23-yr-old aims to set reading record

Kathmandu, August 10:

A 23-year-old man from Lalitpur is trying to set a world record by reading a book aloud for more than 100 hours.

Deepak Sharma Bajgain will attempt to break Guinness World Record of Longest Reading Aloud Marathon by an Individual on September 19.

Adrian Hilton of England had set the world record in 1987 by reading a Shakespearean masterpiece continuously for 110 hours and 46 minutes.

“I did a trial to break this record by reading a Nepali book non-stop for 112 hours from June 23 to 29. My trial was supported and observed by Readers’ Club,” Bajgain said. “We should make the country famous the world over through our feats.”

Dr SK Pahadi, cardiologist at Bir Hospital, said such activities posed health hazards. “People doing such activities non-stop can suffer from mental and physical problems,” Dr Pahadi added.

Encouraging the young man, AD Lama, founder president of the club, said Nepalis also had the calibre to compete at international level.

“We are supporting such people to come out and show their talent to the world,” he said.