Greetings Dear Reader! I’m Kanchana Bandara-Coore, also known as Kanchi to my friends and family. I was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka and migrated to Jamaica with my parents and sister when I was only 7 years old. A three year stint in Jamaica turned into a permanent setting down of roots, as I completed primary, secondary and tertiary education in the country that I now call home. Just before I began working in 1995, I made it official by becoming a Jamaican citizen and relinquishing my Sri Lankan passport. I put my heart and soul into it by marrying Jamaican in 1997 and in 2000, with the birth of my first child, I was without a doubt a grown Jamaican, even if I wasn’t a born Jamaican. There is no turning back.
By profession I am a family doctor. Over the 23 years that I have been a practising physician my encounters with patients and their families have given me much food for thought. I share some of their stories and wisdom on my blog. I am also a daughter, sister, wife, mother and these roles have also provided much of the fodder for reflecting on life, love and family. My friends ( a title that is not granted easily by me) have been an integral part of my finding my way through life. There is little in life that a hot beverage shared over conversation or peaceful silence with a friend cannot solve. Those encounters have provided both substance and encouragement for this blog.
My philosophy of life is that if you can move through this life with love and compassion to all, and ill intentions to none, we can all leave this world a little better for all who follow. So with that thought, I invite you to enter through The Open Door, perhaps with a cup of tea, and visit for a while.