Best– Wishes– to– Ariya– De– Silva!

 

 

 

Happy birthday dear Ariya🍸🍸🍸🍸🎈🎈🎈🎈🎁🎁🎁🎁
Don’t worry about getting a year older.
It is better than being a pimply teenager.
To us you are wonderful and everything about you is  right
So enjoy your birthday and dance away into the middle of the night.

Ranjit and Praxy

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ARIYA ! –
This is your Very Special Day-
My fond Birthday Wishes come your way !

I really had a hard time selecting the photos of this very happy faced fun
man- you look so smashing in every photo, with that real wide eyed look and
with a real Happy Face Smile !
So, I picked out a few – the most I have included in any one’s birthday
greeting -.

Love the way you Love to Eat- birthday cake, Class lf 64 cake, and the yum
yum New Year Feast laid before you, in your home .
These photos show the ‘many faces of the man in red ‘ – enjoying food,
meeting friends, dancing , serious acedemic lecturere,   and my very
favourite photo of you and me together- all dressed up for the Dinner Dance
looking real grand .

I am really, really happy to have the bragging rights to say, that I belong
to The Class of 64 that has a member who is the Order of The British Empire
.
I am sooo proud of you, knowing how hard your worked to get to where you
are .
We all had humble beginings ,  in the  Pearl of The Indian Ocean, the
Island in The Sun , and  we all did what we could over the years,  to get to
where we are today , but,  your reached the top of the line among us , to
receive such well deserved  National  Honour .

Your acedemic excellence, poetic skills, negotiating skills,  brilliant
ideas to keep the Class of 64 Web page/ friendship/ contact  going , just
boggles my mind .
Sam wove the web-and you Ariya- glued us into that Web, and now, there is no
escape  !
I really have no words to say Thank you to you , in any language !

You have given me many names over the past 3 yrs- and the one I like best
is ‘ Dilisena Tharuwa’ !! as I still star gaze from time to time , when ever
possible .

I still carry around with me, a paper print out ,  where ever I travel out
of Canada, the lovely set of verses you wrote out for me, with a lovely
photo of my home and garden, and describing it in such wonderful  way .
This really touched my soul- :” My Home is My Mind “– typed out in the
colors of the rainbow .
I have most of your writings in a special folder called ” Ariya Poems ‘–
to tell you how much I value your writing and I must add- you MUST compile a
litle booklet with ‘ Ariya Contemplations ‘, and give it to us when you come
for the RU 2018 !
How about this for a suggestion ???- Ok with you I hope .

I can go on for ever about you, must I must let others say their piece too
!!
So, let me wish you a VERY Happy birthday ,and enjoy this day, and all the
days ahead of you with your lovely family .
Good wishes to Thavam .


Eagledeepthie- aka Dilisena Tharuwa .

 

Dear Ariya

It gives me great pleasure wishing  a wonderful Birthday to you. It was nice to reconnect with you at the last RU after our days in Kurunegala. That led to the creation of the Batch64 blog , with you being one of the early supporters. Even though I don’t comment much, all your contributions are wonderful. Keep  them coming

.

Sam

BD Celebrations in SL

 

 

 

 

My dear Sam,

On the eve of my birthday, I write this note to thank you with huge admiration, appreciating your forthrightness in setting up a private, yet a very effective, web site for our batch. 

 

Your whole hearted committment to stick with it, through thick and thin, despite even health scares, has been the single most reason for its resounding success.

 

Thank you  for your immense tolerance and brotherly love throughout, accomodating an annoyingly irritant customer like myself, which can only be described as a super human effort.

To honour you and the great support given by many friends (with special referece to Deepthue and Praxy with Birthday salutation priject) in the midst of the most distinguished batch, added following lines and I will be immensley grateful if you could kindly publish it on my birthday.

