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"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam) to celebrate, spotlight and learn about the brilliance among creators in the global Tamil community, with the end product being a conversation that is equal parts educational, inspirational and entertaining.

The Tamil Creator Ara Ehamparam

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"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam) to celebrate, spotlight and learn about the brilliance among creators in the global Tamil community, with the end product being a conversation that is equal parts educational, inspirational and entertaining.

    EP #69: Apiramy Jeyarajah - Creating & Embracing Change As The Head of UK Wholesale At Aviva Investors

    EP #69: Apiramy Jeyarajah - Creating & Embracing Change As The Head of UK Wholesale At Aviva Investors

    Apiramy Jeyarajah is the Head of UK Wholesale at Aviva Investors.

    She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to chat about topics like working hard to get herself into a leadership role in the finance industry where people that look like her are rare, a growing trend towards digital platforms & robo-advisors, to moving from Sri Lanka to London at the age of 2, her dad instilling a belief in her that she was no less than anyone else, the notion that money is no longer the main motivator for employees, wanting to create an environment where everyone feels like they belong, pushing the ladder down to allow the next person to come up, and so much more.

    Follow Apiramy:
    - Instagram (https://www.linkedin.com/in/apiramy-jeyarajah-1218821b/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Apiramy
    00:55 - Apiramy speaks on her upbringing and being driven by curiosity
    02:09 - What sports did/does she play?
    02:44 - What led Apiramy to a career in education and then finance
    04:30 - How her perception of the finance industry has changed over the years
    06:28 - Apiramy’s colleagues would describe her by saying…
    07:03 - Moving from HSBC to Aviva Investors
    08:21 - What her role as Head of UK Wholesale at Aviva entails
    11:55 - A growing trend towards digital platforms, robo-advisors, and more
    16:02 - The new work culture; how COVID-19 changed her hiring process
    19:21 - One of the most interesting job package requests she has been asked for
    21:52 - Her role as Diversity Project Ambassador and why its important to her
    23:27 - Being in a position of influence and trying to use it for good
    25:39 - Does Apiramy see a lot of other Tamil faces in leadership positions?
    26:54 - Where she sees herself in the next 3 to 5 years
    28:13 - Apiramy’s thoughts on cryptocurrencies
    30:35 - What she has invested in, and her general investing strategy
    33:09 - Her biggest learning lesson in the last few years; needing a work-life balance
    34:48 - The impact of the UK-Tamil community on Apiramy’s personal and professional life
    35:57 - Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
    37:07 - How she wants to be remembered by friends and family
    37:36 - Creator Confessions
    40:31 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan              

    • 41 min
    EP #68: Tharshan Rajendiram - Co-Creator Of The "Basement Reels" YouTube Channel (80,000+ Subscribers)

    EP #68: Tharshan Rajendiram - Co-Creator Of The "Basement Reels" YouTube Channel (80,000+ Subscribers)

    Tharshan Rajendiram (@tharshanr) is writer, director, standup comedian and actor, along with being the co-creator behind the famous "Basement Reels" YouTube channel (@basementreels, 80,000+ subscribers).

    He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss how he he met his co-creator behind the "Basement Reels" YouTube channel, the desire to belong after immigrating to Canada from Sri Lanka, Basement Reels growing to more than 80K subscribers, making a demo tape during the pandemic, how fans inspire him to keep making content, not getting bogged down by failure, and so much more.

    Follow Tharshan:
    - Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/tharshanr/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Tharshan Raj
    01:05 - From Sri Lanka to Canada, studying at Ryerson, going viral on Basement Reels
    09:35 - The observational comedy of Basement Reels and its relatability
    12:46 - Tharshan’s lifelong passion for acting
    13:18 - Working with an agent, securing auditions, and being busy while doing what he loves
    14:55 - Balancing a full-time job while driving his creative career forward
    16:39 - How skills from his full-time job have helped with Basement Reels
    17:38 - Feedback and reactions to the videos Tharshan has made
    21:04 - What the future looks like for Basement Reels and Tharshan
    21:51 - How Basement Reels in funded; YouTube revenue and business partners
    22:58 - Ara calls dibs on Tharshan’s first NFT
    28:46 - Tharshan’s biggest learnings in the last few years
    31:57 - Gradual progression and the importance of incrementally improving
    33:40 - How Tharshan wants to be remembered by friends and family
    34:34 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self; be a little bit more disciplined
    35:27 - Learning to appreciate time changed Tharshan’s life for the better
    36:43 - Podcasts ,being inspired by things around us, and getting out of your comfort zone
    42:20 - Creator Confessions
    46:02 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan             

    • 47 min
    EP #67: Rathika Sitsabaiesan - From Politician (Canada's 1st Tamil MP) to Professor

    EP #67: Rathika Sitsabaiesan - From Politician (Canada's 1st Tamil MP) to Professor

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan (@rathikasitsabaiesan) is a former politician (Canada's First Tamil Member of Parliament) and currently a professor at Centennial College (@centennialcollege).

