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The Record Breakers

Published: 19th January 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 19th January 2014 07:36 AM

A radio ‘talkathon’ for 84 hours; hitting 5,000-odd runs in school cricket; making 999 Ganesha idols in a day, dishing of 1,550 recipes in nearly 36 hours. Who are the people with a knack for bizzare and extraordinary achievements? The Sunday Standard profiles some

Records are proof of man’s victory over himself. They are milestones of human endeavour and achievement that mark man’s continuous evolution in a competitive and changing world. The Guinness Book of Records, first published in August 1954, a reference book stating the biggest human achievements and nature extremes, is one of the most stolen books from public libraries around the world. The Olympic Games, the harvest field of records have seen history being made and re-written in a matter of milliseconds and millimetres ever since Koroibos, a cook from the city of Elis, first won the stadion race, a 600 feet long challenge at the Games of Olympia in Greece in 776 BC. Bob Beamon’s long jump in 1968 Mexico Olympics remained unchallenged. Records are as varied and interesting as the people who set them. Absurdities have earned recognition and respect in records set for the longest egg-tossing distance, the maximum number of hours spent playing the Grand Theft Auto, the world-record for inserting 1,200 needles into the head and the world’s biggest lollipop. In India, Assam-based farmer Anil Mahanta created an unbeatable feat by cycling non-stop for a record 48 hours. Two friends from Haryana travelled across 14 states and 28 cities in 19 days, on a tractor. Dinesh Upadhyay fitted 1001 straws in his mouth in one go. The greed for breaking records among athletes led to the expunging and rescinding of records. Some records are stories of man’s victory against nature. Arunima of Rae Bareli, who was crippled permanently after she was attacked and thrown out of a running train by a bunch of goons scaled world’s highest peak Mt Everest. Then, there are people who live to break their own records. Like Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt. The urge among record-breakers to be “officially amazing” is endless and timeless.

Rohan KoKane: On a Roll and a Pair of Skates

On a Roll and a Pair of Skates Rohan KoKane: On a Roll and a Pair of Skates  

Athira Kulirnila: Swaying to the Same Rhythm  

Mooramganti Sridhar Reddy: Move Over Zola Budd  

Sindhu Biju, Mithun Ramesh: Talk Radio and Let the Music Play On  

Prithvi Shaw: Summoning Notice  

Arunima Sinha: Everest Conquered Against All Odds  

Keshab Swain: Coconut Man  

M Mahadevan: The Great Bake-Off  

Mayank Nema: Number Cruncher

Pratik Patnaik: Happy to be in Deep Waters  

Guru Ramesh: Power of Four  

Rafiq Ahmed Malik: Head for Heights  

Dinesh Upadhyay: Clutching at Straws, 1001 of Them  

Lata Bhagwan Kare: Maiden Run  

Vineeth Mohan: Suspended Animation  

Joby Mathew: Standing Tall  

Suryanamaskar: Incredible Yogic Feat  

Jaibir Singh Virk, Amit Chaudhary: Tractor Tales From Far and Near  

Abhilash Tomy: Soldier Sailor  

Dinesh Vaidya: The Digital Priest  

Anjaiyyah Vemuru: Bond with History  

Khurshid Hussein: A Nose for the Typed Word  

Malgudi Kavitha: Cookathon Chef  

Anil Mahanta: Cycle of Fame  



Achievers All


Iqbal Sakka: All Things Light and Beautiful  

Rama Shah: Idol Worshipper  

Sushma Verma: The Postgraduate  



No Mean Feats


Chakradhari Kotcherla: Tower in a Bottle  

Narendra Shinde: Bank on Him  

Dimple Jariwala: Marking Dates  

Drums Kumaran: Let the Drums Roll  

Harshvardhan Gupta: The Hang-ing man  

Panckaj Garg: Varsity Founder  

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