 

 ‘It is one of the charitable dispensations of Providence that perfection is not essential to
friendship. (Alexander Smith)

 

My siblings in 64 entry batch, proved to the world that above statement is true,

by taking an imperfect ‘no hoper’ like myself to their bosoms and removing as much ill-fitting irregularities and roughnesses, in a period as short as half a decade!

 

I  salute all my friends for their tolerance and kindness, for their patience and guidance.  

Ariya who entered the medical school in ’64, as a nobody was able to leave as somebody!

 Ariya De Silva

68 thoughts on “Best– Wishes– to– Ariya– De– Silva!

  1. Happy birthday my sincere friend and may you have contentment in the years ahead. Your birthday tree being an Ash Tree you are intelligent, reliable, impulsive and a restless lover! Hope to see you even for a short time in the evening.
    May the Triple Gem , the Thrmurthi, and the Holy Trinity bless you
    Narme and Nirmali

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    • My dear Narme,
      Thank you for longstanding friendship, loyality and guidance
      Over half a century and flourished to reach the pinnacle
      You are my trustworthy friend to whom I turn when in trouble
      You prove to the world that a good friend is man’s highest blessing
      Ariya

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    • Hey Narme- All of the Above- describes our BIrthday Boy well.– But, I dont know about the last one- ‘Restless Lover ‘ !!!!!
      Hope you all had a good time at the Birthday Bash !
      eagleD

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      • Thanks ‘Dilisena tharuwa’ for your unstinted support
        You and Praxy lifted the mood of every batch mate
        Today we can boast of a highly connected web site
        Fulfilling Sam’s dream of friends engaged in a chit chat

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      • My dear Dilisena tharuwa, shall respond to your questioning
        Narme was with us in Kurunegala, during my days of courting
        Once or twice I did get caught to Narme as a restless lover
        Though a ripe old man restlessness, shall not dim for ever
        Ariya

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  2. Dear Ariya

    Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday. May God Bless You with Contentment and Good Health for many years. Many great people,including the first Indian Prime Minister, Javaharlal Nehru were borne in November.You were borne with luck.,

    We are praying to The Almighty to see the Birthday Card you receive from The Queen or her successor through Sam’s web contribution at that time and for many more years beyond that also.

    Maha is called Sinnaththavam at home.Please convey Sinnaththavam’s and my regards to Thavam also.

    Kind regards

    Sree.

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    • My dear Sree and Maha,
      Thank you for your good wishes and kind thoughts
      It is amazing how much give and tolarence amongst us
      Ours is a batch hand picked by the almighty to set an example
      The closeness of friendship is a partnership of equal commitments
      Thanks
      Ariya

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  3. Our dear Ariya,
    Jean joins me in wishing you a very happy birthday. Good hearted person like you will definitely see many more birthdays. I am sure that you are religiously following all the hints & advice you gave us to lead a healthy life. On top of that, living with Thavamani itself will give you more mileage. We have personally witnessed the way she looks after you, when you both spent some time with us in Sydney.
    Our best wishes to Thavamani as well.
    Jean & Jean

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    • Dear Jean and Seelan, much obliged for your sincere felicitations
      Cannot thank you enough for the way you looked after both of us
      If friendship is the fragrance of the good natured humans
      You have it in bucketful and we are the priviledged recipients
      Ariya and Thavam

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  4. Dear Ariya
    I have already sent our wishes via FB, so this is the second time we are conveying our wishes on your special day
    Satha & Selvi

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    • Satha and Sevi, thank you for being such good mates
      please accept my thsnks for your sincere good wishes
      Strength of our batch is the genuine care for each other
      That is the reason, ours is the greatest batch for ever
      Ariya

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    • My dear Rahula, thanks for your good wishes
      We had lot of fun in the batch and living in Bloem
      Must say this about you being a guy who has not changed
      Your stature both in size as well in high esteem you, I hold
      Ariya

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  5. Ariya, Wish you a very very happy birthday and many more happy and healthy birthdays to come. I read your contributions to the web page with interest . Pl keep going with the good work.
    Abey

