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Judy Rutnam (86) of Los Angeles, Ca. Passed Away on July 13th, 2024

Judy Rutnam (86) of Los Angeles, Ca. Passed Away on July 13th, 2024

Judy Rutnam (86) of Los Angeles, Ca. Passed Away on July 13th, 2024

Judy Rutnam passed away on July 13th, 2024 in Vancouver, Washington.

Former wife of Chandran Rutnam. Beloved mother of James and Daniel Rutnam and Evelyn Bey. Grandmother of Diana Davis and Natasha Morisette, Kumara and Yusuf Bey III.

Mother in law of Shalina Rutnam and Yusuf Bey. Sister in law of the late Rajah and Patsy Rutnam, Patrick and Indrani Wye, Jayam and Gina Rutnam, Rene and Iswari Camou, Dennis Rutnam, John and Padmini Johns and George and Sonia Rutnam.

Aunt of Vanessa Weinberg, Dennis Andre Rutnam, Kshirabdhi Page, Padmini Anne Rios, Maria Berry, Aliki and Jean-Louis, Jon Jayam Camou and Jenai Sassani, Sheriene Bacon, Christopher and Andrew Johns, Patrick and Gavin Rutnam.

A “Celebration of Life” will be at a later date.

Good News From Jayam July 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam July 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam July 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Friday Jul 26, 2024 – Sunday Aug 11, 2024

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Thailand granted farewell audience by King and Queen

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Thailand granted farewell audience by King and Queen
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), Chaminda I. Colonne and her husband Stephen Senanayake were granted an audience by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) and Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana of the Kingdom of Thailand to bid farewell to them, the Colombo foreign office said.

The farewell audience took place at the Amphorn Royal Palace on June 26.

J Med has opened its newest distribution center (DC) in San Diego, Ca.

We are thrilled to announce that J Med has opened its newest distribution center (DC) in San Diego, making us the only DME distributor in San Diego! This expansion is a testament to our commitment to exceptional service and our promise to Jump Through Hoops and go the extra mile for our customers.

At our new San Marcos, San Diego location, J Med will offer our renowned white glove services, including:

– Same-day and next-day delivery

– Same-day pick-up

– No minimum order fee

– Bed setup

– Repairs etc

Join us for a special event to celebrate this milestone! Come meet the J Team at the San Diego J Mixer on August 9th. Stay tuned for more details.

For inquiries and services, please contact us at:

– Phone: 714-869-4618 or 855-825-5259

– Email:

We look forward to serving the San Diego community with the highest level of care and dedication.


CEO / President

O: 855-825-5259

F: 855-825-4266

7300 Artesia Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90621

Jumping Through Hoops.. So you Don’t Have To..

J Med Staff Bid Farewell to Rowan Bandarthilak as he Embarks on Residency in Alabama

Rowan Bandarthilak, a dedicated and resilient individual, began his residency in Internal Medicine in Alabama. His journey to this milestone has been marked by perseverance, hard work, and the support of those around him.**

**Educational Journey**

Rowan completed his high school education in Long Beach, California. With a strong foundation, he pursued his undergraduate degree at UCLA, where he developed a keen interest in the medical field. Determined to further his education, Rowan enrolled in medical school in the Caribbean.

**Overcoming Challenges**

Rowan’s path was not without its hurdles. During his time in medical school, he faced significant challenges, including caring for his ill mother and navigating the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these obstacles, Rowan remained steadfast in his commitment to his education and his dream of becoming a physician. His perseverance paid off, culminating in his graduation from medical school and securing a spot in an internal medicine residency program in Alabama.

**Gratitude and Acknowledgements**

Rowan is deeply grateful to everyone who supported him throughout his journey. He extends special thanks to J Med Supplies and John Amirthiah, where he worked for two years. The experience not only provided him with valuable professional skills in the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) field but also fostered long-lasting friendships with the company’s amazing staff.

Rowan looks forward to the next chapter of his career, hopeful and determined to make a positive impact on people’s lives through his work in medicine.

Duncan Bravo of Los Angeles in Geico Commercial (Please click on arrow)

Darby de Silva daughter of Sunil and Dr Janesri de Silva of Pasadena, Ca. Married Haritha Lal Rodrigo in Colombo

Mom Janesri helps with brides necklace

Mr and Mrs Haritha Rodrigo after the wedding ceremony held at All Saint’s Church in Borella. The reception was at the Hilton Colombo.

Photo taken at the pre wedding banquet l/r Jonathan, Janesri, Darby, Haritha and Sunil de Silva.

King Charles Installs New U.K. Prime Minister Keir Starmer

The 2nd Anniversary of the Super Speciality Childrens Hospital was Celebrated in Fiji

The 2nd anniversary of the Super Speciality Childrens hospital was celebrated in Fiji on April 24, 2024. This hospital is unique in that it does not have a billing counter. All life-saving heart surgeries are conducted FREE of charge. Sumeet Tappoo is Chairman and Dr Kripali Tappoo Director of the Hospital. Global Humanitarian and founder of the Sanjeevani hospital is Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai. He also opened a FREE Childrens hospital in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, maintained by generous people from Sri Lanka living in Australia  The web link is –  : “Participate Now”(above photo) Doris Loel, Sumeet Tappoo, Sandra Taylor and Ursula Aruma.

Bedroom in San Gabriel Valley area for Rent to Sri Lankan lady who can cook Sri Lankan dishes. Has to be very clean. Please call 626-335-7266.

Ranwan Rayak 7 Muharat Ceremony in Pasadena, Ca.

Palitha kasthuriarchchi. Click by Aruna Krishanantha, the show will be on stage on November 9th 2024 in Los Angeles The word ‘Muhurat’ means an auspicious time. In Hindu customs, Muhurat is a time when planets are aligned favorably to ensure positive results.



Jayam’s Choice 20 Beatles Songs in 4 Minutes (Please click on arrow)

Happy 21st Birthday Maya of Santa Barbara, Ca. (Beautiful photo by Moran Moran)

Uma Kumaran, elected MP for Stratford and Bow in the U.K.

British Tamil Uma Kumaran, of the Labour Party, has been elected the Member of Parliament for Stratford and Bow, securing 19,145 votes, following the UK’s general election that took place on July 4, 2024. Kumaran, born in East London, has roots in Sri Lanka. Both her parents are Tamils. Kumaran worked for NHS professionals before joining the Labour party. She first contested in the 2010 local elections in Harrow, London, as one of the Labour Party candidates, but was not elected.

eLanka Australia’s Premier Website for the Sri Lankans down-under

Tiana Sumanasekera in tears after Floor – Olympic TRIALS Day 2 (Please click on arrow)


Patrick Sela of Brisbane, Australia and family Visit Machu Picchu in Peru

Patrick Sela’s eldest Granddaughter Neve Sela (25yrs old) has been in South America backpacking since February and our his son Owen (55yrs) wanted to go over and spend a couple of weeks with her in Peru and do Machu Picchu. He invited Patrick to join him on a trip to Peru and catch up with Neve and see a part of South America he had not seen. The trip was a pre 85th Birthday gift from Patrick’s son.

Lushani Kodituwakku – Woman of Lankan descent wins top business award in UK

Lushani Kodituwakku, Founder and Managing Director of Luminii Consulting, was recently awarded the Women in Business/Entrepreneurship award at the Women in Management UK Professional & Career Women Awards 2024. In November 2023, she was named Chief Executive Officer of the Year in Market Research and Intelligence in the UK. In April 2023, she received the award for Commercial Due Diligence Provider of the Year at the European Private Equity Awards.

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo July 4th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

It’s the 4th of July – so fireworks are a must! And today, dive into the depth of the ocean, dissect women’s role in the banking sector, check out the spirits of revelry at the national bartenders competition, witness the great animal migration, watch AI ads get an economic update and more!

Padura” Party in North Hollywood by SLAASC on Saturday July 27th

TASC 5K Run Fundraiser in Hansen Dam, Ca. (The Adult Skill Center)

Dennis Andre Rutnam CEO of TASC

Kumara, Maddie, Robert, Evelyn, Dennis Andre and Lupe

Jayam’s 84th Birthday with family on June 23rd in Glendora, Ca.

Obituaries – Sad News

Indrani Irene MahaIndra (94) of Los Angeles, Ca. passed away on June 25th 2004.

Wife of the late Ratnasabapathy MahaIndra (Maha), mother of Ardni, Rani, Mohan, and the late Ravi. Mother-in-law of Palitha Pelpola, Delan Wickramasinghe, and Renuka MahaIndra. Grandmother of Nadyenka Gandhi, Jarren Mahalndra, and Natalya Mahalndra. Grandmother-in-law of Adarsh Gandhi and Rachel MahaIndra. Great-grandmother of Anaami and Nayaani Gandhi. Daughter of the late Ulrich and Lillian (nee Roberts) Weeresinghe. Sister of the late Lakshman (Lucky) Weeresinghe, Niveditha (Nive) Galleway, Ajasath (Aja) Weeresinghe, Naikasi (Nikki) Porritt, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Peiris.

Celebration of Life service for Indrani MahaIndra and her late son, Ravi Mahalndra, to be held on August 10th at 10.30 am

at Our Lady of Lourdes Church,

18400 Kinzie St. Northridge, CA.

Reception to follow.

