“Appreciation of a Batchmate”

Pl see the Appreciation   of Bunty published in the Daily Mirror  at this link

Shared by Laki Senanayake




PIC052 (2)

1994 Ru

Shared by Deepthie

Faizel Zavahir – The Batch’64 Singing Sensation!


DR Zee- The singing Pediatrician:


It was around 1963 before I entered med school, when  I first got a glimpse of Feizal’s singing. At the time  I used to visit a seaside social club known as Club Atlantic off Galle road in Colombo. Atlantic offered  a free musical program every Sunday afternoon.  Faizel was a frequent performer at the Atlantic. His performance included  hit songs of the day including Elvis , Cliff Richards, Jim Reaves and even some country and western in the mix. Later, shortly before I entered Med school, I was delighted to read about Feizal in the news paper,  when he won the popular Sunday Observer talent Quest.

Then in 1964 first day of starting Anatomy studies, students were gathered  outside Anatomy Block  waiting to enter the building when I heard a familiar singing voice, in the crowd. Fellow student was entertaining the crowd!  I soon  realized that it  was none other than Feizal himself!

Of Course the rest is history. Feizal is a very talented but modest kindhearted person with a golden voice. Singing was his passion. He continued to sing for us  all through   school days in addition to performing occationally  at lake Club in Kandy (for Rs. 25per night  , he says) and other private engagements in Colombo.

 In early seventies I remember my visits to his home in Altoona PA along with my wife Kathy.  On many occasions we used to have impromtu sing songs in his private studio,  with Esiri and Nisantha often joining in.

I have had very minimal contact with Faizel after my retirement, until 2014 when we met up with him at the RU.  Last week I called him up to offer a personal invitation to the up coming RU’18.  He was more than happy to attend and entertain us at the upcoming  RU as well.

Charity work in SriLanka & Carlo Connection:



I was more impressed to hear about his more recent activities in SriLanka. He has been visiting his motherland almost anually performing in fund raising public concerts to benefit  pediatric cancer patients at Maragama Cancer hospital. Concerts were sponsored by private donations in addition to ticket sales. His biggest fan has been Prof Carlo Fonseka who always finds time to attend his concerts. Around  1973, Carlo was a house guest at my town house in Chicago,  when he attended sabbatical program at the University if Illinois.  Carlo often used to tell me then how much he missed his young daughter being away from home. According to Faizel, Carlo later wrote a song about his daughter. The song  was later popularized by Faizel in SriLanka. I am told this song is often used in SrLankan weddings.






The two tracks below are  from my own collection of Faizel songs that I happen to like very much. Hope you enjoy it as well.




Congratulations Faizel. Batch’64 is proud of your accomplishments in life and best of luck in your future endeavors. Cant wait to see you in October.



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Batchmate in the news

Dr Lakshman Senanayake.Educates and debunks the canards.Well done.!

Shared by Eddie





Infertility pill myth: Resounding rejection in all three languages by 13 top medical specialists

Vow to speak up in future against any misrepresentation or rumour in connection with anything and everything medical

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Absolutely false – there are no wanda pethi (infertility pills), gels or powders which can cause long-term infertility so far in the world, let alone in Sri Lanka.

This was the resounding rejection not just from one top Medical Specialist but from 13 of them, coordinated by Consultant Physician Dr. Upul Dissanayake at a media briefing on Thursday.

Crowding the podium of the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), these Medical Specialists flexed their powerful muscles and vowed to speak up in future against any misrepresentation or rumour in connection with anything and everything medical.

The SLMA and the Ceylon College of Physicians (CCP), two major organizations linked to the medical field, would look into the possibility of initiating a mechanism to respond promptly to clarify issues and alleviate the doubts of the public whenever medical misconceptions are set afloat, assured SLMA’s President-elect and Consultant Physician Dr. Anula Wijesundara and CCP President Dr. Panduka Karunanayake who were among the group of 13.

