Author : Dr.Philip G Veerasingam
Edited by Dr.Tissa Kappagoda
Publisher : Perera Hussein Publishers
Second Batch 2020
I decided to buy a car. A Fiat Millicento with the registration number 2 Sri 303 was available and I bought it for Rs.10500/=on a government loan, repayable over five years. This was a monumental outlay based on my starting salary of Rs.525/= a month. I did not have a driving license.I hired a driver for six month teach me driving, to enable me to obtain a license.
“One month after assuming duties as DMO, I took delivery of the car in Colombo. That evening, with me seated by his side, my driver drove it through the night to Koslande 200 miles away. We reached home at about 2 a.m. the next day and went to sleep, dog-tired. On the next morning, we found a patch of oil beneath one wheel of the newly acquired car. The fault was a leak of brake-fluid. A faulty brake-washer from the wheel-cylinder had caused it. It was easily replaced, though it seemed an inauspicious beginning to a relationship with my new vehicle.”
As a natural sequel to the hugely successful Remembered Vignettes, Dr. Philip Veerasingam traces his trajectory as a country doctor posted in remote and rural parts of Sri Lanka, culminating as Consultant Surgeon in Colombo. Travel with him on this fascinating journey and re-live the difficult working conditions and the necessity to improvise solutions on the job.
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