Thanks for coming up to this page. I won't really take long to introduce myself. I'm an optimistic guy who loves to code and design from Udaipur, Rajasthan (India). The tags that define me apart from my professional interests are: Food (lots of it but restricted to eating, and not cooking), Photography (I am a little good at it too), my love for automobiles and gadgets, and curly hair. When I'm not working, I love to sing (usually on smaller breaks ranging for hours) or travel around in larger breaks (recently completed two 45 days 10,000 Kms each Rail+Road backpacking trips across India). There's more to me for your kind perusal just a little scroll below.
Somehow, creativity and an eye for art and design was always in my genes. I was born with it. Got the bug of coding in my brain since my first encounter with computers in 10th standard of my schooling. Since then I have been exploring more and more horizons I could in these fields combined, gathering more and more knowledge and gaining experiences. In terms of knowledge and experience, I've never looked back
Things take a lot of time and patience, so did I in my learning phase, and still continue to learn as no one is perfect ever. During my professional journey, I've played a number of different roles that make me versatile as well as experienced in multiple domains. Read more in a little detail below
Winner at Prarambh - a 32 hour startup challenge/hackathon organized by IIM - UdaipurMarch 2014
I did describe it in first place because it was the most challenging thing that happened to me. Until then, I was just a noob in Android and never made even a tiny app before, but it did took my proficiency to unimaginable levels. The national level event was held in Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur (IIM-U), one of the most prestigious management institutes in India. I was the main operative of the team 'Wedway' that stood the winner. The minimum viable product that was built in mere 32 hours was a full fleged cloud server based Android App for guest management.
Skills utilized: Android, php, Parse API, Adobe Photoshop
UdaipurBlog2010 - Present
This one's somehow closest to my heart. A major chunk of my knowledge and experience comes through this alone. I joined the 'just freshly arrived' online media of my city, started by young students of Udaipur after I recovered from a severe accident to carve out a new niche. We never knew this could be 'that' big someday. I joined it as a photographer for online journalism, soon role extended towards writing articles, and soon to editing, designing, marketing, taking interviews (both recruitment and interviewing dignitaries for articles). Soon learned the new buzz called WordPress and became a helping hand at the tech end too. (startup culture, you have more roles due to a small team)
I literally have cherished and raised UdaipurBlog as my own startup, or rather, my own child. Soon with the combined team efforts, UdaipurBlog became the largest online media of Udaipur, creating a new culture. Many people followed us into our footsteps, but couldn't outperform us. The family has now grown to a larger team, with many more parallel ventures and at the point of writing, the Facebook fanpage consists of 125,000+ genuine likes. Shows the huge mark we left considering the size of the city.
Skills utilized: WordPress, Content Writing, Editing, Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Team Leadership, Public Relations, Marketing
Internet Marketing Wizard aka IMWizard (IMW)July 2013 - January 2014
It was again a startup (I somehow happen to love the environment) dealing with internet marketing and ecommerce. I was the project manager for the company, where I was responsible for managing a smal team under me. Whereas, I myself also contributed to the internet marketing (also consisting of SEO, SEM, SMO, SMM), development of technology platforms, as well as business development for the company's international ecommerce retail business. I got my hands on product photography, post processing and video production as well.
Skills utilized: WordPress, php, MySQL, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Adobe Photoshop, Product Photography, Post Processing, Video Processing (Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro), Team Leadership, Business Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media Optimization (SMO), Social Media Marketing (SMM), Content Writing, Project Planning and Execution
RackSpace CloudU CertifiedAugust 2014
Got certified by Cloud University sponsored by Rackspace Hosting issued in recognition that the recipient has a strong understanding of the key elements of Cloud Computing and how they can be applied in business.
Blogging and Content Writing2009 - Present
After making a few blogging attempts on platforms such as blogger (by google) and wordpress.com, I was attracted towards niche blogging. I felt that my knowledge could be shared to the world. I have done a plenty of guest posts, and blogging at different blogs for my inner peace and sake of sharing knowledge. Have also built a few self hosted WordPress blogs myself and successfully run them.
Skills utilized: WordPress, php, MySQL, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Adobe Photoshop, Content Writing/Blogging, SEO, SMO
Tons of Freelance Graphic Designing2007 - Present
I started making graphic designs, logos, banners, etc. right from when I was in the 10th standard of my schooling. Did it for a number of local clients, as well as few international clients too via different freelancer marketplaces and direct contacts as well.
You can see a few of my designs in my portfolio. There are more, but under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
Skills utilized: Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw
Tons of Freelance Web Development2011 - Present
Soon I also ventured into building websites for clients. WordPress one of the most powerful CMS I ever came across was primarily used. However, learning on the way, I've also built a few projects on Joomla, and more than a few on custom coded (read crafted) html5-CSS-jQuery-php-MySQL stack. I am also comfortable with frameworks such as Zurb Foundation and Twitter Bootstrap. I won't boast that I was the best since day 1, but I have improvised a lot with passage of time.
Even this very website you are scrolling has been custom coded by me and is responsive too. You can see a few of my designs in my portfolio. There are more, but under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
Winner of Prarambh (a 32 hour hackathon / tech based startup challenge) organized by Saksham - The Entrepreneurship Club of IIM Udaipur, co-sponsored by Rajasthan Angel Investors Network (RAIN) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) held at Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur (IIM-U) from 7th to 9th March 2014
Felicitated by John Walz, the then President, IEEE Computer Society (global) with the special Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. at the IW-MCC (International Workshop on Mobile and Cloud Computing) in recognition of outstanding support to the IEEE Computer Society in December 2012
Honored by the Rotary Club of Udaipur 'Meera' for outstanding contributions to the field of Online Journalism in the city of Udaipur in June 2012
Runner Up in i.design, a graphic designing competition, in the national level techfest i.fest 2011, of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Runner Up in i.capture, a photography competition in the national level techfest i.fest 2011, of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Awarded with the brilliant student medal in 2003 and a scholarship for 3 years by Saraswati Shiksha Sansthan, Jaipur and felicitated by Mr. Madanlal Khurana, the then Governor of Rajasthan State.
Awarded with the brilliant student medal in 2006 by Saraswati Shiksha Sansthan, Jaipur and felicitated by Mrs. Pratibha Patil, the then Governor of Rajasthan State, and Former President of India.
Awarded with the brilliant student medal in 2007 by Saraswati Shiksha Sansthan, Jaipur and felicitated by Mr. Ghanshyam Tiwadi, the then Education Minister of Rajasthan State.