Friday, 13 December 2013

Indians Love Making and Breaking Records



For some it’s an obsession, to see themselves in the record books. The backgrounds of the aspirants vary. They live in small cities, remote towns and are not highly educated nor from very well-to-do families. The record certificates  are dear to them and worth more than their lives. India made the highest applications to Guinness in 2011. Many Indians are setting and breaking records, and some of them are weird too.

Anand Bansode from Sholapur, Maharastra, scaled the Mount Everest and strummed his guitar for 15 minutes to make a new Guinness record. Dr Rakesh Sinha holds the Guinness World record for removing the highest fibroid from a uterus. He applied for the record in 2000 was because he felt that Indian surgeons are under-rated internationally. Shashikant Khanvilkar holds the Limca record for rendering instrumental versions of Marathi songs on a comb. Kapil Gehlot pulled a 1,046kg car tied to his beard along a distance of 68.96 metres in 7 minutes and 28 seconds. He has a place in the Limca Book. Neutrogena – 1,056 people created a Guinness record for the largest umbrella mosaic.

Here are some of the odd records: Subash Agarwal holds the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of RTI applications. In Rajkot, 24,435 couples shook hands to create a Guinness World Record for the most number of handshakes simultaneously. In Dimapur, 368 musicians performed a song to break the previous Guinness record set by 250 guitarists in England. Jyothi Chindak of Belgaum, Karnataka, made the longest link with 500 butterflies in 2012. She used ceramic powder, foam sheet, paint and fine stone lace for the butterflies. Sucheta Kadethankar of Pune became the first Indian to walk across the Mongolian Gobi Desert, in 2011. She completed the 1,609km trek in 51 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes. She was among the successful seven of the 13-member international expedition team.

It isn’t only individuals who are keen for record; in September 2011, Greenpeace India collaborated with the Le Meridien hotel in Delhi to create the world’s heaviest baigan bartha (smashed burnt brinjal dish). The move was part of the campaign to protest against the introduction of genetically modified BT Brinjal. Some 500kg of organic brinjals, 50 chefs and half a day later, the world’s heaviest bharta was cooked in front of 500 people at Dilli Haat. For Sahara India Pariwar, a Guiness record was another way of reasserting their patriotic identity. This year, on May 6, the company got 1,21,653 of its employees together in Lucknow to sing the national anthem simultaneously, at one location to break Pakistan’s record for the same feat.

Wish to get into the record books? The Guinness and Limca Book of Records accept applications online and for free. The Limca Book prefers hard copy applications. Once Guinness receives the application, they will send information packs titled ‘Evidence Required’ and ‘General Info’ outlining the documents needed to be submitted. For a fee, record holders can hire a Guinness World Records adjudicator to authenticate their records. The Limca Book will require you to authenticate your record claim by a gazetted officer, school or college principal.

Once the application is received, Guinness World Records takes six weeks to assess it for an existing record and 12 weeks to assess the application for a fresh one. There are no cash rewards for record setters or holders. But the Limca Book of Records offers a 30 per cent discount on the cover price of the book. For details log onto www.guinnessworldrecords.com and www.limcabookofrecords.in . By the time this blog is posted, new records would be set or broken! After reading this many more applications may be added!


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