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    • My dear Abey, Much appreciate your sincere felicitations
      I remember you as an upright mate with gentle qualities
      Throughout our student days and now as a septuagenarian
      We have been good mates & to all in batch you, a great boon
      Ariya

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  6. My dear Podi Silva (Ariya )
    wishing you a very happy and a very resourceful B’day. I never knew anyone but those of Martin Wikremasinghe’s folklore characters could originate from Narigama. Now I know somebody else who had his origins in Narigama. In my village they used to say never to trust any kittens brought from beyond the Bentota river after their eyes had been opened. I am sure that never applied to any folk from beyond the Bentota river.
    You have a lovely B’day and please let us see lot more of your Kavi and prose in the years to come.
    your friend Annesley

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    • Hey Annesley !
      Dont call him ‘Podi Silva ‘ ! – he is going to get read mad at you !!

      He told me, in no uncertain way, when we met in UK 1989- when I referred to him as Podi Silva ,
      ‘ Mamma podi ney ‘ !!
      I got soo scared, that I immediately put my self on reverse gear and vanished into outer space !
      I did not know that Martin Wickramasinghe was from Narigama — I suppose ALL great poets are from the same stock .
      Must be something good in the Earth and Water beyond Bentota Ganga — or is it Bentara Ganga ? I am not sure .
      Ariya wrote and sent me the most beautiful poem written about Narigama in Sinhala script
      I will send it to you- you gotta read it – just awesome .

      By the way Annesley- where is your village ?
      Must be north of Bentara/ Bentota Ganga !!

      eagleD

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      • I am from Payagala down South but 😐 sorry to say I have never heard of Narigama. Where is it? Is it a real place or something peopke have made up? .Praxy

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      • Thank you Deepthi for your fair warning.I shall henceforth refrain from calling our Ariya nothing but Ariya. My apologies to Ariya. I am born and bred from Kalutara North. Before you get to the river and the bodiya. Kalutara north strictly speaking was never a village more like a township. From memory Martin Wickremasinghe’s book ” Madol Duwa ” was based around characters from Narigama. incidentally the book has been published in English language for those of us who may like to read about Narigama (Ariya’s childhood haunts).
        I hope I have not inadvertantly stirred up a hornets nest. Then again the sinhala prose(kavi) is an inherent part of village life. I for one still enjoy a good kavi certainly the ones that I can read and understand. Then again one cannot always be politically correct majority of my friends are Tamils from batch64. When we get-together the guys invaribly revert to speaking in their mother tongue. I do not understand the linguo and I certainly do not take offence as it is their right. Praxy, my email address is (aper2708@bigpond.net.au)
        So if Ariya wishes to entertain us with some Sinhala prose, then I would welcome it
        Annesley

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    • My very good pal Anneslley I have to do a correction
      There is no ‘Narigama’ in Madolduwa, you are mistaken
      The only place unique with that name is my birth place
      Nari means women in Sinhala and my village was full of them
      Ariya

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    • my dear Annesly,
      You are blessed with a kind heart, probably the most in batch
      A big benovolent heart and a genuine infectitious smile to match
      Thank you for all the good words and adjectives you have pored
      It is a blessing for all of us that you entered in year 1964 with us
      Ariya

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  7. Dear Ariya, Wishing you a very happy birthday, You will have healthy and happy life as you are a stress free and very active person with very high level of satisfaction.
    Indragee

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    • My dear Indrajith, you and I have a very special bond
      Spanning over fifty seven years and you are the same
      Reliable, thoughtful and pulled me out of many a trouble
      Two of us from class room onwards been shadowing well

      Of course, I could not reach your dizzy heights in acadamics
      But trodded along with my limited skills and a bit of heroics
      Today we can happily look back and enjoy fruits of our deeds
      Thanks for been there for me, in deeds, words and thoughts
      Ariya

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  8. Ariya it gives me great pleasure wishing happy birthday to a lovely friend like you. You are one of the great achievers , may be the greatest achiever in our batch. First of all your effort to improve the obstrectic care in the hospitals you worked at , in Sri Lanka. Then the improvements you made in the health care in the UK. I can go on and on but Deepthi mentioned most of your talents outside the medical field and anyone who read your “ Bio “ in our web page would have been amazed.
    Many happy returns of the day. All the best now and years to come.
    Fondest regards to you and Thavam.

