City-based Santhosh Karnananda quit an MNC to set up MeraEnglish, a free-to-read English language training website
“In whatever we do, we should aspire to impact society,” says Santhosh Karnananda. And, he seems to be following that — he founded MeraEnglish, a free-to-read English language training website.
His journey is an interesting one. Raised in Dindigul where he did his schooling, Santhosh relocated to Chennai for his graduation at Loyola College. Then, he pursued his postgraduation at Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad, after which he was by Google as account associate. However, after three years in Google, he felt that for an extrovert, he did not have a personal connect with his job. “So I quit,” says the 26-year-old.
Taking a break
When he took this break, Santhosh improved his public speaking, marketing, communication and written skills. “I always had a fascination for the English language. In fact, I read newspapers and books to unwind,” he says. He firmly believes one’s profession should be intellectually stimulating. After leaving Google, he has been a freelance communication trainer for four years. Meeting students and job-seekers regularly propelled him to set up MeraEnglish in 2012. “I have tutored over 35,000 students. In the process I realised that a few weren’t familiar with the language. Training them to speak better English and making them job-ready became my aim and MeraEnglish happened,” he says.
MeraEnglish provides meanings of words, idioms, phrases and English for daily use. Though it targets job-seekers and those who are looking at improving their English, the age group spans 13 to 80. The website has over 400 articles written by Santhosh, and focusses on usage of words in story-telling format. Overwhelmed by the response, Santhosh set up MyGmat and MyGre training academies in 2013 for students who wish to pursue higher studies. “A 99 percentile in standardised tests such as GMAT and GRE can potentially change the next 40 years in an individual’s life. I feel low standards in coaching and lack of mentoring are among the reasons why students don’t make the cut, and I wanted to fix that.”
Santhosh also presents lectures on mind power, entrepreneurship and offbeat career options at colleges. He also conducts the workshop ‘Learn 1,000 Words In 6 Hours’. In fact, he recently authored a book of the same title. Entrepreneurship is the way forward, he says and adds, “Follow your heart and be smart; money will follow.”