No challenge is too big or small for this father-son pair. Taking saris and drapes through the eye of a needle or making a giant paintbrush, the Moga cartoonist and his son have achieved both. Making national and international records is what dad Gurpreet Komal and son Gursimran are best at.
The sketch artist has not only made the canvas of his life big but also, to add colour to it, made the biggest paintbrush in the world. Komal has two records to his name, and entries in three books of records. Gursimran has the rare honour of entering the Limca Book of Records twice for holding his record for two years in a row.
Komal entered the Limca book for passing a 10.25 m x 92 cm cloth through the eye of a number-13 needle in 4 minutes and 52 seconds. Gursimran got his name in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the same chronicles for passing a 46 x 275-inch sari though a neem leaf in 3 minutes and 39 seconds. "I inspired my son," said Komal.
Last year, Komal beat a Chinese record by making a 14 feet x 2-inch paintbrush weighing 14.7 kg. The brush is as long as almost the length of six human steps or the height of a double-decker bus, roughly. The Chinese paintbrush in the Guinness Book of World Records was 52 kg and 12-foot long.
Komal's paintbrush is in the 2012 India Book of Records, in the top 120 records of the world; He is also in the 2012 Limca Book of Records and Assist World Record. He is invited to Puducherry in October to display his brush at a gathering of record breakers.
"I inspired my son, 13, to take a shot at a Limca book record," said Komal. "He succeeded last year and his record is unbroken since. He trimmed the edges of a neem leaf and made a hole in its middle, carefully. Slowly, he twisted the long sari to pass it through the cavity quick enough to beat the previous attempt of 10 minutes 34 seconds."