When we were in pursuit of more Old Rajans in North America, Mr Gamini Gunawardane of Colombo OBA told us about a “Six foot fast bowler who terrorized opponents in 60’s now domiciled in Canda. It was Anil Ellepola who found him for us after they crossed paths at a Monastery in Ottawa. Yet it was very difficult to get an interview from Mr S. U. Mendis due to his busy schedule. Finally we were able to interview him as he was staying at an Inter Continental in Montreal engaged in an official assignment.
Shanti Mendis is a unique type of an all-rounder, someone who has excelled in almost all sports whilst maintaining high academic standards. As a sportsman and a professional he has been able to stand firm for what he believed as correct, defying all odds.
Shanti Mendis is the 110th member of DAANA. Shanti lives in Ottawa with his family. Thushara Diyabalanage and Sajith Ellepola interview Shanti Mendis for this feature article.