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Friday, July 8, 2011

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July 7, 2011 / DC.

A  Belgian Malayali’s tale

As a tiny boy, Christophe Manshoven always stood out among his mates for the foreign looks that he inherited from his Belgian dad. But later on he passed off as the most Malayali of Malayalis and merged into his gang of friends at the boys’ school he went to in Thiruvananthapuram. Then again he may have reflected the Malayali bit that came from his mom’s side. After school however, circumstances were not quite so friendly. Christophe found he could not continue his studies here and so he took off to Brussels, Belgium.
“It’s been nearly 10 years now. After finishing my Bachelor’s and Master’s, I have been working for a petroleum company called TOTAL for the last five years,” says Chris. He recalls his initial days when he had to deal with the three foreign languages that the Belgians used — French, Dutch and German. “It was tough in the beginning, since I did not speak any of them fluently. However, Brussels has a lot of people from all over the world and so I was able to manage with English until I mastered French.”

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