Went into the University for the first time

I went into the university for the first time today. It is less than a kilometer from the apartment. I had to go there to finalize certain documents regarding my accomodation. I arrived at the university during the lunch time and hence I had to wait for a couple of hours for the office staffs to return. During the time, I roamed around the campus. The place is aesthetically pleasing, however, it is pretty small, especially since where I did my bachelor's, IIT Patna, had a campus spread across over 500 acres. I also went to the nearby Lidl to get a few frozen pizzas. I had that for lunch, evening snack and dinner. I had thought about cooking something for dinner, but I felt a bit lazy to do the same. However, I did modify the last frozen pizza by adding some mushrooms, pizza sauce and pepper. I think this could be a good trick moving forward - buy a few frozen pizzas and chopped vegetables from Lidl and fuse them. I think this would make the pizzas a bit more healthier and the effor

A look into Hire the Author

Although I have never met Jeevan Thomas Koshy in person, I had befriended his elder brother, Kiran Mathew Koshy, during my college years. Kiran was in the final year of his bachelor's program while I joined for my first year and we lived on the same floor of the same hostel building. Recently, I came to know that Jeevan had started working on a project on his own named Hire the Author, and I had a chance to take a look into it, as well as, have a conversation with him.

His idea is that there may be many people online who would want to be hired, and there are people who want to hire them based on the content that they produced. Initially, I thought the project was just another redundant tool that emails, online forums, and phones have already solved. However, he gave me one interesting example that made me love what he has done.

The example that he gave me was a case where someone saw an answer on StackOverflow and wants more help from the author of the answer, but the author wants to charge for any personal consultation that he/she provides. In such a case, providing one's email address or phone number can cause problems in the long run wherein the client could pester the developer. I could relate to this as something like this had happened to me in the past.

As a developer, I find the idea simple and elegant. A developer can set up a profile on the platform and mark it on the calendar when he/she has some time to spare for a conversation. The client has to pay for getting that time slot assigned for them and they can have a conversation from their platform itself. No contact information needs to be shared between the client and the customer, and no one can contact each other outside of the time slot.

Click here to view my profile on HireTheAuthor

There is also an option to subscribe for one-on-one personalised mentoring. Here, a client can chat with the developer for a period of one month after subscribing to it. The developer can limit the number of people he/she wishes to mentor in any month as well. I have kept it at the default value of 5 for now.

I have just set up my profile on the platform. For now, I am not going to mark my calendar free. I have enough work at MathWorks and I need the rest of my time to be reserved for leisure. In the future, if I really do want to get into freelancing, I think I will go with this platform.


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