Wednesday, July 20, 2005
BOOK OF RECORDS
Long long ago... so long ago (but I remember roughly how long ago - in the early 90s) in the days of Doordarshan, one of my favourite shows used to be "The Spectacular World of Guinness Records" hosted by the enigmatic David Frost. It was the pioneer in television daredevilry, a strategy that would later be taken to the extreme by channels like AXN.
I remember, every week, I would stay glued to the television set, secretly hoping that one day, my name too would appear in the book. For a humble beginning, I set my eyes on the Limca Book of Records. I started to collect stamps, coins, toffee wrappers, used batteries, matchbox labels, bus tickets, soda bottle crowns, Big Fun stickers, Big Babol stickers, and tazos.
One day, a snake peeped out of my bottle crown collection (that ran into several thousands, stuffed into shoeboxes). Simultaneously, Dad and Mom threw crimson and purple fits, respectively. I think they were upset to see the snake. My dream was shattered.
I found the official website of the Guinness Book online. They have a massive collection here, and I'm sure it will take weeks to go through the whole set of records. Check it out, and I guarantee you'll have a great time!
If you'd like to help a little boy's dream come true, you still can - by leaving a record number of comments in this blog! (hehe)