45 thoughts on “Best Wishes to Ariya!

    • Thank you my classmate, batch mate, and close friend
      Your wishes remind me the good times together we had
      Wonderful to look back, sixty years, unbroken friendship
      Friends like you illuminate lives of associates, every step

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  1. Best of the best wishes to you Ariya on your birthday for good health and contentment. I recall those momentous days in Kurunagala,that only the three of us know! You were a tower of strength in organizing the RU. To my sincere friend and Thavam I cannot but wish you the best. Continue your poetry.
    All blessings on your family,
    Nirmali and Narme

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  2. Dear Ariya
    It’s nice to have friends like you 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦
    Who are thoughtful and caring too.😊😊
    So we wish you many happy returns of the day 🎉🥂🎂
    And God’s choicest blessings to be with you all along the way.🙏🙏
    Praxy and Ranjit

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    • My dear Praxy and Ranjith,
      Thanks for your caring and thoughtful birthday greetings
      You two’ve become much closer to us since Alaska outings
      Is a great pleasure to have such sincere friends amongst us
      We appreciate the warmth you and Ranjith bring to our lives
      Ariya and Thavam

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  3. Dear Ariya,
    It gives me great pleasure to wish you a very happy birthday. It has been along journey of friendship which began at Bloem to the present day where we talk to each other almost daily.
    Your life story – the details of which I got to know in dribs and drabs over the years has been an inspiration to me and I have been passing that onto my children as well. From humble beginnings you have risen to be the highest qualified in our batch and to receive national honours.
    Your stature as a clinician, poet, Dhamma and Pali scholar and a teacher for me and several others in the batch is huge. As a batch we owe you a great deal for helping to initiate and maintain the Batch Blog and particularly for the ‘Birthday Salutations’ which is the one thread that has been running thru the Blog keeping us all in touch with each other.
    You are a great example of the observation that ‘the stature of the man bears no relation to the stature of ‘THE MAN’.
    Also an example of the ‘the stature of the man bears no relation to the speed of his bowling in cricket’.
    Having got to know from you that a Birthday is not an occasion for great celebration but instead an occasion to focus on the reality of what we call life, I still wish you a very joyful day with your life partner Thavamani.
    CJ

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    • My dear CJ,
      You are correct, our lives have been mirroring each other
      Batch, Bloem now in Her Majesty’s land it has gone further
      Our telephone discussions though made, money wise poor
      You enrich me every second and looksafter me like a brother
      Ariya

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  4. Dear Ariya
    It gives me great pleasure to wish you very happy birthday and many more to come. We were very good batchmates during the anatomy days and after many decades when I met you during RU 2018, I was very thrilled to see you face to face and to exchange our good memories. Your achievements in both medicine and other areas are exemplary and as a poet your birthday wishes are the best. I hope one day we can meet again. Enjoy the day with your family and friends.
    Raj(as you fondly call me)

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    • My wonderful friend, Raj,
      Lovely to read your sincere greetings on my birthday
      Yes we had a special relationship during our hey day
      We see from the birthday project how United we are
      A fine example for this divided world to spread peace
      Ariya

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  5. Dear Ariya
    Enjoy your day to the fullest
    Trust that all is well with you
    I leave to Colombo today for a two month break hopefully all will go well
    Take care

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    • Dear Gaspar
      Having read that you are going to Sri Lanka I thought of writing to you to find out your experience in visiting SL amidst CV restrictions , as we would like to visit SL
      Thanks
      Praxy

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    • My dear Gaspar,
      Hope will have a good time in motherland & a safe journey
      Thanks for the sincere greetings which I appreciate avidly
      We both had parallel carriers and compared notes frequently
      Please do take good care of yourself as Covid is a virus nasty
      Ariya

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  6. Dear Ariya my friend
    It is agreat pleasure to send you birthday greetings let me and puvana wish you good health, happiness and long life. I enjoy reading your poems and food for the mind thoughts please keep sending. Best wishes.
    Thangaroopan

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    • My dear friend thank you, for remembering my birthday
      Wonderful to reminisce closeness we had in our hey day
      Though half a century elapsed memories fresh and nice
      Please do take care as times are tough, getting dangerous

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  7. Happy Birthday my dear Ariya !
    May you enjoy this day with dear Thavam, and who ever that is there in your ‘covid bubble ‘ !
    Many Blessings, Good Health to you and your lovely family .

    I must thank you , for all the good work you have done to keep the class blog – Birthday Salutations going , which keeps us all in the loop.
    Others have said it ALL , it was wonderful to read what was said in praise of Ariya , and I dont need to add any more, except to say Bohoma Isthuthi !

    When this covid thing is done and over , SL will be the first place I will visit – and I hope we will all meet again – in Beruwala !

    Much love to you my dear Ariya and Thavam-.
    Keep Well – Be Safe .

    EagleDilisenatharuwa !!!