The wanda-pethi canard which spread like wildlife and got into the psyche of Sri Lankans, led to the recent troubles in Ampara over the belief that such pills were being mixed with food at eateries.

Taking the myth of wanda-pethi in their vice-like grip, the group made strong statements in all three languages, debunking it and dispelling any fears that may have arisen due it. The Sinhala statement was read out by Consultant Endocrinologist and Specialist in Reproductive Health, Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne, the Tamil one by Consultant Paediatrician and Professor in Pharmacology, Prof. Shalini Sri Ranganathan, and the English one by Consultant Physician and Professor of Pharmacology, Prof. Chandanie Wanigatunge.

Many senior doctors were also in the audience at the tightly-packed media briefing and a document signed, as of that day, by 132 medical professionals, senior and junior, cutting across all specialties and all races, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim, with assurances that more would be joining in, was distributed to the journalists.

The others in the group of 13 Medical Specialists were Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Dr. Lakshman Senanayake and Dr. U.D.P Ratnasiri; Consultant Rheumatologist Dr. Lalith Wijayaratne; Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Naomali Amarasena; Consultant Paediatrician Dr. LakKumar Fernando; Consultant Physician Dr. Priyankara Jayawardena; and Consultant Community Physician, Dr. Kapila Jayaratne.

Getting down to the details of how a baby is conceived following the fertilization of the woman’s ovum (egg) by the man’s sperm, Dr. Upul Dissanayake told the Sunday Times that there are only certain methods of contraception to stop fertilization.

These methods of contraception which prevent natural fertilization include:

  •  The pill – this comes in the form of ‘Mithuru’ pethi (pills). This is hormonal contraception and is a combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) containing derivatives of the female hormone Oestrogen and Progestin in low doses. Prescribed to women by doctors to be taken daily to avoid a pregnancy, when a woman stops taking the pill, she can get pregnant. As such the effects of the pill are reversible.
  •  The injection – this comes in the form of the Depo Provera injection which is also hormonal contraception, once again administered to women and is reversible.
  •  An implant or intra-uterine device – this is inserted into the uterus (womb) through the vagina of the woman. It prevents the fertilized ovum getting implanted on the uterine wall. This is also reversible, for when the device is removed, a pregnancy can occur.
  •  Tubal ligation – this is a surgical procedure in which the fallopian tubes of the woman are cut, tied or blocked to permanently prevent pregnancy by stopping the eggs released from the ovaries going through the fallopian tubes. This method also blocks the sperm from travelling up the fallopian tubes to the egg. This is permanent.
  •  Use of condoms – these are sheath-shaped ‘barrier’ devices worn by the man during sexual intercourse to prevent a pregnancy in the woman. When the use of condoms stops, the woman can get pregnant.
  •  Vasectomy – this is a male sterilization procedure performed surgically. In this permanent procedure, the small tubes in the man’s scrotum that carry sperm are cut or blocked. This prevents the man from impregnating the woman during sexual intercourse. This procedure is permanent.

The Sunday Times learns that sub-fertility issues in both men and women are numerous not only in Sri Lanka but across the world. With women securing higher educational qualifications and having careers, marriage and bearing children get postponed. This makes the biological clock tick on. Even men should not leave it too late, is what sexual health specialists urge.
Meanwhile, the risks of male sub-fertility include:

  •  Obesity
  •  Smoking
  •  Alcohol abuse
  •  Drugs, both medical and recreational, as also exposure to gonadotoxins from the environment and occupation.
  •  The use of laptop computers on the lap and cell phones and stress, have also been implicated as probable ‘causative’ factors.

