Sanjiva Wijesinha -writer and physician

Short stories, Travel and Health Information

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

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

The Dream

Sergeant Vitharana, who was usually the epitome of calm, was seated outside my office when I arrived that morning, a look of consternation on his swarthy features. He sprang to … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

The Importance of Being Like Ernest

A “short short” story by Sanjiva Wijesinha Many years ago, as a young medical officer in the Army, I had the singular experience of working with a sergeant by the … Continue reading

July 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Book: Tales From my Island