    Nisantha and Piching

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    • Dear Ariya,Wish you a very happy Birthday,Health,wealth and Happiness.I am amazed at your knowledge,the things you have done to improve the lives of people in UK and Srilanka and above all the simplcity.Budusaranai
      Asoka and Arundathi

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    • My dear Nisantha,
      Two of us have descended from the south of that River in Bentota, famous
      A guy from Kalutara made an issue, even a kitten shouldn’t be brought across
      They had over five decades to study us very well, our mannerism, words and deeds
      Hope that claim is dead in the water, as good people live equally across the river banks

      I must thank you profusely for the encouragement given for my literary work
      Obviously recognition is a very powerful catalyst to put the extra yard of work
      Your excellent photography with encyclopaedic knowledge is a boon to our batch
      You consistantly got most of those yricky picture quizes many of our mstes poised
      Ariya

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  9. Dear Ariya, wish you a very happy birthday. Best wishes for the future. Continue your good work. I fondly remember the Bloem days when we were room mates. You were in the upper bunk, and being a good Buddhist you could not kill the bed bugs, you used to pick them and throw them down! From the lower bunk I used to hope that they will break their neck and die without getting on my bunk!.
    Those were the good old days!.
    Ana and Indira

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    • Hey Ana !
      Love the Bed Bug Story – perhaps they are still there at Bloem, 50 yrs later- with many new off spring to tell their stories to the generations that followed both of you !

      I must say we girls at the Hopper House – had no such issues with Bugs of any kind .
      We all lived happily ever after !!!
      eagleD- ( 3rd floor , room #4 ) .
      Rajes and Maha- # 8 .
      Stella, Kamala, Dhamsa moved around a bit on the 3rd ‘floor .
      But, Rajes, Maha, and my self- we stayed ‘put ‘ in the original rooms, and we were the first occupants of the Hopper House with Prof Baptist as Warden and Dr . C. Phyllis Costa as Sub Warden , when it was first opened in Dec of 1964 .

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    • My dear Ana,
      The story about bed bugs though I cannot recollect, probably is true
      Yes I do not overtly destroy lives, yet do hate the bite of bugs too
      Had I dropped them even unintentionally will apologise to you
      Must thank you for been a wonderful room mate during my ‘ages blue’
      Ariya

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  10. Dear Ariya,Wish you a very happy Birthday,Health,wealth and Happiness.I am amazed at your knowledge,the things you have done to improve the lives of people in UK and Srilanka and above all the simplcity.Budusaranai
    Asoka and Arundathi

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  11. Dear Ariya,

    My wishes for a Happy Birthday & Many Happy Returns of the day & Many more to follow with the Blessing of the Triple Gem.
    Sorry I could not join you today for the reason I told you over the phone
    Of course I remember you as a good friend & we have been talking about the good times we had during our Med College days on many a occasion we met.
    Take Care

    Dalpe

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    • My dear Dalpe, my walking partner
      Sorry you could not make to the party
      Hope you will soon get better
      Then will renew our walks as usual
      Best wishes
      Ariya

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  12. Hi Ariya,

    may god shower his blessings on your Birthday, to the poet, philosopher,etc. i was telling deepthi, how come, that we did not realize the talents in our batch, during our medical school days.. it is so wonderful to follow you in the blog. Keep up the good work.
    Kind regards rajes.

