As Northern hemisphere is going to see a rare spectacle of an Eclipse,
I traced this piece of old music for your attention
Eagle Thoughts from the Class of 64 on Wadakaya Sudiya !
“ Aney Mage Emali Pane,
Kiannako Attey Aney,
Bivva Neda Wadakaha Sudiya ‘ !!!
Well—I was about 10 yrs old I think, in the 50’s , it was back then, living in Hendala, and I remember this day of The Total Eclipse as if it was yesterday !
We had and all the fun that followed the Total Eclipse, with the Wadakaha Sudiya , that we sing even today ( 2014 ) , and sang it in the bus from Norris Canal Rd, all the way to Beruwala, with Esiri leading the pack !
The best part was, we got a school holiday to watch the Eclipse .
There were enough warnings on what NOT to do – so, my father smoked up some clear glass- and we all watched it .
It became darker and darker at mid day .
The bird stopped singing .
All was quiet .. hush … hush .
Then- it was DARK—-
Dark as the Night would get in the tropics back then, with none of that Light Pollution , with the stars lighting up the night sky at Mid Day !“ Almost like the Land of the Midnight Sun of the Canadian Arctic, where during the almost 24 hr Winter Darkness Days, when the stars come out at Noon Time . “
It was Spoooooky to say the least .
Then, slowly but surely- the light began to return- the stars dimmed out bit by bit , the birds started to sing, the Sun came out, and a New Day Started in the afternoon .
The Total Eclipse Came and Went .
We were all happy that we were there to see it .
Now, Iam going to see it again, twice in one life time, from Canada / North America, that I now call Home .
I did not have to be an ‘Eclipse Chasers ‘ running around the world to see ‘ A Total “ ( the Astronomy jargon ! )
Then- came the Wadakaha Sudiya !!!-
The Island In the Sun Hospitals were packed with ‘diarrhoea cases ‘ and the pretty maidens, who wanted to be even prettier had to shy away and pretend, they did not take the Medicine as was prescribed by the Veda Quacks of the Day .
Now, fast fwd to – Aug 21st 02017——- Canada/ North America .
I live in Ontario, where there will be 70% Eclipse and the whole process will take a little over 2 and a half hours , between 1300 hrs– > 1531 hrs .
Those in some parts of USA will be lucky to have 100 % Total Eclipse, and I know, Nisantha Bandaranayake is going to travel to that magic place to see it him self , and send us some nice photos .
I am going to take a bit of the Good Medicine- so I will look like Rukmani Devi .
I told this today, ( 17th aug afternoon Ontario time ) to a nice Srilankan lady .
She at once told me wrote back to me —“ Deepthie – why do you want to look like Rukmani Devi, when you look like Sandya Kumari, who is way better looking than Rukmani Devi “ !!
So, I changed my mind and I will stay on, looking like Sandya Kumari !!.
Thank you my dear- YOU are MY BEST Friend from Now on !!!
Perhaps Nisantha ( who said he is NOT going to take even a drop of the Good Medicine ) will come out with a full head of nice jet black hair, just like he was , in the Good Old Days !!
Beauty is In The Eye of The Beholder …. !!!