Many environmental contaminants can affect reproductive health, it is understood, and act as ‘endocrine-disrupting chemicals’ which could affect hormones in the human body.
The examples oft cited are:


  •  Bisphenol A (BPA) — found in hard plastic, water and baby bottles, food containers, the lining of metal, food and drink cans, pacifiers and baby toys and dental sealants
  •  Phthalates — a family of chemicals utilized to soften plastics used in medical devices, food wrap, flooring, wall coverings, personal care products (perfumes, lotions, cosmetics and hair-spray), lacquers, varnishes and wood finishes and coatings.
  •  Recently melamine has also been implicated in reproductive and urinary disorders.

Another proud moment!



Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka hosts diplomatic reception to celebrate 70th Anniversary of Independence

Thursday, 08 February 2018

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York celebrated Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence with a diplomatic reception held on 07 February 2018. Over 200 high dignitaries including a large and representative gathering of Permanent Representatives, senior officials of the UN, Sri Lankan professionals and members of the press among others, were present to mark the occasion. Ms Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General represented the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres.

The proceedings commenced with the singing of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil by two members of the expatriate community Dr. Esiri Karunaratne and Mr. Godfrey Tisseverasingham, following which Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Dr. Rohan Perera, delivered the welcome address.

Click below for the full article




Enjoy this Video of the Sinhala / Tamil  National Anthem,

Shared by Eric Karu






Another Autobiography- Ariya.

 Author- Annesley Perera

Annesley1 copy


Few days ago Annesley posted from Australia, his virtual autobiography and having    thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I proposed him to offer it to your web site to be published if possible as a serial. It is a novel as good as ‘මඩොල්දූව’  of Mr Martin Wickramasinghe.

That letter I copied to yourself and the rest of our inner team (Praxy and Deepthie)
Though it is an autobiography I found Annesley to be a good writer and a fab story teller.

He mentioned replying to my letter of his intention to offer our batch mates (interested) copies of the book free of charge when meet at RU.in October.

His intention of writing this book was for his kith and kin to tell his own story as well as a momento of the good old days spent at Medical school and beyond.

As expected the book begins where his life began at number 276, Galle Road, Kalutara.
Very  kindly he wrote to me today of his feeling that batch mates too being like close family and he would gladly release few copies to those who would want,
I made a proposal to serialise the book to the batch web, as it would in my opinion be avidly read by those who are interested.
I can vouch, having read it is not only  extremely readable but to my knowledge this is the first book to chronicle five years of our jolly life in the medical school, so vividly.
Of course span of the book tited, 276, Galle Road, encompasses his entire life from birth  virtually to present.
I am copying this to him too and hope have not troubled him too much by my request to serialise his our life story through his extremely eloquent writing.
Kind regards,

Another– Proud– Moment– for– Batch’64


“A Life in two lands” by Tim Koelmeyer FRACS,FRCPA.”

Book Launch, November 11th, 2011

Report by Ruthraj Edwards, NZ

Hi Sam,
I was at the book launch of Tim’s book titled “A life in two lands” on Saturday.Ten years after retirement Tim has written his story in his own inimitable style. The book is his story of  life in Ceylon and in New Zealand from 1972, when he arrived here as a young surgical registrar.This is certainly not my  book review as I have not finished reading it  yet but would certainly recommend it to our batch mates. The book is in two parts, the first 8 chapters are dedicated to life in Ceylon and New Zealand and the rest of the book is an interesting array of murder cases in which Tim was involved as Forensic Pathologist attached to the Auckland medical school.Tim was held in great esteem by his students,especially his “Breakfast club” attended by many interested medical students during which a post mortem examination was demonstrated  at 7 AM each morning with clinico pathological correlation of the cause of death..He excelled in this as he also trained as a surgeon prior to settling in as a pathologist. Many of his previous students ,now clinicians in their own right , attended the launch and one in particular was Dinesh Ratnapala FRACS, Mahilal Ratnapala’s son w ho is now a surgeon in Cairns, Australia. It was a pleasure to meet with Mahilal at the launch, who came all the way from Brisbane especially to grace the occasion.I think we should be proud of his work, as  batch mate, as a teacher and as a forensic pathologist in New Zealand.
A life in two lands. The autobiography of a surgeon/ forensic pathologist. Timothy David Koelmeyer FRACS,FRCPA. ISBN 978-0-473-40447-5. www.maryegan.co.nz.
kind regards..