Don Alan Panambalana (89) passed away in Sydney, Australia on June 10th, 2024. Father of Nadine, Sean and their present and former partners Ian,

Natalie (dec) and Allison, grandfather to Zac, Joshua, Hannah, Noah, Finn, Luca, Tara, Noah Bennett, and Fern, great-grandfather to Esther, former husband of Ferne, brother of Pauline.


Rose Mirani De Saram – Daughter of Senaka and Shirangika De Saram,​sister of Rohan,​ granddaughter of Vinitha and the late Shirley De Saram and Sunil and Anna Abeyratna,​ niece of Ranil and Indika De Saram,​ Mahen and Hiranthi De Saram,​ Chayanika and Dishan Fernando and Damian and Yenushka Abeyratna. Burial was on 6th July 6th, 2024 at St. Ann’s Church Burial Ground,​ Wattala.
Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen



2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped (about 2 ½ cups)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb 80% lean ground beef

½ cup dry red wine

½ cup canned crushed tomatoes

¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Tbs. tomato paste

¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg


3 lb. eggplant (about two medium or 5 to 6 baby eggplant), trimmed and sliced crosswise about ¼ inch thick

Kosher salt

3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed

Freshly ground black pepper


1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 medium russet potatoes (about two and a half pounds), rinsed and dried

Kosher salt


3 cups whole milk

4 oz. (½ cup) unsalted butter

2 ¼ oz. (½ cup) unbleached all-purpose flour

2 large eggs, beaten

½ oz. finely grated Grana Padano, Parmigiana- Reggiano, or Pecorino Romano (½ cup)

⅛ tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg; more to taste

Kosher salt


Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until translucent-5 to 8 minutes.

Turn the heat up to medium high. Add the beef, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat until browned-7 to 10 minutes. Add the wine; turn the heat down to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until absorbed-about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley, tomato paste and nutmeg, stirring to combine. Turn the heat down to low and gently simmer to meld the flavors, stirring once or twice- about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. (The meat sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months).


Cover the bottom and sides of a large colander with a single layer of the eggplant slices and sprinkle generously with salt. Top with more layers of eggplant, salting each layer until all the slices have been used. Let sit in the sink or over a large bowl for 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Heat the oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until shimmering hot (about 375°F).

Meanwhile, slice the potatoes crosswise into ¼-inch rounds, discarding the end slices. Working in batches, fry 10-15 slices in a single layer, flipping once until the potatoes are tender-about 4 minutes.

Blot excess oil with paper towels and lightly season with salt.


Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat oven to about 350°F.

Rinse the eggplant in cold water to remove excess salt. Press the slices between paper towels or clean kitchen towels to dry, then arrange them in a single layer on two large rimmed baking sheets. Lightly brush both sides off each slice with the olive oil and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper. Roast, flipping once, until tender and lightly browned- 30 to 35 minutes total.


Heat the milk in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until steaming; set aside.Melt the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium low heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until golden-about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in the hot milk and then simmer gently, whisking until the raw flour taste is gone and the sauce thickens- about 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and gradually whisk in the eggs; whisk vigorously to combine. Remove from the heat. Set aside one Tbs. of the cheese for assembly and add the remaining cheese to the sauce along with the nutmeg and one tsp. salt; Whisk until smooth. Season to taste with more salt and nutmeg.


Position a rack in center of oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9×13 -inch baking dish.

Arrange potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the dish, overlapping the slices like shingles. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tsp. of the reserved cheese.

Arrange the eggplant slices as you did the potatoes and evenly sprinkle with 1 tsp. of the remaining cheese. Spread the meat sauce in an even layer on top of the eggplant. Pour the béchamel over the meat sauce and spread in an even layer. Evenly sprinkle with the remaining 1 tsp. cheese. Bake until the top is golden brown-50 to 60 minutes. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving

This favorite casserole of Greeks and non-Greeks alike takes some time to prepare, but it is oh so worth the effort!

Gracie and Olivia get ready to ride in the 4th of July Parade in Glendora, Ca.

Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

Good News From Jayam July 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

July 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Happy Fourth of July

Elizabeth K. Horst to be next US Envoy to Sri Lanka

President Joe Biden has nominated Elizabeth K. Horst as the next US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. The nomination has been sent to the Senate. Elizabeth K. Horst, a distinguished member of the Senior Foreign Service holding the rank of Minister-Counsellor, currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for Pakistan and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Elizabeth will replace Julie Chung whose term ends in July 2024.

UD Production Events Special Performance of “Maathra” Concert

Another successful event by UD Production

he “Maathra” Musicvaganza, organized by Upul Dharmadasa (UD Production), took place on the June 1st at the BMICH in Sri Lanka. The event attracted a full house, packed to capacity with over 1600 music lovers, showcasing a night filled with musical talent and entertainment. The concert featured singers such as Kusun Kalhara, Ishaq Baig, and Kanchana Anuradhi. These talented artists graced the stage with their exceptional vocal abilities, captivating the audience with their performances. The backup for the singers was provided by the popular 2forty2 band led by Billy Fernando (Above). The Maathra Musicvaganza production was deemed a successful concert, drawing in music lovers from all around. The combination of talented singers, a skilled backup band, and a vibrant atmosphere contributed to the overall success of the event.

Kasun Kalhara

Kanchana Anuradhi


Ishaq Beig

Compere Clifford Richard

Upul Dharmadasa, Barbara Dharmadasa,

Shiromi Karunaratne, Ravi Karunaratne


Dipped Products Unveils Glove for EV Industry

Dipped Products PLC (DPL), a manufacturer of gloves and a member of the Hayleys Group, has launched the EVpro glove – the first ever product specifically engineered to meet the hand protection needs of Electric Vehicle (EV) professionals.

DPL Managing Director, Pushpika Janadheera said, “Aligned with the Hayleys Group’s purpose of inspiring an inclusive world and a thriving planet, we have sought not only to enhance our internal capabilities for sustainable niche innovations, but also to engage with critical eco-friendly industries to help accelerate the green transition.


Former Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan to invest Rs. 500 m in Karnataka

(Above) Former Sri Lanka cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan with Karnataka Industries Minister M.B. Patil. Muralitharan is all set to expand his soft drink business to Karnataka, and a manufacturing unit will be set up in the Chamarajanagar district.The legendary spinner will invest around Rs. 500 million) in the State and expand his investments into Dharwad as well, said Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Industries M.B. Patil.

Family Night by T & S with Adithya and Supun This is T & S 39th Production (Photos by Moran Moran)

Anoma Wijetunga’s 60th Birthday Here with husband Athula and sons

New Store at Colombo City Centre

Beauty & Luxe by Exclusive Lines opened its doors at the Colombo City Centre recently. The new store offers a selection of world-class beauty products and luxury fragrances.

Graduate Dewmini

Graduate Christina Karunanayake

The Man Behind Miley Cyrus’s First Ever Grammy

Brian Rajaratnam bags the Grammy for Best Engineer/Mixer

Behind Miley’s first-ever Grammy is Brian Rajaratnam who won the award for the Best Engineer/Mixer for the work he did for the song. The song was produced by Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson. “We brought out many different versions of the song till we hit that right spot where we were all super proud of it but we never thought it would win a Grammy Award,” Brian says. It all began in Sri Lanka. “ I first fell in love with music while visiting my aunts in Sri Lanka where I started to play the piano, and from there on I learned to play multiple instruments.

Jayam’s Choice “Sway” by Joyce Patice (Please click on arrow)

The Sela’s of Brisbane Conquer Machu Pichu

Neve Sela has been in South America backpacking since February. She met with her grandfather Patrick Sela and his son Owen and spent a couple of weeks with her iand do Machu Pichu in Peru. Picchu.

Sri Lankan Wins Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Book

Vajra Chandrasekera’s debut novel The Saint of Bright Doors has won the Nebula Award for best novel. The award was announced last week. Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. Previously, The Saint of Bright Doors was the winner of the 2024 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for a first book of fantasy fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2023.

Musaeus Walk and Carnival 2024

Musaeus College Past Pupils Association (MCPPA) celebrates 90 years by organising the 6th edition of the MC walk and carnival on June 29. Under the theme ‘Stronger Together’ MCPPA continues to encourage and foster unity among present and past students by walking under one banner. Starting from our alma mater at 7.30 am, approximately 8,000 members of the Musaeus community will walk to Thurstan College Grounds, ending in a carnival commencing at 10 am, with trade stalls, music and food.

Engineering Excellence – Tharindu Weerasinghe

Tharindu Weerasinghe who is currently residing in Perth, Western Australia became one of the youngest Sri Lankan origin Engineers to become a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Tharindu received this credential in March 2024 at 40. He obtained his charter with the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka in 2015. He’s not only associated with Engineers Australia, but also a certified professional member of the Australian Computer Society. He became a senior member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers which is the largest professional body in the world.

Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR&FC) Colombo Presents Rocking Times with Champions Night Friday, June 28th, 2024

Happy Birthday Vishmi Weerasinghe

Mireka Tower and Havelock City Mall earns prestigious LEED Gold Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council recently conferred the LEED Gold Certification for Mireka Tower and Havelock City Mall reflecting its commitment to energy efficiency and occupant well-being.

