Hi, I'm Janahan Sivaraman
I am a software engineer, language learner, and cook.
I'm currently learning Tamil and Spanish "by ear" at the same time.
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Ask For a Raise
With inflation skyrocketing, getting a raise could mean the difference between keeping a roof over your head and being homeless. So I start every 1-on-1 with this question: “When’s my next raise?” I wasn’t always like this. For the first 5 years of my career, I wasn’t
How I Learned Tamil In My 30s
I learned a hyper-specific regional dialect of Tamil from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka (SL) while never having left New York City. In fact, I’ve never even been to SL. I used to think this was impossible, until I did it myself. My Why When I was 23,
Brag Doc: Why and How?
I started keeping a Brag Doc at work in Aug 2018. I learned about them from Julia Evans on Twitter. The premise is simple. You’re already doing awesome work, therefore, you should get recognized for it. Since I started, I’ve been promoted every year - except for 1.