Another Proud Moment

Sri lankan Conrad de silva sings on the voice television show in Australia at 80 years of age


Popular Sri Lankan Australian singer Conrad de Silva made history when at 80 years of age, he performed on “The Voice” show in Australia. “The Voice” is a BIG HIT show and it is very difficult to get on it unless you are very talented. Conrad introduced his wife of fifty years and presented her with a ring. The judges included country and western star Keith Urban, who is married to Nicole Kidman. All the judges were in tears!
Congratulations to this wonderful product of Ceylon, who still wows audiences at 80!


Shared by Mahilal

Mysteries at Galle Face.

Hi Colleagues,

I think, we are all asking ourselves, of what is going on in Galle Face.?The answer is not clear but the call is clear. A few days ago Victor Ivan , the journalist in a post mentions the name of Dr Pathum Kerner as the man behind the call.. I have never heard of him and hence researched him.Interestingly, he has been active on FB for quite sometime following his war time posts in Sinhala on his FB. These posts have since beenu translated into English.The title,A healer in the war zone.The memoirs of a doctor in Sri Lanka’s last Eelam war.I sourced the book and read it. Dr Pathum is the product of a burgher father and a Sinhala mother. His father died early and it was his mother who brought him up in a sinhala buddhist environment.From Kelaniya to Nalanda and Medical college. In his final year he decided to join the army to save the country from the LTTE.It is an interesting read of the experiences of a young doctor in the ” Advance dressing unit “. He has seen it all and the book is worth a read. Until he saw the suffering on both sides he did not know what the other side was about. The war taught him that everyone was the same, each fighting for their cause and the only difference was that they could not communicate effectively with each other, as the language was the barrier.He idolised Sarath Fonseka and Shavendra Silva and was comitted to the cause and was there at Nandikadel lagoon at the end of the war.

In the prologue of his book , he says ” The book is a collection of true stories….own experience….only truth…..There are some things that are better unsaid…..things that will not bring any good to the world with their disclosure…….and these will eventually be buried as someone’s memories.”

Soon after the war ended, he absconded from the Army as it would not release him.He scooted off to Singapore and worked in the Orthopaedic department of Changi hospital for 4 years. After 4 years he plucked up courage to re enter BIA from where he was taken into custody and then released after paying LKR 800,000 which was the security payment for his training.He now lives in UK, following a Masters in Public Administration in Birmingham university. He is still active on FB.In 2020 he contested as an independent from Gampaha and secured 5780 votes.He is the man behind the National Green Front.

This is an interesting story that I came across a few days ago and I thought of sharing it with all of you. To many of you, it may be old news but all the same it is invigorating to know that young people are trying to make changes.There are many young women too ,Hirunika Premachandra, Amarasuriya and Lihini Fernando and they are all worthy of mention.What the future holds.? Que sera sera.

Regards to all. Eddie.

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of “Lafar” today in Leonardtown, Maryland. Dr.Lafeer leaves behind his wife Zooni , and his children, Zeena, Firoze, and grand children Zack, Zayd, Ryan, Raif, Zelie.

The following message was forwarded to me by Feizal on behalf of the family.


Dr. Mohamed Fauzul Lafeer, beloved husband of Zooni, father of Zeena (Sameer) and Firoze (Christine) grandfather of Zack, Zayd, Rayn, Raif and Zelie passed away today, April 13, 2022 in Leonardtown, Maryland. He was a respected, helpful and beloved friend of our Sri Lankan Muslim community in this area.


ISA, salat-ul-Janaaza will be at 1:30 pm at ICM tomorrow, April 14th, after salat-ul-Dhuhr and burial at Al-Firdous Memorial Gardens.


ICM: 19411 Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879


Al Firdous: 3845 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21703


We ask Allah SWT to forgive his mistakes, accept all his good deeds solely for His sake, have mercy on him on the Day of Judgment, cleanse and purify him and grant him Jannathul Firdous. Ameen.


May Allah SWT give strength and patience to his family in their time of sorrow. Ameen.


Please remember all of them in your duas.



May he Rest In Peace.

Sam & Feizal

New Year greetings and a cry for help.


Health Crisis in SriLanka

Hi Friends,

As you know SriLanka is going through a grave economic crisis that has impacted the health sector in the form of serious lack of essential medical supplies. Doctors are calling for supplies such as Neonatal endo tracheal tubes naso-gastric tubes, urinary and thoracic catheters and even glucose strips to fill this dire need. Please listen to this voice message I received from Dr Saman Kumara, Consultant Neonatologist at Castle Street. His contact # 071 8564110.

I also thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe set up by the SriLanka Medical Association of North America to address this urgent situation.



Many thanks to Wije Kottahachchi for his help.

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