Freedom. This is the East Front, and officially, the front side of the Capitol.