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With a penchant for micro writing,Suresh Mandre has written the Bhagwad Gita and Mark's Gospel on an A4 sheet

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: April 8, 2013 1:01:19 am

With a penchant for micro writing,Suresh Mandre has written the Bhagwad Gita and Mark’s Gospel on an A4 sheet

A book the size of a coin,another the size of a matchbox and a sesame seed-encrusted map of the country with the word ‘Bharat’ written on every seed – civil engineer Suresh Mandre’s feats in micro-writing have been inspired by watching the Guinness World Records and hold true to his promise of doing something different.

“I began about 10 years ago by writing ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ in the smallest possible size on a sheet of paper. Over time I realised that I could write it 1,000 times on a sheet. Slowly with practice and determination,the count increased and then I ventured into writing a book in micro font. My first book was Gurucharitra Kathasar,which I wrote on a book the size of a matchbox. It inspired me to take on the craft more seriously,” says the 31-year-old.

But not all has been fun and games for Mandre. While people come and compliment him now on his works being recognised by the Limca Book of Records,when he began 10 years ago,it was a different story. “Friends and relatives would tell my folks that I had gone mad. They would say — ‘He sits in the room all day and in the evening switches off all the lights and puts on one bulb to do some writing.’ They spoke behind my back though,” he laughs. But Mandre took it all in his stride. “People talk. That is the one thing they do well,” he laughs adding,“I just knew I had to go on with my work.”

Over the years he has written the Bhagwad Gita and the Gospel according to Mark on sheets of paper a little bigger than A4 size. Along the way he also found another interesting hobby — writing on sesame seeds. “I began to try micro-writing on the seeds and found that I could. I made paintings of India’s map with the word Bharat inscribed on every one of them,” he says. He has been awarded the Limca Record for 2012 for slicing one seed into 756 parts,using a needle and a razor. “Even when I write I don’t use high powered lenses or expensive equipment. Just finely cut pencils and the naked eye work wonders for me,” he says.

Touring the state with exhibitions as well as workshops,the next project on cards for him is publishing an anthology of his poems. “I love micro-writing and that will continue but I really want to reach out to people through my poems,” he says.

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