Although they seem impossible at times, dreams have a strong
role in defining what a person becomes.If we look back into
our past, whatever we are today, started from a dream.
It might be something small, but it has evolved over time.
New dreams keep popping up every now and then, and
I believe, that at least some of them play a crucial role in
defining who we.
Back in 2012, was when I completed my 12th Grade,
I was confused as I had a lot of options in front of me.
I was worried, because I knew I was making an important
decision on how my future would look like.Being inspired
by movies, I was very much tempted to choose the stream
of Electronics and Communication. All I wanted to do was to
build the stuff as I saw in movies. I was extremely excited,
like most of us, when I joined an Engineering college
Later, I realized whatever was taught in college, was just an
advanced version of high schools. Of Course, I learned a lot
of basics, but the extensive theory was kind of pulling me back.
I slowly realized that what I was expecting is not what I will be
getting from the academics. It was a pull back for a few days,
and then I thought of finding options of utilizing whatever was
available to get closer to the dream I saw.
I was so motivated by the idea of robots, because i felt that in
some way, humans were trying to recreate humans, but in an
synthetic way. I still remember the first few months of college,
where I was eager to read books from the Library about
Robotics.This was happening in parallel, and soon I realized
that I have a lot to learn if I need to get where I want.
It is equally important to have an atmosphere around us
which is constructive, positive and productive. And I didn't
want to miss any of the fun from college life. It was extremely
important to find a striking balance, so that i can manage both.
The first good thing that happened to me, were the group of
friends I found. The group started getting bigger and fun. We
were always in the last few benches. I started enjoying the fun
part of college life. The best part of the entire group was that
they knew all of my crazy dreams, but whenever it comes to
getting something done, they have always been with me.
I started attending doing a Post-Graduate Diploma in
Embedded system design during the weekends, because I
felt that would be the first step in getting started. I started
learning online, bought stuff and started building tiny robotic
devices. I was so excited to see how i could get stuff done
with some electronics and a few lines of code.These used to
keep me awake at night, most of the time, where i will be
building stuff and learning new things. And the motivation
I got was how my friends used to support me after I
built something new.
I still remember that we used to spend late nights watching
movies and by the time the movie would be over, we would
all be lazy to get up to switch off the lights. And that was
when i built something, where we would switch off the lights
and fan in our room with a remote. We installed it together in
our room in the hostel and had so much fun playing with it.
The excitement on their face, when i build something new
was the fuel for my dreams. With all these happening, i
started learning more, and i was getting excited as i felt that
i was slowly getting towards my dream.
It was during that time that I started hearing a lot about
Startups. The idea of having my own company sounded
so cool. I really wanted to club it with what I was doing as
a hobby, but I never knew where to start from. As a first
step towards that dream, I realized something one night.
It took me a couple of months to learn about electronics,
Arduino, the hardware and stuff like that. And it took me
a lot of troubleshooting and effort to get these stuff up and
I thought, "Why not teach this to students?"
The idea was very well supported by my Seniors who were
handling an Organization called 'CEST' in our college,
SCT College of Engineering. They gave me a platform to
organize a training in college for my juniors, through the
platform of CEST.
It was the first time that I was training students. A large
number of students signed up for the session. I still
remember the day of the training. I entered the hall and
I got the shock of my life, when I saw over 80 students,
who were waiting there to learn. I was procrastinating
too much and the program was delayed by almost half
an hour, because i was worried about how to start. I soon
realized that it was something big which i have put myself
into and there was no turning back. With my friends all around
me, trying to calm me down, i took a deep breath
and started speaking. My voice was shivering as i started,
but within a few minutes, i got myself in the track. I started
enjoying it. All my friends were volunteering for the session,
which made it much more easy and comfortable.The
positive feedback from the students gave me much more
confidence for the upcoming day, as it was a two day session.
Next day, when i reached the college in the morning, I was
surprised to see the students playing with their robots, much
before the scheduled time. Since then, I had conducted
multiple training sessions, in different states .None of them
would have been possible if i never made the first step on
that day, and if the College and Seniors had not supported the
dream. This was the point when I realized that making the first
step and getting out of the comfort zone is the first thing you
have to do in getting closer to your dream.
This was the time when many people knew about what I did.
But I was still not sure how to move to the next step. I found
myself stuck with my ideas. It was when the 2005 Alumni
batch came to our College, with a wonderful initiative of
giving exposure to students in the field of startups.
I remember the HOD coming to our class along with
Sandeep Zachariah, and they explained about their initiative.
It was when i lifted my heads up from my book
( Where i was playing Bingo :P ).
It sounded so exciting and i really wanted to get in somehow.
