Sanjiva Wijesinha -writer and physician

Short stories, Travel and Health Information

The Pilot and The Doctor

In the context of the recent resolution against Sri Lanka by the United Nations Human Rights Council (a body where Human Rights matters are taken up and voted on by … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

The House of a Thousand Memories

A Book Review I have just finished reading a delightful book, Sunil Tantirige’s charming collection of stories about his childhood in Sri Lanka in the sixties and seventies. Entitled The … Continue reading

February 20, 2021

FRIENDS – second edition now available

The second paperback edition of my book FRIENDS is now available in paperback. Published by Amazon, the book may be conveniently purchased online from the publishers ( in the US, … Continue reading

November 17, 2020

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

Appendicitis Strikes Twice

I have learned over the years to curb my impulsive tongue and refrain from rushing into give someone the tongue lashing I think they deserve, however much I feel that … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

My Teachers: Miss Agnes Bay

“Mr. J.L.B.Maketoni’s handwriting was angular and careful – the script of one who had been taught penmanship, as he had been at school all those years ago – a skill … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

My Teacher – Father Baldwin

“You should bear in mind that parish priests, in addition to flesh and blood and brains, are also made of yet another thing.” “You mean to say” Don Camillo shook … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

The Sex Expert

  “It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time…”                            – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) I am told that the most popular obstetricians in … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · 1 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

Butcher and the Jerseys

  Memories are made of these.” – -Title of a popular song by Jim Reeves         Rummaging through a cupboard at home the other day I found my old rugby … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Book: Tales From my Island