A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CEYLONESE! by Jayam Rutnam (Written on a rainy day on October 25th, 2010) I was weened on LACTOGEN powdered milk when I was a baby, I was also given WOODWARDS GRIPE WATER, now I am past my teens. Woke up this morning, I was sleeping on a mattress made by ARPICO. I listened to Reinfusion, because my GRUNDIG radio was broken. Washed my face with RANI SANDALWOOD SOAP. The servants wash in SUNLIGHT SOAP. Brushed my teeth with PEPSODENT. Put BRYLCREAM and combed my hair. I put a dab of GOYA powder on my face. I put on my VELONA banian. I wore my HENTLEYS shirt since my BROADWAY shirt was being dry cleaned at SITLANIS. I put on my BATA shoes. I walked through the hall which was being polished with CARDINAL POLISH. I then had a breakfast of toast with CHIVERS ...

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My Days in the Boarding School of St. Joseph’s College – By Jayam Rutnam   WHY ST. JOSEPHS? It was in the early fifties that my parents enrolled me to the boarding school of St. Joseph’s College. My four brothers were boarded (at different times) at St. Thomas’ College in Bandarawela and then Gurutalawa.  Since my father had attended both St. Thomas’ and St. Joseph’s, he felt that at least one of his sons should attend St. Joseph’s. I would watch my mother pack all kinds of goodies (canned foods, chocolates, new clothes etc) in my brothers’ trunks when they left for their boarding school. I felt that I missed out on the fringe benefits of going to boarding school. It was decided that I should attend St. Joseph’s College and although I lived less than four miles from the school, I insisted that I be boarded, so that I too could enjoy the benefits of the “goodies ...

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