4-year-old Varad Malkhandale , who has just finished his nursery, on Sunday, set two national records. For the first record , Varad correctly spelled 51 words in one minute and for the second record, he completed reverse counting of 100 to zero in just 70 seconds. The ‘On Spot Adjudication Event’ was conducted and monitored by a team of India Book of Records (IBR) at Narayana Vidyalayam, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
According to The Times Of India, considering Varad’s age, IBR had increased the time limit for reverse counting record from 60 seconds to 90 seconds. However, Varad achieved this record in 70 seconds. He was allowed two attempts. In the first attempt, he was able to spell 41 words in one minute. In the second attempt, Varad set a record by spelling 51 words in a minute and total of 160 words in five minutes.
Varad had created a record on October 4 last year, in which he recognised 51 different car models in a minute and 55 different car models in one minute and 17 seconds. This was a completely new record for IBR. The three records held by Varad belong to different categories. After setting these two records on Sunday, he has become the only child from the country to have created three national records at the age of four.
Varad, the only son of Bhushan and Ujwala Malkhandale, has just finished nursery at Narayana Vidyalayam. “Soon after accomplishing his record of identifying cars, our son developed a liking for spellings of Marathi words. He wouldn’t calm down until he heard them and would soon start memorising them. Later, we came to know about his penchant for reverse counting when he began it from 20. He needed a small effort from our side to reach hundred,” said his father.
The adjudicator was Sunita Dhote, assistant professor at the department of management technology at Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management and an Asia Book Record holder herself. Col (Retd) UK Chembath, director of Nairsons Educational Society; Mala Chembath, principal of Narayana Vidyalayam and Sudha Shashi, coordinator of Narayana Vidyalayam, Somalwada, were also present during the event.