is a Symbol of Courage
[Updated :: 2011-04-27 19:10:15 Hours]
“Behind Every Successful Man There is a Woman” is a general saying
known to all. However, this week CIMIC team met a Successful Woman
running a holiday inn at Chunnakam.
and elderly woman namely Anula Radalage Meier, unfolded her story
before us with a smile on her face.
“I was born
in Colombo but my father was a planter from Kandy and mother was
from Baddegama in the south. I first entered the Christ Church Girls’
School in Baddegama and on our family’s migration to London I completed
my secondary education in Southwest London.”
lands were nationalized by the then government and that very reason
made them leave the country, according to Ms Anula.
“I got married
while I was in London and later left for Switzerland. I have duel
citizenship in Switzerland and here.”
She has four
brothers and two sisters, all living in various parts of the world
and her son Olvier Samantha is working as a bank officer in Zurich.
Ms Anula arrived in the island about 24 years back to educate her
son. With the migration of Olivier to South Africa for further education,
Ms Anula visited Jaffna during peace talks.
With the support
of ICRC and the SLMM (Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission) she had first
rented a house at Urelu and set up “Anuk Swiss Chalet”, a Guest
House for the foreigners and officials of international organizations
operating in Sri Lanka.
reasons best known to the LTTE, they killed my manager there. Then
I left Urelu and went back to Colombo.”
Ms Anula recollected
a horrified incident where she was once stopped and threatened by
two LTTE cadres in Kantharodai area while she was taking a senior
female administrative officer and her small daughter on a visit.
a lapse of their attention and drove my car away directly to the
Jaffna town. SLMM officials told me that they could not guarantee
my security and airlifted me immediately to Colombo.”
The present place where she is running a Holiday Inn is an isolated
bungalow built according to traditional architecture. It reflects
a typical Tamil aristocratic residence with spacious rooms.
war was over, I came back to Jaffna. I got this land and the house
on lease and renovated the bungalow. Now I have guests coming for
lodging everyday at my Margosa….”
We wish this
courageous an exemplary lady Good Luck!
You can contact her through 077 3034532.