An officer and a lady: You've come a long way, lass
When the Sri Lankan Women's Corp was formed in
1980 by the British Women's Reserve Army Corps, it was only as an
"unarmed, noncombatant `support unit" that they first made their
mark. With a five year service commitment at enlistment, they were
put through physical training and drill, however, with the exception
of weaponry training and battle-craft.
"Why was she foolish enough to marry you?" In this series, we
ask couples how they met - and then the rest...: "Generally, I don't
like him," says this cheerful-cheese wife
Ernie and Shiela got married on October 24 in
1956 at St.Lucia's Cathedral, Kotahena, and had the reception at
Mumtaz Mahal, former Speakers' residence with a long invitee list.
Shiela was clad that day in a beautiful white saree decorated with
lace and pearls exclusively done for her by 'Nagindas', Main Street.
Americans think Sri Lankan reaction to tragedy is to enjoy life
more than ever!
Still, there are children who lost at least one
relative in the tsunami that killed more than 40,000 and displaced
2.5 million, and I was going to work for two agencies that help
these young victims.