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Sirimavo Ediriweera
On April 27, the Hume Global Learning Centre in Craigieburn, Victoria became the venue of a book launch. In the midst of a fair gathering of invitees, family and friends, two novels written by Dr Noel Nadesan and a short story collection compiled by Letchumanan Murugapoopathy were launched.

The event was organised by the Mayor of Hume City Council, Cr. Geoff Porter and Cr.Chandra Bamunusinghe. The coordinator of SBS Sinhala Programme, Wijaya Karunasena compered the event.

Cr. Chandra Bamunusinghe welcomed the guests present, followed by the Mayor, Cr. Geoff Porter delivering the opening address initiating the Book Launch. He was pleased to share his views as a teacher on the importance of reading and the value of nurturing and developing the skills of creative writing that should begin with the young.

Now it was the time for the launch, starting with the two novels written by Dr Noel Nadesan. I could launch his first novel ‘Lost in You’. It is the English translation of Dr Nadesan’s Tamil Novel, Unaiyae Maiyal Kondu.

This novel centred round the life and times of a Tamil ex-patriate Sri Lankan living in the Gold Coast, Australia. It was a story of his trials and tribulations and the personal dilemmas he was faced with in making life choices, in particular, between his lacklustre married life – the result of an ‘arranged marriage’- and his newfound love.

The second novel titled, ‘Samanala Weva’ a Sinhala translation of Dr Nadesan’s novel ‘Vannathikkulum’ was then launched by the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Victoria, Bandu Dissanayake.

This work was about yet another story, somewhat different, but still intensely dealing with matters of the heart. It is a story about a romantic love that developed between a Tamil Vet and a Sinhala girl and a series of events that ultimately led them to migrate.

Letchumanan Murugapoopathy’s ‘ Mathaka Sevanali ’ is a collection of short stories written in Tamil and translated into Sinhala. It was launched by Saamantha Tennege, Editor of Kadapatha. The narratives of the collection are based on the memories of ravages of war and their devastating impact in creating division and disharmony among diverse communities who once lived in relative peace and harmony. Dr Nadesan and Murugapoopathy took their own turns to address the gathering.

They spoke of their wide and varied experiences of their respective personal journeys into the literary world. Siva Sivanadan and Wifred Siriwardana, the Chief Editor of Sihanada also spoke.
Daily News 29 may 2013

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