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Try mirroring this Dhanbad girl!

Nitu wrote 700 slokas of Bhagvad Gita, one aarti gaan and a Prarthna mantra in reverse on a 745-foot-long chart paper, reports Sanjoy Dey.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2007 15:49 IST
Sanjoy Dey

Try writing 'ulta (reverse)’, in longhand, the Hindi alphabets. Not at all easy, right? But for Nitu Singh it’s the preferred form of writing, something that she does everyday. And this extraordinary skill is what inspired Nitu, a Chemistry post-graduate, to pen the Gita, one of the few Hindu religious books with a cogent philosophy of life and living, in the ‘reverse’ or the ‘mirror image’ style of writing.

The feat, something definitely unusual, has earned for Nitu a mention in the latest edition of the Limca Book of World Records.

Nitu’s feat—scripting 700 slokas of the Bhagvad Gita, one ‘aarti gaan’ and a ‘Prarthna mantra’, on a 745-foot long and 1.10-foot wide piece of stuck-together chart paper, thus makes for the longest-ever Gita that is known to Man.

It took Nitu, a science teacher of Jharia’s Kids Garden School, a good two months and another 12 days to get through her record-writing feat. “I began writing on January 17 and got through mirror-writing the book on March 28. My Gita weighs 11.8 kilograms,” the brainy beauty told HT.

To do something different, Nitu had always been bitten by this bug, a bug that has inspired many others in he past, to accomplish seemingly impossible feats.

And setting her mind on doing something uniquely different, Nitu went about her task with clinical precision mastering the art of mirror-writing by the time she was all of 10 years of age.

Nitu incidentally scripted the Gita’s slokas in Sanskrit and their ‘Bhavarthas’ in Hindi. She says she is quite at ease while writing down Hindi, Sanskrit and English alphabets in the ‘reverse’ form.

It was her class teacher while she was a schoolgirl, who had asked her to study while standing or sitting before a mirror. “The teacher’s suggestion was made in earnest for she felt that it would help students shore up on their confidence levels. Initially, I found it quite difficult. But I stuck to it and here I am,” she said.

Soon, Nitu, a resident of the Dhirendrapuram Colony here, began liking what she was doing and with perseverance, actually became quite good at it.

Nitu is quite taken up by most forms of creative activity, be it painting, cooking or making artifacts out of apparent waste material. “I have always been so inclined, dabbling in things which might seem pedestrian to most people. But I find solace in creative pursuits. That is why I attempt them,” she said.

Nitu’s role model is none other than President Kalam. Currently engaged in preparing for her National Eligibility Test so that she could take up research in environmental pollution, Nitu, like her role model wishes to dedicate herself to India. “Like President Kalam, who has dedicated himself to the country, I too want to do something that would make my country proud of me. I wish to serve the society through my researches, if and when they happen,” Nitu said.

First Published: Apr 12, 2007 14:25 IST