I was born on 19 April 1998 in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.
I did my schooling at Manav Public School in my hometown.
Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by computers maybe because my father was a software engineer. The sound of mechanical keyboards was music to my ear and I would press keys for fun. I made a Railway Ticket Booking system in Visual Basics when I was in sixth grade. That is my first memory of writing code.
In school, I was excellent at Mathematics and scored 99/100 in my final high school exams. I enjoyed Mathematics because, unlike other subjects, I didn't have to cram it. It was more about understanding the problem and then solving it. So, I thought of doing my graduation in Mathematics.
My father was not against this decision, but he advised me to pursue graduation with a professional degree. You don't have to depend on others for a job and can start your own business. With a little reluctance, I joined B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering at Guru Nanak Dev University in 2016.
Within two months, I realized that instead of crying over the spilled milk, I need to put my effort into what I am doing right. I am not going to blame someone else for my failure.
During the first semester of my graduation, I learned about Python and started enjoying it. I quickly realized that Mathematics and Programming are very similar with equations in the former replaced with instructions in the latter with the end goal of solving a given problem.
During the third year of my graduation, I got selected as a Google Summer of Code Developer for GNOME foundation where I revamped the GTK website using Jekyll. This project was a turning point in my career as I got introduced to some of the best software engineers in the world. I learned a lot of things like good coding practices, technical writing, and open-source maintenance. I was invited to speak at the GUADEC conference in Greece but due to some visa issues, I couldn't attend the conference.
Thanks to this project, I started receiving a lot of roles for internships, jobs, and other gigs that you expect from a software developer. I took only those tasks that didn't require a full-time commitment and started doing freelancing.
In the fourth year of my graduation, I sat down one day and started to think about where I am going the take my life. Am I going the work for somebody else for a meager amount of salary or work on something that I love or get paid handsomely as well?
So instead of taking up the job offer that I was offered at the end of my graduation, I decided to pursue Masters in Computer Science and Engineering. I started my post-graduation in 2020 at Guru Nanak Dev University.
Then came Covid 🦠 and everything changed. My classes for my Master's were delayed by over six months. This gave me some free time and I thought of starting a digital product development agency, RavSam. So, I started reaching out to companies and started working with promising businesses and startups and provided them with Full Stack Development services and Technical Content Writing services for various publications.
As the date for my post-graduation came close, I started to fire up my job hunt. I wanted a fully remote role, and luckily the company that I was working with on a contract basis as an independent consultant, offered me a role of a Software Engineer in Feb 2022 and I started my first fulltime job.
I know that life is unpredictable and a lot of things can change in a small period but I always keep in mind that:
The best way to predict the future is to create it. - Abraham Lincoln
If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later! - Richard Branson
Amateurs call it genius. Masters call it practice. - Thierry Henry
Only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. - Wayne Gretzky
If I ain't the greatest then I'm headed for it. - Drake
Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men. - John F. Kennedy
Sometimes I decide to get away from tech life and dive straight into music production. I have my Youtube channel, where you can listen to my remixes and originals.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, I go out with my friends to play outdoor sports like Cricket, Football, and more. I love to cycle around my city and try to ride at least 10-15 km a day.
I publish a monthly newsletter with 400+ subscribers in which I share personal stories, projects that I am working on, and what is happening in the world of tech, and some interesting dev related posts which I come across while surfing on the web.
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