Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The 14-year-old C.S. Bala Soundarya Lakshmi, standard IX student of Yuva Bharathi Public School, who attempted the longest drawing on May 3 at 6 a.m., completed it on Wednesday at 3.45 p.m.

With the aim of entering the Guinness World Record and the Limca Book of Records in the category of “Longest Drawing by an Individual”, Soundarya chose to draw continuously with underwater ecology as her theme. She drew on rolls of chart paper that measured 328 ft each. She completed three such rolls and stopped at 1007 ft after drawing for 57 hours and 45 minutes, according to her father C.B. Shivvakumar.

Sitting with colour pencils, crayons, and sketch pens, Soundarya went about sketching and colouring pictures of underwater life. Her intense concentration, ability to work in a calm manner in the presence of many people, and putting up with the difficulty of sitting down in the same place, helped her reap the fruit of her hard work. She successfully completed what she set out to do.

After more than 57 hours of drawing, a visibly tired – only in body and not in spirit – Soundarya told The Hindu that she was feeling proud and very happy. “I stopped at 3.45 p.m. when I felt tired,” she said. She was too weak to speak than that.

Her jubilant father Mr. Shivvakumar and mother Lekha did most of the talking to well-wishers who gathered to cheer their daughter's effort. “Even though she is tired and not able to speak much, she is quite comfortable. We are happy that she has not only done us proud, but also the country,” her father said. The family would compile all the documents to forward it to the Guinness office to enable Soundarya get the certification.

Soundarya would go home for a long-pending rest and goodies prepared by her mother.

A felicitation to congratulate her and her tutor Farooque Sha was organised.

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