Watch Sumanto Chattopadhyay aka The English Nut in conversation with Dr Shashi Tharoor
Chattopadhyay is the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of 82.5 Communications, a part of the Ogilvy Group and WPP.
Many have interviewed Dr Tharoor on the subject of English, but this is different. The English Nut (aka Sumanto Chattopadhyay) is as obsessed with the language as Dr Tharoor – which makes for a witty conversation indeed. One that is chock-full of observations about English. One can watch it for the learnings, or simply enjoy the banter.
In this 14 minute episode, Dr Tharoor introduces a ‘new’ word, revisits old favourites, talks about English words ‘looted’ from India, English words used uniquely in India, a Malayalam word that ought to be in English and so much more. Meanwhile, The English Nut introduces Dr Tharoor to a ‘Benglish’ word and theorises that Indian English will take over the world.
The English Nut, who is on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, creates weekly videos on the nuances of English. His objective is to introduce people to the finer points of the language while keeping them entertained. As he says, ‘English is nuts. And I’m nuts about English.’
The conversation with Tharoor was recorded months ago, but for various reasons – not the least of which is the pandemic – it did not see the light of day earlier.
You can watch the full video here:
Sumanto Chattopadhyay, The English Nut, is also the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of 82.5 Communications, a part of the Ogilvy Group and WPP. This social media endeavour is his labour of love. His core team on this project includes Priyank Bengali and Jay Morzaria, both creative professionals from the advertising world and both wore many hats on this project. Without them, this interview would not have happened. Mayur Varma, Executive Creative Director at 82.5 Communications, is the series creative director. Animesh Goswami is the social media expert. There are many others who helped this video see the light of day. They are acknowledged in the video.
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