February 2003



FEBRUARY 2003 Contents



 Jarawa of Andaman 



 Cello in Indian 
 Classical Music


 Suhasini Mulay

 In News

 South Asian voice at
 Davos - Jan. 2003


 Siblings - achievers
 not inheritors

 Real Issues

 Code of conduct for

 Incest & Child Abuse


 Serialisation of  'Knock at every alien 
 door' - Joseph Harris



 Int'l Sporting Events

 Cricket World Cup
 2003 Schedule

 Editor's Note

 the craft shop

 Lehngas - a limited collection

 the print gallery


 Silk Road on Wheels

 The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

 Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in









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Siblings - the Achievers, not the Inheritors



The Ondaatje brothers – Christopher & Michael

 Father ( Ceylonese) - Philip Mervyn 
Mother (Dutch) -  Enid Doris Gratiaen


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The eldest son of Philip Mervyn and Enid Doris Gratiaen

Born in Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1933

Educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon.

Moved to Canada in 1956

Lives in London

Married with three children and 12 grandchildren

A retired businessman, he "lived in Canada for a number of years and built a highly successful career, first in banking, finance, and then publishing .. and now administers his own charitable foundation and actively supports a number of UK organisations."

Christopher Ondaatje is also the author of six books, among them areJourney to the Source of the Nile and Sindh Revisited.

Interests - adventure, philanthropy and cricket

Patron of Somerset County Cricket Club.

Member of Labour's 'million plus' donors

Given over a million pounds to the Royal Geographical Society and the National Portrait Gallery, who named a wing of the gallery after him.

Donated $1 million to the Royal Ontario Museum towards the creation of Canada’s first, permanent South Asian gallery of art, which has been named after him.

He was appointed CBE in 2000 for his charitable work



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Born 1943 in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

Grew up in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

Moved to England with his mother in 1954

Relocated to Canada in 1962

Lives in Toronto with his wife - novelist/editor Linda Spalding

Educated at:

 St. Thomas College in Colombo, Ceylon.
Dulwich College, London
Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec.
Obtained his B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1965
M.A. at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, in 1967.

Teaches at York University in Toronto, Ontario, a position he has held since 1971.

Edits, together with his wife, the literary journal Brick.

Has received numerous awards and honours.
He is the author of three collections of poems and five novels – one of which "The English Patient," won the 1992 Booker Prize and later turned into an award-winning film.




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