In conversation with Ashwini Vethakan
JOURNEY OF LIFE
The 20th century (got you!)
St. Bridget’s Convent and Ladies’ College
My husband and our two boys – or the ‘three boys’ as I call them
Wanted to be
A nonconformist and actively involved in the communications sector
My hubby nuts
Moments you would like to go back to
My first encounter with snow in Vienna
Best advice received
Actually there are two – the first is: “There is only one life so live it.” And the other is: “Life gets complicated only if we complicate it!”
INTIMATE AND INSPIRING
Home sweet home with the boys
Likes to play
Sudoku and Candy Crush Saga
Qualities you look for in a friend
Trust and honesty
Likes to watch
The world go by
Most unforgettable event
Giving birth to my two sons
Success to you is
A journey that comes with hard work, commitment, perseverance and sacrifice; it is not merely a destination!
Purpose in life
To be happy and a good human
Three languages you’d like to learn
The language of animals – i.e. dogs, birds and big cats
Items on the bucket list for the next six months
COVID-19 has disrupted most plans; however, the doable ones would be to camp or stay in a wildlife park, hot air ballooning and just chilling out
Items on the bucket list following retirement
I don’t believe in retirement but would like to see the northern lights, take a cruise to Alaska and set up an establishment to empower rural women
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Mantra to unwind
Watering the plants – it works every time!
One new thing you tried this year
Baking – eclairs, pies, bread… the works!
Most hated chore
Putting things back where they belong after they’ve been left out by the boys
Hard work and humility
Nature photography, birdwatching and craft (cross-stich and ribbon embroidery amongst others)
Tardiness, dishonesty and stupidity
Anything that gives me family time as I really treasure the time spent with my boys… and my designer bag collection
Unlikely food combination
Marie biscuits and Marmite
If I have to, I’d walk outdoors
Common sense, grace and my other half
Ideal romantic date or outing
To sip a glass of wine under the stars with the sound of lapping water – and no mosquitos!
One thing you would change about yourself
I’m quite happy with myself, so there’s nothing… being patient however, would be a good thing – more for others than myself!
Days of the week
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Yellow, peacock blue and emerald green
Anything cooked by my mother-in-law – the crunch pudding with stewed pineapple tops the list!
Thambili; lemon, lime and bitters; and Moscato wine (sweet)… chilled, please!
Netflix at the most… sorry, but I don’t watch TV regularly
Queen (Freddie Mercury), Sir Elton John and ABBA
(yes, it’s a group)
Anything from those listed above are among my favourites
Chill out spots
Mount Tamborine in Australia, SunnySide Lodge in Ella and Tempo Bungalow in Horana (sadly no more!)
A traffic cop on Galle Road… a little eye candy never hurt anyone in the morning
Jason Momoa, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
The Notebook and The Blind Side
Nora Roberts, James Patterson and Steve Berry (to relax)
I’m not particularly awed by brands
Punctuality and picking up ‘spellos’
Likely retirement destination
COMPLETE THE SENTENCE
The first thing you need after waking up
The first thing you notice when meeting someone
Attire, shoes, eye contact, punctuality… the list is endless!
Recently laughed out loud when
I was typing this
Last gift to someone
Words of comfort and a smile
You’re challenged by
My children and the nutters at work daily
You know it’s going to be a bad day when
A client calls out of the blue
The best part about working in advertising and communications is
Having the power to make change ‘for good’
A new technology that will transform the future
A loan to us from God – enjoy them but set them free to live their lives!
Sri Lanka in a few words
A paradise island with so much potential and so little done to capitalise on it
Your least favourite month in 2020
The whole year!
Your New Year resolution
A redo of 2020
Can’t grumble – thanks to Google, anything is possible!
Most productive in the morning, noon or night
It’s all in the mind so I’m not most productive at any specific time
A leader or follower by nature
Cook or foodie
Quality or quantity
The glass is half full or half empty
Work or play after retirement
The most delightful phrase you can think of
Your most used word or phrases
‘Really now?’ and ‘yes, no, maybe?’
Ammi – because she has had a huge impact on who I am today
Yourself in a few words
Simple, down to earth, rational and God-fearing – what you see is what you get!
Renuka is the Managing Director of TBWA\Sri Lanka