17-year-old Delhi boy, Tushar Lakhanpal is passionate about his collection of pencils. The boy has been collecting and making sure all of his pencils are safe and are well kept since he was just 3. His collection has grown over the years and Tushar is a proud owner of 19,824 pencils gathered from more than 40 countries across the world.
His vast collection of pencils includes, regular wooden pencils, mechanical pencils, coloured pencils, flexible ones, 22-karat gold plated pencils, pencils even made of recycled newspaper, and those studded with Swarovski crystals.
The smallest pencil that he has is 2 cm whereas the largest one is 8 feet long.
The teenage Gurgaon resident wants to set a new Guinness record for owning the biggest collection of pencils and has recently applied to the Guinness World Records.
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World Record Academy, the world’s first major competitor to the Guinness World Records, has announced Tushar had broken the Guinness Records for owning the largest collection of pencils in the world, last month.
The boy who is set to make a world record informs he hasn’t heard from Guinness World Records, yet!
“The Guinness World Records’ record for the largest collection of pencils belongs to Emilio Arenas (Uruguay) and consists of 16,260 black pencils from 72 countries as of 15 October 2013. Emilio started his collection in 1956.” Said, WorldRecordAcademy.
Class XII student of DPS Vasant Kunj, Tushar dreams of opening a pencil museum to display his collection there.
“I have been collecting pencils since I was three years old. I used to put away pencils that I would receive as gifts and was particular about collecting pencils of different kinds.
“That habit soon turned into a passionate hobby which was encouraged by my family and friends.”
Tushar held the Limca Book of Records for 6 years from 2009-2015 except for 2010, when he lost by really small difference. The boy who started collecting pencils at the age of 3 was fascinated by the character of Henry, in the popular cartoon TV series Oswald. Henry used to collect spoons.
“Getting a Guinness means a lot to me. It is one of the ultimate goals in my life,” he says.
Initially, Tushar collected pencils he had received during birthday parties.
Pencils from his huge collection are stacked up in glass frames and are kept in the basement of his house. Each frame has 500 pencils. These pencils are counted only once every year, or whenever Tushar applies for a record. The entire process consumes a day to finish counting the pencils.