Dinithi de Silva Wickramanayake

In conversation with Ruwandi Perera

Alma mater
Bishops’ College

Family members
Husband (Asoka de Silva), parents, brother, in-laws and two dogs

Wanted to be
A professional diver or lawyer

An account manager who handles luxury and corporate brands

Favourite day of the week
Friday – always

Worst day of the week
An obvious one – Monday

Three must-haves
Phones, laptop and wallet

Two ‘would like to haves’
The newest TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch and one more dog!

Mantra to unwind
A glass of red wine coupled with a good movie

Favourite colour
Black – because it’s a colour that epitomises elegance

Three favourite brands
TAG Heuer, Nike and Bobbi Brown

Happy place
At home with my husband or nights in with friends

Favourite chill out spot
Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) – either running or swimming

Cook or foodie

Favourite food
Japanese fusion cuisine – but I love good Chinese food too

Favourite drink
I love to drink king coconut or a good cup of Ceylon Tea

 Three hobbies
Diving, swimming and reading

Three pet peeves
Being late, insincerity and animal cruelty

Likes to take part in
Swimming will always be at the top of my list – I also like tennis and CrossFit

Likes to watch
Swimming, tennis and cricket

The glass is half full or half empty
Half full – I believe in staying positive and working to fill the remaining half!

Most unforgettable event
There are two events etched in my memory – the day I married and my first dive in Trincomalee

Most forgettable events
My grandparents’ passing

Favourite local destination

Favourite overseas destination

Ideal romantic date or outing
A relaxed evening with my husband where we enjoy good food, good music and very good conversation

Three items on the bucket list for the next six months
A weeklong diving tour covering Trincomalee and Mirissa, diving off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and working to conserve marine life

Best book you’ve read
Losing My Virginity (by Sir Richard Branson)

Quality or quantity

Work or play after retirement
A bit of both

Likely retirement destination
For now, it’s obviously Sri Lanka but I don’t know what life has in store for me

Obsessed with
Diving, chocolates and good Ceylon Tea

Purpose in life
To be a game changer in whatever I do while staying healthy and happy!

Happiness in a few words
Spending quality time with family and friends

Favourite song
I Won’t Give Up (by Jason Mraz)

Favourite movies
Sully: Miracle on the Hudson and Captain Philips

Best actor
Tom Hanks

Best singer
I love both Kelly Clarkson and Pink

Favourite author
Sir Richard Branson

Favourite international sportsperson
Novak Djokovic – because he is driven and focussed

Favourite international statesman
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – he has a relevant and transparent leadership approach, engages in real conversations and makes impactful changes in the system rather than talking about them

Colombo in a few words
Changing every day… for the better

The type of change you want to see in the world
People helping and uplifting each other, working together to conserve the environment and making the world a better place

Role models
Mum and dad

Most used word or phrase
“OK, cool”

Yourself in a few words
Driven, passionate and caring

Motto in life
When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails

Dinithi is the Client Servicing & Project Manager of Morpho Design Studio