EP #16: Thiru Vignarajah – Baltimore Mayoral Candidate, Federal Prosecutor & Harvard Law School Graduate

Thiruvendran “Thiru” Vignarajah is a Candidate For Mayor of Baltimore while being a lawyer who is currently a litigation partner at the law firm DLA Piper in Baltimore, Maryland. Thiru joins Ara on the latest episode of The Tamil Creator to discuss immigrating to the States at the age of three, his passion for Baltimore, how working in politics helped him learn to accept the fact he can’t please everyone, his strategy for staying grounded, and much more.

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01:11 – Introducing Thiru Vignarajah
02:17 – Having parents who were teachers, wanting to become a law professor
08:43 – Why Thiru chose to attend Yale and Harvard
11:24 – The perception vs. reality of Baltimore
18:35 – How can Baltimore prosper?
26:04 – Why Thiru still drives a Camry
29:26 – Why Thiru doesn’t drink alcohol or eat meat
31:51 – Valuable lessons Thiru has learned along the way
37:10 – What Thiru would tell his 16-year-old self
39:37 – What is the Tamil community like in Baltimore?
41:57 – Talking is Thiru’s favourite method of learning
44:08 – Thiru’s Tamil inspirations
49:31 – Why Thiru looks up to Thurgood Marshall
53:17 – Creator Confessions
57:55 – The wrap up