It was really interesting to read about the exciting victory of an
Indian girl in such a remarkably tough contest. My hats off to
Gayathri. It's sort of inspiration for all of us that we can always
turn things in our favour through passionate and consistent workout.
I am also pleased to learn something more about Kerala through your
previous mail. Although I came to know 10 years before that Kerala is
the most literate state of India, you have given a more detailed and
insight information which is really enlightening.
My friend, although there is a considerable age difference between us
but let it be no barrier. It was an electrifying experience to
receive such a warm and positive welcome from a friend in my
neighboring country despite some political indifferences. I feel like
heaven for receiving such a generous offer from you to visit your
current dwelling place, Banglore and be rest assured that I will not
spare any opportunity to be with you whenever it is possible.
Likewise, I would be more than happy to see you at my home, let me
know whenever you get a chance to come and we will have a good time.
We foresee a further development on many bilateral issues including
visa and immigration facilities between the so-called rivals, which
is a good sign.
Let me tell you the reason as to why it took almost a week to respond
you. Actually, I got busy in my cousin's wedding and there was lot of
things to do which refrained me from being on my computer for a
while. Now the part is over and we will have time for chitchat. I
took one week leaves from my office, and that became some sort of
obligation otherwise, my balance leaves would also have exhausted as
there is no policy of accumulating balance leaves to the proceeding
year, neither there lies a flexibility of leave encashment.
The last thing, I want to know if you could suggest me something good
for reading. I fully understand the importance of reading for good
English skills but unfortunately (I'm nuts) I barely spare any time
on this activity on daily basis. The only thing I do is to read a few
articles in a local newspaper, which is not enough. Another problem
is my understanding with advance grammar. I only understand a few
basic things like tenses and parts of speech but I know there is a
huge ocean beyond these two things, which is still unexplored. But
really have no idea where to take start? I hope you will help.
I think it's enough for now.
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, Ramgopal <ramgopal1941@v...>
> Hi Syed,
> Trust you are in receipt of my reply.
> Since subject of discussion is English language, I thought I will
forward the following newsitem from the local daily. This supports my
view that folks from Kerala are good in education. It is no surprise
that majority of our TV/ Radio news presenters are from my state ?.
You know why ?. Our mother tongue is called Malayalam (try reading it
backwards !!), a dravidian language evolved from Samskritam (Sanskrit
for the west) that has the maximum alphabets 56. We have a few
alphabets that are unique with no equivalents in any other Indian
language. Once you learn Malayalam (even spoken with no writing or
reading skills) you can pronounce any word from any world language -
that much is the "tongue" control or whatever you call it, you
achieve through this language, for producing the right noises, with a
bit of training on articulation and accent. Call centres are a big
draw for school/college dropouts. I am not boasting about my people
or my language, please. Pl. check with any other Kerala fellow. You
> Kerala girls cast a spell in English
> FROM SHYAM BHATIA
> DH NEWS SERVICE, LONDON:
> Not content with producing bestsellers like Salman Rushdie and
Vikram Seth, India can now also take pride in turning out the world's
> Gayathri Panniker and Nisha Thomas stunned their ethnic English
counterparts when they reached the finals of BBC television's Hard
> As millions watched the quiz show on Sunday night, the two young
girls from Kerala battled it out over words like apocalypse and
chihuahua. The first prize worth £10,000 and £15,000 worth of
computer equipment went to 13-year-old Gayathri who arrived in
England at the age of 5, speaking fluent Malayalam and only a few
words of English.But she made up for lost time by playing word games
with her family and reading every English language book she could lay
her hands on.
> Her immaculate performance stunned her own parents who admit they
could not possibly have matched their daughter's performance. "I knew
I stood a good chance but I was really worried I would come across a
word I had never heard of," says Gayathri whose family has settled in
the town of Ormskirk in Lancashire.
> "I don't know what subpoena or disequilibrium mean, but I took my
time and got the spelling right. When I won, I just burst into
tears." Some 100,000 children auditioned for the prime time
television quiz show that challenged youngsters aged 11 to 14 to
spell tongue twisting words.
> Last Sunday's finals started with five contestants who were reduced
to three for the last round. Gayathri had to fight it out with 12-
year-old Nisha Thomas from Wolverhampton and 13-year-old Mark Jackson
from Cambridge. Mark lost when he failed to spell toxophilite.That
left only Gayathri and Nisha and Gayathri was declared the winner
after she correctly spelt chihuahua and Nisha floundered over
> Gayathri's parents, Suresh and Priya, are both medical
practitioners who emigrated to England from Kerala in 1992.
> Commenting on his daughter's achievement, 41-year-old Dr Suresh
Panniker said, "She picked up the language so quickly. Even so I
couldn't believe she could spell so many words. There were many I
would have struggled to spell.
> "I asked her afterwards how she could spell so many words and she
said she remembered them from novels she has read."Gayathri also
speaks fluent French and Spanish and says she hopes to be a novelist
when she is older. Her favourite subjects are drama and English and
her favourite author is Agatha Christie.
> At Merchant Taylors' School for girls in Liverpool, where Gayathri
is a student, headmistress Julie Brandreth said of her prize winning
pupil, "Gayathri has a natural determination to succeed and the
ability to succeed under pressure. We are very proud of her."
> DECCAN HERALD : Bangalore.
> Dec 07 2004