Kunal Chandiramani, a 16 year old from Bhopal is a programmer in practice and an innovator at heart. Kunal has two successful start-ups as of now and has won 9 awards in total for his coding skills, the most prestigious being the National level Ethical Hacker Award, IIT Bombay. Pulled by his inquisitiveness on how websites are made, Kunal started coding at the age of 11. He had by then dreamt of studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and even becoming the CEO of Google.
Kunal was interested in robotics and worked on various similar projects. Seeing the unlimited scope and potential that web development and coding had, he started learning programming and designed his first website comp-academy. During this time he also received encouragement and guidance from an uncle of his, who has been Kunal’s guide ever since. He feels his driving force is the feeling of accomplishment he experiences when he sees his imagination turned to reality and prefers describing himself as a passionate and persevering individual.
The turning point to his life was when he received a reply to an email he sent to Mr. Raghu Pandey, a renowned tech-expert. Raghu has mentored and supported Kunal during his tough times. Kunal recalls a moment when he accidentally deleted the code for his website just days before the launch date, he ended up calling Mr. Pandey in panic who calmed him down. It was after Mr.Raghu’s counselling and sound advise that he started finding the backup. He feels he could totally have not thought about it in his frustration if not for Mr. Pandey’s guidance.
Kunal launched his second website, Kstar on his father’s birthday which is an online resource for local business to create a space online for them, and will complete its first anniversary this year. He also hopes that his start-ups remain recognised even when he pursues higher education or his job.
When Kunal started coding, people stopped him, discouraged him and told him what a waste of time it was. That he was better off focusing on his studies. His families’ and mentors’ support along with his hard work and perseverance led him to become a person anyone can look upto. Today, Kunal has 2 successful start-ups. He has won 9 awards for his work in the field of programming. He is also working on 6 research papers and authoring 3 books. His role models are Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Steve Jobs. He believes that even if he could do half the things these men did, he would consider his life a successful one. When asked to give a message to the readers, he urged all to follow their personal calling and do what their heart wants them to do. He believes that following your instinct and working hard towards your goals can make one easily reach their desired destiny.
Khyati Pathak | TOC
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