The English teacher

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Mrs Kandiah had never even been to England but through the power of her imagination and the words of the nature poets, she could immerse herself in the meadows and hills of the English countryside, without leaving her home in Batticaloa. Photography by Kannan Arunasalam.

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  • Elmo Joseph says:

    First of all, I wish to honor Sujikanth Sotheeswaran, Kathirgamathamby Krishnaraj and Ketha Ledchumanasarma for their commendable help on “I Am Batticaloa”.

    Ms Kandiah in 2013 visited Melbourne, Australia and met some old boys of St Michael’s College in Melbourne and Sydney. She brought us some old memories of her success stories in Batticaloa as a history and English language tutor.

    I am surprised to listen to her brief speech with some meaningful involvement in Batticaloa. Best of luck to an intellectual.

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  • P. Seevagan says:

    She was a great teacher of us. We are proud about her.

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  • Kannan Arunasalam says:

    Mrs Kandiah was gifted in the English language. In fact she relished everything English and Englishness. Retired from full time teaching, she spent her time tutoring young Batticaloan students. She also escaped into her powerful imagination, roaming the English countryside.

    We sat with her elder sister in the sitting room of her ancestral house, as she talked to me about her obsession with England. She had just finished helping a woman with an application that needed her expertise in English.

    Mrs Kandiah painted in her spare time and her love of art and its healing power inspired her to get involved with local projects helping children deal with trauma. The Butterfly Peace Garden took up much of her time now.

    She had never been to England but through her mind’s eye and the words of English nature poets like Colleridge and Wordsworth, she could travel there, to its meadows and hills, while not leaving her home thousands of miles away in Batticaloa.

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  • Mano Santharaj says:

    Ms Kandiah – But for us, she is always Rajes Acca . We are so proud about you Rajes Acca

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  • Balendran Balasubramaniam c/o. Balan Motors Batticaloa. says:

    Her teaching, especially the English as language, Drama and Poetry have made a great impact in my life, though I never had a chance to thank her personally, thank you so much Teacher.

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  • Rohini James says:

    Ms. Rajes Kandiah was not only an inspirational teacher at SMC after her graduation from Peradeniya, she was loved by the whole school. She was the Vice Presidnt of the Batticaloa Ladies Club down Green Street and was a great organiser of events, making coffee and desserts for the school and the club.

    I have always admired her way of accepting challenges and helping others.
    Ms. Rajes Kandiah is a wonderful senior citizen of Batticaloa town.

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  • Franz Waldner, A-1080 Wien/Vienna; Austria says:

    I was very lucky to meet Ms. Kandiah and a teacher friend of hers when strolling through Batticaloa recently. Being invited for tea to her wonderful house and talking about past and present Batticaloa was a highlight wonderful experience on my 3 weeks trip to Sri Lanka (25 Jan – 15 Feb 2017). I sincerely hope to hear from Madam.

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