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Yes Kumar but the valuable contribution u have made to the Flatters community will never be forgotten and neither can it be discounted by an iota. We specially appreciate your dedication and hold it in our memories forever, but like nature times changes all earthly things and the newer generation will move on to different thoughts of life not knowing much about beautiful life of the past.

But definitely please continue in whatever way u could till the flame of Bamba Flatters in the old flatter are no longer.

Thanking you for your precious contribution to Flatters from the time u and Raju Arul twisted to Bill Haley’s See u Later Alligator. Lucky Ranchigoda and the rest of Ranchigoda Family Best Wishes Love Regards to u and family

Lucky, I will close our conversation by thanking you for your last email. Never has my dedication to keep the Flatters Magic alive been anything other than giving back to this community, what they gave me and hundreds of others who were fortunate enough to live this experience. Some have said that these bonds of friendships are so totally unique, one would find it difficult to find another example of this, anywhere on this planet.

All I have asked for in return is the recognition of my efforts and a Thank you, now and then. You did that in spades, and when this happens, it makes up for all the years, months and days I spend on this project.

Thank you again. Kumar Bhagwandas

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Bambalapitiya Flats by Mohan Bhagwandas

The words ‘Bambalapitiya flats’, or ‘flatters’ for a Sri Lankan who was aged between six and sixteen in the 1950s and 1960s and for their parents - where ever they are on this planet today - will conjure up a wellspring of emotions, memories and stories.

This experience is made ever so poignant because, nearly every family barring a few from that era, have migrated to the far corners of the world.

‘The flats’ as it is affectionately referred to by this far flung diaspora, brought together some 250 families, about 1,200 people, occupying 15 ‘blocks’ of flats, into a human experience that is etched into the DNA of every ‘flatter’.

Every religion, race, language, creed and colour mingled to form a crucible of human interaction, where almost everyone knew each other by their first name.

Only the ‘flatters’ know the remarkable power of a community that is bonded together in the celebration of life, in a cacophony of unspoilt fun and laughter. The first thing ‘flatters’ do when they meet, is to burst out into spontaneous laughter!

Cricket matches, badminton tournaments, film-shows, police and robbers, camps, sea-baths, diving, spear-fishing, kite competitions, ‘rugger’, football – all this and more was the stage and we, an amazing close knit community, were the star players.

Following several landmark ‘flatters’ gatherings in Melbourne, Australia, the web site, is an attempt to re-ignite the spirit of the flatters.

In so doing we affirm, no matter where we are, that we as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers, are but one people, fortunate to have been born on an Island of exquisite beauty and charm. May we and the next generation visit this site and capture the dreams of a Sri Lanka of yesterday and a new Sri Lanka of tomorrow.

Bambalapitiya Flatters and Friends