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Writer, traveler, and an avid reader. I write about social issues and my perspective on life. Feel free to connect with me on shruthisundaram2503@gmail.com

Overthinker by birth, Feminist, Love any form of creativity…

It took two hours of staring into the laptop and reading all the fantastic author’s About Me Stories even to get started with this one. When I got to know about this publication, I was so excited! Oh, I get to share something about me with the world!

After getting accepted as a writer and opening a draft in my Medium Editor? Crickets…

Anyway… So who am I?

I am a 23-year-old (about to be 24) woman living with her husband in Bangalore, India. My family (mother, father, and younger sister) live 200 meters away from my house — too far, I know! …


Blue, white, green, yellow, grey…stunning colors of nature

I have been noticing splashes of stunningly different colors from all around me for quite some time now.

From the shades of flowers to the sun's reflection on the plants to the bright green on the trees after rains. Inspiration seems to be hitting me from all sides, so as to speak. And it feels incredible!

As I capture more and more moments of nature every day, photography teaches me tons of lessons, improves me as a person, and pushes me into a constant state of awe.

What started as a random project (creating an Instagram photography page) to cure…


Only now am I realizing that I never had happiness as one of my goals

I joined the corporate life for money. There, I said it.

Also, I did it because I didn’t know what else to do:)

India, the country where I hail from, houses lakhs of MNCs and corporate companies due to the technology boom of the 21st century. Or as commonly known here, IT/software company. As of 2020, there are 40,000 MNCs and 1.25 million registered companies here.

Thus, it’s extremely common for the Indian middle-class to have the following kind of life — school, engineering, corporate, get married, corporate, have kids, corporate, work till you retire.

The infamous saying, “Indians are…


For teaching me tons of life lessons in 5 hours of trekking

**Thatha in Tamil, my mother tongue, means grandfather. And it is common for us to call any older man Thatha.

Hi Thatha,

The first time I met you was when you were cleaning up the front of the resort. I had come out to look around and find a good quiet place to read my book when you looked up and smiled. A smile so pure, full of genuineness.


No, this is not the usual generic advice you get

This article is not one more piece of advice about how to overcome your writer’s block. God knows we have enough of it on the internet.

But it’s about how to embrace it and use it to improve yourself. Then, accept that it’s a part of your life, and move on.

I face an immense lack of inspiration every two months or so. The block usually lasts for a minimum of a week, and whatever I do, I don’t get my mojo back. I have tried everything, mind you. From going out on walks to gorging through writing prompts, from…


TRAVEL TIPS

You get to encounter new, fascinating sides of each other

My husband and I have taken multiple short and long trips in the past 2.5 years we’ve gotten married.

And to be fair, we have (kind of) gotten obsessed with it.

Not only in terms of going out and exploring places together but also in terms of planning for the trip, binge-watching travel videos/programs on TV, trying out new restaurants, or putting up a bucket list of our wishes and goals.

If we’re not traveling, we’re either planning some or another trip or checking out new places to travel.

What we didn’t realize was how much traveling would teach us…


Mostly over water bodies. Because you see, I’m a water baby

“And yet day and night meet fleetingly at twilight and dawn,” he said, lowering his voice again and narrowing his eyes and moving his head a quarter of an inch closer to hers. “And their merging sometimes affords the beholder the most enchanted moments of all the twenty four hours. A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder.”
Mary Balogh, A Summer to Remember

The rise and fall of the sun have always fascinated me.

And I am a water-baby. So a combination of…


“How can you balance your personal and professional life?”

There’s a fact that has hit me repeatedly over the past year.

It hit me when I read multiple articles about women in the corporate world (on Medium and otherwise). When I interacted with a handful of women from all around the world (especially the US and Europe). When I read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. And when I started to question every characterization of women around me, including in media and real life.

That fact is this: the obstacles that stand in the way of women are overwhelmingly the same, whatever culture they might exist in.

The realization…


Women don’t get promoted enough or reach higher roles in their careers mainly because of a lack of self-confidence

I have always felt a strong sense of imposter syndrome hitting me whenever I have wanted to start something new.

I have felt that I wasn’t enough. That I would fail and be embarrassed in front of others if I start doing something I love. While some of my attempts have been sporadic successes, I know that this attitude of mine has restricted me from achieving my full potential.

I didn’t know that this trait is proven to be more common among women than men. I didn’t realize that a significant reason for me suffering from this low confidence was…


TRAVELING AS A WOMAN

Don’t let your menstrual cycle hold you back from your dreams

I’m obsessed with traveling. There I said it.

I love visiting new places, talking to the locals, trying out various new cuisines, attempting daring adventures…basically everything about traveling. But, most of all, I’m addicted to the adrenaline rush and the peace that comes before and after every trip. It’s intoxicating.

But, while traveling is fun and I’m passionate about it, there are also frustrating times. For example, when I’m in pain and nothing works the way I want to. And when I lose my patience quickly if something doesn’t work as expected.

Yes, you guessed it right. …

Shruthi Sundaram

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