The boy who just gave his mother's business an e-com push

Kuljot Singh built a site to take his mother's business online.

Hyderabad, Mar 20

Amrit Kaur Bakshi, a middle-aged Patiala housewife, runs a 'bottoms' shop in the city. She would procure custom-made 'bottoms' and other women's wear from local tailors to sell them to her customers, mostly based on word-of-mouth advertisiment. She has just expanded her market across the country with the launch of her 'e-commerce' window.

Her nine-year-old son Kuljot Singh has built a site for her using Microsoft's Azure offerings. While most of his Class 4 mates are busy preparing for their final exams, Kuljot Singh Bakshi was listening to experts talking about the cloud and the fast-changing technology landscape at the two-day Microsoft Azure Conference in Pune this week.

Accompanied by his father Prabhjot, the nine-year-old techie has literally lost sleep, telling techies how he used Azure to build the 'e-commerce' website www.patialabottom.com for his mother.

"He was awake the whole night on Wednesday participating in the Azure night and made a presentation on his work at 3 a.m. He was awake till 6 in the morning, hit the bed for a while and got ready for the keynote at 9.30 a.m.," Prabhjot, a web technologies trainer, told BusinessLine.

Kuljot means business. He pops up a business card which says he is a Web Developer for the site Patialabottom.com.

"I would like to continue my passion in web-based technologies," Kuljot says.

He says he helps his tech-illiterate mother put the latest models in WhatsApp and also on the website. As orders started trickling in from beyond her traditional market of Patiala, Amrit tied up with a courier firm to start sales based on the 'cash-on-delivery' model.

Is he worried about the upcoming exams?

He nodded 'yes' like any other student his age.

His father is not too worried. "We are letting him do whatever he wants to do," he says.

Published on March 20, 2015

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