Positive words are the most powerful way to guide the world in the right direction. The above lines used by the Prime Minister of India while praising Imran Khan, a talented son of India from Alwar, worked as a magical boost to another boy. Rahil Mohammad hailing from the same city as of Imran Khan got inspired by the positive thought of shining the name of Alwar and India again at the International level. This is a journey of transformation of an ordinary boy with a minimal technical background to become one of the Youngest app developers of India.
"My India resides in people like Imran Khan from Alwar" – Narendra Modi during a speech at Wembley Stadium, London, in November 2015
A Simple Boy With Simple Needs
Rahil was born on September 03, 2000, in a simple village Maujpur village that falls under the Laxmangarh tehsil of district Alwar. His initial introduction to his birthplace was mostly inspired by his father, a senior government teacher, and his house maker mother. He always used to love his district and state Rajasthan for being one of the best places representing the historical glory of India. However, a situation that attracts lakhs of tourists every year was lacking the proper development while he was growing, with limited opportunities for study and learning new things. Rahil was no different and was preparing for his tenth class in 2015 with not much to do something different till then.
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill
It was again an average day of November 2015 in the life of Rahil, when a few praising words by Narendra Modi for famous app developer Imran Khan from Alwar touched his heart. He started thinking of making his contribution to describe the vision of New India. It was his life-changing moment, and he would not have imagined the fruitful results of his decision to choose app development as his passion and goal.
The Mountain Of Problems
"We should not give up, and we should not allow the problem to defeat us." - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The path of doing something different and out of your comfort zone is never easy. Rahil, too, started facing a lot of problems at that very moment when he decided to build an application to help others. The first and the major challenge he faced was the lack of Institutions near his area where he can learn more about the process and basic requirements needed to build the apps. But his heart was always fully dedicated to his goals, and this helped him to start his work by learning through the information available on Google. Unaware about any minute detail of building the applications, he started spending his whole time after school in gathering the Ins and Outs of an app through the help of various technical blogs and Youtube videos for the same. This is how he became proficient in languages like HTML, CSS, JAVA, XML, PHP, ETC and completed his first step towards success.
Even after learning the basics, one of the main questions that kept bothering Rahil was the implementation of his knowledge into a usable product. After going through a lot of thinking, he decided to implement his learnings on Blogger, which was the best available option he had at that time. The idea to design his blog on Blogger was to know his mistakes in the real-time world scenarios and learn from the mistakes. He felt more motivated and confident when his website was looking good in every possible way and was ready to go live. This little success opened the doors of his thinking, and now he started searching for the next available opportunities.
“Everyone chooses their path. People can show you the path, but you have to choose what is best for you.” - Rahil Mohammad on his Success story
The world was becoming technologically advanced day by day, and one of the significant contributors to this was android apps. Although not very much proficient in Android applications, Rahil started learning about it to build his first app. But the biggest problem was the unavailability of technical resources and technical people in his village. When he tried to run Android Studio, a platform used to build the android apps, he got a little disheartened knowing that the configuration of his laptop was too outdated to support this heavy software. Also, he did not see any point in discussing these issues with parents or someone nearby. The only choice he had at that time was to start saving money to buy a new laptop, which can run an android studio. For the next six months, he cut down all his expenses and managed to buy the computer with the desired configuration to build his android apps. It seems to be the end of his problems, but it was just the beginning of his journey in the world of App development.
The Ideal Of Rahil
Remember the hero in the lines spoken by Prime Minister of India and how it shaped the life of Rahil, the famous app developer Imran Khan whose humbleness and helping nature guided Rahil's journey. After buying the new laptop, Rahil developed his first app for Hindi Grammar. Although he wanted people to know about his app but decided to show it to the Imran khan for his feedback and reviews. When he was able to contact Imran through WhatsApp, Imran became very happy to see another app developer from his region and told him to continue his great work. Although thrilled by Imran’s response, Rahil has to cross the new hurdle of making the app live. It was still Imran who helped him and answered all his queries like the overall cost of putting an app on the Google play store. It created a new problem for Rahil as he needed $25 to live his app on play store, and he could not take money from parents.