The achievement of the gold certification under the LEED 2009 Core and Shell Development rating system identifies Mireka Tower & Havelock City Mall as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates the group’s leadership in transforming the building industry in Sri Lanka. From its inception, this project has incorporated green features and design optimization, ensuring that both its construction and operations adhere to the highest standards of environmental stewardship.

Roma de Zoysa Private Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Stanley de Zoysa (Circa 1958)

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo June 20th. 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Who’s alarming whom about climate emergency! Get the real details on the climate change non-emergency, explore the win-win of governance linked bonds, refocus art with Shoelace Studio, capture the earth, enjoy turtle trivia and some economic vignettes!

Obituaries – Sad News

Roma de Zoysa (89) passed away in Los Angeles on June 20th, 2024. Daughter of Stanley de Zoysa (former Minister of Finance) and Dora de Silva. Step daughter of Sheila de Zoysa. Sister of Sonja Arnolda and Alfie de Zoysa. Former wife of Benny Jinadasa and Freddy Tira. Mother of Sonali Jinadasa Tucker, Pinky Pendigrast and Todd Tira. Grandmother of Keshia and Tehani Pendigrast. Great grandmother through marriage of McKenzie and Coleman Grier. Mother in law of Lewis Tucker and Kenneth Pendigrast. Aunt of

Tania Arnolda, Jerome Stanley De Zoysa, Gavin De Zoysa, Keith De Zoysa, Sean De Zoysa, Jan De Zoysa

Roma was a past president of the SLAASC (2001).

She was also a regular contributor of recipes in “Good News From Jayam.”

There will be a danae at the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Temple on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. There will also be a Celebration of life at a date to be announced later.


Rita Fernando – Wife of late A.E.F Fernando (Attorney-at-Law),​ mother of Prema (Australia),​ Shyama (Attorney-at-Law),​ Tilaka,​ Diana,​ Jayakumar (USA),​ Jeeva,​ Chandrika (USA),​ Ashok Kumar and Geetha,​ grandmother of Javistha and Jonathan (USA),​ Jaishnu (Jaish) and Sikhandi,​ Anna (Attorney-at-Law),​ Batya and Asharya and Yashvin,​ mother-in-law of Manjula,​ Arunesh Peter,​ Clement Louis and Maheen Senanayake. Burial at Borella Kanatte,​ Roman Catholic Section on June 22, 2024.


Lilian Rose Fernando (retired teacher St. Anthony’s School, Mt. Lavinia and St. Mary’s, Bambalapitiya), wife of Calystus, mother of Mereeka (USA), mother-in-law of Lakmaal Silva (USA), grand mother of Shenali and Nadun, (USA), sister of late Winnie Concy, late Isidora, late Marcus and of Leo Anthony (Negombo), sister-in-law of late Lewis, Josephine, late Urusula and Rita. Burial was on June 23rd at the general cemetery Mt. Lavinia.


She walked gently into the night… A tribute to Roma De Zoysa By Palitha Pelpola

I did not know Roma de Zoysa prior to my arriving in Southern California. But her impeccable pedigree, which needed no exaggeration, had been a subject of many conversations that occurred in the Los Angeles circles. When I met her for the first time, the immediacy of her presence was no surprise either. The impression she created has been embedded in me never to fade away, ever.

Roma’s journey of life through nine decades on earth has been one that most Ceylonese ladies would compete enviably to share; born into one of the most prestigious and elite Down-South families, Roma, amongst mostly men, led not only her own life in her own terms but also influenced a then patriarchal social environment with stoicism of a man and elegance of a graceful lady. She could not let a social event occur without her serene intervention nor could she wait without contributing her mite which was of enormous magnitude in material finesse and spiritual guidance.

An association which was initiated by a mutual friend, Roma made friends with Ardni, my wife and Nadyenka, our daughter, almost instantly. Nadyenka was one of her favorite friends she made amongst many children of that generation. Roma loved to share with them her experience and priceless knowledge that was the exclusive property of those who attended a ‘finishing school’ of yesteryear.

She was proud of her lineage and rightfully so. The De Zoysa family in Ceylon was not second to any elite families that embellished the passageway of power and prestige throughout the twentieth century. Her father, Stanley De Zoysa, was the Minister of Finance in the Bandaranaike government in 1956. Amongst her paternal uncles were Dickey, a well known businessman of the time, Sydney, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucian, a most lovable cricket commentator, and A. C. (Bunty), a foremost criminal lawyer of rare distinction ever to carry a brief in the Hulftsdorp corridors. Roma’s grandfather was Sir Francis De Zoysa, a member of the then State Council and also a President of Ceylon National Congress.

Roma may have been extremely proud of her heritage but she never used that prestige either to wear as an obnoxious badge or a preceding signal of identification. She showed that prestige and grace of heritage with the calm of a gentle-lady and elegance of a non-interfering mother or an aunt. Never giving into the growing influence of men, she waltzed through that overpowering masculinity with a disarming smile and repartee that was as sharp as a bald eagle’s beak. Wherever she cast her presence, she made friends and associates who eventually ran out of words to describe her elegance and grace.

She was the Secretary of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC) and the very next year was elected unanimously for the post of President. Her contribution as President of SLAASC was unique and still remains a subject of the Southern California conversation..

Rare indeed are such men and women amongst us. With each passing day, we shall remember the fondest of memories of them; when found in the isolation of loneliness, when wandering through the crowded streets in the global vista, when entangled in a web of relations that never promises a just resolution, we might find solace and peace of mind when we passage through the memories of such men and women. Roma belongs to that select few. Counsel rendered to her friends and foes alike in the simplest and most intimate manner tends to disarm the fiercest of foes and the gentlest of associates.

I was in that rare circle of Roma’s friends with whom she interacted so freely and candidly knowing in the most non-invasive fashion that her exchange of ideas and thoughts was unique and most certainly absolute and rewarding. Men and women would remember her charm more than her cursory comments; they will cherish her company and partake of the food she personally prepared with utmost care and precision of a unique culinary artist whose taste of pepper and salt was as sharp as the correct amount of sweetness for her most talked about unearthly desserts.

Yet Roma too was human; she endured and withstood all the suffering and inequities of human life. She lived a full life; Sonali, her loving daughter, living in Southern California is a fitting daughter and a legacy of a graceful lady. Sonali had informed Ardni about the peaceful passing away of her mother, Roma. When Ardni told me about Roma’s demise, I couldn’t help myself but think about her in the most gentle way she had lived. On Thursday June twentieth night, before the stroke of midnight hour, Roma, walked gently into the night never to return, ever. We shall cherish her memories.

May she attain Nibbana!

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen (Roma – We will miss you!)

Tangy Crab Salad Sandwiches


8oz (250g) cooked or canned crabmeat

2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

4 fresh tofu buns or poppy seed bread

or all grain bread rolls

1 teaspoon finely sliced Thai basil leaves,

to serve

Chilli Dressing

1 to 2 tablespoons minced red finger-length


2 cloves garlic minced

6 shallots or 1 small onion, minced

1/2 cup (125 ml) water

1 1/2tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons fish sauce

1.Make the Chilli Dressing by combining all

the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer

over high heat for about 6 minutes,stirring

occasionally, until the mixture has thickened.

Remove and set aside to cool.

2.Peel the cucumbers, then slice very thinly.

If using larger cucumbers, cut in half length-

wise first, scrape out the the seeds with a

spoon before slicing the cucumbers. Rub the

salt into the cucumber slices and mix well,

then strain or squeeze the cucumber to remove

the liquid. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the

Chilli Dressing, crabmeat, lemon or lime juice and

pepper to the cucumber slices and toss to combine.

3.Make a slit in the bread rolls and stuff each roll with

the cucumber salad mixture and, top with the reserved

Chilli Dressing basil leaves.

NOTE: Japanese cucumbers are very small and crunchy,

and almost seed less. Baby cucumbers or fresh pickling

gherkins make a good substitute.

Makes 4 pieces. Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 6 minutes.

Wilpattu National Park  by Thivanka Perera – Aegle Creations (Please click on arrow)

Good News From Jayam – June 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam – June 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Father's Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Sri Lanka Day in Pasadena has been postponed to 2025. Sri Lanka Day VIRTUAL will be held on Saturday, 17 August 2024

Sri Lanka Day in Pasadena has been postponed to 2025. Sri Lanka Day VIRTUAL will be held on Saturday, 17 August 2024

Dr. Lakshman Makandura’s Show

Nalanda College OBA USA Presents A Prasanna Vithanage Movie

“GAADI” – Children of the Sun with Sajitha Anuththara and Dinara Punchihewa in leading roles

” Stripped from nobility and forcibly married to an outcast by the monarchy, a noble woman fights to keep her dignity by rejecting to succumb to her destiny..”

Saturday, June 22 at 2.30pm at

Ahrya Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA

A Sri Lankan in MARS- Piyumi Wijesekara

A Sri Lankan in MARS- Piyumi Wijesekara

A proud moment for all Srilankans!Incredible achievement by this Srilankan born scientist, Piyumi Wijesekara to be chosen as a crew member on NASA’s next expedition on Mars! How beautiful to see her wearing the SL flag beside the American flag on her space outfit! . She’s a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Shayleena Wijeyrathna

Date – June 21 to June 23, 2024

Location – Hyatt Regency Orange County

Tickets will go on sale in June.

