Rajkot teacher owns largest collection of miniature books, eyes world record

A school teacher from Rajkot, Nikunj Vagadia, is attempting a world record of a different kind — as the owner of the world's largest collection of miniature books. On Sunday, he took a shot at the record with the world's smallest (33 X 46 mm) autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi bound by 24 carat gold.

Apart from Gandhi's autobiography, Vagadia owns miniature versions of the Bhagwad Gita, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone and 258 such other books that he himself has produced. According to him, it serves a big aim of his — to spread the message of peace, non-violence, brotherhood and love.

This 28-year-old school teacher has found mention in the Limca Book of Records twice, in 2006 and 2009. Now, he hopes to create a world record under the guidance of prestigious publication houses at the Crystal Mall.

Vagadia's collection ranges from sizes 19 X 27 mm to 47 X 55 mm. The whole collection is organised into 17 categories like autobiographies, classic plays, short stories, children books, fiction and religious.

"The 33 X 46 mm autobiography of Gandhi is the smallest such book ever and the most valuable of my collection. So, the binding has been done with gold," said Vagadia, who was inspired by the Guinness Book Of Records TV show in his childhood.

Vagadia began writing on rice at the age of 10. Writing the Hanuman Chalisa on rice kernel was a challenge that inspired him to work on a miniature autobiography of Gandhi.

"In my teens, I had thought about writing something tiny in size but that could spread a noble message. What can be better than Gandhiji's autobiography?" said Vagadia.

He has already come out with handwritten miniature versions of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Quran, an illustrated biography of Jesus Christ and Sir Alfred Nobel, Shakespearean plays like Macbeth and Othello, novels of Sidney Sheldon and other works like Arabian Nights and Bed Time Tales. It was because of this that he entered the Limca Book of Records in 2006.

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