Lahiru Pathmalal

The Chief Executive of Takas, aka ‘Karawalaya’, is a self-made success story inspired by the likes of Amelia Earhart

What are you most passionate about?
If I had to pick three, it would be food, art and beer

What do you fear the most?
Failure scares me to pieces, so I push myself to succeed

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Easy come, easy go” and “Take what you can and run with it”

What is your favourite journey?
The journey of selfexploration, which generally happens over a beer

On what occasion do you lie?
Whenever I can get away with it

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife and my cats; my cats are sadly passed (Kokis and Custard)

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My love handles, which are too big for my height

Which talent would you most like to have?
All too often, I daydream about charging the stage at an event, singing my heart out and wowing the crowd

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My dashing good looks. I want people to judge me for who I am and not how I look

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Excessive self-confidence

What do you wish you had right now?
More money. I don’t want to sound too shallow, but whom am I kidding?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I was a bit more organized

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Ryan Gosling – He is so hot right now, so hot

Which historical figure do you admire most?
Amelia Earhart. She inspires me to take chances on what matters most

What would you be doing in 20 years?
The president of a higher middle-income country, or the PM, whatever is available at the time

What do you think has been the strength behind your success?
People who back me day in and day out. Without them, I’ll be nowhere

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
It’s easier to spend money than make money

What was your favourite food as a child?
Dry fish. I loved it so much my nickname was “Karawalaya”

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
World peace. If that can’t be done, I would like to go for using less plastic