    She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss growing up in a single income household, watching her parents help other Tamil immigrants get on their feet in Canada, introducing Tamil Heritage Month with the late Jack Layton’s full support, the impact of a Tamil being elected as an MP, taking 8 months off in 2015 due to extreme burnout, how somebody in the Vietnamese community encouraged her to become a teacher; her ensuing passion for education, working in a hospital for 5 years before realizing she didn’t want to be a doctor and so much more.

    Follow Rathika:
    - LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rathikasitsabaiesan/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Rathika Sitsabaiesan
    01:27 - Rathika speaks on her family upbringing and how it led her to a career in politics, and then education
    09:41 - Growing up at a faster pace as the child of an immigrant
    11:04 - How shifting from University of Toronto to Carleton led her into politics
    14:08 - The moment Rathika was officially elected and her immediate reaction
    17:00 - What it was like working with Jack Layton
    23:08 - Rathika reflects on her career in politics and assesses her performance
    29:19 - Why she didn’t resume her politics career; Jack Layton’s passing
    35:50 - What she would have done differently as an MP and when she considering running as an independent
    40:21 - Is Rathika done with politics?
    41:06 - Being involved in post secondary education and advocacy for the past 15 years
    44:17 - How Rathika sees the education space evolving amidst the pandemic recovery
    52:25 - What she would tell her 16-year-old self; her parents not understanding mental illness but still being supportive
    58:08 - How she wants to be remembered by her friends and family
    1:01:26 - How her political career is still useful in her everyday life today
    1:02:11 - Creator Confessions
    1:10:40 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan            

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP #66: Dunstan Peter - On Launching Trinity Tech, A Multi-Million Dollar Business

    EP #66: Dunstan Peter - On Launching Trinity Tech, A Multi-Million Dollar Business

    Dunstan Peter is a serial entrepreneur who is the founder of several companies including Trinity Tech, Tnext Communication & Trinity Star Development. He was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2019.

    He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss the power of education, building up the sales momentum for his multi-million dollar business with no sales reps initially except himself, having a desire to give from a young age, working to change homelessness, killing snakes in his childhood and the PTSD he experiences now because of it, loving himself and having zero regrets or insecurities, and so much more.

    Follow Dunstan:
    - LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dunstan-peter-besc-emba-3938a732/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Dunstan Peter
    01:47 - Dunstan speaks on his childhood, living through the SL war, and using education to escape poverty
    04:13 - Looking at everything as a positive and understanding life doesn’t go the way you want it to
    06:26 - Having only one meal a day, for six months, as a child
    08:00 - How he came up with the idea of Trinity Tech
    15:02 - Being hired by Ford to grow a multi-million dollar business
    16:27 - Scaling from 0 to 85 clients in the first 2 years; where did he find a quality team for this?
    18:31 - The business’s revenue structure; service contracts with his first being $300,000 over 3 weeks
    21:35 - His business ventures outside of Trinity Tech; Tnext Communication with 5k employees and plans to scale to 10k
    25:35 - Trinity Star Foundation; why he started it and the impact its made thus far
    35:46 - The high percentage of success stories as it relates to Tamil immigrant entrepreneurs
    42:59 - Balancing family, health, his business; Dunstan slept at the Ford plant for 6 months
    48:05 - His view of money; how he invests, saves, and more
    50:57 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
    51:35 - Waking up at 5AM and having a strong morning and night time routine
    54:17 - How Dunstan wants to be remembered by friends and family
    54:52 - Creator Confessions
    1:00:07 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan           

    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP #65: Rubi Balasingam - Kung Fu Trained Australian Actress & Writer Promoting Tamil Voices In TV & Film

    EP #65: Rubi Balasingam - Kung Fu Trained Australian Actress & Writer Promoting Tamil Voices In TV & Film

    Rubi Balasingam (@rubi_balasingam) is an Australian-based actress and screenwriter, includes roles in TV Series "Jack Irish" and "Improv Sessions".

    Rubi joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss starting out her career while doing comedic theatre, the importance of a side hustle as an actor, learning Kung Fu & ballet to improve her odds in acting, discussing being an extrovert vs introvert, if she would ever consider moving to North America for her acting career, the experience with dealing with different agents, Mortal Kombat being filmed in Australia, and much more.

