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Salesh Dipak Fernando

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PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME – AVINASH RAMACHANDRAN

Avinash – The Hatman . I seldom highlight men on my blog for very few of them leave a lasting impression as much as my father did. Those are tough shoes to fill. But Avinash is a different story altogether. I owe him a big fat thank you for giving me my style statement. Those awesome film T.Shirts that you see during events are inspired by his hat.

He was one of life’s cutest surprises. There was a time I looked at him in awe for the many hats that he dons. I put him on a pedestal and admired him from a distance until Thirsty Pens happened. That was when I really got to know the warm person that he really was. I wasn’t ready but I guess he was to embrace me as a part of his life.

From his love for Hari movies, food, music, poetry and songs we share a lot of common interests but one thing that really stood out was the courage to stand by a choice.  Having acquired the same trait just recently I can really empathize with his dreams and aspirations.

For the first time the hat fits me and I really love it   I don’t know if I can ever write songs or poetry like him but I am trying. But there’s one concept that I stole from him. 14 days of love and the 100 days of love series which I am about to start were one of his many ideas. Maybe he will do 500 days of love. But I will never let him take away what is rightfully mine. I own all the copyrights for love posts don’t you dare touch it.

There are two things on my bucket list right now lunch and a vijay sethupathi movie with the hatman and write a song which finds a space in the HATMAN page.

For now Thank you for everything. I love you man.

You do know who is the next person

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME – SHARADA VIJAY

AMY POEHLER

It is not very often that you find a person who juggles so many passions with ease. Sharada – the humour queen, the chatterbox, the writer. At times I wonder if there is anything this girl cannot do. Oh wait there is one thing she cannot keep her lips sealed for more than a minute. 

My first introduction to the Amy Poehler of CBC was just days before her first stand up comedy act. I guess this is called the Almighty’s sense of timing. I just left her a small note wishing her the best for the gig. Our friendship began with that tiny good luck wish.

She was a puzzle atleast to me. As always I wasn’t sure. The usual doubts that creep in at the beginning of every friendship haunted me again. She surprised and startled me. It is not very often that people warm up to me without knowing my back story but here was someone who has willingly volunteered to be a lovely part of my life. I was desperately searching for the missing piece of the puzzle.

Beyond the daily dose of humour and our everyday conversations my heart still yearned for answers. One fine day she opens up with her own story.  A story which touched my soul. I realized we had a strong common connection. We were both survivors striving to make a difference. 

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It is often said that people with a terrific sense of humour often have untold stories within that helps them re-discover themselves as comedians and comediennes. Sharada is a wonderful example on how to transform beyond life’s hard struggles.

She has a wonderful page too – Soul Scribbles filled with stories that will stir your soul and make you fall in love again.

I am eagerly waiting for her first book MAKEIT2 . Best wishes for the journey ahead.

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