You could call it the alphabetical equivalent of the "doosra". With one exception, all (eye) balls were turned towards and not away from the action. Shivani Kashyap, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl, made a pitch for a world record by penning 130 alphabets in reverse in under a minute. The dusky lass - a student of Garima Vihar Secondary School, Qila Road - penned nearly the entire "Johnny, Johnny" nursery rhyme in pursuance of the world record.
Shivani performed the feat dubbed "ulte haath se ulta likhna (writing in reverse with the left-hand)" at the local office of the Indian Left Handers' Club at Dhakkanwala Kuan.
"She was supposed to write one hundred alphabets in one minute to be eligible for the record. But she beat the margin comfortably by penning 130 words in the given time," said Manas Shandilya of SRV SEWA which organised the event. He said the feat would shortly be submitted to the Limca Book of Records, India Book of Records and Golden Book of Records for being acknowledged as a bona fide world record.
So what's the current record for reverse writing? Shandilya said the reverse writing category was unrepresented in the record books so far.
He was all praise for Shivani, a resident of Kumarkhedi whose father is a truck driver, for her diligence and dedication. "She comes from a humble background but is trying her best to overcome all handicaps," he said. Declaring that left-handed people were very talented Shandilya said Shivani had proved this by attempting a world record at such a tender age. The left hemisphere of the brain is believed to be associated with logic and analytical thinking while the right hemisphere is associated with abstract thought and spatial perceptions etc. Studies have shown that a majority of people in whom the right hemisphere of the brain is dominant are left-handed while those with dominant left hemispheres are usually right-handed.