    Follow Rubi:
    - Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rubi_balasingam/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Rubi Balasingam
    01:03 - Rubi speaks on a ’typical immigrant’ upbringing; unable to watch the Simpsons but violent Tamil movies were okay
    03:49 - Her journey to becoming an actress/writer (Ara interrupts to rave about Kim’s Convenience)
    06:43 - Not telling her parents about acting, working her way up with agents, landing her first TV show
    11:59 - Lack of transparency around actors talking about how difficult it was for them to make it
    13:30 - How Rubi deals with ‘repeated rejection’ as it relates to auditions
    15:41 - Using martial arts, ballet, and hanging out with her ‘normal 9-5 friends’ as a coping mechanism
    17:30 - The importance of perspective and not playing the victim
    18:31 - Australia not being known for acting; is Rubi considering a move elsewhere?
    21:56 - Rubi’s thoughts on Australia and its Tamil community
    24:16 - Living in a immigrant heavy area where Tamil food (and Mutton Rolls) is easily accessible
    27:13 - Is pursuing a career in the creative arts being normalized in the Tamil community? Rubi thinks yes
    32:04 - How Rubi ‘fills income gaps’ when she’s not acting - her degree and side hustles
    35:02 - Rubi’s relationship with money, and how she views it versus how her parents view it
    37:21 - Her financial goals as it relates to saving and investing; why she stays in the immediate long-term
    39:21 - Not wanting to live a life that isn’t 110% what she wants it to be
    40:21 - Rubi is insecure about…
    47:10 - Her interests outside of work; socializing, martial arts, ballet, food, dog walking, libraries, and more
    48:38 - Is Rubi extroverted or introverted?
    50:07 - How she wants to be remembered by friends and family
    50:48 - The way in which Rubi’s friendships have changed/evolved
    52:14 - What makes a good friend?
    53:32 - Transitioning into ‘grown up Rubi’
    55:32 - Who she admires from the global Tamil and non-Tamil community
    1:02:15 - Creator Confessions
    1:05:32 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan          

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP #64: Rajan Bala - Missing Out On A "Big Exit" As The Co-Founder Of Retail Tech Startup Hiku

    EP #64: Rajan Bala - Missing Out On A "Big Exit" As The Co-Founder Of Retail Tech Startup Hiku

    Rajan Bala (@im.provising) enjoys being a tech builder - he was a co-founder at retail tech startup Hiku.

    Rajan joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to how Carleton University (@carleton_u) is underrated when it comes to engineering talent, how the idea for Hiku was formed along with how they got the idea off the ground, missing out a big exit with Walmart, starting a charity to help transfer knowledge from the Tamil diaspora back to Sri Lanka, financial independence and more.

    Follow Rajan:
    - LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajanbala/)

    Timestamps

    00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Rajan Bala
    01:25 - Rajan speaks on how he got into building
    03:49 - Being 1 of 5 kids and all of them having stereotypical Sri Lankan careers
    04:33 - Is Carleton University underrated when it comes to engineering programs?
    07:48 - Working for BlackBerry before coming up with Hiku; the idea, the name, using kickstarter
    12:17 - What Rajan envisioned for Hiku’s revenue model; was it a one-time free, ongoing subscription, etc.?
    15:30 - Why Hiku didn’t charge end users during the data collection process
    17:34 - What was the plan to monetize data?
    19:40 - How Hiku built relationships with big retails and/or big consumer brands
    24:01 - Rajan’s mindset as Hiku began taking off
    31:31 - Why Hiku didn’t go down the path of ‘leasing hardware to consumers’
    34:33 - Integrating with Walmart and receiving $2.5M in funding, almost being purchase by Google, and more
    44:03 - Rajan has no regrets about not getting a ‘lavish exit’ - what he’s learned
    45:55 - What the future holds for Rajan; Amazon being an incredible place to learn
    52:42 - Rajan’s interests outside of work; travelling, hiking/walking and simultaneously listening to podcasts
    53:55 - Co-founding a charity
    58:36 - What he’s insecure about; becoming complacent
    1:00:12 - The power of consistency; how it has improved Rajan’s life
    1:00:56 - The personal legacy he wants to be remembered for by friends and family
    1:01:50 - Rajan’s view of financial independence for others, and his own view of money
    1:04:20 - Who he admires from the global Tamil and non-Tamil community
    1:06:35 - Creator Confessions
    1:11:33 - The Wrap Up

    Intro Music

    Produced And Mixed By:
    - The Tamil Creator
    - Yanchan

    Written By:
    - Aravinthan Ehamparam
    - Yanchan Rajmohan         

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Thas Y ,

A refreshing view into the Tamil community

If you are looking for another tech podcast you have come to wrong place; however, if you need to reboot your mind with everything other than tech then you have come to the right place. The host does make reference to Tamil food and some cultural norms. So if you are not from the Tamil community or have not spent inordinate amount of time with the community these may be alien to you. If you want to reconnect with the community in a way that keeps up with the evolution of this community as a diaspora this is an amazingly refreshing podcast for you.
BTW this is also a great place to find the best kothu rotti places in TO!

drg_xv ,

Great interview

Great interview with Suresh. First time listener!

Orohn ,

Thank you!

So grateful to have a podcast that shines a light on people doing interesting things in the Tamil community. I love that the host Ara gives the guest the space and time to get their point across. Looking forward to more episodes.

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