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September 06, 2013

India | ELT People

From Anglophobia to master of English

munawar-zama.jpgThe head of an English-language training and personality development institute has been helping under-priviliged Indians to get life-changing opportunities.

In early 1985, a nine-year-old Muslim boy from a middle class family in Nalgonda, 100 kms from Hyderabad, sat glued to his transistor radio as Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin prepared to score his third consecutive century against a formidable English team.

English-language cricket commentary emanated from the radio for 15 minutes, followed by commentary in Hindi. Every time the commentary went into English, the boy – who couldn't understand a word of it – became restless.

He impatiently waited for the Hindi commentary to hear how his hero Azharuddin was playing.

In those brief moments of excitement and restlessness, the Anglophobic boy made a decision: he must learn English.

In a posh New Delhi hotel in the August of 2013, the boy, Munawar Zama, now the CEO of an English-language training and personality development institute, was honored with the "Indian Youth Icon Award 2013" for his contributions to changing the lives of thousands of students across the country.

Read the full article from World Bulletin.

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