Author: Suthe Mani

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin.

Spice.

And everything nice. These are the ingredients to make the perfect Basic Girl.

But everyone accidentally decided do this one thing:

Put in everything.

*Kaboom*

Thus, the pumpkin spice movement was born, selling in stores everywhere: bakeries, coffee shops, home goods stores and…halloween stores?

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The Pitfalls of Re-targeting Ads

The Pitfalls of Re-targeting Ads

Imagine you’re trying to find the perfect birthday gift for a friend, who is an aficionado of yarn-knit sweaters and mittens. As you sift through the web, you spend 10 minutes on an e-commerce site and decide to move on — but something happens after you leave that site: Facebook ads, Google ads, banner ads, about 20 different products and services saturate your searches. It’s a familiar phenomenon every re-targeting agency has been warned of partaking in: banner blindness.

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How Lifestyle Has Affected My Skin

How Lifestyle Has Affected My Skin

Acne: it is one of the most nagging, frustrating things that affects our self-esteem, especially for teenagers and young adults. There’s no clear cut cause, no singular fix, or cure-all that can resolve acne. And yet it afflicts nearly 80 percent of people between the ages of 11-30. It can really suck, I’m not going to sugar coat it. You will feel unattractive with a lot of breakouts, but it doesn’t mean that you are. It also doesn’t mean that everyone around you echoes your self-deprecating thoughts, and if they do, screw them! You don’t need judgmental people like that in your life anyway.

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I Got 900 Applications, but an Interview for None

I Got 900 Applications, but an Interview for None

Application number 267 is on its way through the Workday portal, and the phone interviews seem to be going well, but…nothing. Weeks go by and it’s crickets. They tell you they’re interested, then they tell you that they cannot accommodate you during this time. You don’t hear back for weeks on end and when you’ve finally moved on, you get a call months later for an interview.

It’s a complicated relationship ripe with bad communication, pining, and rejection.

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Meet Suthe

Meet Suthe

When I was 6, my kindergarten teacher called my mother to invite her to a parent-teacher conference with all of the kindergarten teachers. At the meeting, she informed my mother that she thought I should be placed with the special education kids because I sat alone at lunch, and made odd remarks like “your hair looks nice today” and “I have 100 brothers and sisters.”

Looking back on it today, the meeting seems ridiculous. I know that five-year-old me was painfully shy, always loved appeasing to adults, and referred to my cousins as “brothers and sisters” as part of a cultural practice in India. I never would have imagined sitting alone, complimenting others and coming from a different heritage would be an indication of cognitive deficit. My reading level was the highest out of my peers, which led to most of the teacher’s to conclude that the concerns of my learning abilities were baseless.

Even today, talking to strangers, networking, public speaking, are some of the most nerve-wracking things for me to do, and I would much rather avoid them at all costs. To put it bluntly: I’m awkward and I don’t really know how to talk to people sometimes, especially new people.

Yet, I’ve never shied away from the stage. My form of expression always has been, and always will be performing. Since I was a child, I played pretend, acting as different characters and using props to mock everything from intergalactic warfare to fighting mutant aliens like Men in Black. I started dancing at 6 and singing when I was 10. Nighttime tunes during bedtime and prancing around my living room later became choir solos, dance recitals, singing at high school football games, and playing Chaperone in The Drowsy ChaperoneI fell in love with writing in high school during AP English Language by reading Virginia Woolf, Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, Oscar Wilde, and Jane Austen. My love for writing and performing stems from my core belief that storytelling has always helped human beings feel less alone and more connected.

Kaleidoscope to me, is a place of sincerity. It’s a storybook and a life manual; it’s a cookbook and a travel guide. When Rebecca invited me to write for Kaleidoscope over a casual phone call one day, I was thrilled at the idea. After writing for a company, where the main objective was to write as many low quality articles as possible, it’s refreshing to have the opportunity to write authentically, about topics that matter to me and to many others around the world.