My Best Friend Next Door

Raju and Thilini are new neighbours. Their friendship will be colorful just like the kolam designs. Can you guess their new favourite sweet ?

Dishani Senarathne



I wish to express my gratitude to the U. S. Embassy to Sri Lanka and Maldives for funding Writing Doves as part of the Small & Mighty Grants Program and Sarvodaya Sri Lanka for administering the project. I’m deeply pleased and honoured to have had the opportunity to turn my idea into a reality.

I would also like to thank Mr. Darshana Ralapanawe for his support and guidance. Thank you for helping me navigate the publishing journey. I’m extremely appreciative of all the support that Mr. Sithum Jayasinghe gave me throughout the book designing process.

I will always be grateful to Mr. Shyam Selvadurai, Ms. Nayomi Munaweera and Captain Elmo Jayawardena for being fantastic mentors. I’m so thankful for Mrs. Sarasi Gunasena for the beautiful artwork.

Dear Amma and Thaththa, without your love and support, nothing is possible. Thank you Akka and Ayya for being there for me. I’m so glad that we are family.

Dishani Senaratne

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Dishani Senaratne