Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Talking through your hat for a record

Lucknow July 1, 2008

Can talking through your hat get you recognition? Yes if you are Pawan Kumar Srivastava. Srivastava has created a world record in talking continuously on the phone. Taking 1,150 odd calls, the Lucknow based record freak spent 72 hours blabbering non-stop on the phone. He entered the Limca Book of Records today.

Observers from the Limca Book of Records kept a close watch on Pawan throughout his feat. They later confirmed that he completed 72 hours of talking on phone at 4.10 pm on June 30. Srivastava already has four entries in Limca book of records and has got himself registered in the Guinness world record book as well. He has the record for longest basketball dribbling for 55 hours 28 minutes.

The event was supervised by Venkat JC Kasibatla as the observer from the Limca book of records. Pawan did show signs of fatigue on Monday morning but his chats with celebrities like Daler Mehendi and stand-up comedians Raju Srivastava and Naveen Prabhakar proved very refreshing, he said later. The most memorable was a caller who clocked a time of 12 hours talking to him on phone, said Pawan after accomplishing his feat.

The calls came from various countries but the maximum international calls came from the Gulf countries. Allowed a 10-minute break after every hour, Pawan took his halt on Sunday after 31 hours of continuous talking. He, however, took two more breaks before Monday evening, when he finally completed his record.

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