Putting records straight - Colombo Chetties
Putting the records staright on Colombo Chetties in Sri Lanka
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I was horrified when looking carefully through a recent book in Barefoot in Colombo to find that it had ignored a great majority of Colombo Chetty families of Sri Lanka.
Many of these families are still alive and well and for those loved ones that aren't there are graves, birth, marriage and death certificates to prove.
I myself am the only child of Iris Joyce Jurgen Ondaatjie who married my father Mr. Ivor Neville Duncan Munasinghe.
I am a European Citizen living inUSA.
In my childhood and to this day I record contact with family members who were and are Colombo Chetties and they have surnames such as -
Paulickpulle, Pulleynayagam, Aserappah, Morgappha, etc
Where did the author of teh recent book look for his facts and speaking to many of these forgotten or possibly deliberately ignored families they are all very insulted and hurt.
Amongst those that I personally know I recall doctors, artists, dancers, teachers, culinary experts, and who can forget those famous housewives and fathers.
So it is my intention to put the record straight starting from now.
There are many people alive in Colombo now who also do not get a mention -
Honor Christobel Jurgen Ondaatjie
George Christopher Jurgen Ondaatjie
I hope the next publication will attempt to reflect the correct story of ALL the Colombo Chetty families in Sri Lanka.
Neville Jayantha Munasinghe