Roshan Rajadurai

A bookworm by any other name, the Chairman of The Planters’ Association of Ceylon, and Managing Director of two Hayleys-controlled plantations, finds a haven in the life of a planter.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
No telephone calls, good food, a glass of wine and a book by the seashore or Black Adder Goes Forth on TV

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I have no idea

On what occasion do you lie?
When it’s a matter of life and death

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Deborah, my youngest daughter

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My receding hairline

What is your most marked characteristic?
Full commitment once ventured

What is your most treasured possession?
My collection of books

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
‘The best is yet to come’

Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano

What is your greatest extravagance?
Books

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My inability to be still and relaxed

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The lack of seriousness and taking a very casual attitude

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To slow down and chill out

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire

Which historical figure do you admire most?
Winston Churchill

Who are your favourite writers?
Leon Uris, James A. Michener, John Masters, Barbara W. Tuchman

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

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Impatience and always being in a hurry

Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
More work

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
Good health, a sound mind, peace with God and man, and ready for exit

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Nothing comes easy, hard work comes before success

What was your favourite food as a child?
The beef rolls my mother made

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
Having tried and improved the quality of life of plantation workers

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Ari Ben Canaan of Leon Uris’s Exodus

What is your greatest fear?
No fears. Live each day fully by God’s grace

What is your biggest regret?
Losing my father when I was young and not having him around