Akram Cassim

The Chief Executive of Colombo Jewellery Stores may deal with precious stones all day, but his wife and daughter are the real jewels in his life

What are you most passionate about?
Elephants and jewellery

What do you fear the most?
Dogs

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Do it fast”? “Bring it soon”

What is your favourite journey?
A gondola ride around Venice

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Piousness

On what occasion do you lie?
When someone unknown asks, “Do you know me?”

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My family

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
A taller Akram might be interesting… Can look down on a few people I have been looking UP to!

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be an amazing cook

What is your greatest extravagance?
I enjoy splurging on travel, from interesting hotels to fab restaurants, to VIP tours

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Backbiting and arrogance

What do you wish you had right now?
A magic carpet

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To chill a bit more

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Marilyn Monroe!! Or a nice 20-carat flawless diamond

Which historical figure do you admire most?
Walt Disney. He was able to create happiness and joy in kids and adults, and it all began with a mouse

What would you be doing in 20 years?
Hopefully still annoying my daughter and having fun

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Drink a mug of water

What was one of your life-changing moments?
The birth of my daughter Hanaa

What do you think has been the strength behind your success?
Believing in and pursuing my visions

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Cassim Akram

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Would love to be able to speak more world languages like Mandarin, French and Hindi

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
Whether my 85-year-old wife is still around to help me enjoy our life together

What was your favourite food as a child?
Chocolate (still is)