Forsaking sleep for two consecutive nights to achieve the distinction of having surpassed a 20-year-old Guinness World Record for non-stop narration of jokes and in the process bring fame to his employer BSNL, Nanduri Prabhaakar talked away for 50 hours.
Starting on Saturday at 11:24 a.m. the BSNL employee and head of the Visakha Humour Club started narrating humorous anecdotes in Telugu from lives of famous personalities and those recorded in the works of famous writers. He made a very smooth transition from one anecdote to another without fumbling for words or thoughts.
Most of us cannot speak for five minutes. Imagine talking for 50 hours that too keeping track of what he is saying, and not being disturbed by the noise around him, BSNL General Manager (Consumer Fixed Access) Y V Sastry said putting the effort in perspective. He spoke during a break taken to mark the completion of 48 hours of narration.
Prabhaakar was felicitated by Government Whip Dronamraju Srinivas, General Manager (CFA), Deputy General Manager (Admin) R Harimohan, DGM (Finance) Y Srirama Murthy, writer Kasi Viswanath and patron of Omkar and Lions School for the Deaf Kasim Mehdi during the break taken after completion of 48 hours of Joke Marathon.
Prabhaakar finally concluded his marathon after 50 hours. The Guinness World Record for non-stop joke narration was set in 1992 in the US and has not been broken. He will submit the records of this performance, conducted according to the guidelines prescribed by the Guinness Book, in his bid to enter the record book.