T&S Productions USA 39th Production “Family Night” Saturday June 15th, 2024

Veterinary surgeon lifts Masterchef trophy Brin Pirathapan

A veterinary surgeon whose love of cooking is inspired by his Sri Lankan heritage has been crowned the 20th winner of BBC TV’s Masterchef. Brin Pirathapan, 29, from Chelmsford, impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace to beat 57 others in this year’s amateur contest.

He was working as a veterinary surgeon in Bristol before entering the show, and said he had watched the show since he way a boy.

Good Shepherd Alumni Association meeting in Arcadia, Ca.

Dinara Punchihewa Shines on Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ List A Sri Lankan Star Leading Innovation

Beautiful, Brave and Sophisticated. Dinara Punchihewa, a Sri Lankan-born actress and filmmaker, has brought pride to her country by being featured in Forbes’ ninth edition of the “30 Under 30 Asia” list. This list highlights 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders, and trailblazers from the Asia-Pacific region, all under the age of 30, who are driving industry transformations and pioneering innovative business solutions in the region.

Horton Plains National Park – Sri Lanka (Please click on arrow)

Abans Partners Nite 2024

On May 10th, 2024, the luxurious Cinnamon Lakeside served as the grand stage for the Abans Partners Night 2024, an illustrious event hosted by industry giants Motorola, OPPO, Sudio and JBL. Managing Director of Abans PLC, Mr. Rusi Pestonjee, graced the occasion with his esteemed presence, further enhancing the occasion.

Krystyna Pyszková of the Czech Republic crowned Miss World 2024 in Mumbai

Besting 111 of her fellow titleholders from across the globe, Krystyna Pyszková of the Czech Republic was crowned Miss World 2024 in Mumbai, India, where the international pageant was held this year.Across a series of events during the pageant’s preliminary competition, including fitness, beauty, talent and public speaking, several contestants won “fast track” places in the top 40, a cohort announced at the start of the show.

Jayam’s Choice “Oops! I did it again” by The Britney Spears (Please click on arrow)

“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo May 23rd, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Today, we’re about Vesak and abstract art, record breakers and superstar women, economy and markets & the literati icon Sebastian Faulks plus more.

Obituaries – Sad News

Sherwin Jayah (73) of North Hills, Ca. Passed Away on May 27th, 2024. Beloved husband of Sha, loving father of Shehan and Razlan, father in law of Zahra, loving grandfather of Noah, Jasmine, and Zain, son of late M.B Jayah (Junda) and Baby Jayah, son in law of Hilar Bansajayah (Nona), brother of Late Zeeniya, Sheharani Jamalon, Razma Jayah, brother in law of Raji Bangsajayah, Jean and Hussain Jayman, and Zaman Jamalon. The funeral was on May 29th 2024 at Forest Lawn in Cypress, Ca.

Sirima Hogan (75) of Orange County, Ca. passed away. Wife of Gene Hogan. Services were held in Garden Grove, Ca. on June 7, 2024.


Laurell Caspersz(nee Cramer)(93) of Wentworthville, NSW, Australia, passed away on June 7, 2024 – Eldest daughter of late Carl and Bertha Cramer, wife of late Milburn. Mother of Desiree, Jennifer and Gail. Sister of the late Joan, Carl, Errol, Peter and of Arlene and Marita. Funeral will be held in Australia.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Crisp Asparagus Rolls with Cheese and xo Sauce

16 fresh large asparagus spears (about 1 lb./500g)
6 cups (1.5liters) water mixed with 1 tablespoon of salt
Ice water
2 to 3 sheets filo pastry (20×11 in/50x28cm each)
for wrapping
6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
4 teaspoons XO sauce
1/2 cup (1 stick 125 g) butter, melted
1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
Makes 16 pieces
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time :10 minutes
1.Cut off the bottom one-third of the asparagus spears and discard. Bring the salted water to a boil in a saucepan and blanch the asparagus spears for 3 minutes, then drain and quickly plunge into the ice water.
2.Cut the filo pastry into long rectangular strips with the width measuring 2/3 the height of the asparagus spears.
3.Place the grated cheese and the asparagus spears on a large plate, then move the plate to and fro to roll the asparagus in the cheese until well coated.
4.Place each asparagus spear on a filo strip, close to one end. Spread 1/4 teaspoon of the XO sauce over the asparagus and brush the filo strip with the melted butter.
5.Wrap by rolling the filo strip around the asparagus spear 3 to 4 times and seal with a dab of the butter. Repeat with all the other asparagus spears.
6.Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and pan- fry the asparagus rolls on all sides, placing the sealed edge face down first, until the filo pastry turns golden brown. Serve hot on a platter.
Should you have any questions or requests, please email me at :

The Engler V12 Is A 1184bhp Quad Bike Cosplaying As A Supercar

Good News From Jayam – June 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam

Good News From Jayam – June 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam

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Happy Flag Day – June 14, 2024

Back by Popular Demand! Sri Lanka Day Expo 2024 in Pasadena, Ca. Saturday, July 13th

“ABBA” in Colombo an Upul Dharmadasa Production at the “Waters Edge”

Dillan Ariyawansa, Dimuth Tennekoon, Chandana de Silva and Friends

Barbara and Upul Dharmadasa and Bunja Leonidas

Abba fans had a great time!

Captain Yohan and Mrs Thenabadu

Ursula Aruma Donates to Sri Lankan Temple

On 16th February 2024, Ursula Aruma from Melbourne, Australia visited her homeland. She celebrated her 83rd birthday in Sri Lanka. She visited the Sri Sathya Sai School in Manipay, the Thiru Korneshawaram Kovil in Trincomalee, the hot wells in Trinco, the Dutch Burgher Union in Colombo, and the Walawe Sri Dewarakkitharama Rajamaha Viharaya, Damwelodaya, Kotaweheramankada, Tanamalwila. Ursula is seen here donating from David Weinman and herself to the Venerable at the Temple, ensuring the ongoing maintenance of the temple and its benefits to the villagers of Damwelodaya, Kotaweheramankada. Same time as Ursula was in Sri Lanka, another burgher couple Phil and Janet Meynert were visiting. Phil is the son of Travice Meynert, long serving ranger in charge of Yala National Park in the 1930s, 40s. 

Shehana Wijesena – Partner at Bird & Bird (International Law Firm) – Intellectual Property Group in Sydney, Australia

Shehana Wijesena of Sydney, Australia has joined the partnership of Bird & Bird following the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, encouragement and championing by Jane Owen, love and support from her rock star husband and “co-primary” carer, unlimited help and guidance from her parents Palitha and Shiranee Wijesena, of Sydney, Australia, inspiration and purpose from her darling daughters Ruby and Zoe, support from Shehana’s brother, friends and clients (many of whom fall into both camps), dedication and care of daycare educators – and a sprinkle of luck! As partner in our Intellectual Property Group in Sydney, Shehana advises the clients on all aspects of IP strategies, protection, exploitation and enforcement.

Dream Boys in California with Daddy (It was T & S Productions 38th show)

Sri Lanka Association (SLAASC) Fundraiser

 Sri Lanka Schools Golf Tournament 2024 organized by the Old Joes Association of California

The 2024 Schools Golf Tournament was held on the 14th  April at the Los Robles Golf Course, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Over 65 golfers participated with much enthusiasm and great camraderie. Old Joe Lalith Perera was the chief architect of the Golf Tournament while OJAC President Dino Silva and the committee/wives put the finishing touches to a great event. The Old Joes Association of California (OJAC) who did a fantastic job with dinner and music which was enjoyed by over 100 guests who attended the social. Above photo Lalith Perera, Asanka Garusinghe, Ashan Garusinghe, Sanka Marcelline

1st place winners were Combined School led by Tony Pathirana who won $3000 in prize money. Also in photo are Roger Weerasinghe, Hal Perera, Viraj de Silva, Asanka Garusinghe, Clifford Baptist and Cinesh Fernando

2nd place went to the Peterite team led by Jason Liyanage (above) who won $2000. 3rd place went to the Thomian Team led by Chitral Fernando who won $1000. (Their prize money was generously donated to The Foundation of Goodness). Priya Chandra, Albert Jayawardena, Priyantha Athukorale, Dion Jayasekara and Sudesh

Chris Ganlath, Dino de Silva and Anton Fernando

Roshan Serasinghe, Jonathan Mather and Arnie Chandiram. Nick Perera, Chitral Fernando and Lalith Perera

Dr. Lakshman Makandura and Rhythm Company in Concert Saturday June 8th, 2024 FREE admission! Free Parking!

Gloaming Dinner Dance Grand Concert Held in Switzerland

Gloaming Dinner Dance, a grand concert organized by Sri Lankans living in Switzerland on March 2, was a great success. Organizers and guest singers like J.A Milton Perera’s son Piyushan Perera and Chitral Somapala, and popular band Waves Milano participated in this event. In 2021, the Waves band started with 6 talented Sri Lankan musicians living in Milan, Italy, initiated by Kemantha Vaduge, an expert bass guitar player in Italy, and has now created a very high demand among the Sri Lankans living in Italy.

