Ranee Corea passes away in Colombo

One of Vernon Corea’s close cousins, Ranee Corea has passed away in Colombo. At one time in the early 1970s Ranee stayed with Vernon and his family at Number 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Kollupitiya. Ranee married her kinsman Nihal Corea who was a reputed journalist with the Times of Ceylon and the Island Newspaper in Sri Lanka.

The Daily News in Colombo

COREA – RANEE (Former Business Secretary, Women’s International Club). Beloved wife of late Nihal Corea (Island Newspaper), daughter of the late Stanley and Aida Corea. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 12 noon on Wednesday 29th August 2012. Service at 2.15 p.m. on same day and thereafter cortege leaves the Parlour for Cremation at the General Cemetery Kanatte, at 3 p.m.

This book review was published in the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka:

Nihal Corea - Cousin of Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

Vernon’s cousin Nihal Corea who was a reputed journalist with the Island, Daily Mirror and the Times of Ceylon was married to Ranee Corea. He passed away in Sri Lanka in 2001.

Book Review
Bit of humour, wit and banter
“The young journalist was expected to scrape the pork barrel rather hard almost as a necessary preliminary for journalistic maturity. The toughness around the journalist was believed to be the result of the harder knocks he took in life.” Lines out of a contribution made by the journalist himself.

Ernest Nihal Bertrand Corea, better known as “Ginger” to the readers of The Island, contributed two popular columns “Morning Spice” and “Rambling Notes,” until recently, when he bade farewell to both journalism and his readers. A principal of a private school in Matara, he switched careers, moving on to journalism. Beginning at the former Times of Ceylon Ltd., he then joined the Daily Mirror as a reporter and a columnist. His contributions to The Island were enjoyed by numerous readers, and will now be greatly missed. Journalism today seems to highlight only the negativities of life, most often leaving out its simple, yet beautiful side. “Morning Spice By Ginger,” is a collection of the best contributions by Nihal Corea, during his journalistic stint at the Times of Ceylon Ltd. and The Island. Put together by his wife Ranee, they reflect the ordinary details of contemporary society. From history to university life, journalism and cricket, to pavement hawkers, indigenous medicine, teachers and boys and girls, these contributions are truly entertaining.

Nihal Corea’s sense of humour, wit and banter didn’t just make him a delightful personality, but also surfaced in his writing, resulting in a sure smile on the lips of his readers.

Though most of the articles that make up “Morning Spice By Ginger,” are light hearted, serious topics too find their way into this slim volume that gives readers a memorable slice of Lankan life.


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