The Fifth Column

14th December 1997

All’s well that ends well...

“Thaaththa”, Bindu Udagedara asked, “what has happened to the Silver Girl?”

“They say she is running again,” Percy Udagedara, Bindu’s father said.

“Why has she changed her mind?” Bindu wanted to know.

“A woman is entitled to change her mind,” Percy said.

“But why?”

“Mahinda has given her some promises.”

“But what about the broken promises that were given earlier?”

“By whom?”

“Why, I thought Seeni Bola made those promises...”

“I suppose they will be honoured by somebody now.”

“The houses and the vehicles and all that?”

“I suppose, yes, those will be given to her?”

“But what about what Marriage said?”

“All that is forgotten now...”

“And Seeni Bola won’t resign, after all?”

“Of course not, if he does, who will do all the Samurdhi work?”

“And Satellite will lose one of the few people she trust in the Cabinet.”

“And all’s well that ends well...”

“And, hopefully, the Silver Girl will win the Gold Medal at the next Olympics.”

“But there might be a problem there, Bindu” Percy said.

“What’s that, thaaththa?” Bindu asked.

“She may... win the gold medal but she will be disqualified.”


“Why, Bindu, she will be running the race for women, but Marriage is sure she should be running with men.”

“And thaaththa”, Bindu said, “even if she proves that she’s a woman, Sri Lanka won’t get the gold medal.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Why thaaththa, America or South Africa will get the medal..”

Percy didn’t disagree.

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