Soda’s (1/2, 1/4 & 1/8) of Royal and related stories
fully understand your remembering ayah Kamalawathie . . . . but to
remember all the others so lucidly is truly great. Can I ask you what
your diet is?? A lot of us can do with a few more memory cells.
Soda sure had a lot of oomph resulting in "the urge to merge",
often. If I remember right there were a lot more bottles in the family,
and I think someone did mention that either 1/8th or 1/16th died tragically
after being run over by a car. In fairness to the car driver it may not
have been his fault as all Soda's were prone to bouts of absolute madness!!
fully endorse Prasanna's line about most people not responding to mail,
normally I would not have either. I responded so fast because I enjoyed it
thoroughly and did not want it to stop.
stuff machan, keep the press rolling. I am sure we are in for some good
episodes in the future. Hope Faz can cope with all this . .
websites, writings on Kollupitiya, Bamba, keeping his full complement of
4 wives content . . grandchildren etc. etc.
Fazli,Prasanna & Nihal,
really admire the speed and spirit you have shown in responding. Thank you very
much for the kind, encouraging words.
is a good idea to have another blog for RC & RCH staff and not forgetting
the minor staff. I have a lot to tell.
those days of glass bottles for areted water, soda came in two sizes, full and
half.Considering the similarity in hight and shape, some far thinking Royalist
named Mr.Sabaratnam - HALF SODA. Nihal, you are right. If father was half, son
has to be quarter, that is simple logic. Thank you once again. If I remember
right there was a third Sabaratnam, younger brother of our mad bugger. Wonder
if he was known as 1/8 Soda?
to what I heard, about changing Bella's clock, many of people suspect Niki Kum.
Opinion is divided whether Niki did the job solo. In my view, Niki must have
had a team of dare devil 59ers such as UCJ, NC, MHS Anil K, together with some
seniors. But Niki must have gone in to bell the cat. Lets give full credit to
was the old cad. Dovan Singho was the squint eyed darkie. Curly haired peon
without a portfolio was Piyadasa.
peon was Kulatunga. Lab boys were Dabare and a darkie clad in National suit. I forget
the lab asst. name. I owe a beaker.
had head boy (50 or older) William, Piyasena, Sugathadasa.etc.etc. Matron, Ms
Ratnayaka, ayahs - Podinona, Roslind, Kamalawathie (dark beauty) etc.etc.(lots
Boys- David and Noor (both bastads) story later.
Prasanna in OZ:
oo quarter soda neda? Ugey pappa the master ne half?
still mystery who changed Bella's clock. Niki Cum thama suspect...
was the older of the two peons. The younger, darker chap?
the ground boys: David & Noor no? During a speech, I mistakenly
ref'd to Deen here.
rasavath memories can go on. I enjoy them as they are short & sweet -
and you write like a short story writer rather than Martin Wicks or WA Silva
! Very funny spirit - glad to see the boy has kept up his school
spirit. Most people don't respond to any email, so just ignre their
silence and keep until your mind's empty. Upto them to tell you.
Your em's are not a nuisance ....... donta wurry U.
Apr 5 2006
There are so many stories on the exploits of 1/4 Soda. I remember R S R
telling me one day that he was on duty at Katunayaka Airport when S L refugees
who went to Germany were deported back to Sri Lanka. Apparently R S R was
the senior officer there with instructions to bring everyone back and remand
them. When the refugees came in escorted by German police officers he heard
someone shout "Hullo R S R", yeah you are right it was 1/4 Soda who
was one of the refugees. Needless to say R S R, in his own peerless
style saw to it that all, except for one refugee who somehow was smuggled out
of another doorway, were remanded. And 1/4 Soda escaped to perhaps even have
another attempt at crashing into the 3rd Reich all over again. That was the way
the 59 groupers helped each other. Great isn't it?
I remember hearing the story about 1/4 S getting a kick from the father, I was
in 2C, Soda's class and I remember how scared he was of the father. One thing
is that 1/2 S was very consistent . . . every one got the same kick
irrespective of whether they were offspring or otherwise.
Wasn't Emma Fernando, the Vespa scooter master, WW Art Room, who had a rather
unusual Musto, the one who was fixing Malani Saranapala from the Canteen?
Wonderful days Hapu, our children do not have time for fun, its very sad.
Look forward to hearing the next episode of 'Happenings from Hapu'
Nihal,Fazli and Prasanna,
this a storey to be sent to all 59 buggers PLUS all Royalists for that matter.
RSR, wherever he is, must be smiling with that slanted face and famous wink.
This shows to what lengths we buggers could stretch ourselves when a friend is
in need. I can imagine the look on QS's face, having come out of the airport.
Wherever you are RSR, BLOODY WELL DONE.MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
are in my eyes, when I think of the great man, I met last at the Schipol
Airport on his way to The Hague.
must stop now.Can't see the screen or write anymore.
Can you remember the bombshell from somewhere in Gampaha. I am sure some
seniors had a soft spot for her? So close, but yet so far. There was
something going on ,I can't remember between a pantry boy or a student.
led a very sad life. He came for the first ‘59 Group meeting and following
day visited Preman Soysa at Havelock town. Long story how he got married
against the wishes of the elder Soda's, how he got chased out and all.
of the visit was to borrow 2500/- (short) for him to buy next door mans drawing
room suite which was going for 5000/-. Rs.2500/- was only half a load of coco
husks for Preman the philianthropic. I have not seen Saba since.
Sometimes when masters-in-charge were absent, one of the boys was asked
to "look after the class". Once it so happend,1/4 Soda volunteered.
(Who listens to 1/4 Soda, anyways?). We were having a merry time, playing
football ,some shouting etc.etc. Art Master, Mr. Emma Fernando (who died
in Canada), walked in, "Who is in charge?" 1/4 Soda put his hand up.
"Get up on the form" was the order. This happend in the West Wing
3rd.floor 2B Ruperty's class. Next small class was 1/2 Soda's. By some
misfortune, 1/2S had gone to the WW lobby canteen under the stair-well, to get
his cuppa. He was walking very carefully not to spill any tea. Telepathy must
have awakened the alfa rays, he glanced sideways to the left and carried on
deftly. I can still picture how 1/4 S shivered like a chic that was to be
slaughtered. Back came 1/2 S., Upturned left palm and crooked index finger was
giving the order. One good ‘Kaney’ on the cheek, one good kick on the running
offspring.10:30 interval. 15 mts. rest.
More when time permits
Apr 5 2006