Those who are familiar with the poems and life of Pablo Neruda would know that he was posted as the Chilean Consul in Colombo, after his two solitary years in Yangon. He was followed here by his ango burmese mistress Josie Bliss.. They lived in Wellawatta
Here is a piece published in the Hindu, on the great poet
o gave shape to his country in the collective imagination of its people with unmatched verve, died
Apropos of Pope Francis’ recent election, Andrés Benítez, a columnist in the Chilean daily, La Tercera, commented on the extraordinary talent of Argentines. This has allowed them to reach the top in so many fields — from chemistry to music, from political science to football. The new Pope, that is, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, already being hailed as the Gorbachev of the Catholic Church, is only the latest example of this. Argentina has given us Carlos Gardel, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, Evita Perón and Diego Maradona, to mention but a few personalities who have left their mark on the 20th century.
In addition to this individual ability, Argentines take great pride in their leading men and women. They respect them, help them build up their reputations, forgive them their faults and shortcomings, and stand behind them through thick and thin. Diego Maradona, considered by some the greatest football player ever, and who has had many ups and downs since his glory days in the 1980s and 1990s, is a case in point. His country has always stood four square behind him, supporting him in his most difficult moments, and even appointing him Argentina’s coach in the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.