Jayam’s Choice All Star Party for Frank Sinatra in 1983 (Please click on arrow)

Elephant House Sausages takes legendary Sri Lankan taste to Australia

Keells Food Products PLC, has announced the launch of Elephant House range of Sausages to the vibrant culinary landscape of Australia through an esteemed partnership with Millennium Imports Ltd., a leading importer and distributor of premium food products. This partnership is a first for both Elephant House, the iconic Sri Lankan household brand renowned for its premium products and unparalleled taste and Millennium Imports as this range is being fully manufactured in Australia with 95% of the raw materials being sourced from the continent itself.

Sri Lankan Jaffna Tamil Roman Catholic girl living in Sydney, Australia 30 years old 

An MBBS doctor who works in a hospital in NSW, Australia.  Studied in an international school in Colombo.  

She is 5′ and attractive with pleasing mannerisms  

Pls contact

“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo May 16th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that has a subspecies of the Eurasian Golden Jackal. Check out some fascinating facts about the jackal in Kaleidoscope Let’s Talk

Obituaries – Sad News

Gamini Rodrigo of Melbourne, Australia, passed away recently. Gamini was an “Old Josephian.”

Maria Chandrani Ratnayake (83) Wife of Ernest Joseph Ratnayake,​ passed away on May 22nd,​ 2024. Mother to Laki,​ Surani,​ Niranjen and Shanali. Grandmother to Savannah,​ Tanja,​ Aaron,​ Jonathon,​ Shaniya,​ Diren and Avani. Sister of the late William De Alwis,​ Manel Siriwardana,​ Sister Louisa of Holy Family and Anthony De Alwis. The body will be kept at No. 214,​ Kotagedera Road,​ Madapatha,​ Piliyandala. A service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church,​ Kotagedera Road,​ Dompe at 12:30 p.m. on Friday May 24th,​ followed by the cremation at Gallkissa Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.


Reverend John Blaze (99) passed away in Australia. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to Celebrate the life of John Blazé. This will be held on Friday 31st of May 2024 at Berwick Church of Christ, 432-446 Centre Rd, Berwick, commencing at 11.00am. This will be followed by a burial service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, 600 Princes Hwy, Springvale in the Baptist Compartment A Section at 2.45pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Australian Prostate Cancer,

For the livestream of this service, please see Bethel Funerals website.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Duck with Artichoke


  • 4 confit Duck legs (about 300g/10 1/2oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed 
  • 4 tablespoons canned 
  •   tomato pulp or chunky
  •   passatta/strained tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • sweet paprika
  • 1.25litres/generous 5 cups
  •   hot chicken stock*
  • 400g/14oz.can artichoke hearts
  • drained and halved
  • 4 tablespoons freshly
  •  chopped parsley
  • 350g/scant 2 cups bomba,
  • Calasparra or aborio rice
  • salt


Wipe away and discard the duck fat from the legs.

Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole and gently fry and garlic for 10 minutes, until softened. Stir in the tomato pulp and paprika and cook for 5 minutes, until dry. Pour in the stock.

Stir in the artichoke hearts and rice, and arrange the duck legs in the pan pressing down into the rice. Return  to a gentle simmer and cook for about  twenty minutes until the rice is al dente and the liquid almost absorbed.

Stir in the parsley and serve. *TIP: make chicken stock with the leftover chicken carcas  from a roast chicken. Simply roughly drop or separate the  bones and cavity and place in a saucepan with some fresh  chopped fresh vegetables and 2 litres of cold water.

Simmer for 45 minutes until the stock has a good flavour. Strain and reserve the stock.


Should you have any questions or requests please email me.

Paris 2024 Olympics

Good News From Jayam May 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam May 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Mother’s Day is May 12th

Mother's Day is May 12th

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Awards at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Awards

The awardees and staff of the Sri Lanka Foundation pose for an official photo. This years awards ceremony proved to be the best. “Extremely well organized!” “Excellent food!”

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Awards

Roy Malleappah – Exceptional Achievement Awardee

Cyril Weeratunge – Exceptional Achievement Awardee

Manilal Fernando – President’s Award Winner

Sajee Perera, Master of Ceremonies

Sajee Perera, Master of Ceremonies

Achala Weerasinghe – Producer/Choreographer/MC

Dr. Dishan Jayasinhe,

President of the Sri Lanka Foundation speaks


Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, Chairman

of the Sri Lanka Foundation speaks

Manik Punithakumar, Sunil and Daya Appapillai

Aruni Ganewatte President Sri Lanka Youth Organization Suranga and Awardee Enoka Fernando

Nandi and Shanthi Jasentuliyana with Sunil and Shanthi Abeysinghe

Awardee Aruni Boteju, Sudesh, Ashton and Ashley

Dr. Walter and Aeshea Jayasinghe with Prabha and Kumar Bamunuarachchi

Jeanne Mather and friends

President of Old Joes Association Dino Silva, Hemamali and Edward Thangaratnam

Aruni Boteju, Ruwani Horanage and family

Nalaka and Hansini Abeyratna

Adrian Jayasinghe, Namal Tantula and friends

One of the many samba dancers

Part of the crowd at the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel

Hundreds Gather at SLAASC Avurudhu Puthandu Celebrations

at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)

John Keels Holdings Cracks Jackpot with Melco

John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) revealed that it is partnering with world famous Macau casino operator Melco for its integrated resort project developed by subsidiary Waterfront Properties Ltd.(WPL). JKH said a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd. (Melco) will be the operator of the gaming facility at the Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort, which has been developed by the John Keells Group at an investment of over $ 1 billion.

As part of the collaboration between JKH and Melco, the integrated resort, which had previously been branded as ‘Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort’, will be rebranded as ‘City of Dreams Sri Lanka’. ‘City of Dreams’ is the flagship integrated resort brand of Melco.

Dr. Lakshman Makandura in Concert Free Admission Saturday, June 8th at 6 pm

Jack Knight – JK Services Inc. Chinthaka Wijewickrama – Sala Global Premil Jayasinghe – Baja Sub

“We are delighted to invite you to visit the “Made In Sri Lanka” booth at this year’s Los Angeles County Fair. Discover a treasure trove of authentic Sri Lankan products at Booth B 6233, conveniently located in Hall 6″

Obituaries – Sad News

Dr. Wicks - Raj Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. Passed Away on April 23rd, 2024

Dr. Wicks – Raj Wickramasekaran (80)

of Encino, Ca. passed away in Los Angeles, CA on April 23rd, 2024. Husband of Lekha (Ariathurai) Wickramasekaran. Father of Previn, Neha, Ranjana. Father-in-law of Sean Comer. Grandfather of Caleb, Rakesh, Rani. Trusted doctor to many and beloved friend to many more. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

Celebration of Life service to be planned at a later date.


Aziz, Al Haj Ifthikhar, Husband of Rezani. Father of Kamran, Aftab and Maalik. Father-in-law of Shabnam, Renee and Amaya. Appa to Neve, Aria and Zaid. Son of late M.H.A. Aziz and late Jiffriya Aziz. Son-in-law of late Zain Markar and of Rifka Markar. Brother of late Shibly Aziz, Minha Ahamed, Imthiaz Aziz and Ryhan Ghouse. Brother-in-law of Fathima Aziz, Illyas Ahamed, Yasmin Aziz, Mazhar Ghouse, Rasheeda Asgerally and Riyadha Ismail. Janaza took place on April 24th 2024 at Jawatte Muslim Burial Grounds.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Squid/Cuttle Fish or Dhallo Curry (which ever name you call it)


1 lb.cuttle fish

2 tspns. salt

2 slices ground ginger

2 teaspoon fenugreek

1/2 tspn. sweet cummin powder

1 1/2 tspns corriander powder

a sprig of curry leaves

2-3 tspns. lime juice

2 dessertspoons oil

4 oz. 1st extract of coconut milk

2 dessertspoons chilli powder

6-8 cloves garlic

1 tspn. pepper powder

1/2 tspn. cummin powder

3-4 green chillies chopped

1 oz. red onions,chopped

12oz. 2nd extract of coconut milk


1.Clean cuttle fish. Cut into 1″ pieces

2.Mix together with all the powdered

  ingredients and salt.

3.Heat oil. Add curry leaves onions and fry

  for a few minutes.

4.Add cuttle fish and left over ingredients

  and cook for 5-7 minutes.

5.Add second extract of coconut milk and

  cook until done.

6.Add 1st extract of coconut milk.Bring to

  boil add lime juice and take off fire.

Ingredients for 8 portions.

1.This is a first time I have advertised anything.

    It is absolutely something which in my mind is

    washed, cleaned and dried to perfection. All you

    are expected to do is cut them in 1″rings and

    follow cooking instructions. It truly is a great

    culinary experience. 2.The new market Eastern

Spices, located by our old familiar “Baja Sub”

carries this item. Washed, cleaned and ready to

follow directions!

Should you have any questions or requests,

please email me at :

Dr. Wicks – Raj Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. Passed Away on April 23rd, 2024

Dr. Wicks – Raj Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. Passed Away on April 23rd, 2024

Dr. Wicks - Raj Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. Passed Away on April 23rd, 2024

Dr. Wicks – Raj Wickramasekaran passed away in Los Angeles, CA on April 23rd, 2024. Husband of Lekha (Ariathurai) Wickramasekaran. Father of Previn, Neha, Ranjana. Father-in-law of Sean Comer. Grandfather of Caleb, Rakesh, Rani. Trusted doctor to many and beloved friend to many more. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.Celebration of Life service to be planned at a later date.

