Guinness Book recognises and registers the international records and Limca Book does the same at the national level. What about the records being created by enthusiasts at the State level? Constant ringing of this question in the minds of a few enthusiasts has resulted in ‘Book of State Records’ which has brought out its first edition from Kakinada recently.
Begin with squadron leader Jayasimha, the book recognised the records created by famous personalities like ‘Gazal’ Srinivas, Dasari Narayana Rao, Brahmanandam, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the late N.T. Rama Rao, D. Rama Naidu, and Vijaya Nirmala. It has not restricted its purview to those who are already in the limelight, but provided a platform to enthusiasts like Ghantasala Satyasai from Vijayawada, who created a record by playing mouth organ continuously for 24 hours and Rokkam Kiran Kumar from Visakhapatnam who has rescued and rehabilitated 12,000 snakes in the last six years in the Steel Plant and surrounding areas.
Whatever the record, the Book of State Records is there to recognise it and to give due prominence to it in its edition. It has recognised the collection of 4,300 key chains of various designs in the last 30 years by B. Ramalingeswara Rao of Hyderabad and Narasimha Reddy of Vepasingaram in Nalgonda district, who is playing music by using his body parts as instruments.
‘Bnim’ is a popular name in the classical dance circles. Many people don’t know that he has provided scripts to 208 dance ballets so far, until the book allocated a page for his record.
“Our initial idea is to recognise the Telugu-speaking Guinness record holders. When we invited entries to our mail bookofstaterecords@gmail.
com, the response made us think about giving a new shape to our idea,” Chiranjeevi Varma, editor of the Book of State Records, has told The Hindu .
In addition to the Guinness record holders, the book also published the details of record holders at the State-level. “Ours is the first book to recognise N. Chandrababu Naidu as the longest served Chief Minister,” says Mr. Varma. The records book is also available on the website www.bookofstaterecords.
com and the copies are available in leading book stores.