Posted on Oct 30 2013 by Saurav Modak • Comments Are Closed
I will begin with saying that I am an Indian middle class guy, a class I hate so much even though I belong to it. You are stuck in the middle, and neither you are poor for the government to make awesome schemes for you, and neither you are rich enough to live life lavishly. Middle class has been the main bottleneck in every entrepreneur's development. More than money factors, its an attitude, an attitude to be insecure, an attitude to not to take risks, and an attitude to be a commoner. These people save every bit of their income (for insecurity?) but do not believe in investing. And honestly, I have never seen someone to become rich by just savings. Thankfully, I have taken the pledge that though I am born a middle class commoner, I will never die a commoner.
I started working when I was in second year of my college, in 2011. In Indian terms, thats too early. No one here takes a job before grads, and some even wait to finish their masters. It was not a ordinary job, I had to write articles for a popular Linux news site, and it had those perks of me being famous. And I joined the job because my parents pocket money was not enough for me. Fair enough, right? Well not according to my dad. He was not happy, and he felt that the job will affect my academics. Well why is that a cause of worry? Well because if I don't do well, I wont get a good job in future. See again - insecurity.
I joined the job anyway. Doing some work is any day better than hangling your parents for money. Besides, it was just 2-3 hours of work and the pay was decent. I became quite famous among Linux users in Facebook, and inspired a few people to switch to Linux.
Fast forward 2 years. I realized that writing is not the only thing that I would like to do in my life. So I started coding, well web development precisely. Today, I am working for a few small projects, some paid, some non-paid. I tried my hands with freelancing a bit too. But things that I am not actively involved is not my cup of cake. I have graduated from my college this year, and plan to do some jobs before I turn to masters again.
So sitting at home, I applied for a few startups. Small companies where I can get enough space to take big responsibilities and showcase myself. I got selected in one, and will be leaving my home soon, maybe in 10-15 days. I have to (re)develop two websites, one of them which I had worked earlier and it got featured in a major news daily. Should take around 6 months and I will be back.
As expected, my well wishers were not happy. Here I am, doing ground breaking work, and they are like - "What will happen after six months? What will you do after that?"
Well, to me its not concern. Its basic insecurity that this class faces. The same insecurity that forces them to live an uncomfortable life, work hard, remain employees (read slaves) all their life and save every rupee for the future, which never comes. This class has neither gets sympathy of the poor, not the comfort of the rich.
And for me, I am confident that I will land up some work somewhere, and even have made plans for that. Its the confidence that comes from sheer talent, and a belief that with hard work (and a bit of strategy) anything can be achieved.
I feel pity for the individuals who are not as confident as me, and who cannot trust that their talent will not keep them hungry and homeless.
Posted on Oct 25 2013 by Saurav Modak • Comments Are Closed
Finally this blog is up. Two days of coding, and one hour of facepalming as to how to get the URL rewriting work with GoDaddy. I will move this to my VPS soon, currently too broke to afford it :-P.
So why did I just not install Wordpress? Well, there is something I love about coding is seamless customization. So I started from scratch, used QCubed-Improved and coded this up from ground up. Yup, its not complete, but atleast I can write posts and share them. I am planning to add more features soon.
This site will feature all my projects and works. And blog is the first part of it. I wish to integrate a lot of things here, so stay tuned. Currently there are no RSS feeds or comments, but I wish to add them in coming weeks. Posting is basic, supports Markdown, and users can log in using their Facebook a/c. There is also an admin panel, and some user authentication that forms a base of all.
Yes, I love QCubed. So many things done in so little time.
Take care :-)