Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny

In conversation with Ruwandi Perera

Alma mater
Hillwood College (Kandy)

Married with two stepdaughters (aged 25 and 21), two brothers, four brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law

Family is

Wanted to be
An air hostess

Didn’t want to be
A housewife

Favourite day of the week
Every day!

Worst day of the week
When I have to head back to work after a long holiday

Three must-haves
Clinique face powder, moisturiser and cleansing tissues

Would like to have
Peace of mind

Mantra to unwind
A nice book and movies

Favourite colour
Red – it’s vibrant

To drive or be driven by
Definitely to drive

Happy place

Favourite chill out

Cook or foodie
I love to cook and am not so much a foodie – I’ve been a vegetarian for eight years

Love to cook
Almost anything but I love baking!

Favourite food
Bread, cheese and curry

Favourite drink
It depends on the day – right now it is ambarella juice

Three hobbies
Exercising, reading and working – some say I’m a workaholic!

Like to play
Boxing, squash and football

Like to watch

The glass is half full or empty
Half full – because I like to look at the positive side instead of the negatives

Most unforgettable event
The most recent was the day I became Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association

Most forgettable event
There are so many

Favourite local destination
Galle – I love walking around the Fort

Favourite overseas destination

Ideal romantic date or outing
Chill at home with my husband

Items on the bucket list for the next six months
Take a long break without doing anything

Items on the bucket list following retirement
Travel and enjoy the simple things in life without having to worry about getting up in the morning or rushing to work

Quality or quantity

Work or play after retirement
Work for worthy causes

Likely retirement destination
Sri Lanka – most probably in Digana (that’s where my husband wants to retire)

Obsessed with
I’m a neat freak and am also obsessed with work!

Thing you love most about work
I get to meet lots of different people from different countries and backgrounds – many don’t have that opportunity

Worst thing about work
Long hours

Purpose of life
To be happy… and make others happy

Advice to your 20-year-old self
Educate yourself and enjoy life a little rather than jumping into the (fire) commercial world

Not studying to the next level

Advice to anyone for a successful career
Give your 100 percent and you won’t go wrong

Happiness is
Seeing a smile on my parents’ faces

Favourite song
So many

Favourite film genre
Classic romantic type

Favourite movie
Serendipity – it has a happy ending

Favourite actors
Kevin Costner, Richard Gere and Tony Goldwyn

Favourite type of music
I really like jazz

Favourite TV series

Favourite book
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – I love the entire series

Darkness – I’m afraid of it

I like classic outfits and love to dress-up

Favourite local sportsperson
Sidath Wettimuny

Favourite international sportspeople
David Beckham and Lance Armstrong

Colombo in a few words
Oh my God!

Sri Lanka in two words
Happy place

The world in a few words
It’s becoming crazy

Role model
Indra Nooyi – the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

Most used words or phrases
‘Oh my God!’ and ‘really?’

Yourself in a word

Motto in life
Anything is possible

Tania is a Director of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, APS International, Vinflair Logistics  and IAS Logistics