Hyderabad: Committed to breaking over 100 records in his lifetime, Ramkumar Sarangapani, becomes the highest Guinness World Records holder as the Indian citizen, holding 17 records currently, ahead of even the master cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar at the moment.
Living in Dubai, UAE for past several years, all the records were attempted and broken in his city of residence Dubai and take inspiration from the country which he calls his second home. It also makes him the highest Guinness World Record holder in UAE and the entire Gulf region.
Not only that, challenging himself and stretching his limits, he even attempted a marathon record breaking session on Guinness World Records Day (GWR Day) on November 18th 2020, where he broke 6 world records in a matter of just 7 hours and 50 minutes
Records broken on GWR Day 2020 include – Largest Magnet Sentence – 50,102 magnets, Largest Magnet Word- 50,020 magnets, Largest Electronic Greetings Card- 12 square meters, Largest Banknote Word-3,040 banknotes, Largest Banknote Sentence- 5,005 banknotes and Smallest Pack of Playing Cards – 7mm X 5mm X 4.86 mm.
Other world records to his credit include, Largest Desk Calendar, Largest Playing Card, Largest business card, Longest Magnet Sculpture, and many others.
Elaborating how it all began, Ramkumar says, “It’s a matter of great honour for me to see my name appear next to the master blaster, I never even dreamt of this. However, it all began when as a seventh grader, a relative of mine showed me the first Guinness book, it caught my attention immediately; I was fascinated by it and started dreaming of having my name in the book at some point in life. Still, I never imagined that one day I will be the highest world record holder in a country of 1.35 billion people”.
While talking about his passion for record-breaking, Ramkumar explains “Having lived in Dubai for 17 years, the emirate is as much my favourite home as Chennai in India, and I love working on themes that speak of ‘Largest’ and the ‘Longest’ simply because it connects with Dubai, a city dotted with unique and massive structures”.
“ During a casual conversation with a friend who claimed that World Records are meant for super humans only. I decided to set the record straight – so to speak – and prove that a common man has just as much an opportunity to earn such titles. And so, in September 2017 I broke the first GWR, the Longest Chain of Magnets,” added Ramkumar.
Eyeing to break over 100 records eventually, Ramkumar began with one record a month with plans to break 12 world records every year. However, the lockdown followed by Covid-19 provided him with an ideal opportunity to pursue his dream and he used the time attempting the records. Each record requires extensive planning, creativity, and execution, and as the Founder and CEO of Numisbing Corporation, Ramkumar regards breaking world records as a stress reliever from his busy schedule. He has even begun converting his records into business ideas; for now, he’s working on commercially producing the smallest playing cards.
“Through my achievements, I want to convey the message to everyone that it takes no superpowers to break records, but just ingenuity, innovation and sheer determination to reach your goal. I never approached anyone for sponsorship or outside help, yet I was able to do it. So can others if they put their mind to it,” said Ramkumar adding, “As a UAE resident and an Indian national, my aim is to make both countries proud through my achievements.”