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Your beautiful and inspirational story - Arthur, Australia

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:58 PM by Indu Upasena   [ updated Feb 14, 2016, 7:55 PM ]

Dear Teera

Well it took me about six months to get started reading, carefully reading and re-reading your story! It was so amazing, uplifting and a deep lesson on strength of character, moving on with forgiveness and without bitterness...Thank you for sharing this with me and all your readers.

As the story unfolded, I had so many different feelings... gratitude that you were such a wonderful secretary and worker at B C L Amparai and that we had a good working relationship; joy that I was a part of your story (albeit a small part); nostalgia as I relived and remembered much of the horrific incidents in Amparai, I always remember Chandra as a gentle, quiet and well mannered person, I therefore found it difficult to come to terms with what happened; thankful that I was able to make a small contribution towards assisting you during those unforgettable days; horror as the subsequent sad events unfolded; admiration of your resilience, incredible will to keep going under all circumstance, care for your kids and loved ones and your deep faith and trust in God; tearful joy while reading about your reuniting with the scenes of Sri Lanka & it’s people on your return trip and your beautiful ability to forgive and move on; admiration of your generosity in raising funds and helping the “Welcome House”. 

Patrick is obviously a fine young man & I feel I know him now through your words about him at the end of the book. He has given a great and perfect sketch of warm wishes to him. My sincere thanks for the signed copy of your book, with your beautiful words to Heather and me. We are deeply overjoyed that we were a part of your life in Amparai and that we have been able to re-connect after so many years and be in touch via email.
Much love from Heather & me to you & your beautiful family (the photos in the book were great)

God bless you

Arthur Jayasundera

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived

Michael. Damiron, Hollywood, California.

posted Dec 30, 2015, 4:43 PM by Indu Upasena   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 4:44 PM ]

Hi Teera! This is Michael who is doing video of your book signing. I wanted to let you know that Last night I read your book. I read the entire thing in one read.. I couldn't put the book down. it was so captivating. You are truly an inspiration. To have gone through so much, yet be the positive humble person you are

Your story is truly inspiring.

Teera I am amazed after 39 years you went back to face those who harmed you

I am for sure buying more books to share with my family and friends. Thank you

Asoka Mivanapalana from Srilanka.

posted Dec 3, 2015, 5:31 PM by Indu Upasena

Hi Teera,

Only now I was able to read your book. It was read about 100 people, and they all liked it. They say how you could endure all that pain. Anyway it was good reading.

Lorena from Tarzana.

posted Aug 26, 2015, 10:10 PM by Indu Upasena

My Name is Lorena, I am a friend of Aisha. She lent me your book and I read it. Teera I want to tell you I am very proud of you. You did have a very difficult life, and you still stand. I wish you have a wonderful life now.. I hope we can meet one day. Much love. Lorena.xoxo.

Amith Wijemanne, Orange County.

posted Aug 26, 2015, 10:10 PM by Indu Upasena

The book was a blast. I think I read from cover to cover within two days. I never realized you had gone through so much. With all the turmoil you went through , the sweetest part for me was seeing how your love is so alive for your first husband. Truly shows the power of true love.

Belisa Baca, Encino, Los Angeles, California, Jun 8, 2015 4:16 PM

posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:08 PM by Indu Upasena

Teera, I find it incredible what you went though, going from house to house with three small kids while you managed to hold down a job and career despite Maxie's stalking, abuse and outrageous behaviour. It was very courageous of you. I also find what women; including yourself have had to endure across the ages heart-breaking, and sad that no one could help you out. It makes me thankful laws have come about, I know at least in this country to help abused and battered women. Though even here in America, in the 1930's men could medicate or drug up their wives, and have them committed to mental institutions for practically any reason.

Your first husband, Chandra, he seems so sweet and kind. It's tragic how you lost him and got hurt in the process. I was curious to see exchanges between you and the women behind the heinous act (like see a scene where they said nasty things about you, or to you, or an argument because they were jealous you came from a better background than they, that you were beautiful, plus you were getting the house). What they did was so horrific it seems it had to have been motivated by biting personal jealousy.


Some of the lifestyle in your book reminds me of Brazil where I grew up (there were houseboys and live-in maids). Also the culture shock I found interesting as I endured that also from Brazil to the US at the age of 14.

It's inspiring that you survived it all.

Denis Silver, Moore park, California, Jun 22, 2015 3:24 pm

posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:07 PM by Indu Upasena

You continue to make a difference in people’s lives. You will reach many more people through your book but your personal contact with people always seems to leave a caring and memorable impression. Thanks for sharing

Nihara Gunasekara, Sri Lanka

posted Jul 11, 2015, 11:49 PM by welcomehouse srilanka   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 9:09 PM by Indu Upasena ]

Your book is so touching and I must say you are a strong Lady.

May God bless and guide you every step of the way. I told many of my friends about your book aunty. It proves never to give up on life because God always has a mysterious way of solving any problem, no matter how big it is in ways we cannot even imagine.

I am so happy you wrote this book aunty, it is definitely going to help a lot of people.

With lots of Love.


Vije, Sri Lanka, 28-Apr-2015

posted Jul 5, 2015, 2:02 AM by welcomehouse srilanka   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 9:10 PM by Indu Upasena ]

My dear Teera,

As soon as I received your beautiful card and loving words I was touched and I am replying you immediately. Thank you very much. I am so happy I was able to meet you, and talk to you.Your life story written so well in your autobiography is inspiring to me.

It will help many like you in our country who are facing difficulty in life, but I don't think anyone had to face so much as you had to face. Yet, God almighty had a purpose you have fulfilled through all the storms of life bringing up your children so well and giving them a start in the USA with you.

You were able to forgive others who had done wicked things to you and helped those who helped you. I love you very much.

I treasure your book 'Teera' very much.

Love, prayers,



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