Chiranthi Cooray


What one word would describe you?


What are you most passionate about?

How I can make a diff erence in peoples’ lives through what I do

What do you fear the most?

All my bravado vanishes when I see blood

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising two wonderful kids almost single-handedly

What is your greatest regret?

Stressing my parents and gramps with Madonna posters and Lenin and Marx books all over my room during my teens. Considering my old-fashioned catholic background and the insurgency during the time, it was quite a lot

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Habit No 2. Begin with the end in mind

What is your favourite journey?

A mind-blowing ride on the Vortex (adventure thrill ride) leaving me tipsy and legs wobbling and looking for the nearest bin

On what occasion do you lie?

To prevent another person from getting hurt

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Barack Obama. Near perfect specimen of the male species

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Finish work, meetings and calls, and sit down with a glass of wine to watch the sea, sundown and trains passing by

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

My high maintenance hair, which is very impractical for my busy life.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Determination. It’s improved over the years. In my 20’s I was hotheaded, 30’s opinionated, 40’s unrelenting… I wonder what the 50’s hold

What is your most treasured possession?

Integrity Choose a movie title for the story of your life. Elizabeth

Which talent would you most like to have?


What would you be doing in 20 years?

Living closer to nature. Retired. Spoiling grandkids. Being a posh grandma with a nice sports car and crazy hair

What do you think has been the strength behind your success?

Unconditional acceptance

What was your favourite food as a child?

Roast Paan and Bombai Muttai

When was the last time you tried something new, and what was it?

This whole week. Mastered all the features of iPhone 11 Pro

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Dagny Taggart