My name is Brajeshwar Oinam.
I was born in a quiet and serene, hill-surrounded green valley of Imphal1, Manipur (INDIA), and spent all my childhood-school-life, teenage-college-life there.
I migrated and reached Bombay2 on Aug 2, 1999 to kick-start my career. I soon fell in love with the city, the speed, and the pace at which things get done.
After job-hunting for a month, I landed my first job as a Computer Graphic Designer in a Comic Magazine Startup. As part of the test for the job, they gave me a Floppy-Disk3 which contains the files to complete a graphic editing task. In those early days, I was crashing at the Mumbai University Hostel and had no access to a computer. I went about an hour early for the Interview and finished the job at an Internet café4 nearby. Well, they were impressed with the task and my story on how I completed it. I started work the following week.
brajeshwar.com was booked on a dare and I’m happy with that decision.
It was the Internet boom in India, and the proliferation of the Internet was prominent. I wanted to be part of that world. Within six months through my first job, I shifted my focus to the Online World - started reading lots of books, online resources, and there was no turning back. By mid-2000, I had shifted my focus to the Internet.
In early 2003, I resigned from a very lucrative job and started freelancing full-time. During those freelance days, I did many exciting work and enjoyed every moment of it. I learned a lot from those experiences, made many friends, and hitch some of the most rewarding relationships.
By 2005, I decided to take the plunge and started our first company - Oinam Software. We undertook some of the most innovative, sometimes very experimental work for clients, such as Adobe, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Disney, Macromedia, Obeo, Pearson, STARZ, Tata Consultancy Services, et al.
We also worked for many contractors who sub-contracted their work to us. We were, in fact, one of the best ghost developers to many successful Contractors.
In 2006, Mixercast, Inc acquired the Oinam Team. It was an exciting experience, being part of a Startup and learning from it. Unfortunately, Mixercast was dissolved on Dec 31, 2009 after selling its IP (Intellectual Property) to erstwhile Google (now Alphabet).
I had worked with some fantastic companies. I was one of the Creative Directors at Razorfish, and was the Chief Product Officer at Mobisy.
I’ve known Shanta since 1993. We met again in 2006 while she was an intern at Mixercast. We got married in July 2007. We got officially registered in Bombay on 07/07/2007.
We have two daughters, Laaija (Dec 2008) and Amara (Nov 2016).
Imphal is the capital city of Manipur, India. Spread over parts of the districts of Imphal West and Imphal East, the former contains the majority of the city’s area and population. ↩
Mumbai, erstwhile Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra, India. According to the United Nations, as of 2018, Mumbai is the second-most populous city in the country after Delhi and the seventh-most populous city in the world with a population of roughly 20 million. ↩
A floppy disk (casually referred to as a floppy, or a diskette) is a type of disk storage composed of a thin and flexible disk of a magnetic storage medium in a square or nearly square plastic enclosure lined with a fabric that removes dust particles from the spinning disk. Floppy disks store digital data which can be read and written when the disk is inserted into a floppy disk drive (FDD) connected to or inside a computer or other device. ↩
Internet café, also known as a cybercafé, is a place that provides Internet access to the public. The fee for using a computer is generally charged as a time-based rate. The first Internet Café was opened in South Korea. ↩