In conversation with Nimanthi Bandaranayake

Kaushalya Gunaratne


Born in

Alma mater
Holy Family Convent

Family members
My son (Raphael), dad (Kirthi), mom (Cheryl) and two younger sisters (Koshala and Kushalini)

Wanted to be
A criminal lawyer or judge

A mum and the Country Head of Uber Sri Lanka (Mobility)

What drives you?
My faith in Jesus, my son and taking up a challenge

And what fuels your creativity and passion?
My random thoughts and vivid imagination – mostly while driving

A moment you would like to go back to
There are surely moments that I cherish and value but I don’t think I want to go back as I wouldn’t want to change anything

Best advice received
It’s better to ask a million silly questions than make one big silly mistake

Every holiday with my son is always loaded with something adventurous so I don’t need a bucket list


Likes to play
Growing up, my cousins and I loved playing 304; I can’t recall the last time I played this but love how we strategised as teams and developed our tactics even as teenagers

Likes to watch
Glorious TV, documentaries on historical evidence and I used to be a huge fan of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

Most unforgettable event
The birth of my son

Unexpected source of inspiration
Creation – everything around me

Role model
My current role model is one of my good friends Minoli – she is the most patient person I have ever met and I’m taking notes

Proudest achievement
My son – seeing him grow physically and spiritually – and achieving his goals makes me proud

Time is the only thing that you can never buy back and sometimes it’s okay to say ‘no’


A personal ritual
I spend time reading the Bible and meditating on the Word

How this impacts you
It might be a verse that I’ve read before but it always gives me a new revelation, a new side that I wouldn’t have seen before or a word that will speak to me based on a circumstance or situation I’m in at that time

Most hated chore
Not a fan of dishes but honestly, there is no choice

Impressed by
The eagerness to learn and being persistent

Happy place

A unique talent or hobby
It’s not a unique talent but I love theatre and dancing

Most adventurous item on your bucket list
Every holiday with my son is always loaded with something adventurous so I don’t need a bucket list

Goals on your bucket list following retirement
Travel to a new city (preferably a city with a rich history or surrounded by mountains and lakes) at all possible times

Music you enjoy
Gospel and sometimes alternative soft rock when taking a long drive

Most transformative book you’ve ever read
The Holy Bible

A little-known fact about you
After a couple of days, I will probably shorten your name

What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
To build capacity and have a positive impact

Advice to younger self
Time is the only thing that you can never buy back and sometimes it’s okay to say ‘no’


Days of the week
Monday to Sunday

Bright colours

Chill out spot

Coach, Tory Burch, Zara, Stradivarius and & Other Stories


Iced coffee or a nice cup of chai

Local holiday destination
The hill country

International holiday destinations
Bruges, Ghent and Bologna

I like to try out new places – I’m a fan of small cosy cafes

The Bible is my go-to book; growing up, I used to read a lot of Sidney Sheldon stories, and I also enjoy reading Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Local sportsperson
Kumar Sangakkara

International sportsperson
Glenn McGrath

Likely retirement destination
Nothing specific


When you dance, you feel like…
I am on top of the world

The first thing you notice about someone
His or her smile

You know it’s going to be a bad day when…
You’ve forgotten that He is in control and try to take it all out on me

You’re challenged by…
A complex question or problem statement (which I truly enjoy)

Recently laughed out loud while…
Listening to my son’s stories from school

Saddened when…
Loyalty and trust are misused

Love has the power to…
Make what is imperfect perfect

Happiness is when…
You understand your calling and purpose

Sri Lanka will have a chance to develop when…
We (all Sri Lankans) move on from the mentality of ‘what’s in it for me?’

The world is…
A gift

Message of positivity
Sow what is good, then your harvest will also be good; and your harvest will always be greater than what you have sowed

Motto in life
There is always a solution

Kaushalya Gunaratne is the Country Head of Uber Sri Lanka (Mobility).