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Bhimani’s experiments with websites began in 2003; monthly revenues from his portals have now touched Rs. 3 lakh, says Arnab Datta, in an exclusive article in Mint.

Kolkata: Shabbir H. Ashraf Bhimani, 32, was born into a Gujarati business family that taught its children to never consider working for others. “It’s better to pull a handcart than look for a job,” Bhimani’s father, a Kolkata-based trader in fish and spices, would tell his sons.

Shabbir Bhimani grew up in Dhoraji, a flourishing town in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, and moved to Kolkata to join his father after completing school. Ordained to make a living from his own business, Bhimani had at the age of 24 started experimenting with various online sites. That was in 2003 when he was a third-year student of information technology (IT) in Kolkata’s BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology, a private college, pursuing a degree in engineering.

Even without a revenue model, he launched an online forum,, his first, to share with Internet users the lessons he learnt in software technology. At that time, he knew little except programming codes, recalls Bhimani, who got an expert to develop the portal that fell short of his own expectations. With time, he realized he had to learn to develop portals on his own, and a year later, in 2004, here-launched The same year he fathered twins, a boy and a girl, from his one-year-old marriage with Lubna Shabbir Bhimani, a homemaker.

Shabbir Bhimani had by then begun working as a freelance software programmer, ploughing the money he made from assignments into his portal. On graduating from the engineering college, he landed a job through campus placement with a Kolkata-based information technology firm, Vision Comptech Ltd.

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