Obituary on Ranjini Corea

We re-produce the moving obituary on the http://www.chilawcoreas.com website on Mrs Ranjini Corea wife of Vijaya Corea. She was a wonderful human being – kind, caring and very loving.

Vijaya and Ranjini Corea

Vijaya and Ranjini CoreaRanjini Corea, wife of Vijaya Corea and mother of Viran and Sashika passed away peacefully at 5:30 in the morning of Wednesday, 10th December 2014 surrounded by family.

MRS. RANJINI COREA

In keeping with her wishes, her mortal remains were laid at A. F. Raymond Funeral Parlour for the paying of respect and the funeral was held on the very next day (Thursday, 11th December 2014).

A service of thanksgiving for her life and work was held at the funeral parlour at 4:00pm, officiated by the Anglican Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, assisted by Rev. Marc Billimoria. A message was shared by Pastor Colton Wickramaratne, who said that having associated Ranjini for many years both before and during her battle with cancer, he saw in her a great conviction, commitment and love for God and her family. He said, he witnessed in her true hope of eternal glory through Jesus Christ. The selection of hymns was picked, based on their special relevance to the significance of the occasion.

Thereafter, she was laid to rest in the family grave at the Jawatte Cemetery, where Pastor Tissa Weerasinghe expressed similar sentiments. At the time of her burial, the hymn “In The Sweet By And By (We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore)” was sung as she had requested, as a message from her especially to her husband, children and three sisters (Doris Wijesinghe, Nalini Perera and Anoja Jayawardhana). The final rites were conducted by Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo assisted by Rev. Melvin De Silva and Rev. Sunil Ferdinando.

Ranjini had faced and fully overcome colon cancer in 2010. In 2012, she was diagnosed with a primary breast cancer. Since 2010, she was actively but quietly involved in providing relief, assistance and comfort to sufferers of cancer and their families. She frequently gave thanks and glory to God, attributing her ability to face the challenges associated with cancer to the sustenance and hope of eternal life through her belief in Jesus Christ. She wanted this message made known to people in life, and in death – which to her, was a portal to eternal life.

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Hymn Sheet of the funeral service in Colombo Sri Lanka of Mrs Ranjini Corea

Vijaya and Ranjini Corea

Vijaya and Ranjini Corea

The hymn sheet for the funeral service of Mrs Ranjini Corea wife of Dr. Vijaya Corea and loving mother of Viran and Sashika Corea:

Ranjini Corea Hymn Sheet2

 

Mrs Ranjini Corea passes away in Colombo Sri Lanka

Mrs Ranjini Corea wife of Dr. Vijaya Corea has passed away in Colombo this morning.

Mrs Ranjini Corea wife of Dr. Vijaya Corea has passed away in Colombo this morning.

Mrs Ranjini Corea with her husband Vijaya Corea at St. Paul's Church Milagiriya in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Mrs Ranjini Corea with her husband Vijaya Corea at St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Mrs Ranjini Corea

Mrs Ranjini Corea

Mrs Ranjini Corea with her daughter Sashika Corea on her wedding day and her husband Radio Ceylon/SLBC Broadcaster Vijaya Corea.

Mrs Ranjini Corea with her daughter Sashika Corea on her wedding day and her husband Radio Ceylon/SLBC Broadcaster Vijaya Corea.

Mrs Ranjini Corea and family with Vernon Corea in the 1980s in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Mrs Ranjini Corea and family with Vernon Corea in the 1980s in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Mrs Ranjini Corea wife of Dr. Vijaya Corea passed away peacefully early this morning. She is the loving mother of Viran and Sashika Corea.  The funeral is on Thursday 11th December 2014 – the mortal remains of Mrs Ranjini Corea will be at A.F.Raymond funeral parlour at 8 a.m.

A.F. RAYMOND LTD,                     

“RAYMOND HOUSE”                                              

115  D. S. Senanayaka  Mawatha,                            

Colombo  8 .

There will be a service at A.F.Raymond Funeral Parlour at 4 pm and at 5.30 pm the cortege will leave for Jawatte Road Cemetary – Anglican Section where there will be a service.

May her soul rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.

‘Blessed Assurance,’ is one of the favourite hymns of Mrs. Ranjini Corea.

The Obituary notice in the Daily News Sri Lanka:

http://epaper.dailynews.lk/art.asp?id=2014/12/11/pg08_8&pt=p&h=

US Chef and Author Anthony Bourdain – NO RESERVATIONS – in Sri Lanka

Anthony Bourdain visited Sri Lanka for the first time in 2008. He compiled a fascinating insight into  Sri Lankan cuisine and the country at the time.

Anthony Bourdain visited Sri Lanka for the first time in 2008. He compiled a fascinating insight into Sri Lankan cuisine and the country at the time for the Travel Channel.

Photograph from the early 1970s of Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea on a Coconut Estate in Chilaw - his home town. Chilaw was known for three 'C's - Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Anthony Bourdain tasted the famous Chilaw Crab Curry when he visited the town in 2008 accompanied by Skiz Fernando the food writer who has links with Chilaw.

Photograph from the early 1970s of Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea on a Coconut Estate in Chilaw – his home town. Chilaw was known for three ‘C’s – Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Anthony Bourdain tasted the famous Chilaw Crab Curry when he visited the town in 2008 accompanied by Skiz Fernando the food writer who has links with Chilaw.

