When he was just three years old, Tushar Lakhanpal started collecting a stationary object that all of us use often – pencil. Now with more than 19,000 pencils, the Delhi boy has entered the Guinness World of Records recently.
Tushar said, “The London-based office of Guinness World Records has given its approval. They conducted a detailed counting as per their strict norms.”
The 17-year-old student of Delhi Public School, says that he got inspiration from cartoon character ‘Oswald’ for the same.
“I would watch Oswald on TV, and became inspired by his habit of collecting things. So I started hoarding pencils. When I was seven, someone told me that I could pursue it as a hobby. I have not stopped since.”
Tushar’s pencils are arranged in a colour-coded manner and kept in wooden frames which almost take up the entire room.
The pencils, which he has collected from around 60 countries, are funky, gold-plated; some tell the room temperature and some pencil lengths vary from four centimetres to eight feet.
Also, there are pencils made of recycled paper, designer fabric and an award-winning pencil that is disability-friendly.
Among all, Tushar’s favourite are the two pencils used by the Queen of England.
“These two are the most expensive in my collection. We bought them at an auction for 400 pounds,” says Tushar who earlier entered the Limca Book of Records.
Tushar’s father, Asheesh Lakhanpal, a commercial pilot, said:
“He already had 250-300 pencils by the time we found out about his interest. As it was a constructive habit, we encouraged it. I get pencils for him from whichever country I go to on my trips.”
The teen dreams of setting up a pencil museum someday to display his collection. Also, he hopes to have a collection which has a pencil from each and every corner of the world.
Tushar broke the Guinness record of Uruguayan national Emilio Arenas, who owns 16,260 pencils collected from 72 countries.