Deshal de Mel

(Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance)
He may aspire to reform the country’s economic agenda, but locating his sarong is sometimes a task for this economist

What one word would describe you?
My friends’ answers were overwhelmingly offensive, so I will say “misunderstood”

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Unnecessarily slipping into (broken) French in an attempt to feign sophistication

What is your favourite journey?
Le voyage de la vie, bien sur!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Modesty

On what occasion do you lie?
When responding to questionnaires that provide opportunity to craft a narrative that casts oneself in a favourable light

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My six-pack. Luckily, I got rid of it

What is your natural talent?
I would like to think I am fairly well endowed with the capability of conjuring rather long, convoluted sentences, punctuated with seemingly astute words that are eventually meaningless, and yet somehow manage to keep the reader in suspense till the final word

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Four Weddings and a Funeral? I kid, I’m pinning my hopes on one of each

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am terribly non-confrontational. This has not served me well

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Speaking to/treating those in perceived lower occupational spheres disrespectfully

What do you wish you had right now?
A slice of tres leches cake

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
An astrologer

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Commence operation Locate Sarong. Promptly followed by fighting off two golden retrievers who are competing to douse me in drool

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
That economists do not get to spend their day working with models

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
It would be nice if I could have contributed in a meaningful way to the economic reform agenda in Sri Lanka – helping create better competition and contestation in markets

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Ranjan Ramanayake was legendary in One Shot

What do you most value in your friends?
Tolerance

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