Last December I was invited to write a collection of stories about my childhood to be serialized in the Navaliya, a popular women’s weekly in Sri Lanka. The editor of the tabloid who had seen my first book about my childhood, Apē Lamā Lōkaya:1950 was extremely keen to publish some more such stories on a weekly basis. However, he was also insistent that my daughter should illustrate all the stories, similar to what she had done in my first book.
So for the last several weeks we have been kept busy, writing and illustrating the new stories apart from our other book-related activities. The topics are diverse, relating little-known facts about my village in Kesbewa South, as well as sharing amusing and interesting anecdotes of my childhood experiences.
Two stories have been published as at the time of writing this post and the rest will be published on successive Mondays in the Navaliya. Hopefully, there will be about 32 stories in all. However, it is still a work-in-progress as I am concentrating on submitting 4 stories at a time.
My daughter Deepthi who is illustrating the stories considers it great fun. So much so that she is keen on publishing the stories as a book once the serialization in the newspaper ends. You can read about the illustrating aspect of the stories on her website under Latest artwork.
If you missed the first story which appeared in the Navaliya titled Kandawala Walawwē Sita Pamini Amuttā, you can read it by clicking this link. Make sure you reserve your copy of the Navaliya to read the rest of my stories every Monday!