Good News From Jayam May 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam May 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Jayam Rutnam Hospitalized with Pneumonia in Los Angeles Good News is, his condition is improving! (Thanks Dr. Lakshman Makandura for insisting on calling 911)

Jayam Rutnam Hospitalized with Pneumonia in Los Angeles Good News is, his condition is improving! (Thanks Dr. Lakshman Makandura for insisting on calling 911)

Sri Lankan Australians Reunite in Melbourne

Sri Lankan Australians Reunite in Melbourne

A photograph of a recent reunion lunch in Melbourne, where the large group present included old mates from STC, Trinity and Royal, many from the rugby and planting fraternities. 

Standing – Jarit De Mel, Thiru Saravanamuttu, Peter Christoffelsz, Derek Cameron, Rohan Dambawinna, Brian Lieversz, Ari Saravanamuttu, Noel Brohier, Roger D’Silva, Prasada Wjesuriya, Ralph D’Silva (hidden behind), David Varney, Brian Paulusz, Felix Gooneratne, Barney Reid, Darrel Lieversz, Sarath de Mel, Sanjeeva Wijesinghe, Glen Van Langenberg, Bandu Molligoda, Alan Gunasekera, Peter Schoorman, Odath Weerasighe, Nigel De Kretzer, Gavin Rodie. Seated – John Rodie, Arasu Saravanamuttu, Bumpy Jayasekera, Selva Kanagasabai, Robin Daniels, Berram Daniels, Christopher Dias.

Wathsala’s Book

“What Happened to the Butterfly?”

Wathsala Senarath launched her inaugural publication, “What Happened to the Butterfly,” A true story of an incident in her Montessori Class. The attractively published book is now available on Amazon. Go to the link:

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera

“Time 100” Most Influential People of 2024

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera has spent more than two decades advocating for LGBTQ rights in Sri Lanka, and her relentless advocacy led to a major victory for queer women globally. In a landmark decision in 2022, the U.N. sided with Flamer-­Caldera in her case against Sri Lanka’s ban on same-sex intimacy between women, declaring it a human-­rights violation. The case brought LGBTQ rights to the fore in Sri Lankan politics, and soon after the decision, a lawmaker introduced a bill to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. Flamer-Caldera’s LGBTQ-­rights group, Equal Ground, was among those that petitioned to support the bill. The court ruled in their favor last year, clearing the path for the law to progress in Parliament, where Equal Ground is now working to help ensure it passes.

“Kunchanada” Screening in Arcadia, Ca.

"Kunchanada" Screening in Arcadia, Ca.

Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura’s new film “Kunchanada” had its World Premiere in Los Angeles recently. Shot on location, award-winning Sri Lankan director Christy Shelton’s  Kunchanada (elephant trumpet) is a tribute to daughter Sarah’s enduring love for the gentle giants of this world by her parents, Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura, the producers. The resulting forty-episode teledrama paved the way for the new film that grapples with the rough currents of the elephant-human conflict enacted daily on the rural landscapes of Sri Lanka. This timely yet timeless story is so wonderfully told through Indika Atthanayaka’s expert lens, accompanied by music director Kapila Poogala Arachchi’s cascading score; it is easy to soak in the story’s emotions, the naturalistic performances of a legendary cast led by Sriyani Amerasena, and the familiar sounds of Sri Lankan villages. This must-watch was screened in Arcadia Los Angeles on the occasion of Sriyani Amarasena’s recent visit.

Nandasiri (Nandi)Jasentuliyana

Former Deputy Director General, United Nations, and 

Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 

President Emeritus, International Institute of Space Law & Policy.

A classic photograph by versatile artistic photographer

Andy Samarasena of Santa Barbara, Ca. of movie actress, director Sriyani Amarasena who visited for the screening.

Mathilda Karlsson Riding Waves of Success: The Unstoppable Journey of an Equestrian Icon

Introducing Mathilda Karlsson, an accomplished equestrian luminary whose journey to international acclaim epitomizes dedication and passion in the world of competitive riding. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Sweden,Mathilda’s deep-rooted love for horses blossomed early, propelling her to pursue a career in the equestrian arena. With unwavering commitment, she transitioned from a groom to a rider, establishing her own stable and conquering elite competitions like the Global Champions League.Mathilda’s crowning achievement came with her beloved equine partner, Chopin VA, with whom she realized her Olympic dreams. Beyond the arena, Mathilda is a philanthropist advocating for global education and a fashion enthusiast known for her elegant style. Through her journey, she inspires aspiring riders worldwide, embodying the ethos of authenticity, resilience, and unwavering passion. 

Jayam’s Choice Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” (Please click on arrow)

Happy Birthday John Amirthiah of Fullerton, Ca.

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Beautiful Awards Ceremony at New Location The Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel

The Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Awards ceremony was a tremendous success at its new venue at the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Ca. Here Aruni Boteju accepts the Srimerican of the year Award from Sri Lanka Youth Organization founder Aruni Ganewatte. A well deserved award indeed! The SLF Awards

show 2024 was “SUPERB” said Nandi Jasentuliyana.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner renowned Los Angeles architecht Ravi Gunewardena with his partner Frank Escher and beautiful niece, before receiving his award. Ravi is the son of the late Lorna and Shelly Gunewardena of Walnut, Ca.

Savindri’s Sri Lankan Breakfast Master Chef Australia (Please click on arrow below)

SLAASC 2024 President Niroshan Kahawatte Takes Oath at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance, Ca.

SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte is sworn in by SLAASC Past President Samantha Kurera at the AGM held at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance, Ca. Niroshan and his “dynamic” Committee were elected for a second term. Also in photo is SLAASC Secretary Shanmuganathan Vaithilingam and Past Presidents Manilal Fernando and Seruk Manage.

SLAASC President – Niroshan Kahawatte, Vice President – Anura Kirushantha, Secretary – Shanmuganthan Vaithilingam, Treasurer – Aruni Boteju, Immediate Past President – Samantha Kurera, Executive Committee, Desha Colonne, Dhyan Nimsara Hewage, Dinithi Senadheera, Don Wijesinghe, Eshan Fernando, Hasanjith Kuruppuarachchige,

Heshawa Bamunuarachchi, Lahiru Perera, Lakruwani Fernando, Nadhini Silva, Nithya Bamunuarachchi, Paul Ivan,

Pradeep Abeyrathna, Prasanna Yamasinghe, Sanjaya Kapila Welikala, Sanjeewa Gunaratne, Shyamalie Perera, Suriya Perera, Sylvia De Silva, Tharuki Daluwatte, Thenuka Perera,

Vidhushi Madawala

Congratulations Upuls Travel Service 40 Years Continuous Operation in the USA

Srinet Brings Bathiya and Santhush to Los Angeles – They kept the audience hopping!

Kaleidoscope April 18th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Award winning food author, restaurant critic and columnist Tom Parker Bowles is on our show today, while we also visit Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer Teejay Lanka, celebrate art day with some Sri Lankan Artists, frescoes and graffiti in LA, find out why the Spanish jump over babies and give you some quick economic takeaways.

Obituaries – Sad News

Dr. Nagalingam Ediweerasingham (89), one of the greatest sportsmen born in Sri Lanka and who won Sri Lanka’s first gold medal in the Asian Games, passed away in Los Angeles, Ca.Edirweerasingham, held the Sri Lankan high jump record for nearly four decades since 1953. He won the gold medal at the 3rd Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan in 1958 by setting a new Asian Games record of 2.03 meters and won the silver medal in the same event in 1962.

Dr. Ediweerasingham, represented Sri Lanka in the 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He is an alumnus of Jaffna Central College and St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

Fazli Sameer


Dr. “Wicks” Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. passed away recently. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Anchorman’s 20th Anniversary Gala Friday, May 31st, 2024


Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Peking Duck with Mandarin Pancakes


  •   4lb.Duckling
  •   3 tablespoons honey
  •  2 tablespoons water 
  •   salt 
  •  1 bunch scallions
  •   1/2 cucumber, cut into thin finger like strips
  • 12 Mandarin pancakes

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Hoisin sauce
  • Thick soy sauce to taste

Serves 8

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and plunge in the duckling to scald the skin. Carefully lift out and drain thoroughly. Secure the legs with string and leave to drip over a bowl overnight in a cool dry place. Blend the honey, water and salt together and use to brush over the duck skin. Hang up again and leave for 2-3 hours. Repeat and leave to dry completely for another 3-4 hours.

Set the duck on a rack over a roasting pan and place in the center of a hot oven (450 F/ 230 C).

Immediately reduce the oven temperature to moderate (350 F/ 180 C) and cool for one and a quarter hours. Check that the skin is crisp (do not baste the duckling). If necessary, increase the oven temperature for the last 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the root from the scallions, then cut in half lengthwise. Pop in ice cold water. Prepare cucumber, drain and dry on paper towels. Prepare the Mandarin pancakes and the sauce. Carve the ducking at the table, traditionally, only the skin was eaten. But these days most people carve the skin and meat together. This is then dipped into the prepared sauce and rolled up together with some of the scallions before eating.

