Passionate world record creator Ramkumar Sarangapani.
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DUBAI – With 19 world records to his name, Indian expatriate Ramkumar Sarangapani holds the highest number of Guinness World Records in the UAE and GCC.
Sarangapani is also considered the top Indian record holder, beating master cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. He plans to hold 100 world records in his lifetime.
The expat broke all the records in Dubai, with most of them related to the UAE in some way or other.
On November 18, he attempted a marathon record breaking session on Guinness World Records Day where he broke six world records in just 7 hours and 50 minutes.
The records broken last month include – Largest Magnet Sentence with 50,102 magnets that read “I LOVE UAE”) and Largest Magnet Word with 50,020 magnets that read “Dubai”.
He also broke the record for Largest Electronic Greetings Card with a 12-square meter card for UAE National Day and the Smallest Pack of Playing Cards measuring 7mm X 5mm X 4.86 mm.
On the same day, he also created a record for Largest Banknote Word, assembling 3,040 banknotes to read “UAE”, as well as the Largest Banknote Sentence using 5,005 banknotes to read “GWR DAY 2020”.
His other world records related to UAE include Largest Desk Calendar and Largest Playing Card.
He also holds the record for Most pages in a photograph flip book (Showing Dubai skyline in 24 hours), Largest Banknotes mosaic that read I LOVE UAE, and Longest line of plastic cards (forming the UAE Flag) and few more.
“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,” Sarangapani said.
“I feel that through this, I can show the world that UAE is an amazing land of superlatives, that continues to reach further heights. Until now all the records that I have made were broken here, while UAE will continue to remain the home for all my future attempts as well,” he added.
The expat said it was a casual conversation that sparked his interest in creating world records.
“It all began as 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’ – at around 500 meters in length, the chain would’ve been long enough to put a garland around the entire Dubai Frame,” he said.
Eyeing to break over 100 records eventually, Sarangapani began with one record a month with plans to break 12 world records every year.
Each record requires extensive planning, creativity, and execution and as the Founder and CEO of Numisbing Corporation, Sarangapani 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 pack of 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,” he said, adding, “As a UAE resident and an Indian national, my aim is to make both countries proud through my achievements.” ICA/Expat Media
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