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    • My dear Rajes,
      Many thanks for your wonderful comments
      They encourage me to attain greater heights
      I come to know a lot about you from Deepthie
      It is lovley to see good friends are well connected
      With Metta,
      Ariya

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  13. Dear Ariya,
    With my best wishes on your birthday.
    Many thanks for your encouragement for us (Biga and me) to ‘follow the path’.
    CJ

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    • My dearCJ, must take this opportunity to thank you
      For being a caring and trustworthy friend right through
      You are a becon of light for guys like me to see the path
      Excellent qualities you possess rub on us and for that thanks
      Ariya

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  14. I totally agree with all the nice comments friends have made about Ariya. 🤗🤗🤗🤗. Ariya you are one of a kind and you deserve all the good things our mates have said about you. Though I did not have much contact with you at Faculty days ( me being S and you being d ) during this last couple of years I have come to know what a kind considerate, caring humble person you are. These virtues you possess and are to admired. All the 👍 👍 nice 👍 comments about you are truly remarkable .. Cheers. Praxy

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    • MY dear Ariya ,
      Love all the nice comments that the Class of 64 has said about you and they are NO exaggeration at all .
      I knew you fairly well at med school- thanks to Laki Senanayake and I knew all of Laki’s friends – ( only boys ! ) .

      Love the lovely , photo of Laki, Gita and you taken in SL -with all the Awards hung on the wall of the old home and all three of you look really nice .
      Thanks a lot for posting this photo .

      Proud Son of Narigama !

      Wishing you and your lovely family All that is Good in the years ahead .

      Keep writing your lovely poetry , and make sure you have it published sooner rather than later, in a little booklet, for the class of 64 to enjoy .
      I for one, have ‘saved ‘ them all on my lap top !

      Your good friend- Deepthie- ( or , aka what ever you want to call me !!! )

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      • My dear Dilisena tharuwa,
        Your enthusiasm, energy and commitment the catalyst
        For all of us to keep going, it is you, who.we do emulate
        Thank you for being my adviser, well wisher and friend
        Hope you will go from strength to strength ruling the land
        Ariya

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    • Thanks Praxy, being a strong suppoter of this project
      Sam, Deepthie and yourself kept the boat well afloat
      Project has given pleasure to many of our mates
      Must bounce back with a brilliant plot for the year next
      Ariya

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    • My dear Praxy,
      Thank you for being right hand for my literary work
      Your gentle guidance and appreciations do really work
      The success of ‘birthday project’ reflects your hard work
      A very influential player of our batch keepup the good work
      Ariya

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  15. Dear Ariya
    My Wishes for A Very Happy Birthday. Like some of the others I did not come to know all your achievements over the years ,until Sam enlightened us all by creating the 64 Webb . Carry on your good works ,and may you be blessed with happiness and contentment.
    Best wishes
    Marina

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  16. Hi Aria,
    Happy Birthday to you and may you be blessed with many more. Thanks to Sam’s blog we have been enlightened, informed and inspired by the accomplishments and achievements about our beloved batch mates from around the world. Ariya you should harness the tremendous knowledge and the wisdom that you have accumulated; along with the profound humility and kindness that you posses, dispense it among the young aspiring physicians of tomorrow so they may seek a new horizon for the benefit of mankind.

    Good luck and kind regards to your family.

