Puttur Suresh Nayak can reel off phone numbers at a stretch

Who says a high intelligence quotient (IQ) is required for a great memory? Puttur Suresh Nayak, mentally challenged at birth, is set to earn a place for himself in the Limca Book of Records for reeling off 204 telephone numbers within 30 minutes.

What makes this record special from the others is the fact that Mr. Nayak has an IQ of 22, which is below the normal range of 90 to 110.

This 40-year-old has a mental age of 3.6 years and a social age of 6.6 years.

Won praises

Although the official confirmation for the record has not yet been received, Mr. Nayak successfully demonstrated his talent in front of the World Memory Contest arbitrator on June 7 at Vijaywada. Mr. Nayak also earned praises from Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda last weekend when he demonstrated his talent before him.

J.P. Gadkari, secretary, Karnataka Parents Association for Mentally Retarded Citizens (KPAMRC) said: “Suresh is a shining example: there are many more like him. We hope to give them their rights and opportunities.” Mr. Nayak's brother, Umesh Nayak, spoke on the need to bring the people with learning disabilities into the mainstream.