El Dorado

This clip took me back years and it still gave me the same thrill I got the first time I saw it. Many in the 64 batch would have been (I think) fans of the good old Westerns. If you think it appropriate please post it on the Batch Blog.
Thanks and best wishes,

Best Wishes to Ranjith!

A Tribute to Ranjith Almeida on his 75th Birthday 10-10-2019 From: Sunita, Titus and Nilantha

To a very dear friend a humble tribute
What I write about Ranjith Almeida no one can refute? A true Josephian through and through
This guy is made from special brew

75 years ago, on the 10th of October
A bonny baby was born, a charmer to remember Ranjith’s mother and father knew they were blessed With a boy like Ranjith they never had a day of stress

In 1952 this little boy entered St. Joseph’s Primary School
He made so many friends Kingsley, Lanty, Nihal & Asoka just to mention a few He made his mark not only in studies but sports especially tennis
A true white and blue Josephian through and through

To do University Entrance In 1961 I joined St. Josephs Not knowing anyone I was lost like Moses
I remember it well just like yesterday
Ranjith extended to me a hand so warm and friendly

1962 University entrance examination we all had a slight stumble It was only a little blip we mused and did not grumble
A year later with a bit more effort no such problem
1964 would you believe we were all proud medical students

5 years of serious study how very daunting
With our light hearted attitude to life it wasn’t very haunting
So many difficult exams we coped with occasional wild parties and boozing The treasure house of fabulous memories created everlasting

Best was yet to come it was 6 months at Castle Street
We had so much fun very few have gone down such a happy street
6 hard months of hard work at Colombo General Hospital made us mature The good Lord had got us ready to serve and face the future

Walking down the isle on the 26th January 1974 Roshani was a beautiful bride Parents, family & friends in All Saints Church admiring every graceful stride A girl so cute and pretty oh what a fabulous find
Ranjith was lost for words and bursting with pride

With Roshani two clever sons he raised
Rukshan and Rehan so brilliant they must be praised
Two pretty daughters in law Minoli and Evangeline with feet on the ground They live as a happy family dear God keep them united, safe and sound

To have 2 charming grandchildren, Shaaya & Ruhen, Ranjith is very blessed They go frequently on holiday I think to avoid the stress
Grandchildren are great in old age so listen to me my dear friend
They help you reach it faster too so please don’t break the trend

In his profession Ranjith reached the highest pinnacle
As a V O G his operating skill was meticulous and clinical Tall and handsome Ranjith was top of the bill
When he examines the excited ladies got more than their fill

When it comes to singing Ranjith is no sweet crooner
With the unimaginable variety of tones, the song is a goner
He has now taken up dancing and thinks dancing is in his blood It is such a shame this blood has still not reached his big feet

Ranjith never ever forgot his roots
With success,fame and wealth, he never felt too big for his boots His loving wife and family ever ready to help
In whatever he did God made sure this good man was blessed

In Ranjith you find strong religious basics
This he learned thanks to his parents and St. Joseph’s
He coped with his busy life because God was his steering wheel He has a special place for Jesus and Blessed Virgin Mary

A true friend like Ranjith you will never find You can ring him night or day he will not mind People contact Ranjith from far and wide
He is a guardian angel by your side

Dear Ranjith you have a heart of gold
God must have used a special mold
You never ever forget a dear friend
That is why so many here and abroad wish you well

On your 75th birthday Ranjith look around you
Your loving family and so many friends now surround you With smiles on their faces and laughter in the air
Raise your glasses dears for this very special gent

May God Bless and Keep You Dear Ranjith

Written by Titus Fernando