Happy Anniversary

Wahi bindu watena

Me sandyawe

Oba maa

Lang wee

Gathakarana me nimesha

Warsha wee

Sith dawati

Hadawath yawee

Kadulu sinaha athara

Duka sathuta athara

Nathi bari kama athi haki kama athara

Eeyee ada heta yawuna

Durwala kamedi mawa shakthimath kale obai

Duken kadulin ididdi mage sathutu sinahawa wune obai

Salitha sitha nisala kale nubai

Thanikama hudakalawa mage niwwe obai

Aadaraya wachanayata seema wunu kaalayaka

Aadaraya kriyawen mata pennuwe nubai

~ ©️Eternal lag 2019 and beyond

සුදු රත්තරන්

සුදු රත්තරන්

මගෙ දිවියෙ හිරු බැස යන්න ඕනා හැමදාමත් මගෙ දෙය්යො, ඔය පපුවට ඔලුව තියාන, තුරුළු වෙලා …

පුන් සද පායන්න ඕනා, ඔයා ළඟ ඉන්නකොට

හැම විටම, මයෙ පපුවෙ මගෙ සුදු රත්තරන් ඔලුව තියාන ඉන්නකොට, හිම එක්ක අවදි වෙන්න ඕනා

වැහි ඇද හැලෙන කොට සීතලට,

දෙතොල් සිබින්න

තරු පිරිච්ච රෑ අහස දෙස බලමු

සැතපුම් ගානක් යමින්

ඔබේ සෙවණේ සිසිලස,

විදිමින් දිවි ගෙවමි මම්

California Princess

This is a work of fiction.
Rough draft

Copywrited by Heshani Rajapakse

My mom was living in the US since she worked at Colognes & Perfumes, a Sri Lankan perfume store started by her childhood friends. She wanted me to study in America before I finished my junior college in Sri Lanka. So, she came to Sri Lanka to take me with her. Parinda was devastated and he told me to stay in Sri Lanka. But it was my childhood dream to live in California. Parinda said he will apply to an university in China. We were both going abroad to study in two different countries. 

We applied to go to India, France, UK and USA. We were going to travel a bit before reaching California. My mom decided it was a good idea for my sister to start middle school in the United States. So she tagged along with us. My dad stayed in Sri Lanka to take care of my grandmother. 

Parinda applied to Tianjin University to study medicine. He was accepted so he went there on his own. 

We had been only dating a couple of months when we had to go to different parts of the world. We didn’t know what was waiting for us in these unknown lands but we firmly believed our young love would conquer all.

***

I studied English Literature in Los Angeles Harbor College and he studied to become a doctor. We had hectic schedules in two different time zones. We kept in touch through chatting, messaging, and phone calls. There were lengthy emails in between. Assignments, turned into quizzes, with essays due, then quizzes and papers turned into projects and mid terms. Then came the finals and through it all we kept in touch. Months turned into years, and we went from girl friend and boyfriend to fiancee and fiance. He completed his degree and came to US to become a doctor here. 

We got married with the blessings of our parents. We had our son, then he was followed by two more boys and a daughter. We are still in love all these years later. 

California Princess

This is a work of fiction

Parinda asked me to go to the movies 🎥 with him in the weekend. Dad said I may go if Sanjana akki is going with us. She said she will go with us, and Harini and Malinda said they will tag along with us. We watched Bat Man. Parinda sat next to me. We held hands. 

California Princess 

This is a work of fiction. 

I told him I am wearing a sky blue top and I asked him if he may wear a t- shirt to match. I wore a top that my mom sent me from London because she was working there at that time. Dad took us to to Malinda’s home and he left. We went there in the afternoon. Parinda was holding Malinda’s cousin sister’s son, Michael. He loves him and always plays with the kids when he comes over to Malinda’s home. I went and said hi to him. And he said hi back. We started talking to each other while he was holding the toddler. Malinda was there talking with us also. His aunty was cooking in the kitchen with his mom. And his cousin sister was in her room as she was off from work. It was the weekend and the weather was beautiful. Everybody was at home. And we were kind of nervous because no one knew about our relationship but Malinda. We spent a lot of time with the kids. He gave me the baby and I held him and we talked for a long time. He started playing Jaden, who is a couple of years older than the baby. He played with his big red truck and  I thought what a great dad he would be one day, noticing how immensely in love with him, I am.  We played for a long time, and mom and aunt invited us for lunch. Sanjana akki, who is Malinda’s cousin sister, took the kids, so she can give them a shower before having lunch. We call akki, to elder girls who are older than us as a show of respect, in Sri Lanka. Sudhu Ammi has made saffron rice, with potatoes and cauliflower and a chicken curry. Her food is so yummy and I always ask for her recipes when I visit her, and try to replicate her delicious recipes at home. We sat for lunch, and Narmada aunty finger fed Malinda’s dad, Nalaka. She always finger feed him. In Sri Lanka we use our fingers to eat food and parents finger feed their children, and wives finger feed their husbands. I have always seen her finger feed uncle and she calls him, Kiriya, as a pet name, meaning milk. I have seen her letters to him. And she showed me a box with a ballerina on the top that plays music. He had brought her that from one of his voyagers. 

Parinda said he got me a gift. 🎁 I wondered what that was. He gave a 📦 box of jewelery. And asked me to open it. I opened it and there was a silver heart ❤  pendant with a chain. It looked pretty and that was the first gift a boy had given me. I really liked it, and asked him to fasten it around my neck. We went to Malinda’s room to talk and we were all so nervous. He took the necklace around my neck and hugged me tight. It was a bear hug and one of the best hugs I had in my life. We were scared that our aunties would come to the room so we went out to the veranda. Since my dad is really strict, and did not know about our relationship, so Malinda sat in the middle and me and Parinda sat on the opposite side of him. We stayed talking until dad came. He said we could go to see a movie with Sanjana akki, her husband, Madhawa, and Malinda as a date. Dad came to take me home. 

After we went home, dad made us dinner because on weekends dad makes us dinner. He befriends chefs at the restaurants and cooks food like them. His specialty is chicken fried rice. He uses soy sauce, garlic, chicken, carrots, and leeks to make a perfect Chinese fried rice 🍚 just like the Sri Lankan chinese food found there. The food is spicier to match the Sri Lankans palette. After dinner I spend time talking to my boyfriend on dad’s cell phone. 

How To Be Happy

I had the rare opportunity to get to know Dr. Harischandra in my teenage years. He told me how to be happy. I remember going through his book and learning through his wisdom. I implemented his advice to me in my life and it helped me tremendously to maintain a healthier lifestyle and I keep gaining knowledge through his words. I thought to write it down so I will be able to look back on it. I added what I did to implement these ways into my life. I always come back to this list time and time again.

1. Being one with nature, taking long walks in nature.

    Because we were in nature for a long time and it helps us to bond with nature, return to nature, so we still have the connection.

    2. Drink plenty of water.

    Water helps keep us hydrated.

    3. Don’t hold everything in.

    Like a sponge holding everything in we hold all our emotions in. It is better to share. Personally I like writing, blogging, YouTube video creating, and when I was younger drawing also helped me to share my inner thoughts into works of creativity. It is good to connect with someone I trust.

    4. Sleep well

    It is important to get plenty of beauty sleep. 😴 

    5. Eat healthy

    It is good to eat healthy. The ideal diet is a vegetarian diet. I had experimented with a vegetarian and vegan diet off and on. Any diet we are on if we make it healthier, it is a good place to begin towards a much healthier lifestyle.

    6. Not smoking

    It is healthy to be a non smoker. 

    7. No alcohol

    It is better to not use alcohol. It is healthy.