I was excited when the HOD of our Department,
Sheeja MK, pointed me out from the last bench and said that
i have been doing similar stuff in College. This was a turning
point where I got closer to my dreams. I was connected to the
2005 Alumni batch and with a community called "Rethink"
which was an initiative by Sijo Kuruvila, who is the founding
CEO of Startup Village, which was my dream place to be in.
The 2005 Alumni Batch, sponsored me for the first ever
exposure which I had, to the community of Startups and
Makers. It was an event in Ahmadabad, called the
Maker Fest. After we got connected, we had a
conference call later that day and the next day, I was
made ready to fly to Ahmadabad for the Maker Fest. It
was an event where makers, startups
from all over the country would gather.This was the best
exposure so far. I got connected with a lot of makers like
Arvind Sanjeev, Jibin Jose, Rohil Dev, Nidhya, Juhaim who
were all experts and experienced in the domain already.
The fun part was how easily every one synced up in a
very short time.
Getting connected with the team and spending time with
them, was something which helped me a lot moving forward.
This was a point, where I realized how important network and
getting connected with Like Minded people was. The lesson
has helped me with multiple aspects of my life, both personal
and professional. And the biggest turning point happened,
and i got an idea how to take my Startup forward, with the
support from the Rethink community and the Alumni of SCT.
Within a few months, the next event came up which was the
Arduino day in Banglore. This was again identified and supported
by the 2005 Alumni team. This time, we were much more prepared.
Four of us from SCT traveled for the event. Angelin Mary John,
Shameer A, Sujith S. This time we were much prepared. We were
not there just to see and network, but we had something to present.
It was a Brain Controlled Robot. I had this idea of building a brain
controlled Robot since long, but the Mindwave sensor kit was
expensive for me to afford at that point. This was again when
Sandeep Zachariah, connected me with people in Rethink
community and from the ALumni who gave me a Mindware Brain
Sensor Kit, to prepare for the presentation. This was also when
i got connected with the Team of Fin Robotics, which was the
brain child of Rohil Dev ( Currently Tech CEO of Nimo Planet).
Interaction with their team was yet another turning point which
gave me much more exposure to a startup environment. Back at
the Arduino day, we had a stall for our idea, where we presented
our Brain controlled Robot. We also had a networking session
organized by Sandeep Zachariah in banglore where we met
more people from Rethink team, giving us a better exposure.
This was also a part of the initiatives of the Alumni and Rethink
community which gave us students an amazing exposure, about
what is really happening outside.
Later, with the support of the Alumni, Rethink community,
CEST, friends, i decided to go ahead with my dream of my
startup where we started small by designing, developing and
manufacturing Home Automation Products. We named it
Synapse, and we started manufacturing products. We slowly
spread our wings and moved into other domains like Chemical
Industry, where we started manufacturing Gas Leak detectors.
Most of our Gas Leak Detectors had customers from other
countries, and later we also expanded into the area of Research
and Development. Our team started developing custom products
for clients, based on use cases.
At a point, we decided to take a break to understand the market
from a different perspective. This was a big change. Shifting from
a startup environment to a Corporate world, was something very
new to me.Finding a new job seemed challenging to me.It was again
through the connects of Alumni, that sorted these out as well.
I was given opportunities for finding job opportunities through the
connects in the Alumni Community, and later when i found a job,
it was again Suraj from the Alumni Community who helped me
with the transition. It was at this point that i realized the strength
of communities and how they can help you in each and every
stage of your dreams. Since then i moved into a Industrial domain.
Currently I work on Industry 4.0 and Digitalization for manufacturing
Industries, with Focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
.I recently completed my Post Graduation on Machine Learning and
Artificial Intelligence and i still work on activities which are a part
of the dreams which pop
Still learning, still dreaming, Still evolving !
I have been mentioning "Friends" a couple of times. I believe this
Blog Post would never be completewithout mentioning them.
All these would have never been possible if i was associated with
a different friend circle. All Thanks to Sarath Mohan, Vishnu SR,
Vishnu Sreeprakash, Viju Sudhi, Nidheesh K, Thoyyib Tk, Sreejin S,
Basil Mohammed, Navas , Vivek and the Hostel which was our
Something i learned from the whole experience mentioned above is,
- It is really important to have dreams. May it be big or Small.
- It is really important to be with the right community who can help you in moving forward.
- Anyone can get stuck. And we area always afraid of asking for help.
- Support from the right people can help in achieving dreams in ways which you can never imagine.
- Sometimes, these connects happen with time. If it doesn't we should try to find them ourselves.
- It is equally important to have a work life balance.
- You should never have a situation where you think, too much work has made me miss
- all the good parts of life. OR, too much fun has made negligent about achieving the dreams.
At the end of the day, It is all about Dreams, Networking and finding the Right Balance.