The story of how Inzpira was born from the perspectives of the Co-Founders, Rohith & Sruthy
“It seems, I was born this way!” – Inzpira
August 10, 2005 – Wednesday – 4:30 PM
“Hey Sruthy, How are you?” a strong voice asked. He was tall, handsome and had a well maintained body. His salt & pepper hair, thick French beard and a slim fit Tee was a style statement. “I am fine uncle Vasan, how about you?” a beautiful girl who was indeed shy found the courage to reply. They had a short conversation for the next few minutes but it was uncle Vasan who did the most of the talking and the shy girl, found it extremely difficult to frame a proper answer, instead she nodded and replied Yes and No for most of his questions. This young, charismatic girl, who studied in 8th grade was Sruthy, Sruthy Ramesh. Even though she wanted to give a convincing answer to her father’s friend who was settled in Mumbai, she couldn’t, not because she didn’t know what to say but she didn’t have the confidence to say it.
While she was engaged in the chit-chat with uncle Vasan, 800 kilometers away, somewhere in Bangalore, there was another boy who was extremely sad about what happened in his school. He was given a chance to speak about Independence day in the school assembly and he couldn’t do it because of his broken English. “Rohith, this shows your lack of practice and irresponsible behavior towards school affairs,” that teacher’s voice echoed in his mind. He decided to create a change in his life, he decided to learn English.
He listened to the sounds around him, sounds he had never paid attention to, minute details of voices and languages spoken and he tried to mimic them. He wondered how he learned his mother tongue, Malayalam as a baby. If he could learn a language that young, why can’t he now? This thought provoking idea made him experiment on sounds and micro sounds. He soon realized that when a set of systematically synchronized sounds are designated a meaning, it forms a word and language is another form of music, if sung the right way, it could convey meaningful thoughts. He also found that, the key to learn a language is nothing but aesthetic imitation or reproduction of these sound sets. In a matter of four months, Rohith was able to awe-inspire everyone. He re-invented the way a language should be thought or learned.
August 10, 2010 – Tuesday 4:30 PM
An engaging group discussion on a riveting topic was under going in full swing for a bunch of B-Tech Freshers in a very reputed college by the placement department as a routine training program. Out of all the charming faces engaged in that rousing discussion, one girl seemed to be completely mute, cut off from the group. Not because she didn’t want to participate but she was shy and not confident enough to utter a word. After an hour long program, a manly voice said “Sruthy, you were the only one among these students who didn’t open their mouth at all. Too bad, this cannot happen. If this continues, you would become a disgrace for the entire batch and also for the college.” She was put into a funk and those pointy words got engraved in her heart. Language wasn’t her problem but confidence to speak to people in English. This lack of self-confidence had denied opportunities for her to shine in many occasions. She took an oath that she would change this bad attitude of hers at any cost. She purposefully put herself in many tough situations and tried to gain confidence. After many unsuccessful attempts, this method of hers started showing positive results. She was slowly gaining confidence to speak in a crowd. There was no easy way for her to gain confidence and nobody to help her. It was her strong will that made her attain confidence.
3000 kilometers away, somewhere in Gurgaon, Rohith was busy strengthening the method he invented to learn English. He researched about languages, read countless books on Linguistics, speech therapy, audiology etc. Once he formulated a clear cut module, he was longing to test it out on another person to see if it would work. That was when he moved back to Bangalore for his work purpose and found a young boy who had trouble speaking English. This young boy was brought up with no base in any language. He could read and write English but fluency was a problem but he couldn’t read and write his mother tongue which was Kannada, but he was fluent in speaking it. A tough combination of weaknesses. It was a challenge for him to redefine his modules to suit the requirements of this youngster. Soon he began his experimental program. Using stories to personify alphabets and sounds, he created a virtual world. The events and incidents that happened in this virtual world became the fundamental framework of his method. He was able to bring successful changes to the kid in a matter of few weeks. The change he found in the kid strengthened his confidence and motivated him to work more on his method to make it the perfect revolutionary method to learn a language. A Blackswan, he wanted this method to be.
Sruthy and Rohith who became friends few months before during a recruitment drive for one company where he was serving as a mentor soon developed a robust rapport. They had common interests and wanted to help others who were going through the same situation they faced few years back. When Rohith shared his idea and told her about his method, she was fascinated by the concept. They spent hours discussing and brainstorming on how they could work together to achieve their common goal.
“Why don’t we setup a facility where we can spread this method to many people?” she asked and Rohith, a passionate entrepreneur by choice didn’t want anything more. They decided to co-found an institute that could revolutionize the way language is taught. Rohith’s ingenious concept when combined with Sruthy’s charismatic contributions gave birth to Inzpira, a spoken English, personality development & soft-skills training center.
Rohith, an avid thinker wanted to find out whether his method would work for languages other than English. One day he gets a call from a banker who is settled in Trivandrum. He was a north Indian and was working in Trivandrum. He lost his job because he couldn’t communicate in the local language, which is Malayalam. Bank being an institution that encourages a close quarter relationship with its customers requires its employees to know and communicate in local languages. Rohith knew this was his best chance to experiment his method with another language. To his surprise, he was able to teach the north Indian to speak in Malayalam within 12 – 15 days.
Today Inzpira is 25+ months old and has already taught 15000+ students. “Language is for all, everybody deserve to learn English” says Rohith. In order to spread Inzpira to the underprivileged sector of our society, Sruthy & Rohith formulated a simplified module and raised a program “InzpiraForAll Foundation”, a not-for-profit wing of Inzpira to equip the underprivileged with one of the most robust tool, English as a spoken language.
“Inzpira is not a business, but a platform for the world to master an art that can be used to learn any spoken language. One day, we hope schools and colleges, around the world teach their students, the Inzpira way” – Rohith Namboothiri