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"It doesn’t take long to discover that Anne is a very passionate and talented person. What has made her such a passionate person? What is the secret of the strong relationships which she forms with those around her? How has her faith developed the depth which it has? This book gives insights as to how Anne has come to be who she is."

—David Burt

Books by Anne Perera

Thank you for being my Father

This book is written as a tribute to my stepfather who played a key role in directing my life. I lost my own father when I was only 6 months old. My mother re-married when I was 12 years old. I felt utterly rejected and wanted to commit suicide. In the end, the nurturing and understanding nature of my stepfather helped not only to overcome my negative feelings, but also to accept and appreciate his contribution to my life with extreme gratitude.

I thank God for opening my eyes to see what a blessing it was to have had a father figure in my life. Just before his death in 1984, I had a dream in which I told him, ‘Thank You for being my Father.’ In response, he passed on a ‘gift’ to me. It took me years to realise what that gift really meant and I have shared some of it in this book.

Many years ago my stepfather also passed on to me his own life story hand-written as Sinhalese poems (kavi), to be made available to the next generation. This book has provided a platform for me to present them as an appendix.

I hope this book will be a blessing not only to those involved in step-relationships, but to all who take time to browse through it.

Anne D. Perera

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The Story behind the Book

Not being able to tell my stepfather in person, what I had told in my dream, “Thank you for being My Father,” made me very sad. I attended his funeral in Sri Lanka and returned to New Zealand with a grief stricken heart. As a means of overcoming my grief, I started writing what he had meant to me. This got written as and when I felt like writing. It was some form of therapy for me. Little by little what got written into thirteen chapters was a part of my own story and that comprises part one of this book. The fact that my own mother passed away exactly on the same day forty three years after the death of my own father made a good ending to this part of the book and helped create the boundary.

Then I wanted to include pictures in a form that would make it meaningful to a child. Hence the long part two “A Pictorial Memoir of Our Journey.” Most of the people mentioned in this part have played a significant role in the first 65 years of my life.

For many years I had wondered what to do with the handwritten “Kavi” style Sinhalese poems covering his life story that my stepfather had entrusted me to pass on to the next generation. This book provided me with a platform to introduce them to an audience. However, it is with some mixed feelings that I have done so, Thanks to Ven. Chandawimala of Lankaramaya in Auckland, New Zealand for typing them in Sinhala script to include as an appendix in this book.

Well, this book would not have been complete if I had not acknowledged the “Gift” that was passed on to me by my stepfather, in my dream when I said to him “Thank You for being My Father.” His response was, “Take this” with his stretched right hand. In the dream, what I saw him pointing to, was the refrigerator. However, in hind sight after almost twenty years from the dream, it became so clear to me that the “Gift” that he passed on to me with his stretched right hand, was the “Gift of Writing,” for which I am very grateful to him and to God for blessing me with it.

Once I had compiled the four parts of the book, I was keen to get it published, at least to leave it for my extended family members to know my story when I am gone from this world. However, several of my friends said that they would love to read my story if one day I happen to publish. It was during this time that I met Andrew Killick, of Castle Publishing Ltd at a workshop of the Christian Writers Guild, New Zealand. He was willing to look at my manuscript. I was further encouraged when he quoted me a price for getting it done. It was a lovely journey via internet, going back and forth, though we were in two different cities of New Zealand – Tauranga and Auckland.

I was really intrigued by Andrew’s selection of the cover picture, with no influence from me what so ever. Very meaningful as it was where the Chapter titled, “Marriages are Made in Heaven” came alive. It was so good to couple that with some Sinhala script to add some exotic flavor into the cover design by Jeff Tebbutt of Roll Creative.

It was exciting to see all these coming together to organize a book launch the day after my 65th birthday!! A couple of weeks after that, I was off to Tanzania on a project sponsored by Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), New Zealand.

Watch this space…

Hot Potatoes & Cool Bananas

Hot Potatoes & Cool BananasThe title may sound interesting, although it does not necessarily reveal what the book is all about. Published in 2007 in Singapore by SNP International, Hot Potates and Cool Bananas is a book that is recommended to people who are interested in getting the best out of the food while enjoying them

Dr Anne Perera initiated writing this book while living in Singapore and got the renowned Singaporean Chef, Devagi Sanmugam to provide recipes. Anne continued the book project after returning to New Zealand, with significant contributions from two of her colleagues, Dr Carolyn Lister and Ms Lesley Hedges, who have also become co-authors.

Hot Potatoes & Cool Bananas focuses on the important link between diet and health. It emphasises the benefits of consuming a daily “balanced and varied diet rich in phytochemicals”, found in abundance in fruit and vegetables, and which provide antioxidant and anticancer properties. The book comprises three introductory and four concluding chapters relating to nutrition, and seventeen chapters on fruit and vegetables. Seventy exotic recipes highlight how healthy yet delectable meals are realized using the ingredients featured.

Dr Ong Kim Lian who reviewed the book on behalf of SIFST says, “Here is a book that presents technical information in its simplest and concise form.” She continues, “On a personal note, this book has lived up to its ideal of being a handy reference guide for every family. The book should also be suitable literature resource for young students in food science and technology, both at the school and tertiary institution level.”

Nutrition 2000

Nutrition 2000Anne Perera is a co-author of Nutrition 2000, published by Longman Paul in 1994. The following year the authors won the Nutrition Writer of the Year Award sponsored by the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers. Nutrition 2000 provides accurate information on food and nutrition, separating facts from fallacies. All the important areas are covered in a format that is easy to understand. The official Food & Nutrition Guidelines of the early 1990’s from the Nutrition Taskforce are explained; daily servings from each food group are clearly illustrated with examples of what to eat. Sections on vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins explain these components of our daily diet thoroughly and easily. The book is suitable as an introduction to nutrition for both secondary and tertiary level students. It can be used by anyone who wants to improve their lifestyle by making sensible changes in their eating habits. The book is now out of print but copies are available in libraries.