Zen – Rohan Samarajiva

Don’t let his habitual scowl fool you, LIRNEasia’s Founding Chair is an archetype in Tasmanian devil’s clothing.

By Echelon.

Published on March 16, 2015 with No Comments


What one word would describe you?

What do you fear the most?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My students

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hard work, rewarded

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Habitual scowl

What is your most treasured possession?
My wits

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sharpness of tongue

What do you wish you had right now?
26 hours a day

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Get a less troublesome nose, actually the entire ENT system

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Many years ago, my secretary said it would be a Tasmanian devil. And gave me a mug with
one as a farewell gift

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Look for my phone

What was one of your life changing moments?
When I talked myself out getting ragged at Peradeniya University

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

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
Being able to read

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Do what you love; love what you do

What was your favourite food as a child?
Red onions

What inspires you?
A challenge

Where would you like to live?
In a city with good public transport

When was the last time you tried something new, and what was it?
Last September. Hot air balloon

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
“Hope in the heart, money in the pocket” among the people in the countries I’ve worked in

Who are your favourite writers?
William Gibson, Amitav Ghosh

What is your motto?
Tanhaya Jayati Soko

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
I mostly read fiction with anti-heroes or anti-heroines

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
The (just kidding)

What is your favourite journey?
To the unknown

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


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