Author, Nihal Kodituwakku was born two years before Ceylon gained independence. He was in the workforce as a 26 year old when Ceylon became Sri Lanka on 22 May 1972. Magical Times in Ceylon/ Sri Lanka is titled thus because it spans the time and events associated with a charming and enchanted country searching for its place in the world after having been ruled by colonial powers for centuries. It was like a 20-year old still using the political, legal and administrative structures inherited from the parent of an alien culture, and therefore simultaneously loving and hating those values, but very much unable to develop its own systems. The author's anecdotes provide glimpses of the 20-year old nation trying to find its feet in this period of transition to its adulthood. The anecdotes quoted, however unintentionally, provide vignettes of that 30-year period. It is not only the versions of a country's past events recorded by professional historians that describe that country's history, but vignettes such as these, too. The book is divided into three sections; Schooldays University of Ceylon and Employment The book will appeal to all, especially to those experiencing a midlife crisis and all who want to be connected sentimentally to that special period of life - the youth, woven to the schooldays. Some of the snippets are time immemorial. The expatriate diaspora spread around the world and the community of professionals, who graduated from our universities, will also find the book interesting.
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