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    • My dear dilisena Tharuwa, a name I gave you
      Fits very well as you brighten wherever you go
      Your contributions to our batch is truly tremendous
      Still remembers the Pasikudah trip we went in a rush
      Ariya

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  8. Hello SIR Ariya,
    My esteem friend. Wish you a very Happy Birthday & Many more Happy Ones to come. You are a great contribution to our batch. Even though God did not allow the few Extra inches of height to make it even with fellows like Ranjith De Saram, you are Full of Heart in all other ways. I am proud to call you MY FRIEND!!!.

    WIMAL FERNANDO.

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  9. Many happy returns of the day Ariya. Pichinf joins me to wish you all the bestow and years to come.

    I think you are the most qualified physician in our batch. Degrees in medicine , surgery and Ob Gyn. Wow ! What an achievement.

    In addition to your medical skills , you are aPali language scholar. I enjoy reading your Buddha Dhamma writings.

    Please take care be safe and enjoy the day with Thavum and all your loved ones.

    Nisantha and Piching

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    • Thank you Nisantha and Piching for The kind wishes
      For a septuagenarian they truly are immense riches
      The bond of our batch has connected Continents
      Giving incomparable joy immense pride to all mates
      Ariya

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  10. Dear Ariya
    Best wishes for your b’day and many more to come. There is no doubt you are one of the live wires to keep the batchmates entertained, informed, educated and inspired. Long may you continue. Kind regards to Mani
    David & Rajini

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  11. Happy birthday to you Ariyaratne. Wish you many more and healthy ones. You have been an inspiration to our batch and whole bunch of others. Keep up the good work. All the best to Thavamany and rest of your family. dharma

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  12. Dear Ariya,
    It is a pleasure wish you a happy birthday. You would have already enjoyed the day. So i will wish you good health and Happiness with Thavam,Your children and grand Kids for the year 2020.

    Thusitha wants me to convey his wishes too.

    Swarna

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    • Thank you my dear Swarna making my day
      Your thoughts indicate caring nature all the way
      It is wonderful to see so many are well United
      That feeling banishes from heart all my aging blues
      Ariya

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  13. Wish you a very Happy Birthday Ariya and many happy returns of the day. Happy Thanksgiving day to you and your family. God Bless.
    ICM

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  14. Hi Ariyaratne
    Happy birthday and beat wishes for many more to come. I agree with David that you keep us connected in many ways and thank you for continuing to do so. We were glad that we met you and Thavamalr in Penang in Jan this year before the Covid chaos started
    Selvi & Satha

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    • My dear Selvi and Satha,

      Thank you for you good wishes timely and sweet
      Memories of a friendship S decades old, yet persist
      Was lovely thanks to Seelan had the chance to meet
      Which you two good health & longevity a century to last
      Ariya

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  15. dear ariya happy bday and best wishes for good health and many more years of happiness with your good wife thavamani, with whom you have lived a productive and great life best regards ,paul and happy thanksgiving

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  16. My dear Paul,
    Thanks a lot, for remembering, the birthday
    Nice to receive your greetings, on my big day
    When all faculties are gradually dimming down
    Good friends keep spirits up in a magical way
    Ariya

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  17. My dear Annesley,
    Ifor your greetings, tried to respond via the Face Book’
    Had difficulty hence added here, hope you’ll have a look
    How wonderful you are we found out in ‘Pasikudah trip
    Probably the youngest in the batch & a great guy no doubts

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  18. My dear Sree and Maha,
    I thank both of you for thinking of me on my big day
    Your benevolent thoughts are appreciated any day
    It is great after nearly fifty five years batch still United
    It is that special nature makes our batch, the most revered

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  19.  My dear Ariya
    I posted our very sincere birthday wishes on our batch website but it does not seem to appear there in spite of posting it twice. May be I am not tech savvy to do this and probably doing it wrong. So I am emailing to you directly to convey our very best wishes on your birthday as well as our very best wishes for your future health and prosperity. We are blessed having such a sincere special friend like you who has given us moral support and huge guidance. So you are so special, Ariya. We wish you and your dear wife, Thavam all the very best in the future.
    Mahilal & Mahila
    Dear Mahilal,
    Thank you for your sincere good wishes
    For an old guy like me they golden nuggets
    Spend most time reading & writing Dhamma
    Which gives my mind some peace and solace

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  20. My dear Seelan,
    You are always in our heart and we know your caring touch
    Yes taking to you in wilderness, pleased us too very much
    It is such a special joy to reminisce our lives, birthday or not
    Thanks for the wishes through blog and E card a double treat
    Ariya

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  21. Dear Ariyas
    Haven’t checked any mail etc for the last so many days. Please forgive me & accept my belated birthday wishes.
    Hope you had a great birthday
    Best regards
    Ranjit & Roshani

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  22. Tank you my dear friends Ranjit & Roshani,

    I thank both of you, for your very kind greetings
    Being a septuagenarian, they are truly priceless
    Looking back at friendships over sixty four years
    Gives a happy feeling wrapped with gratefulness
    Ariya

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