Hi Tim, Eddie and Sam
I am joining this group conversation from Brisbane, Australia. Firstly, thanks Tim for a very enjoyable evening at your Book Launch in Auckland and your very entertaining speech on this occasion. It was equally great catching up with Eddie and Indra as well as Ranjan Rajaratnam and wife in addition to meeting Mary Ann (Tim’s wife) and their 4 children. We were then entertained to a delightful tasty dinner at a fine Thai restaurant by Eddie and Indra and then spent the night at their equally delightful home in Auckland. We had to leave for the airport at about 3.30 am to catch a 6.35 am flight to Brisbane, and it was so nice of Eddie and Indra to be up at that ungodly hour to make us morning tea and coffee, and made us feel so homely and welcome, and though this was such a short meet and greet occasion, it will remain etched in our memories as one of those unforgettable get-togethers in our lifetime. Yes, Sam, please feel free to publish any photos from the Book launch and for Tim, I will fully endorse Eddie’s suggestion to sell your book through Barefoot Shop in Colombo, as they do give pride of place to publishers with Sri Lankan connections.
Best regards
Message from Tim
Dear Sam,
I have Eddie’s kind comments and your e-mail at hand.
Regarding my book:
As I am the ‘publisher’ it is currently available from me. I have still to set about getting a book shop to stock it. I could mail a copy to you if would supply me with a mailing address. The book costs NZ$35.00 and postage is about NZ$10.00
The illustrations in the book are black and white but I could e-mail colour photos from the book to you. The copyright resides with me so there is no problem with you using them if you wish.
I could send some photos from the launch party if you wish. Good shots of Eddie, Mahilal and family are available.
With best wishes

Editorial Update 11/23/17:

Dear Sam,

My book,  A LIFE IN TWO WORLDS  (ISBN 978 0 473 40447 5) is now available at the following book store in Auckland:



They will accept international orders using online shopping. I understand payment can be made using Pay Pal and over the phone. The website is very easy to navigate and the folk who run the store are most helpful.


I would be greatly obliged if you would bring this to the attention of the BATCH ’64 members.

With kind regards



Thanks Timothy, Eddie and Mahilal for the updates.I am sure the batch mates  will enjoy reading your book


Another — Proud —Moment!

When the Queen of UK and the Commonwealth was gracious
To honour my work for her kingdom, National Health Service
Many moons ago one day, paper Daily News made me famous
Like to share with pride the news item, with my closest friends






This is another jewel in the crown of Batch’64

You have always made our Batchmates and SriLanka very proud

Thanks for sharing.


Jeevendra –is –in– the news!

Jeevendra Martyn, MD FRCA FCCM


Jeevendra Martyn has been selected  for  the 2017 recipient of the FAER “Mentoring Excellence in Research ”  award,  in October , during the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting in Boston , MA. 

Please click below for details ,

Martyn FAER Mentoring Excellence in Research Award 2017

Many of you may recall , that in 2010  he also received the “Excellence in Research Award” from the American Society of Anesthesiology. To see the write up on ASA Journal Click below,


It gives me great pleasure to offer my heartfelt congratulations to my fellow anesthesiologist and former body partner where it all began in Norris Canal road!! You have made us all proud.

Sam. S

The WebMaster

Many Thanks to Selvarani Richards for forwarding the information.


Batch64- Our Own Entertainer of the year!



Enjoy this abbreviated version of hour long ITN program “Chat & Music Washington DC” aired in Sri Lanka 9:30 pm yesterday (Sep 29th) featuring our own Esiri Karunaratne. If I am able to obtain the original version I will forward it to you soon for the benefit of non resident batch mates


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