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What do you know about this Johri Farm lad who grabbed national spotlight?

Johri Farm resident Altamash Faraz is not very popular in the locality. Many people might not recall him by his name but outside Okhla in the glamorous world Faraz is a known figure.

His name grabbed national headlines during the Peter England Mr India 2016 where he was a top contender.

It is another story that he ended up second runner-up. But this was no small achievement for this Okhla youth, who completed his studies from Amity Law School in Noida (2010 and 2015). After scooping the runner-up title it was celebrations time for Faraz, who visited his alma mater and interacted with his friends.

According to TOI report, Amity gave him a rousing welcome. Dr DK Bandyopadhyay, chairman, Amity Law Schools, said: “What’s heartening is that Altamash chose a different path for himself. Most law students go on to be corporate lawyers, senior advocates or judges. But he has carved out a rather different path for himself and we all hope that he finds success there.”

Besides visiting Amity, Faraz visited several other places, including the arcade where he used to play billiards. And interestingly, his father too accompanied him.

“I had come once when he was getting admission here, but since then, this is my first visit. But like one of his teachers pointed out, if you haven’t had to visit the college, it means your son never created any problems big enough for you to be summoned!” Faraz’ father Mohammad Sajid said.

Faraz recounted to TOI about his final days of his course: “I revisited all my favourite places today – my college, the gym where I used to work out, the arcade where I used to spend time with friends playing billiards… I wish my classmates were here, but most of them are busy with either work or higher studies. But still, returning to your college is a feeling like no other.”

Faraz is regular to a New Friends Colony gym where he usually trains. “In a pageant, the body matters a lot. In the two months before the competition, my training schedule was quite rigorous. The participants who come to competitions of this level are completely shredded (with defined muscles) and so I used to spend two hours each in the morning and the evening because I had to cut down on cardio and build muscles. It was exhausting, but I got the results.”

CAPTION: Dr Shagufta, his mother, feeds Faraz biryani while his father Mohammad Sajid looks on (BCCL)

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