HOUSE HELP TO APP DEVELOPER
Twenty-four-year-old Akash Nautiyal makes apps for Apple phones and earns about Rs 80,000 per month. But his family back home in Manpur village, in Uttarkashi district, still doesn’t know what he does to earn a living. “They think I make some ‘game-vame’ for phones, basically time-pass,” says Nautiyal, who picked up coding skills while working as domestic help for a group of IITians in Mumbai.
“My father used to be a constable driver in Assam Police and was posted in Delhi. My mother is a housewife. They were keen that I get an education,” says Nautiyal. They enrolled him in a private school in Dehradun and found him a place on rent. Once when he was short on cash, he used up his fee money to make rent. The school suspended him, and
Nautiyal ended up as a 10th class dropout.
Deciding that his guitar skills might help him make a career in music, t he youth headed to Mumbai. To keep himself fed and clothed, he started doing house work for a group of young entrepreneurs who had just founded Housing.com.
Nautiyal now also runs an NGO in his village that teaches basics of coding and music to 20 local children. He also managed to save enough to finish renovating his village home after his father’s death. “The area is on the char dham yatra route so I have converted our home into an AirBnB,” says Nautiyal. Eventually, he hopes to start his own software business and hire people from his village and train them as coders.