How I turned my startup idea into a product: The story of Indian

By Kapil Arora

I am a student at the Rajasthan Technical University and I had an idea for a startup, however, with no knowledge of web design and lack of financial capital to hire a web designer, I took it upon myself to learn web development. Upon researching and browsing my options, I stumbled upon Internshala, a website that aims to train students to help them get internships and work experience. After reading the experiences of other students on the blog, I enrolled in their training program.

Once I started training, I was very impressed by their user-friendly and interactive training modules. I started my learning process with HTML and CSS and eventually moved to Bootstrap to learn to make mobile responsive applications. Next, I completed the MySQL and PHP modules and progressed to complete a bigger project which was to create an e-commerce website including functionalities like sign up, add to cart, buy now, and many other options.

Once the pages were designed, it was time to connect them to the database. I had presumed that it would be difficult, but due to the efficient design of the module which explained the process using PHP, the process turned out to be smooth and easy. The assigned mentors and their live chat sessions made the entire training process a breeze for me.

While I was pursuing the training, I received a call from one of my friends, who was complaining about a mechanic who came to her house to repair her refrigerator and instead stole some cash that was kept on her refrigerator. Her call was my eureka moment! It pushed me to make a website which would help people find verified and trusted mechanics to repair their electronics. I quickly opened my mini notebook wherein I had noted and practised all the important concepts that I learnt during the training and got to work.

I designed the web pages for my enterprise on paper first and then coded them using HTML and CSS. Once the pages and registration forms for mechanics and customers were done, I used my knowledge of SQL and PHP to maintain the database of the website. I had also learnt the concept of bulk messages during the training and deployed the same to integrate a bulk message API that would send an automated message to the user when he/she registered for my website. I also integrated the Paytm payment gateway into my website, and after a month of earning and writing codes, I went live with my own startup, Indian Mistry, and I have no words to express how I felt at that moment.I do not think any of this would not have been possible without my web development training. I implemented everything I had learned during the training and converted my idea for a startup into a product.

Services offered by Indian Mistry as per their website. Credit: Screen Grab on May 3.

Indian Mistry, based in Kota, provides services by connecting customers with local mechanics and repairmen such as electricians, plumbers, cleaners, technicians, at pocket-friendly prices.

Kapil Arora is a student of Government Engineering College, RTU and the founder of