Roaming around in Melbourne
Some of you might have already climbed the tallest building in
Melbourne the capital of the Victoria State in friendly Australia. I had
the fortune to do so on February 12 this year with a friend and it was
amazing and exhilarating to climb the Skydeck to the topmost floor that
was 88 decks above ground level. It was a discovery. The building is
rightly called Eureka. You get a magnificent and panoramic view of
almost the whole of Melbourne which has more than 50 kilometres in
In a circle in the dome one could view the metropolis even with a
naked eye, but also see through a telescope fixed at regular intervals.
The evening I went there had innumerable visitors from all corners of
the world. And
Melbourne, the capital of Australia
more particularly the residents in Melbourne themselves took an
outing for the weekend, despite the large gathering at the neighbouring
The lift carried us to the top floor in just within 10 seconds. The
flight itself was exciting. Amongst were many Chinese and Japanese. An
influential and thriving Australians are of Chinese origin. I could see
Caucasian husbands and Chinese wives among them. Australia’s
multi-culture policy is evident there. There is harmonious integration.
I have had the experience of viewing Chicago from a similar skydeck
in the night that was marvellous.
Eureka is run by Melbourne Eureka Tower Observation Deck Private
Limited and the Eureka Skydeck building owners.
While in Melbourne my son and I visited and prayed at the marvelously
constructed the Vishnu-Siva temple where Indians and Lankans of all
faiths visited. There is a Brahmin from Yaalpaanam (Jaffna) officiating
as a priest. And in yet another architectural beauty was the Sikh temple
to which my friend and I visited. He also took me by both train and
trams to travel to places of interest. The travelling in comfortable
seats and atmosphere were pleasurable.
My friend took me in his car to meet Lanka born Australian Thamil
writers like Arun Vijayarani, Chandran (Aavooraan), K S Suthagar. He
also organized a book launch of an English translation of short stories
written by writers in Thamil titled being alive, where yours truly
Prominent professionals and writers and teachers attended the
function. They were also interested in knowing about me and my writing.
This gave me an opportunity to brag about me my friend Murugapoopathy is
a well-known writer in Thamil and an admirable social worker. He and his
association of Australian Thamil Writers Forum recently hosted an
International Thamil Writers Conference in Colombo. Besides, his
association is funding for the education of orphaned children in Lanka.
They were the victims of the three-decade catastrophe.
While in Melbourne I had the opportunity to meet a former Lake House
journalist and Editor, HLD Mahindapala who knew me already. Dr Noel
Nadesan took me to his residence for a chat, which was a recollection of
our past acquaintance. Dr Nadesan is a notable writer in Thamil and
English and Veterinary Surgeon. He is a well-known figure in social
services both in Australia and Lanka.
Another colourful personality was Victor Melder who is settled in
Melbourne for more than 30 years. My son and I visited his library that
exclusively all the great works by Lankans. His neat library housed
hundreds of books by Lankan writers and other writers who have written
on Sri Lanka. Magazines, and other documents are also there.
His Library is called Victor Melder Sri Lankan Library. It is
situated at 7, Benaramba Street, Broadmedows, Victoria 30470. His web
Two other former Lankans- academic Kasinathar and engineer Mavai
Nithiyananthan were interesting to talk to. The latter is also running
schools in various districts in Melbourne to teach Thamil to Australian
children. Kasinathan is just retired from Public Service and musing with
his intellectual and philosophical meanderings.
It was memoralbs journey. What I saw in Sydney would be another