This quiz goes back to your childhood.
Can you Identify the individuals in this 1959 photo and the location?
Answer and Discussion;
I enjoyed your responses particularly the analysis from Seelan! Congratulations to Deepthie. You correctly identified the main character as Sir John Kotalawala, the 3rd Prime Minister of Ceylon serving from 1953 -1956. He lost the election badly to SWRD Bandaranayake in ’56 who ran on a nationalistic platform. Kothalawala was a very wealthy aristocrat ( Kalu Suddha) known for his flamboyant life style divorced from his wife, often nicknamed Playboy PM. He was known to have had many mistresses both in SL and in England. Some say he lost the election for two notable gaffes. He has once publicly stated that he will put tar on the heads monks who opposed him (“mama unge thatteta thara damanawa”) He also kicked fellow parliamentarian M. S. Themis Appuhamy’s ass on the Parliament stairway simply because he called him Hello John! My sources say that his personal care attendant Banda was his offspring from one of the local mistresses (one of many) Upon losing the election he promptly retired from politics,left the country and lived in Kent, England. This photo was probably taken when he revisited the Island in’59, vacationing in Nuwara Eliya. The woman to his right Marlene Van Ranzow, a singer who performed at the “Little Hut” night club at the Mt Lavinia Hotel at the time. I am not able to identify the others, perhaps family, more likely girl friends. He was closely related to the Senanayake’s. I will add some links to more information on Sir John on the comments below that you might enjoy reading. You may continue with responses to this if you have anything more to add. Thanks for playing ’64 Batch Photo quiz.
Sir John in Kent England with girl friends