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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

The wonders Sir John’s egg-hoppers could do!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

It is a well-known fact that Sri Lanka’s (Ceylon’s) third prime-minister, Sir John Kotelawala,- 1953-1956- was extremely fond of egg-hoppers with which he used to entertain his cabinet ministers at the weekly meetings at his residence at Kandawala.

He settled many an issue or disagreement he had with his ministers by inviting them for an egg-hopper feed.

Similarly, late S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike too had a habit of inviting his ministers or with whom he had some misunderstanding for a ‘kiribath’ meal, which was his favorite food then.

Thank god, the cabinet under Sir John or SWRD was almost quarter in size of the current one.

Anyhow egg-hoppers and ‘kiribath’(milk-rice) had some magical power to win over certain rebellious ministers for these two past prime-ministers during their time.

The Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, once said “It is important to me who is at the table with me; the moment when everyone speaks to each other and everyone listens. If there’s good food, it’s much better”.

Recently, some of my very close relatives, in Colombo, invited me and my family for an egg-hopper feed at a privately owned resort, by a leading exporter of Sri Lankan tea, to practically every part of the world.

The location was at Bolgoda, a few kilometers away from the capital Colombo, and it was tastefully designed by Bevis Bawa and situated by the side of a massive lake meant for speed boats.

As soon as the first egg-hopper was served on my plate, fresh and hot, my thoughts went back to my schooldays when I learnt about Sir John’s fondness for egg-hoppers, through the media then.

It was fabulously a lovely evening graced even by the Western Province Governor, who briefed me about the government projects undertaken to develop the surrounding areas.

The changes Bellanwila has undergone are simply amazing! It's newly constructed jogging stretch was of world class.

- Asian Tribune -

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