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Mr Ketchup Drinker and his adopted brother-in-law

delhi Updated: Apr 12, 2009 00:28 IST

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Guinness Rishi collects world records the way some people collect, say, sunglasses or watches. He first got into the Guinness Book in 1990, when he and two of his friends rode a Kinetic Honda scooter 76,610 times round Saras Park in Pune, non-stop for 1001 hours. It’s a record that still stands unbroken.

Har Parkash ‘Guinness’ Rishi

Drank the contents of a standard 500 gm bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup in 39.33 seconds
Built a 64 inch sugar cube tower, the tallest in the world

Among Rishi’s other records are ‘oldest adoptee’ — he adopted his own 61-year-old brother-in-law in 2001; ‘longest distance pizza delivery’ — 20,484 kilometres from Delhi to the Ripley’s Museum in San Francisco; ‘longest domain name’ —

His wife, Bimla, and son, Sumit, are in the record books too. Bimla finds mention in Guinness for ‘shortest will’, just four characters in Hindi saying “all to son”; Sumit had the ‘world’s smallest’ invitation card, 12.4 mm x, on his wedding in 2004. Even Rishi’s two-year-old granddaughter has an entry in the Guinness for ‘longest personal name’ LakhteyJeegarNooreyNazarKokulaMouSimranGuinnessRishi born to Shruti Joshi Rishi Sumit Parkas Rishi pautree...”

Monomaniac, would you say? Or simply determined?

“I have a list of 300 records that Indians can easily break,” Rishi says. “For example, there’s a record for killing 21 mosquitoes in five minutes. You only have to go to a cowherd anywhere in India and shine a torch — you’ll easily kill a hundred.” Rishi’s only grouse is that no one has volunteered yet.

So Rishi is doing all he can to make up for his countrymen’s laxity.

The 67-year-old auto-parts maker from Delhi has had all his teeth extracted for his next record — stuffing 749 drinking straws into his mouth (current record is 450). “Even so it’s painful because it cuts my lips and gums.” Rishi underwent a bypass surgery some years ago and the doctors have forbidden him from the other record he’s set his heart on — tattooing his body with the flags of 220 nations. Rishi, of course, isn’t listening.

But there’s one record that eludes Rishi — getting his wife to become ‘oldest mother’ at 72. Bimla has stoutly refused.