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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Short Stories
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200
  • eBook ISBN:9781483540412

Tales from my Island

Stories of Friendship – and a Sri Lankan Childhood

by Sanjiva Wijesinha

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Tales from my Island is a collection of stories that presents a warm and light hearted look at human relationships and the many facets of friendship. Here are delightful tales crafted to make the reader "smile, chuckle, even laugh out loud" and remember those good old days - when we were not so good and not so old -.when we had so much to laugh about.
For almost ten years I have been writing a regular column My Island in the Sun for Sri Lanka’s national newspaper The Sunday Island. Having written nearly five hundred such essays, reflections, stories and commentaries, I felt that the time had come to select the best of these and publish them in book form to reach a wider audience outside Sri Lanka. In making this selection I have edited the articles to make them relevant to those who may not be familiar with my little island. Except for those of my close friends (who will forgive me) and my friends who have passed on (who would have, I believe, if they were here), the names of other characters have been changed where appropriate. Recounting those 'good old days' when most of us were not so good and not so old, Tales from my Island will make readers smile, chuckle and even laugh out loud. Schooldays provide reminiscences of much-loved and respected teachers and the not-so-Lilliputian "Gulliver" - while other stories make a telling point about 'Anton's Pencil' and 'Nimalsiri's Archives'. Even veteran Sri Lankan journalist Tarzie Vittachi, of international repute, is not forgotten in a tale entitled 'Amnesia'. These tales present a warm-hearted look at human relationships and the many facets of friendship
About the author
Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha MBBS (Ceylon) MSc (Oxford) FRCS FACS FRACGP is a family physician and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from medical school in Sri Lanka, completed a research degree at Oxford University, trained as a surgeon and worked as a paediatric surgeon in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong before migrating to Australia and re-training as a family physician. For over forty years he has been a writer of health and travel articles as well as short stories - initially for newspapers in Sri Lanka and subsequently for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and the US. He is the author of Health for Busy People, Live Happily Ever After, Health in These Times, Stories of the Silk Roads, Friends, Men's Health Matters, Not Our War and Strangers on the Camino