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A Note to a Special Friend

A Note to a Special Friend

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Today I wanna send belated birthday wishes to my best friend whom I grew really close to when I was working in the ‘ABC’ company. How we first met is a different story though. I first met her in the girl’s hostel of SLIIT. My roommate in SLIIT hostel was a girl from the junior batch and she used to bring her friends over to hostel, and my best friend ‘Mad Girl’ was one of them. She made pasta in the girl’s hostel one day, she played basketball – and those are my initial memories of her. In 2013 when I joined ‘ABC’ company, on my first day at work, I was placed in the QA team, and the team lead asked to follow him, he was taking me to introduce me to my mentor. A chubby girl with a familiar face came in, she was none other than the girl who made pasta in the girl’s hostel.

Our PCs were placed next to each other, and she showed me how to run the software and areas to test. The work was really interesting. Chit-chatting with Mad Girl was even more interesting. The office was in Kolpity, closer to Liberty plaza and Carnival ice crema parlour and in the lunch time we used to go window-shopping in Liberty.

Mad Girl loves reading and writing just like me. She shared some of short stories she had written and I loved them. She’s really good in writing Sinhala and English poetry – both rhymes and free style poems. Mad Girl is an excellent cook, she can make anything varying from fish ambulthiyal to fruit trifle. I’ve learned to cook few things from her and she has her own recipe for garlic bread.

Mad girl is an all-rounder! Guess what, Mad Girl is damn good in painting too. When I visited Mad girl’s place for a sleep over she had a wall dedicated to pin her drawings. I remember she once did a nice painting of two owls and she told me she didn’t use a brush but a stick to paint it. What’s next, she’s a good photographer as well! I don’t know the logic behind this, but she sometimes uses her auto-focus, amateur camera in such a way that it works as a micro lens.

Mad Girl gifted me a poetry book by Mahagama Sekara, and for her birthday I gifted her ‘Malagiya Aththo’ novel by Ediriweera Sarathchandra and its sequel ‘Malawunge Awurudu Da’.

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I’ve got a lot of funny stories and life lessons that Mad Girl and I experienced together, I will share one special lesson on manipulating people that we tested proved successful 😉

Mad Girl ones brought some homemade sweets for the testing team and we wanted to eat them while working. But the short tempered HR lady in ‘ABC’ company (she was a sweet person though) had banned consuming food on our seats – because it makes the place messy and dirty as she used to say.

Then one of the developers (he had a loud voice) told us a theory on how to manipulate people and take them to your side. “Now take that container of sweets to the HR lady’s cubicle, and give her the first piece, then tell her how you made it, what ingredients were used bla, bla, bla. Then come back and share it with your team, the HR lady wouldn’t say anything. If you want to do something outside the norm, make the people who opposes a part of it”, he told us.

We tried it and it worked. We tried the same theory several times with different people. When Mad Girl and I went to Liberty in the lunch hour, somedays we got late to come back to office. On such days, we would buy popcorn, chocolates and when we reach the office, we give popcorn and chocolates to our team lead and tell the rest of the testing team to have it too. Guess what, our team lead was never upset about us being late.

There are amazing similarities in the lives of Mad Girl and me. Our mothers were teachers (in fact Mad Girl’s mother had been a student of my mother). We both were the youngest kid of our families, and we had only one sister who lived overseas. We both studied in SLIIT and worked in the same company. We both love reading and writing. Probably that’s why Mad Girl and I get along so well. I miss Mad Girl. The last time I spoke to her, she was packing my birthday gift that she was planning to send via air mail. I hope that we will be able to spend plenty of girlie time again like we used to do. Even if we might not get that chance so easily again, we’ll always be best friends and will be keeping in touch.

About The Author

Hasitha Adhikariarachchi

Hasitha is the winner of Multilingual Poetry Slam, NSW, Australia (2017). She fell in love with this profession when she was a little girl who loved writing her heart out. She represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Film Arts and Literature Festival (SAFAL Fest) in Sydney. She started Queen of Sea in 2013 and now she shares its’ space for publishing write-ups with her friends who love writing as much as she does.

1 Comment

  1. Mad Girl

    Omg! I’m speechless right now… I miss you so much.

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