NUJ the 1st Five Decades

N.U. Jayawardena (1908-2002) began his life with few advantages. Born in Hambantota and the son of a provincial rest house keeper, he rose to become the first Sri Lankan Governor of the Central Bank, and later, a leading figure in the private sector. His story is a compelling study in tenacity and perseverance, beginning from his schooldays, when he memorized the Oxford English dictionary in the dim light of the railway station.

N.U. Jayawardena – The First Five Decades covers the first half of NU’s long life and varied career, including his youth, studies, family life, years in government service, and tenure in the Central Bank, including the political events surrounding his dismissal from the Bank, and his subsequent exoneration and new beginnings in the private sector.
The book also examines formative experiences in NU’s life, such as his education at St. Aloysius’ College, external London degree in Economics, his work on the  

"I am like that elastic piece of rubber which bounces up highest when it is pressed and trampled most."

1934 Banking Commission and his studies in Business Administration at the London School of Economics. It also takes a look at the role NU played, behind the scenes, in shaping some of Sri Lanka’s key financial  Read more...