Much as I loved the language and reading, I used to dread the English grammar class. Simple, complex and compound sentences confounded me no end. Articles, pronouns, nouns, proper nouns, and the numerous other terminologies bombarded my brain so much that I have ultimately begun to make a living out of writing. I have to say thanks to the several great English teachers who broke their head in trying to put these concepts inside my head.
I was reading about this particular English teacher from Mumbai, has been awarded the Guinness Book of World Records’ certificate for the Longest Grammar Lesson in the world. Earlier in 2004 the same incredible English teacher won the award for delivering the fastest grammar lesson.
Aptly known as ‘Gramathon man’, Sanjay Kumar Sinha received the Guinness Book of World Records’ certificate last week for a feat of teaching his students for 73 hours and 37 minutes at a stretch on October 20, 2005. A total of 59 students who attended the marathon lesson at the Bay City Club in Bandra also received certificates.
I received the certificate last week. It took this long because there were 65,000 claims to be assessed by the Guinness. It takes time to get the final inclusion and a place into the Guinness,
said Sinha speaking to the media.
Achievers from India such as Sanjay Kumar Sinha should be feted, honoured and celebrated across the country. Only then will our national pride and consciousness grow and we will also hold our heads up in pride.