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.

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