Sri Lanka – Thilina Weerasekera

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Thilina Weerasekera is a chemical engineer, a die-hard fan of Sri Lankan cricket, and a classic car enthusiast. He also loves travelling around the world as it gives him the opportunity to observe and experience different cultures and how they interact with each other in this world that we share.

I was born in….Sri Lanka, where I have spent most of my life. As a child I spent a year in Kenya and then went to University in the United States. I have also had the pleasure of visiting several other countries in Asia and Europe as well. I live in.…..Colombo, Sri Lanka.  When I need a reminder of home, I listen to……songs by Clarence Wijewardene, who was a prominent musician in Sri Lanka in the 80s and 90s and hence a favourite of my parents. They would play a lot of his tapes when taking us on trips around the island and as a result his music is the fastest way to get me back home from wherever I am. My favourite time of the year is…….Christmas. My all-time local hero is…….the late Mr. Laxman Kadirgamar, the former foreign minister of Sri Lanka. My favourite local phrase is…….“what to do men”. My favourite words of wisdom……a quote by Sir Winston Churchill: “Success is going from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm”. What I love most about my home (country) is……our diversity. The fact that we celebrate the customs and traditions of multiple ethnicities and religions. I believe that we are strongest as a nation when we unite while respecting our diversity and this is best seen when we unite to support our beloved cricket team.