10 Questions with Suresh Kumar, Head of Support

BY Kenneth Chew 3 Oct, "14


For the second edition of '10 11 Questions with...' at TradeGecko, we have today the fabulous Suresh Kumar, our rock star Head of Support who's been with us for just over three months.

Formerly in Hospitality, it's been quite a switch of industries for him to say the least, but we're glad to have him around (we think).

He's been a great addition to the team, but to say he's been quite the character within the company would be a massive understatement.

Here, we get an insight into the world of Suresh - and I apologize in advance for three minutes of your life you will never get back.

What would be the first three words that come to mind to describe yourself?

Witty, spontaneous, and fun.

What would your greatest enemy say about you?

Well, this wouldn't be possible because I don't think I have any enemies at all, for I don't believe in the concept of hatred. With that said, I suppose they would say that I'm highly sarcastic, with extremely acerbic wit. Yeah, that would probably be it.

* Editor's note: Seriously? Somehow, he manages to turn this around and praise himself.

The Godfather, Star Wars, or Twilight - and why?

The Godfather. Why? Because it's just such a 'man' movie. The charm, the influence and the wit of the Corleones, it's amazing. The Godfather is an amazing depiction of what and where charisma and ruthlessness can get you in life - the ability to get people to not just listen, but actively listen to you as you wrap them around your fingers is thrilling.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be, and why?

It would definitely be a Neurosurgeon. To be honest, I've always been fascinated with the world of medicine. To me, medicine is a profession which is the best of the best, the crème de la crème, with Neurosurgery probably being amongst the most exclusive specialities within medicine out there. Thus yes, as you can probably tell, I've always not just liked the best, but strive to actually be the best as well - so a Neurosurgeon it is.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Why? It's just MY kind of song. Empowering, fun, and just really out-there. The lyrics are extremely important, and inspiring to me - it's so captivating. In particular, the parts with the lyrics 'Bismillah' (Arabic for 'In the name of God'), it's just so provocative. And with Freddie Mercury being a Zanzibar (extinct former UK protectorate) -born British Indian and practicing Zoroastrian (an ancient Iranian religion persecuted throughout history), it really depicts how he goes against all odds, to fight for what he believes in.

Yes, Mercury was flamboyant, he was controversial. But he first and foremost got people listening to him for his music, for his talent - and that in itself is amazing, and worthy of the highest respect.

If you were on an island, and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring, and why?

The Bhagavad Gita

- a 700-word holy scripture, an accompanying text to the historical Hindu epic the Mahabharata. To me, it's basically wisdom about the circle of life, it teaches you everything you need to know. One can never read it just once, and understand it fully. Each time you read it, there's something new you learn every single time. The interpretations, the perceptions which one gets of the book each time would be very different at different stages of your life.

My favourite pair of sunglasses

-hello, it's a deserted island right? It'll be so hot, sunny and bright and I wouldn't be able to see anything. I went for Lasik please, and I'll need to protect my eyes.

My beloved L-shaped pillow

- it hugs to your body, so it acts as a pillow as well as a bolster. If I'm already know I'm going to die, I might as well die comfortably.

Pepsi, or Coke?

Neither, I don't take any drinks that utilize compressed sugar in the manufacturing process. In fact, I use Coke to clean my toilet bowl at home - think that says enough about what I think about Coke.

You are in a dark, deserted alley with 47 cats, police sirens blaring in the background, and a rotting stench of death. However, you are surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands of dollar notes just lying around on the floor. What do you do?

Simple. I'll take all the money, and run. And then I'll come back a while later, just to rescue all the cats, before heading back home. As a matter of fact, I've rescued dogs on six different occasions in my life. There you go, happily ever after.

If Hollywood were to shoot a movie about your life, which actor should play you, and why?

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I would go for Peter Dinklage, known for his fan-favourite role as Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series. I just love him for his immense wit, for his brains in short. But of course, perhaps a taller, skinnier, and better-looking version of him. On second thoughts... Perhaps it should be Jesse Williams ('Jackson Avery' of Greys Anatomy fame), for obvious reasons. He's hot, and well he has eyes like me. Yeah, a cross between Jesse Williams' body and Peter Dinklage's wit.

* Editor's note: I said one.

John has $10 for lunch. A burger costs $6, a salad costs $8, and a bowl of ramen costs $9.50. How much is a falafel?

Do you think I'm stupid? A falafel should never cost more than $10. So it could cost anything, and John would still be able to afford it. It's simply dependent on what John would feel like eating for lunch that day.

What is the worst decision you have ever made in your life?

Agreeing to this interview.

Ever a people-person, Suresh would love to hear from you. Say hi at

See also:

10 Questions with Gabi Perry, VP of Customer Success

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