|Your host, Gopal Aggarwal|
I am born and brought up in Punjab, India. From my early days, I've shown interest in technology, complexity and analyzing way more than kids of my age.
SchoolingMy father observed this gift of extreme male brain and went out of way to nurture, encourage whatever could be my calling. This included distance drawing lessons, a Casio Magic Diary requested from his merchant navy friend. My grandfather also helped me by seeing me to computer courses from institutes like NIIT, ISCT for MS DOS, Windows 3.1, Visual FoxPro etc.
Dear father, grandfather and grandmother, I thank you for the things you've done for me.I took to software as a duck takes to water - all that complexity of thought to code, discipline till the last semi-colon, and the awe when the screen would scroll into action and produce the output as desired is enjoyable. My father got a personal computer (expensive in those days), a VSNL Internet connection (when we used to pay by the seconds of being online). I would spend time tweaking my computer, formatting and installing Windows frequently etc. 32 MB of RAM was all that was required for Windows to run smoothly!
|One of my articles published in |
Lyallpur Khalsa College annual magazine.
After my schooling at APJ School, Jalandhar, I did graduation in Information Technology at Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar. Surprisingly, there I got attracted to NCC and army in general. I scolded myself for not considering military as a career option till now. Maybe because I have a total civilian background, that's why.
CollegeOnce I noticed my charm for Army, I went in all guns blazing to make an informed decision about a career as an officer in Indian Army. This included joining the college NCC, attending at least one camp which gives a taste of army life, and then, sitting alone and contemplating what I want in life, and will I get satisfaction in military.
|I attended Army Attachment Camp |
under 2 SIKHLI
ArmyAfter deciding to serve in military, it was a series written exams of CDSE, direct entries and three SSB Interviews which I could not clear, after which I realised and accepted my ineptitude for military. With a heavy heart, I reconciled to a life of a software person. It hurt a lot at the moment, but it's okay.
Post-GraduationAfter that I did post-graduation in computer applications (MCA) from one of the best universities of Punjab - Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar - after earning 4th rank in Punjab in unreserved quota. I used to read so much in the library during those days, it was fun and enlightening. Soon, the relaxed days of father's money were and should end, so I began thinking about which programming language I wanted to earn my bread and butter in.
My next big decision was system programming, or application programming?I remembered the higher complexity involved with languages closer to hardware and that sometimes C/C++'s advanced features can be tough. But directly catering to a client in application programming is tough, I thought. One thing led to another, the abundance of Web Development jobs, near my home in Chandigarh, and my experiments with websites in graduation excited me towards Web Development as a profession.
I did research, and then my decision was between .NET and PHP. Long story short, I chose to become a Web Developer in PHP and related technologies.
Also, I love animals and have had the luxury of owning many dogs, some at home and some stray! As you must have sensed a pattern, I love reading and writing too - being called bookworm is a thing of pride to me. I enjoy photography also.
Thank you!Thank you for reading this far. I guess now you know me better than I know you. Please feel free to write to me, to introduce yourself, anything I can help you with, tell me if I have been in any way helpful to you, or to just say hi!