"You just have to have the guidance to lead you in the direction until you can do it yourself." - Tina Yothers
This time his earlier work at the Bloggers helped him to find the solution. As his blogs were very famous due to their style and content, a person was ready to pay him Rs 2000 for designing his website. He used this money for creating his account and making his first app live at the age of 16 during his 11th standard. Many people praised his dedication and hard work, and it filled his heart with happiness. Motivated by the success till now and seeing the usage of his app, he thought of building some more apps focused on the problems every child, including him, has faced during his lifetime. Although developing apps is a comfortable genre for him, it was not an easy task for him as he has to start with an idea, then build that app and finally make those apps live. He managed all these things on his own since he did not want his parents to be involved in these things. As he was unsure about the reactions of his parents and other people.
"The day you become humble is the day you become successful." - Naveen Jain
Every time life puts a challenge to Rahil, he became ready with all his power to face the same and find a solution. This time also when no one was there to help and guide him, he decided to prepare some apps which can help children to enhance their basic knowledge and grammar, which constitute the basis of any exam. As his apps became famous, his name got entered in the list of one of the Youngest app developers of India. The only thing left out for him was to tell his parents about the same, and luckily, his ideal Imran Khan was there to present the new app developer to the world. It happened during a conference where Imran was supposed to talk about future apps and their potential to bring significant changes in everybody's life. Rahil was present there along with his father and was eagerly waiting to listen to Imran and his ideas. But suddenly, Imran told the audience that we have one kid here only whose apps are changing the world, and this boy was none other than Rahil! Everyone in the auditorium was looking at him, and he was filled with both joy and nervousness. His hands were shaking, but his eyes were showing the dreams about the vision of the new India. He became clueless when Imran told him to come over the stage and felicitated him. There were tears of happiness in his eyes but with no sound coming out of his throat. When he came back to his seat, his father hugged him and told him the feeling of being known as the father of Rahil Mohammad.
Thinking To Change the World
It was the continuous efforts of Rahil, which lend him the privilege of being named as one of the Youngest app developers of India. He knew that it was just a start for his promising future while fulfilling his goal of highlighting the Indian Talent at the global level. He was not only ready for the future but also wanted to change the future for the overall development of society. He went on to prepare new useful apps for people, and at least 12 of them have been extensively downloaded and used from the Google Play Store.
He has taken admission into college after completing his 12th standard this year. With every possible effort to help others, he used his chemistry knowledge to prepare some useful 12th class notes. The notes have already benefited more than 70,000 students, and the number is still increasing day by day. The best part of all his apps that most of them are available for free, as his primary motive was to help others. Presently, he is working on an e-learning app that can help the young students preparing for competitive exams through giving online test series. As per his vision, all children will be able to measure their capabilities based on these tests and then work on their weaknesses for a brighter future.
"Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident" - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
His efforts have not only changed his life entirely but also helped him to earn many prominent awards. He got his first recognition on November 19, 2018, when he was invited as a motivational speaker to throw some light on his life journey at an event of Ignite Talks in the P. G. College Near Sanganeri Gate, Jaipur. This opportunity gave the inspiration to many youngsters afraid to work towards their dreams. As it was his first experience, so he also came to know about a lot of things during his interaction at the event. He used his knowledge for his first session at the Josh talk show on February 24, 2019, which has already been attended by some great social activists and talented people like Boman Irani, Anurag Kashyap, and many others. From being the winner of the 'India Young Achievers Award 2019’ from Entrepreneur live network to win the ‘National star diamond achievers award 2019’ in a famous hotel in Bikaner on July 28, 2019, he has set a right path for himself. Even one of the best moments of his life also happened in 2019. It was his dream to meet the District Magistrate of his district, Indrajeet Singh. And this came true when Indrajeet Singh tried calling him the whole day after seeing an article about his achievements in the newsletter of Rajasthan on January 18, 2019. However, he had to wait a little longer to meet him as his phone got crashed and was not reachable throughout the day. The next day when he met with DM, he filled his heart with new hopes and motivation, which became more stronger when he was felicitated by the DM on June 01, 2019.
"Be the light in the darkness to inspire and to enlighten others." - Debasish Mridha
The achievements of Rahil might look easy for anyone looking at his destination, but once we start digging his hard work and dedication, it will show the hurdles he had faced. He is the real star shining for the sake of his country and inspiring millions of youth. He has framed his apps to benefit the children in the maximum possible way. And those children will become the future of India with the only aim of making this world a better place to live.