Anthony Bourdain is a famous American Chef, author and television personality. He visited Sri Lanka in 2008 for the first time to taste the culinary delights and experience the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka. Anthony Bourdain actually visited Chilaw, the hometown of the legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea to taste the well known Chilaw Crab Curry – Chilaw was known as a coastal town with the three ‘C’s – Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Tony was accompanied by US born Skiz Fernando a Chef and food writer who has family links with Chilaw.

During his visit Anthony Bourdain stayed at the iconic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. In the late 1950s and 1970s Vernon Corea broadcast New Years Eve celebrations and entertainment shows at the Coconut Grove from the Galle Face Hotel on the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.

Watch Anthony Bourdain in Sri Lanka:

 

Read about Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Sri Lanka on the Travel Channel:

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain/episodes/sri-lanka-1

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain/travel-guides/sri-lanka

 

 

 

 

 

BBC News Editor Mike Curtis pays a tribute to broadcaster Vernon Corea in his book Asian Aunty-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network

Asian Auntie-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network book pays tribute to Vernon Corea.

Asian Auntie-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network book pays tribute to Vernon Corea.

Author Mike Curtis was a BBC News Editor.

Author Mike Curtis was a BBC News Editor.

Vernon Corea was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Adviser.

Vernon Corea was the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser.

Author Mike Curtis pays a wonderful tribute to Sri Lanka-born broadcaster Vernon Corea in his book: ‘Asian Auntie-Ji – Life with the BBC Asian Network,’ published in the United Kingdom in January 2015. Mike Curtis mentions Vernon Corea when was working at Radio Ceylon:

‘ One of the station’s best loved broadcasters was Vernon Corea,the ‘golden voice of Radio Ceylon‘, who joined the station in 1956. He championed the musical talent of Ceylon but also played western stars on his radio shows like Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. After nearly 20 years and shortly after Ceylon became an independent republic called Sri Lanka, Vernon Corea and his family moved to London in the mid-seventies where he joined the BBC.’

Curtis goes on to write about Vernon Corea’s radio programme on BBC Radio London called ‘London Sounds Eastern,’  and mentions the fact that he went on to become the Asian Programmes Officer for BBC Local Radio and later the Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC.

The BBC Radio Asian Network logo.

The BBC Radio Asian Network logo.

The BBC Asian Network Needs You.

The BBC Asian Network Needs You.

Here is what Troubadour, the publishing company says about ‘Asian Auntie Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network:

‘The Asian Network did not fit easily into the BBC which, having nobly set it up, was never quite sure what to do with it. We always felt we were on our own – different and complicated. We survived several reboots and the threat of closure before its importance to the BBC in serving a growing multi-cultural UK was fully recognised. It was also a lot of fun and a privilege to be part of its story.’

Facing redundancy from the BBC after 20 years as a reporter and news editor, Mike Curtis got a stay of execution. His salvation found him unexpectedly in charge of setting up a newsroom for the BBC radio station broadcasting to the Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities across the Midlands – the Asian Network. He stayed for 14 years. Asian Auntie-ji tells how this son of an Anglican clergyman, with a love of western music, was thrown into a new world of Bollywood and bhangra, Diwali and Vaisakhi, Mirpuri and mosques, and cricket and Kashmir.

The book unravels how this unique radio station dealt with many controversial issues arising from the religious and cultural sensitivities of its audience and its staff. It reflects how the Asian Network covered riots, racism and terror, but also how it gave a voice to so many British Asians; from the geographically isolated listener on the phone-in to those who achieved fame in sport and entertainment. Mike Curtis follows the story of the Asian Network, from its roots in local radio to its UK-wide expansion – and its dealings with BBC bosses. The views of its champions and its critics are reported with honesty and good humour.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sebastian Coe, Ravi Shankar, Jay Sean, Amir Khan, Greg Dyke, Meera Syal and Shah Rukh Khan are among those sprinkled throughout the saga, along with the Asian Network’s own stars like Bobby Friction, Sonia Deol and Adil Ray. Mike Curtis describes how the team was moved around the managements of Radio 1, Radio 2 and Five Live – and how they regularly upsetThe Archers at Radio 4.

Asian Auntie-ji is a fascinating autobiography that will appeal to an audience beyond the story of the radio station, embracing such names as Monty Python, TV’s Big Brother, Brian Blessed, Carlos Santana, Boris Johnson, Judi Dench, David Blunkett, 1950s test pilot Roly Beamont and DJ Orifice Vulgatron. Those with an interest in the media, the BBC, politics, and ethnicity and the South Asian experience in the UK will find it particularly rewarding.’

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/BBCAsianNetwork

 

Remembrance Sunday on 9th November 2014

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 9th November 2014.

The Royal British Legion Paper Poppy.

The Royal British Legion Paper Poppy.

Moving words for Remembrance Sunday – written by Laurence Binyon

They Shall Not Grow Old

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914.

The Tower of LThe Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit in 2014 - Photo courtesy of Wikipedia and the MOD.

The Tower of London The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit in 2014 – Photo courtesy of Wikipedia and the MOD.

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I which consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial death.

The Tower of London with the evolving art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. The major art installation named “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” consists of 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British fatality during World War I and created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNpJ2lFk9yk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmlpjnF0w7A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZPoyTiJJc