With its title running into 1,330 words,a poem collection by a clerk employed at a school in Amreli district has made its way to the Limca Book of Records for the longest title of a book in a regional language.
Tejas Joshi (32),who works as a clerk at a school in Savarkundla taluka,had published his first collection of 12 poems in Gujarati in December last year. The title of collection is Ek Akshar no Aunbandh; the subtitle or explanation of the title runs into 1,327 words. All words in the poems begin with the same letter and its inflexion. The first poem,Ek Akshar no Aunbandh,starts with a in Gujarati. All the words in the poem begin with the same vowel.
I was inspired by Sanskrit poet Magh and Bharavi who have written couplets by using words beginning with the same letter. To make the collection attractive I came up with the idea of a long title, Joshi said.
The Limca Book of Records on October 8 gave confirmation to Joshi of the acceptance of his claim and informed that the entry would be noted in the literature chapter of the Limca Book of Record 2014. Joshis book would replace the record set by Jayakumar Jaiji of Kerala. Jaijis book,Sukhakaramya Jeevitham,about achieving a comfortable life,had a title running into 1,147 words. The record was set in 2012.
The main reason for writing this unique collection is to justify the strength of a language, Joshi said.