Cyril Wickremesinghe had obviously planned Lakmahal for his family, and it was on the basis of his four very lively children that he had built four large bedrooms upstairs, apart from the massive one he occupied with his wife which she used for nearly half a century after his death. The four bedrooms for the children shared two bathrooms, my mother’s and Tissa’s the green one, placed between their rooms, and accessible also from the central hallway, so that it could be used by visitors too.
The other bathroom however, the blue one, was awkward for sharing, for it led off Lakshman’s bedroom which was directly opposite the passage to the green bathroom. That bedroom also connected with Esmond’s bedroom, which was opposite Tissa’s. Cyril may have well thought that Lakshman, not yet ten when the family moved into Lakmahal, required to have his eldest brother, then sixteen, close at hand, but the design he finally chose meant that access for the bigger one to the bathroom lay only through the smaller one. This contributed to making Lakshman’s room very much the least attractive in the whole house. It was also dark and very dull, looking out only on a tiny semi-circular balcony, over the bay windows of the dining room below.