Vickum Nawagamuwage

The founder of wellness resort Santani lives in an imaginary world as a tiger tamer on a game reserve

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sipping a good bubbly with family and friends at my imaginary lodge in my imaginary private game reserve in Africa (let’s say, the Namibian desert)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

On what occasion do you lie?
When I have to fake it till I make it

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

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
‘My left pinkie toe, which is not aligned with the rest of my toes’ (adopted from G.B. Senanayake’s Duppathun Nathi Lokaya)

What is your natural talent?
Can’t say it here. Only my wife knows it

Choose a move title for the story of your life.
Life of Pi

Which talent would you most like to have?
To sleep in airplanes

What is your greatest extravagance?
I can’t afford extravagances as a first-time entrepreneur

What do you wish you had right now?
28-hour work days

Where would you like to live?
In my imaginary private game reserve

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don’t believe that we come back

Which historical figure do you admire the most?
Lord Buddha

Who are your favourite writers?
Too many over the years. Right now, it’s Yuval Noah Harari

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Put my sarong back on

What was one of your life changing moments?
Life is changing at every moment. You got to do what you got to do

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Slicing my driver at golf

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
The ability to pee on my own

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Ageing starts earlier than you think

What was your favourite food as a child?

What inspires you?
Creating something new. Challenging the status quo

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
To cut out some of the bullshit around race, religion, nationalities and class

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Captain Haddock