Readings — From the April 2015 issue

For the Longest Time

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From entries in the India Book of Records, founded in 2004 by Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, who holds the Guinness world record for constructing the largest screwdriver.

longest time performing as human Mahatma Gandhi statue: 6 hours

smallest handwritten Bhagavad Gita: 1.6 mm x 1.1 cm x 1.1 cm

biggest butter sculpture: 20 ft x 7 ft; 5,250 kg

most sandwiches made in an hour: 408

most people hugging banyan tree: 25

most yoga postures performed while riding a motorbike: 62

tallest human pyramid by a non-Indian group at a Govinda festival: 300 people

most table-tennis balls held underwater with one hand: 14

most people dancing with sticks: 553

most number of pockets in a pant: 3,333

smallest functional hookah: 16 mm x 14 mm

most people playing blindfolded chess together: 108

most needles inserted into face: 550

most eggs crushed by chin: 150

most tender coconuts husked with teeth: 10

most bikes driven over a single stomach in a minute: 31

most weight carried on chest while lying on nail bed: 53 kg

first Indian woman president: Pratibha Patil, 2007

first Indian face of Barbie: Katrina Kaif, 2009

most film roles as a police inspector: Jagdish Raj, 144

most accounts held in Indian banks: Narendra Shinde, 23

longest letter to God: 866.15 m

longest poem in monosyllabic words: “Joy Lost,” 1,200 lines

longest epic: Mahabharata; 74,000 verses, 1.8 million words

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