Somawathiya Stupa amidst the lush wilderness
Once, there was a stupa dazzling like a pearl,
completely surrounded by the lush greenery of the wilderness.
Isolated, in an uninhabited region, the structure could not defy the
scorching sun, the torrential rains, the gushing floods or the
invading roots of the green giants for many years.
A family of cobblers
Velu was my favourite cobbler for years. I met
him for the first time when my shoe strap snapped as I was getting
down from a bus at the Town Hall. Desperately looking around for
help, I spotted to my great relief, a cobbler hard at work sitting
under the shady branches of a leafy tree nearby.
The Lady with the Lamp
Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern
nursing and hospital epidemiology , The era of modern nursing
commences with the work of Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War
(1854-1856). She was born on May 12, 1820. She belonged to a rich,
upper class, well connected British family at the Villa Colombia,
near the Porta Romana at Belloguardo in Florence,