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 former replaced with instructions in 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, 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 or do something that I love? Am I going to do a 9-5 office job or take control of my time and do whatever I want? The answers to these questions weren’t clear but I soon realized that teaching - whether verbal or written - is something that I love the most.
The passion for teaching emerged when I was the part of the Computer Engineering Student Society at my University. I taught Web Development to my juniors and they gave great feedback. They acknowledged my teaching skills that how I can teach a complex topic with ease.
So, I finally decided to pursue a career which will help me become a teacher but at the same time allow me to do other things like freelancing, consulting, technical content writing, and more.
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.
At the same time, I started my freelance digital product development agency, RavSam. Since then, I have worked with promising businesses and startups and provided them with Full Stack Development services and Technical Content Writing services for various publications.
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 per cent 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