Bhupinder Singh Thind, the ‘turban coach’ from Jalandhar, registered himself in the Limca Book of Records for his art of turban tying.
Thind who runs a turban tying academy in Jalandhar has made it to Limca for tying a turban to a dummy in two minutes 15 seconds while driving a Bullet at a speed of 55km. “I got a letter from Limca in the first week of June and will get the certificate in 2015 for the same. Now I am eyeing the Guinness World Record to tie the turban in 2 minutes 15 seconds with my eyes covered”, said Thind who is running the Thind Dastar Academy since the past six years.
“I have been practising both driving and tying a turban. Now, my target is to break my own record and reach Guinness”. He added, “I use six meters of rubia fabric to make the turban and I tie it in a Patialashahi style in limited time. Usually I take 29 seconds to tie the turban”.
A documentary showcasing his talent of tying a turban with his eyes covered has also been screened on the National Geographical channel. “The channel approached us by surfing our video on YouTube and then made a short documentary for their show,” Thind said.
Youngsters these days show a keen interest in learning eye-catching ways of wearing a turban to provide a unique look. To cater to the growing trend, turban tying classes and academies are emerging where young Sikhs often come with their own requirements. Describing the changing trend, Thinda said people now hire them for weddings to get accurate turban tying.
“We get orders to tie turbans not only for NRI weddings but also other weddings. We get atleast 20 turban tying order from a marriage on an average,” he said.
He added, “Youngsters join the course in our academy to learn different styles of turban tying. Initially, they wanted to learn how to tie turbans in different styles like that of Punjabi singers Inderjit Nikku and Ravinder Grewal. Then came the Diljeet Dosanjh style. But now, the new demand is to replicate the style of budding Punjabi singer Ammy Virk.”
“There are NRIs who ask for a set of five rubia fabric turbans. Some of my NRI clients ask me to get a pack of five turbans which they use for a year,” he said. Calling himself the master of the art of tying a turban in any style within a minute, Thinda said, “I am giving classes because turbans are back in fashion.”