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Tales of an Encharted Boyhood: Alupola to Jaffna (1940-1960) by Dr. Philip G Veersingam

Tales of an Encharted Boyhood: Alupola to Jaffna (1940-1960) by Dr. Philip G Veersingam

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The waterfall at Alupoa was the centre of my childhood existence. Its subdued roar and ‘white-water’ gave one a sense of peace and tranquility. Bright sunny days would light up the entire valley. The cry of the Brahminy kite wheeling in ecstasy high up in the blue sky would enchant us.

Local tea estate worker of South Indian origin, claimed that on misty moonlit nights, the seven mythical ‘Karthigai Virgins’, came to the pool below the second waterfall, to frolic and bathe. This story to added a fairy tale beauty to the Alupola Falls. Often, walking past it on moonlit nights with my father, I would peer through the mist and thunder of the waterfalls, looking for the beautiful ‘Seven Karthigai Virgins’. I never got a glimpse of them. The locals claimed that anyone who did glimpse of them. The locals claimed that anyone who did glimpse them would be struck mad by their beauty. Then he or she would roam the earth looking for another sight of them, abandoning all worldly pleasures.

Maybe it was my luck not to see them.

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