About the Limca Book of Records
The idea of this kind of book that strings together 'Indian' achievements originated
in 1986. The objective was simple- to provide a platform to ordinary Indians to
showcase their talent in their search for excellence. It was difficult then to ferret
out details from people for an entity that did not exist. People stood on one foot,
grew nails, talked and clapped non-stop, floated and screamed, but didn't recall
when they started or why they started. The book had to be not only amusing and thrilling
but also inspiring and informative. So Raman, Ramanujam and Rakesh Sharma were researched
upon. P.T. Usha was caught and captured on the pages.
Vijaya Ghose was invited to be the first editor. She has remained the editor ever
The Book was launched with great fanfare in Mumbai in 1990. It was received very
well and the first edition was out of print in a matter of days. For the first time
in the country, Limca Book of Records brought between its covers, records and achievers
flung far and wide in different fields - sports, government, business, science,
communication, arts - you name it - it was there! The records were an invitation
for others to excel. What one individual had achieved, others could aim to do better.
The book has been excellently received over the years and the proof is its ever-increasing
record holder base and record breakers that approach the Book each day. With this
year’s edition, it has yet again charted another era of human innovativeness and
excellence within its covers.
What is it all about?
Limca Book of Records is the Indian equivalent to the Guinness Book of World Records
with emphasis on unique achievements of Indians within the country and abroad. It's
a salute to all those Indians who want to do something different and be remembered
for their distinctive deeds. There is more to Limca Book of Records than simple
presentation of facts in a chronological order. It has a wide range of information
on several subjects, divided for easy reading into chapters. Including the ever-popular
Human Story section, there are sections on Education, Agriculture, Medical Science,
Business, Sports, Nature, Adventure, Radio, Cinema etc.
About The People Of The Year
Starting 1992, Limca Book of Records has featured 'People of the Year'. A panel
of judges (including the editorial team) selects people who have consistently contributed
to 'Indian excellence'.
- Launched in Mumbai in January 1990, the first edition was out of print in a matter of days.
- For the first time in the country, Limca Book of Records brought between its covers, records and achievers
- Vijaya Ghose has been the Editor since the very first edition.
- People of the Year Awards started in 1992. Some awardees: Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Dev Anand, Narayana Murthy, Dr Naresh Trehan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar…
- Popular quizmaster Siddhartha Basu, and later Barry O'Brien came to be associated with the Book.
- Doordarshan telecast 19 episodes of Siddharth Kak's popular serial Limca Records Ki Anokhi Duniya in 1996, based on endeavours and events covered in the book.
- India Extraordinaire. Sixty Years. Sixty Luminaries. This glossy, limited-edition 152-paged coffee table book celebrates 60 years on Indian Independence in the best possible way; by showcasing the contributions of 60 stalwarts across 13 fields over the last 60 years. It was launched in New York in September 2007 as part of the India@60 celebrations all over New York.
- Eleven special guests were felicitated and gifted with specially designed citations in New York during the launch of India Extraordinaire. They were:
Sunil Mittal launched the LBR website www.limcabookofrecords.in on the same day – Sept 25, 2007.
Hindi edition of LBR launched in 2008.
In 2008, a special chapter was put together on Indian Olympians. And breaking with tradition, all the four People of the Year for 2008 were sportspeople – Leander Paes, Randhawa, Shiva Keshavan (winter Olympics) and Rushi Gulati (Special Olympics).
Limca Book of Records Wah India! Show was telecast from April – December 2008 on Star News channel every Saturday and Sunday.
To mark the 20th Special Edition in 2009, the 20 People of the Year were picked and highlighted in the book. They were: Sudhakar, Dr Ramesh Babu (maximum individual records), Abdul Kareem, Yudhbir Singh Khyalia, Raghu Rai, Bhaichung Bhutia, Dr Madhavan Nair (ISRO), Rajdeep Sardesai, Anu Aga, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Naseeruddin Shah, Saina Nehwal, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Arvind Kejriwal, Abhinav Bindra, Mohanlal, Dr Venugopal, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahasweta Devi
Of the 20, the ones who attended the grand launch-cum-People of the Year function on March 31, 2009 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi were Dr Madhavan Nair, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Sudhakar, Dr Ramesh Babu, Rajdeep Sardesai, Raghu Rai, Amitabh Bachchan and Yudhbir Singh Khyla.
Malayalam edition of LBR launched in 2009. Totally in 3 languages now.
LBR has been a part of Mood Indigo, the cultural festival at IIT Bombay, starting from December 2009, with some of the record holders taking part in the Art Street and some of them being part of the LBR- Mood Indigo Challenge, wherein students try and break existing records.
Since 2006, LBR has been consulting with national and international television production companies and television shows, wherein record holders have been covered. Some of them are The Tallest woman and I, Sabhash India, Paul Merton in India, Gordon Ramsay's food programme, Pogo Amazing Kid's Awards (Synergy), India's Got Talent, Tiger Productions (UK), Firefly Productions (UK), Zig Zag Productions (UK), etc.
Derek O'Brien Associates conducted LBR quizzes across 75 cities and about 3,500 schools in 2009. Derek O'Brien Associates conducted LBR quizzes across 100 cities in 2010.
A film on Limca Book of Records was made by Siddarth Kak's outfit in 2010, which was aired on Fox History & Entertainment channel in December 2010.
27 editions so far
The Limca Book of Records Quiz grew even bigger in 2012. It was conducted in 4,374 schools across 80 cities. by Bal Bharti Public School, Noida won the National Championship Finals in a truly nail-biting finish, beating Chaitanya Junior College, Narayanguda from Hyderabad on December 11, 2012.
LBR's tagline - India’s Incredibles
- Professor Pawan Sinha, MIT,
- Naina Lal Kidwai, HSBC
- Rohini Nilekani, Pratham,
- Dr Ruby Dhalla, MP, Canada,
- Kiran Karadi, ultra-marathon,
- Padma Subbaraya, ultra-marathon,
- Ritu Kumar, Fashion guru,
- Sudarsan Pattnaik, sand sculpture expert,
- Charuvi Agrawal, claytronics expert from Canada,
- Sunil Mittal, Airtel. Mira Nair's citation was collected by her friend Aroona S, since she was caught up in Paris.