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A day of records

SATURDAY IN the City saw two more persons bringing laurels by successfully completing their record-setting bids. While a BBA student wrote continuously for 51 hours, Mohammed Yusuf Hindustani recited the Ramayan for a similar period, setting not only a record but an example of communal harmony as well.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 16:39 IST

SATURDAY IN the City saw two more persons bringing laurels by successfully completing their record-setting bids. While a BBA student wrote continuously for 51 hours, Mohammed Yusuf Hindustani recited the Ramayan for a similar period, setting not only a record but an example of communal harmony as well.

Prashant Pandey, the 17-year-old BBA student of the City wrote continuously from 8.00 pm on Wednesday to 11.00 pm on Friday. Prashant, who has good handwriting, was inspired by child singers from the City, who have recently made several records.

Allahabad native Prashant wrote 450 pages from Ramayan, 100 pages of Lord Ram’s name along with many stories during the 51-hour period. He depended on fruit and juice all these hours and took breaks of 107 minutes altogether. Indore Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and child singer Akanksha Jachak met Prashant after he successfully completed his record bid. Most of the residents of Vir Savarkar Nagar, including children, danced to celebrate his success.

Prashant had mailed Guinness Book informing them about his plans to attempt such a record. After receiving the terms and conditions from Guinness Book, Prashant executed his plans. He got his effort recorded along with the breaks as per Guinness Book norms. He will now send the documents and proof to London.

Meanwhile, the maiden attempt to spread brotherhood among communities in the City also proved successful when Mohammed Yusuf Hindustani completed 51 hours of non-stop Ramayan Path on Saturday. Yusuf began his recital at 6.20 pm on Thursday at Gandhi Hall and completed 51 hours at 9.20 pm on Saturday.

More than 70 Ramayan Mandals from the City visited Gandhi Hall and participated in the closing ceremony of the Path. The programme ended with a ‘mahaarti’ and lighting of more than 2,000 earthen lamps. A Shobha Yatra was taken out by Shri Ram Navyuvak Ramayan Mandal from Gandhi Hall to Rajwada where Yusuf garlanded the portrait of Devi Ahilyabai.

Yusuf took only four breaks during these hours and each break lasted 10 to 15 minutes. He took only bread, milk, tea and juice during the hours.

He read verses from Ramayan and Hanuman Chalisa and sang Bhajans during his effort. People from both communities came to watch the programme. The 60-year-old Yusuf was accompanied by musicians Aslam Khan, Lukman Khan, Rafiq Master and Fakir, who played different classical tunes on harmonium.

Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma visited the programme venue and garlanded Mohamed Yusuf for his efforts to establish communal harmony. Dr Muktesh Dubey examined him twice and found him completely normal despite slight hoarseness in his voice.

Gandhi Hall premises glowed with lighting and echoed with the sound of crackers till late night after the programme.