Sanjiva Wijesinha -writer and physician

Short stories, Travel and Health Information

Deepa Mehta’s Movie ‘Funny Boy’ to premiere in December

I am delighted to be able to report that the iconic Oscar nominated Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Funny Boy, will premiere on … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Why Wear Masks?

During the several decades that I worked as a hospital doctor, I spent many of my working hours wearing a mask. In my early years, these masks were made of … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tarzie’s Amnesia

                         ‘The Democratic Republic of Amnesia’    – Yasmine Gooneratne: The Pleasures of Conquest (1995)         It was my father’s friend Tarzie Vittachi – his oldest friend from their primary schooldays … Continue reading

September 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Covid 19 – Blip or Turning Point?

Looking back on the fact that we have now spent the better part of this year living with this Covid-19 virus, I have been thinking about how this tiny micro-organism … Continue reading

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Staying Sane in the Covid Era

A few days ago I was privileged to attend a panel discussion entitled ‘Safeguarding Your Mental Health in the Age of Covid 19’. The discussion – taking place via Zoom, … Continue reading

September 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sam Wijesinha

27th June 1921 – 31st August 2014 My father died six years ago – on 31st August 2014. This article – published in the British paper The Guardian soon after … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Camino Stories: Keeping the Story Alive

With the Coronavirus still calling the shots these days, an efficacious vaccine a fair way off and international travel not what it used to be, many of us Camino aficianados … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Wicked Witch of the East

I distinctly remember as a seven year old asking my mother whether the old lady was actually A Witch. After all these many years I can still recall her sharp … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Danger of the ‘Single Story’

While writing this week’s Camino story – how I met this dear old lady in the tiny 10 square kilometre village of Ventosa (population 166 at last count) when my … Continue reading

August 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Nimalsiri’s Archives

  “You can go through life and make new friends every year –every month practically –but there is never any substitute for those friendships of childhood.” -Mma Ramotswe (in Alexander McCall … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · 1 Comment
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