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Marathon speaker breaks own Guinness record

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19:

Marathon speaker and Dr. Pothula Srinivas Brahmanand on Wednesday evening broke his own Guinness Book record for the longest speech lasting 33 hours and 46 minutes that he made in September 2012.

P. Srinivas Brahmanand
P. Srinivas Brahmanand

The proud moment came at five minutes past seven in the evening and was greeted by the small crowd of around 50 people with a generous round of applause.

Having broken his own record, Dr. Brahmanand is now aiming to go on for several hours more to meet the target he has given himself this time: 42 hours. If he does achieve his target, it would past 3 am by the time he winds up.

Though he is entitled to a break of five minutes every hour, Dr. Brahmananda has been taking his breaks once every six hours or so. And he has come this far standing at the same place since 7 am on Tuesday morning. It is as much a test of endurance as it is a test of his command over the subject that he has chosen for himself.

Listening to his speech, one is amazed at his depth and knowledge of the scriptures, spirituality and the writings and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, more so because he is an agronomist by profession.Dr Brahmanand

“He is a genius. No matter how hard we try, we can never hope to reach anywhere even close to him,” Dr. Brahmananda’s colleague Dr K Mandal told OST.

Another colleague, Dr S Raychoudhury said Dr Brahmananda is a highly spiritual person. “It is not just about breaking a record. His aim is to spread the message of Vivekananda around,” he said.

Dr. Brahmananda’s wife Swarnalata said her husband has been preparing for the event for the past seven months. “He has been reading up a whole lot of books on Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Besides, he has also been practicing speaking non-stop for four, five hours at a stretch,” said the proud wife.

Tushar Kanti Mohapatra, the Notary Association president who is monitoring the event on behalf of Guinness, is ecstatic about the fact that Dr. Brahmananda has broken his record. “I was there when he set the new record of 33 hours and 46 minutes on September 8/9. And I am proud that I was here when he broke the record today,” he said.

The entire marathon speech is being recorded on video and stewards are taking turns keeping a watch on the proceedings round the clock.

Keeping a hawk eye on the event is Swayam Prakash Baral, Director of Crux Power Pvt Ltd, who has helped organise the event. “According to Guinness rules, we have to ensure that there are at least 10 persons listening to Dr. Brahmananda at any given moment,” he said.

Asked why he thought of associating himself with this endeavours, Baral said; “I met him at a function we had organised on January 12 on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda and was totally floored by the depth of his knowledge and his commitment to spiritual awakening. When he said he would be organising such an event, I immediately pledged my full support behind the effort,” he said.