    Ranjit
    Winter Haven

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    • My dear Ranjith, thank you for your sincere greetings
      It is great that we have a wonderfully united batch
      Sam has woven a nice web and puts so much effort
      We all are the beneficieries of his immense hard work.
      Ariya

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  17. Dear Ariya,
    Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more happy and healthy years to come. I am no poet like you . May the blessings of the noble triple gem guide you always today , tomorrow and every day. Age is only a number , if you feel like 25 , then you are 25 yrs old.
    Best wishes,
    Ranee Gunawardene ( the name as it is what , you knew 51 yrs ago )

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    • My dear Rani, thanks very much for your good wishes
      It is really pleasing to receive felicitations from friends
      Ours is a fantastic batch, even after five long decades
      We are eager to meet and greet like little boys and girls
      Ariya

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  18. Dear Ariya
    Many happy returns I was out or circulation yesterday.Called you last night Guess you were busy. Now only opened the mail Hopefully meet before you go
    Reg
    Ranjit & Roshani

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    • Many thanks Aley for your thoughts
      Septuagenarians need sincere friends
      You my dear falls into that category with ease
      Our pleasure now is thinking of good old days
      Ariya

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  19. Dear Ariya,

    It is a great joy to wish you a wonderful birthday.You have been a great friend .I have been

    enjoying your comments in the web site on various issues. Your poetry has been out of this world! Your expositions of buddhist philosophy has been sublime.You are a true Ariya Shrawaka of the Buddha!

    You are indeed an allrounder with broad knowledge on many issues.

    It is a great pleasure and honor to have you as a batch mate.I have called you the “Flower of the Flock” in the past and it remains today.

    I am urging you to publish your literary works so that many could appreciate your talents.

    Wishing many more great birthdays!

    With Great Admiration,

    Esiri

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    • My desr Esiri,
      Grateful to you for sincere greetings
      You encourage me throughout & many thanks
      Sam has done a wonderful job joining us together
      May our friendship flourish and last year on year
      Ariya

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  20. Thank you.

    To all my dear siblings of entry batch sixty four
    I am immensley grateful for your kindness to me
    My birthday was filled with joy because of your thoughts
    This septuagenarian truly felt elated, as a kid of twenty four

    As I mentioned before, I have an awful lot to thank everyone of you
    The way you welcomed this ‘Narigama kolla’ and made a ‘gent’ if me
    So what ever the little time left for me I shall never forget my siblings
    Together we shall bravely tread for the future come hell or high waters
    Ariya

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  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIYA.Wish you all the best in life with health and happiness and joy.
    Keeep up your good work and my loving regards to Thavamani the charming lady behind
    The successful MAN.With kind regards Maithri

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    • Much obliged Maithri for your greetings
      It is nice to reminisce our good old days
      Certainly Kurunagal brings back wonderful memories
      Thanks for keeping uninterrupted friendship, five decades
      Ariya

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  22. Dear Friend,
    Very happy birthday and many happy returns of the day
    Special thanks for being the live wire of batch 64.
    We have thoroughly enjoyed your poetry and the many thought provoking comments.
    keep it up!
    Looking forward to having more discussions on your return.
    Biga and Sunila

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  23. Thanks Ranjith and Sunila for your sincere felicitations
    Priviledged to be the first in batch to receive your greetings
    I do learn a lot by tapping into your dhamma knowledge
    Hope to be back by the fourth, can renew the discussions
    Ariya

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  24. Many thanks machang.
    It is nice Sam has given an opportunity ti be in touch.
    I get your news usually from CJ.
    Currently I am in Sri lanka hiding from the cold.
    Kind regards,
    Ariya

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  25. Ariya, Pease accept my belated birthday wishes to you. May you have many more happy and healthy ones. Wish Continued professional, social, and literary success. You with with Deepthie and Praxy are the backbones of our batch blog ably run by Sam. Thanks to you all. again wishing you and Thavamany the very best.
    dharma

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  26. My dear Ariya,
    Please accept my apologies for this late response. Please accept our best wishes for a very happy B’day and many more to come. You are one of the few live wires of the batch RU & website activities and we are ever so grateful for that. We were away on holiday and returned only last night and trying to catch up. Hope you had a great day and best wishes to both.
    Selva & Rajini

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  27. Thank you David for being a fabulous friend
    You have always been extremely loyal and kind
    I am hugely grateful for the sincere felicitations
    Hope we can meet up to reminicse fond memories
    Ariya

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