Mandarin Pancakes:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7/8 cup boiling water
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut or sesame oil

Makes 20

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl or food processor. Gradually add sufficient boiling water and 1 tablespoon of the oil to form a soft but not sticky dough. Knead 2-3 minutes or 30 seconds in the food processor. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 20-30 pieces. Roll each evenly into 5 inch or 7 inch rounds. Brush the surface of half the rounds with oil, and sandwich pairs together. When the pancakes are ready, brush the surface of a heavy frying pan with oil. Work with two pans to speed up the process. Place the pancakes one at a time in each pan and cook over a gentle heat until the pancake is puffy but not color. Turn over and cook a further 2-3 minutes. Lift out and pull the two pancakes apart. Pile up on a plate while cooking the remainder of the pancakes. Keep hot, covered with foil. Leftover pancakes can be frozen.

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Good News From Jayam April 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 15 items

Good News From Jayam April 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 15 items

International Awards 2024

Sunday, April 21st, 2024

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Ceylon Today – Daily Finance Today Rutnam Eyes USD 10M Revival for RanmiNitenna Tele – Cinema Park By Ishara Gamage -April 9, 2024

Ceylon Today - Daily Finance Today

Rutnam Eyes USD 10M Revival for RanmiNitenna Tele - Cinema Park
By Ishara Gamage -April 9, 2024

Renowned film director and Chairman of Asian Film Location Services Ltd. (established in 1980), Chandran Rutnam, plans to lease the now-defunct Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park in Hambantota with an initial investment of USD 10 million. Speaking to Finance Today, he said, “We, Asian Film Location Services Ltd are in the final stages of presenting the proposal to the Government. In the first phase alone, we could generate USD 25 million to USD 30 million annually by providing equipment and studio rentals, services, and experienced and talented technicians, significantly boosting the country’s foreign exchange reserves.” He mentioned that despite the ideological issues among the bureaucrats and the lack of vision through ignorance among state officials, he is determined to successfully implement this project with the support of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Initially, the park encompassed 125 acres, including a 50-acre Jambugaswewa tank. For future expansion, it was extended to 235 acres. The land designated for Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park was reserved by Cabinet Memorandum No. 08/1084/338/024 dated 11 June, 2008. With a portfolio of over 75 foreign films that Rutnam has brought in and shot in the island nation, it generates more than USD 600 million. Rutnam’s determinations extend beyond the film industry, with the aim of elevating Sri Lanka’s status in the global economic and cultural arena. “Sri Lanka has the potential to become a global centre for movie production. But this opportunity remains largely untapped due to the lack of knowledge of this industry and its marketing ability. Reimagining Sri Lanka’s narrative requires understanding the potential of the industry, the vision, strategic investments, and a major strategic overhaul. Not the mere continuity of past methods and stagnation.” According to him, the entertainment industry is one of the five leading sources of foreign exchange in developing Asian countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India. He opined: “Despite Sri Lanka’s scenic beauty and accessibility, the movie industry fails to attract global attention due to inadequate infrastructure requirements.” Rutnam, with his past global experience, has proposed a revolutionary investment strategy to inject over USD 150 million into the Sri Lankan economy. “Developing high-tech virtual sound stages and other state-of-the-art systems and current technologies that keep up with the fast-changing and constantly moving creative and profitable entertainment industry. “This effort will not only change Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park but also ensure that Sri Lanka becomes more appealing to international film producers, which will generate more income than the tourism industry,” he remarked. “After the production and success of the iconic film The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was shot entirely in Sri Lanka, no government or tourist authority had the vision for over 50 years to rebuild the bridge as must-see’ tourist attraction. Other countries have jumped on the opportunities. Example: New Zealand, where the film Lord of the Rings was shot. There are more tourists visiting the film set where the movie was shot than the population of the country. There were numerous missed opportunities in Sri Lanka purely due to the lack of knowledge coupled with the lack of creative vision”, he further stated. The current plan, one that the Government fully supports, already has initial foreign funding. Rutnam, who has just returned from Mumbai and Chennai in India, states that the Indian film industry, which produces 2000 films a year, is eager to shoot in Sri Lanka, provided we have the desirable facilities. Rutnam is confident that Sri Lanka will soon be —

“The Film Capital of Asia.” 

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations next Saturday! on Saturday April 13th in Torrance, Ca. Please arrive early for a full kiribath breakfast

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations next Saturday!

on Saturday April 13th in Torrance, Ca.

Please arrive early for a full kiribath breakfast


Dream Boys with Daddy Coming to Rosemead, Ca. Saturday April 20th, 2024


Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) top scientist Dr Sarath Gunapala’s Invention shot into space

Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) top scientist

Dr Sarath Gunapala's Invention shot into space

JPL Scientist Dr. Sarath Gunapala was in Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida to witness his HyTI (Hyperspectral Thermal Imager) launch. HyTI (Hyperspectral Thermal Imager) is designed with the focus on understanding, modeling, mapping, and monitoring the world’s agricultural lands, and water resources, as well as for studies pertaining to forest fires, volcanoes, and a number of other applications (e.g., stubble burning in agricultural lands). Climate variability and expanding populations are putting unprecedented pressure on agricultural croplands and their water use, which are vital for ensuring global food and water security in the twenty-first century. Currently, on average worldwide, croplands use 80-90% of all human water consumption. HyTI data and derived information products will be invaluable in advancing our knowledge on multiple fronts in crop type mapping, crop productivity modeling, crop water use assessments, and crop water productivity (“crop per drop”) mapping. 

Yoshi Jayakody of Walnut CA celebrated his birthday with his friends and family in Joshua Tree CA. Son of Late Mangala and Mangala Jayakody – a Financial consultant and a CPA in Los Angeles


Jayam’s Choice “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson


Jayam's Choice

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson


Kaleidoscope April 11, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year! Is Avurudu still important? And what about that devil’s cauldron, tech and travel, eccentric artists, women of worth and more.

Obituaries – Sad News

Sudath Dharmasena (62) Of Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. Passed away on March 27, 2024. Beloved husband of Thanuja. Son of Late M.D.P. Dharmasena and Nirmala Dharmasena. Brother of Charles (Sydney), late Tilak, Vijith (London), Twin Udaya (Sydney) and late Dilip

Brother-in-law of Susima, Priyanki, Dilli and Rukshani

Son-in-law of Sunethra and late Jinadasa Atapattu

Brother-in-law of of Sanjeevi, Maheshi and Arosha

Uncle of Dilini, Tara late Nirosh, Shani, Tiyashi, Vihashi, Bianca, Dmitri and Mandil.


    Thursday, April 11th from 4pm-8pm

Funeral Service

     Friday, April 12th from 11am-12.30pm

Both viewing and funeral service will be held at

     Forest Lawn Memorial Park

     Patriots Chapel

     4471 Uncoln Av

     Cypress, CA 90430


Jeanne VenetiaJeanne Venetia Arseculeratne (Fernando) (84) passed away on March 16th in Torrance, California. She was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to the United States with her husband Felix Arseculeratne, daughter Agatha and son Romesh in 1969. She was preceded by her husband Felix, survived by her daughter Agatha (David) Yartz, son Romesh Arseculeratne, sister Celine (Phillip) Fernando, nieces and nephews Ranil (Noely) Fernando, Anne (Prasanna) Samarawickrama, Melissa (Sanjay) Gunawardena, Marlie (Andrew) Abrahams and Mahen (Thilini) Fernando. 


Viewing held on April 1st, 2024 2-6 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City CA 90230

Funeral held on April 2nd, 2024 9am at Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City CA 90230


HAMER – RUSSELL PERCIVAL PETER. Husband of Mallika, loving father of Peter and Sandra; father-in-law of Sherman and Briony; darling grandfather of Tiffany and Steffany; Brother of Granville and Mervyn (both deceased), passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Cortege left A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour, Borella, on March 29, 2024, for burial at 3pm at General Cemetery, Kanatte.


Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Sri Lankan Bibbikan


1 medium-sized coconut 

  (1-1 1/2lb.)

2 lbs. Jaggery

1/2 lb. Cadjunuts

2 teaspoons clove powder

cardomon and cinnamon powder (to taste)

1/4lb white wheat flower

1/2 lb. Sugar

2 ozs. ginger preserve (cut very fine)

2 teaspoons grated rind of lime

2-3 oz. Seedless sultanas (optional)



1.Scrape coconut. Extract as much coconut milk as possible.

2.Pound coconut.

3.Dissolve Jaggery and Sugar with coconut milk. Add salt. Bring to a Boil.

4.Add pounded coconut and cook until mixture is sticky but not burned or caramalized. Take off the fire.

5.Add Flour. Mix well. Chop Cadjunuts, ginger preserve and spices. Mix well

6.Add lime rind just before putting in 9×12″ pan. Bake at 325 degrees F, until done.

Turn onto platter,place a few fresh flowers on a side to decorate.


I have given you traditional Sinhala Tamil Recipes for your Table over many years.Make this.Have fun.

Please email me for all your questions and requests.


A Royal Get Well Soon! to Our Dear Katherine Princess of Wales, UK We Love you!

A Royal Get Well Soon!

to Our Dear Katherine

Princess of Wales, UK

We Love you!

Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

Good News From Jayam April 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam

Tourist Arrivals Top Half-a-Million Mark

Tourist Arrivals Top Half-a-Million Mark
In a remarkable feat for Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, arrivals surpassed the half-a-million sparking optimism about meeting the ambitious target of 2.3 million visitors by the end of the year. “Sri Lanka could achieve the set target for 2024 or more, whilst earning over $4 billion by year-end,” Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, recalling that in 2023 the country surpassed the 500,000 mark only in May and in 2022 in September. Russia (13,699), India (13,492), Germany (8,547), the UK (7,245) and France (5,851) emerged as the top markets so far in March. The tourism earnings during the first two months have registered

$687.5 million in tandem with the boost in arrivals.

US, China Coming Together for IORA

US, China Coming Together for IORA
Although the United States and China are seen geopolitically battling over the control of the Indian Ocean, the two countries’ envoys — US ambassador Julie Chung and China’s Acting Ambassador– were seen in a single frame at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Day events held at the Galle Face Green, with the Cuban ambassador nearby.

Message from the Honorary

Consul General of Ireland – Colombo Sri Lanka – Manik Pereira

Message from the Honorary Consul General of Ireland - Colombo Sri Lanka - Manik Pereira
International Awards 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (Please click on link below to register)

International Awards 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (Please click on link below to register)


Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa

We are awarding Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa because she is such a fierce competitor in table tennis. Her achievements at the national level are outstanding! Tashiya is the only Sri Lankan American to become a national champion in Table Tennis in the USA and represent the USA national Table Tennis team. In 2022, she won a gold medal at the 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championship. In the 2023 Pan American Championships in Ecuador, she secured four gold medals and an additional gold and silver in the 2023 USA National Table Tennis Championships.

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tiana Kameel Piyadasa

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tiana Kameel Piyadasa
We are awarding Tiana Kameel Piyadasa because of her outstanding achievements in table tennis at such a young age. She is a tremendous athlete and a force to be reckoned with. Tiana Kameel Piyadasa was born in Pasadena, California, to Sri Lankan parents, Thilina Piyadasa and Rifkha Kameel. She is currently attending elementary school in Southern California. For the Kameel Piyadasa’s table tennis is a family tradition. Tiana’s father, Thilina, was a Sri Lankan national table tennis champion for 8 years and is a national-level coach for Team USA. Tiana’s mother, Rifkha, was also a national table tennis player in Sri Lanka. Tiana’s older sister, Tashiya, is a national table tennis champion.

Tiana Sumanasekera (17) of Pleasanton, California Gymnast Champion for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

Tiana Sumanasekera (17) of Pleasanton, California Gymnast Champion for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles
Tiana Sumanasekera was born to Rajitha and Ruwangi Sumanasekera in 2007. She started gymnastics in 2013. She is of Sri Lankan descent.

Dennis Andre Rutnam of Arleta, Ca. Celebrated his 50th Birthday with Family and friends (Here with daughter Maddy)

Dennis Andre Rutnam of Arleta, Ca. Celebrated his 50th Birthday with Family and friends (Here with daughter Maddy)
Patrick Rutnam of Los Angeles acts as John the Apostle in “47 Days with Jesus”

Patrick Rutnam of Los Angeles acts as John the Apostle in "47 Days with Jesus"

Achala interviews Sri Lankan American Entertainer Talin Silva in Los Angeles, Ca. A Golden Gate Production (Please click on arrow – this one is beautiful!)

Achala interviews Sri Lankan American Entertainer Talin Silva in Los Angeles, Ca. A Golden Gate Production (Please click on arrow - this one is beautiful!)
ASU” Premiere at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)

The BNS Show with Umaria and Randhir – USA Tour 2024 in Los Angeles Click on link below to purchase tickets

The BNS Show with Umaria and Randhir - USA Tour 2024 in Los Angeles Click on link below to purchase tickets
All Old Joes – Indrajith Perera of London, UK visited former Josephian Cricket Captain Raja de Silva and Hayleys Engineer Cuthbert Charles at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo

Happy Birthday to Arya and Yara of Fullerton, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)

Jayam’s Choice for Easter “Risen” – Shawna Edwards (Please Click on Arrow)

Jayam's Choice for Easter "Risen" - Shawna Edwards (Please Click on Arrow)
The Musical Odyssey of Gresha Schuilling

The Musical Odyssey of Gresha Schuilling
Gresha Schuilling, is recognized in the realm of Contemporary Christian music (CCM) for her multifaceted talents as a producer, singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Her musical journey began in Saudi Arabia, where she developed an affinity for music production. Schuilling’s early musical inclinations were nurtured when she received her first keyboard, exploring the melody of Elvis Presley’s “Wooden Heart.” Growing up in the diverse atmosphere of Jeddah due to her father’s profession, her cosmopolitan upbringing became integral to her musical ethos.

Whispering Hope (Official Listening Video) by Gresha Schuilling (Please click on arrow)

Whispering Hope (Official Listening Video) by Gresha Schuilling (Please click on arrow)

Waves collaborates with Yohani for future campaigns

Waves collaborates with Yohani for future campaigns
Waves unveiled plans to partner Yohani as a brand partner for upcoming campaigns at a media gathering held recently at the Waves concept store in Havelock City Mall complex. This follows the back of the breakthrough success of the “Show Your Two Colours” campaign which sparked a viral social media trend involving over 50 social media influencers. The trend which caught traction when Yohani was spotted wearing two-coloured footwear, succeeded in driving the personalisation of Waves flip-flops by combining colours and accessories to showcase individualisation and personal preference.

Good Husband Wanted

Good Husband Wanted
Pretty girl looking for a husband. She is of Sri Lankan origin, born in Sri Lanka lived most of her life in USA. She is a practicing Attorney at law. 35 years old from a good Sinhala family. 130 lbs 5′ 7″. Serious inquiries only.

Please call Jayam at 626-335-7266 or email
“Half a World Away”

A children’s book by Jamie Schumacher Daughter of Ozzie and Ann Schumacher

"Half a World Away" A children's book by Jamie Schumacher Daughter of Ozzie and Ann Schumacher
Half a World Away is a vibrantly illustrated children’s book by Minnesota author and artist Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava.  The story follows young Esme and her family on their journey through the South Asian island country of Sri Lanka. There, Esme reunites with her Nana, who gives her a sketch book and encourages her to draw her memories. Esme’s sketchbook becomes filled with beautiful illustrations of their family’s adventures, imbued with the rich tradition and aesthetics of Sri Lankan batik.

Original works by the author/artist, including the vibrant book illustrations, will be on display at XIA Gallery in St. Paul from April 2-30, 2024. Join us to celebrate the launch!


Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo March 21st, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Be bewitched today with enchanting cherry blossoms, women breaking barriers, ending stereotypes, warriors on the runway, orchids in fashion, age-old lipstick and Sri Lanka’s KPIs! And that’s only the tip of the iceberg because there’s much more.

Obituaries – Sad News

Doyne and Marlene Caspersz
Doyne and Marlene Caspersz

Passed away in Melbourne Australia on March 10th 2024. Doyne, son of Marcus and Zoe Caspersz, brother of Lorette, Trevor, Rosemary and Heloise, Humphrey and Caryll. Marlene, daughter of William and Nellie, sister of Powell. Parents of Adrian, daughter in law Ellie and daughter Jennifer.

Funeral Arrangements

A requiem mass will be held at Christ Our Holy Redeemer, East Oakleigh at 11 am on Tuesday,

March 26, 2024. At the end of the mass cortege will leave for burial service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at Le Pine Funerals, Box Hill at 5.30 pm on Monday March 25th.

Vernon de Alwis passed away in Melbourne, Australia on March 18th, 2024. Husband of Lorraine, father of Michelle Balthazaar, grandfather of Aaron and Christopher, brother of Mark de Alwis, Brother in law of Aubrey and Jacqui Mackessack, and Ckaudette de Alwis.Vernon was one of the Pioneers of the Ceylon Steel Corporation. He was an old boy of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

Requiem Mass at St. Anne’s Church in Seaford, Victoria. 10.30 am on Tuesday March 26th.

Tel: +613 9786 0816

Billy Raymond (C. R. Raymond) (81) – It is with great sadness we announce the passing away of Billy Raymond (C R Raymond) on February 29th, 2024 in the U.K. Husband of Christine,​​ father of Danielle,​​ Richard and Ryan,​​ grandfather of Jai and Saira, father-in-law of Tamara.​​

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Barbecued, Spiced Chicken
  • 3 lbs chicken, cut into pieces
  • 8 shallots
  • 6 candlenuts (not easily available in L.A. substitute with nut of preference. I use cashew nuts)
  • 1” ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stem lemongrass
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 4 Tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs sweet Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs oil (I use grapeseed oil)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil for frying
Serves 4
Slash flesh of the chicken several times. Finely chop the shallots and set aside. Pound the garlic, nuts, ginger, lemongrass and chilli powder together. Mix with soy sauces and oil and pour over the chicken pieces. Marinade for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a wok, fry the onions without browning. Lift chicken pieces out of marinade and fry on both sides to seal. Reduce the heat, cook for 10 minutes. Transfer to the barbecue to complete cooking. Add the marinade to the remaining ingredients in the wok. Fry, then add stock. Cook for 5 minutes and serve the sauce with the chicken.
I chose to share one of my favorite chicken dishes at Easter. Please serve with the traditional yellow rice and customary sides. I hope you enjoy a different chicken dish. Happy Easter!
Please email me for all your questions and requests.

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