For those who do not know me, I am Hari Pathu.
Before I go on to describe what the purpose of this blog is, let me tell you a bit about myself.
I was born on the 23rd August 1990 in Oberbruch, Germany – a 30 minute drive from the Holland (I know, cool right?!).
When I started at kindergarten, believe it or not, I was the only brown kid in my class. Never was I treated differently because of it. Although my life outside home was very much western, my parents ensured my siblings and I were fluent and fully involved in the Tamil culture. Whilst prodding along the German education system, at the age of 6, with the support of my parents I started taking part in Tamil stage plays and Tamil speech competitions. These opportunities sparked an interest within me about wanting to become a great stage performer one day. Who knew then that that marked the beginning of a very exciting journey for me into the realm of performance arts?!
At the age of 12, my parents decided to move to London. It was bizarre. I eventually did settle in but that transition was extremely tough for me. I started secondary school straight away in Year 8. I was all over the place; I struggled with the English language, and how different the educational system and syllabus was in this country. The language barrier proved to be very difficult for me because I was born and brought up speaking German. When I moved here, every English word and sentence I would translate into German (using my limited knowledge of the English language) to decipher what was being said to me. This was merely to understand what was going on around me so you can imagine how overworked my brain was to try and speak the language. Looking back, I can laugh hard at my tough teenage years and how far I have come since. My ability to now fluently speak English, German and Tamil has put me in good stead in all my ventures.
Having eventually settled into England, I restarted pursuing my passion for performing. When I was doing my GCSEs I got into Stand-Up comedy. I am happy and proud to say that I am the first Tamil stand-up comedian in Europe and won the Favourite Tamil Stand-Up comedian in 2014 as “Kutti Hari” which is my stage name. Over the past 11 years of my stand-up career, I have been blessed to perform in countries across Europe and in, America, Canada and Malaysia.
In the same way that my performing life started to brew as a child, my love for cars and technology also started very young. With regards to technology, I have always loved being hands-on. For this reason I decided to study electrical engineering at university which I eventually completed in 2016, with a stand-out final project of a home automated energy monitoring device; this proved to be one of the best projects of the year – (Yes I am extremely proud about that!).
Whilst I was studying, I started working for Wickes. I gradually worked myself up the ladder from providing customer services, to being a cashier supervisor, and kitchen and bathroom advisor, for the past 9 years before I stepped in the automotive industry. I was working at Wickes part-time which meant I was able to work as a building service engineer for Virgin Active for 6 months. I will be honest, working as building service engineer was not me. It did not challenge me the way I wanted my job to. Therefore, after my short while working there, I started as a projects and events manager, for a Digital Marketing Agency. I worked at that company for 3 years before I started at Volkswagen Citygate Ruislip (Dealership) as Sales Executive in November 2017.
I would like to call myself a loyal customer of Volkswagen Citygate even before I became an employee of the company. Ultimately I decided to preach what I practice because I believed in the brand and its products. All my life experiences so far have helped me to build and establish myself and take the right step in my professional career. I cannot guarantee what life is going to present to me from now on, but I am content that all the decisions brought the best out of me.