I'm Rathes Sachchithananthan, a web developer with interests not only in engineering but also in product development & design, user & customer experience, and most importantly in languages and cultures.

I started working as a web designer and web developer at a very young age. I earned my first money as a web designer creating custom MySpace layouts when I was just 14. In 2008, at the age of 16, I founded my own company for web design and development. Since then, I have worked with several clients doing quite a wide range of tasks.

For more than 10 years, I have been working as a web developer doing problem-solving as a back-end engineer using languages such as PHP, Python or Node.js but also as a front-end developer working with HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

However, my real passion lies beyond software and development. I'm more into solving problems for people, make their lives easier and connecting them with each other. Alongside that, I'm passionate about learning new languages and cultures.

Nowadays, I work as a product engineer at Intercom in London building web applications.

Apart from that, I spent most of my time working on smaller side projects at Aheenam. Right now, I'm working on providing a platform for people to learn my mother language Tamil.

What I read

Books play an important part in my life. Just sitting on my couch or bed and reading a novel can be really inspiring.

I do fancy crime novels with interesting detective characters from good old Sherlock Holmes to Harry Hole. But I read basically any kind of book that can broaden one's horizons.

Actually, I dream of having my own library one day where I can invite everybody to pick up a nice book and read.

I have got an entire Reading List with all the books I've read since 2017. Feel free to have a look, you might be able to find the next book for yourself.

What I write

From time to time I also write. It can be work related topics that I share in the writing section of this website but I also write to empty my mind and eternalize ideas.

I have several ideas for some crime novel and I even developed my detective character “Chris Garner”. I want to publish my first short stories soon.

Before I can do that I have to finish my current book which is called “A guide to basic Tamil Grammar”. I'm writing that book as an entry point for my learning platform.

Work inquiry, question or something else? Say hi!