It was last Sunday that I started looking Lankadeepa for Daya Rajapakshs's comic story.Bit disappointing because it was not in the paper.Then I waited till this week .
Of course Sunday Lankadeepa was available since Saturday morning.but the story wasn't there either This is the first time according to my memory repeatedly it was not published for two weeks.
Even I told my mother it's strange,After few minutes while I was checking some web news I saw that Mr Daya Rajapaksha passed away at general hospital Colombo today morning.
What a sad thing to hear...
I started reading his stories with " Gginibath Kiritaya"which means the burnt crown.
It was a story about a small shop owned by Sinhalese in where majority of the people Tamil s who work in tea estate.actually I was very small I do remember the name because I didn't know what s the Sinhalese meaning for Kiritaya.
Actually my grandfather who explained this word and said don't think of reading this kind of stories simply these are adult's stuff.And remanded me to read Lowada sagarawa and Sirith Maldama,Both were poem books without a singe illustration and full of advice of well mannered Buddhist children supposed to follow.
Being stubborn was typically being myself and later on I read those books when i was studding in Sunday school but that did not stop the addiction for Daya Rajapaksha's comic stories .I never missed those stories till this Sunday.
Daya Rajapaksha even did child comics stories for Wijaya paper.But his work always meant for adults.He never did stories with beautiful princess or fairy tales castles with rainbow colors.
The last story he was writing based on older peoples life in a Elder home.
During 1988 -1989 he wrote a story about a poor family who sold their child.It was a time lot of Children were sold to Western Europe countries, this kind of stories really happened at that time very often.Nowadays we read overwhelming articles of return those kids as adults to Sri Lanka searching for their biological parents.In rational way it s not a worst thing that a child grew up in a European country with higher life standards.
But again we can't really agreed of the idea of selling a child.
however the story ended in as that father who actually sold the kid commit suicide.
there was a small note that Daya Rajapaksha made saying that he had to stop this story due to various pressure....
It s like end of an era.Now most of the news papers does not have a comic story.
Also there is no any esteemed runner to hold the batten.As readers we are interested in electronic medias and reading printed news papers not a growing habit of younger generation .
We have all E news alerts.New President providing WI-FI , It easy,
The truth is even I got Daya Rajapaksha's death from E news web.actually I was realizing that I don't have a reason of buying Irida Lankadeepa now
Can I blame myself?
Nortan Bridge Daya Rajapaksha and the leading female figure of his most of comic stories.