Chennai youngster holds 12 world records in ambidexterity

Loga Hari receiving world record certificate from Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi

Chennai: “When I was a child, my parents and teachers used to scold me for writing with both my hands. Little did they know this skill would change my fate and pave way for creating records,” says 23-year-old Loga Hari, a resident of Ramapuram, Chennai.

The lad recently marked his name in Kalam Book of Records for writing with both hands at the same time; this is his 12th world record. Hari is part of a five-member team to represent India in the ‘International Youth For Peace.’

In a casual chat with News Today, he speaks about his journey.

FRIGHT TURNED FANCY
“I am left-handed by nature. My school and parents insisted that I use my right hand for writing like everyone else. So in school and whenever my parents were watching, I used to write with the right hand and used my left when no one was watching. During my college days, I came across the term ‘ambidextrous’ (people who are ambidextrous can write using both the hands). It is then that I began working on perfecting my handwriting with both hands,” Loga Hari laughs.

MIRROR MAGIC
He says, “In 2016, when I first applied for a world record, my application got rejected. The officials said they couldn’t register my name in that category as two people from China and Africa were already holding a record in it. They asked me to come out with something unique.”

Not one to give up, Hari started writing normal text with one hand and its mirror image with the other. “My left handwriting can only be read using a mirror. This made my attempt unique, and my first world record was set in June 2017. Now, I hold about 12 records. Seeing my efforts, the Universal Tamil University honoured me with a doctorate title,” he goes on to say proudly.

REPRESENTING INDIA
Sharing an interesting incident, Hari says, “I used to upload all my records on my Facebook wall. One of my friends on Facebook is an African, and he, seeing my efforts and achievements, told me about an American organization called International Youth For Peace. A five-member team from each country gets selected as representatives and the organization will then hear the developmental ideas from the representatives about their country or region. They will recommend the corresponding government to improve or work on the plan suggested by these teams. I am one of the members who represented India on behalf of the southern region. I have also recommended certain developmental plans.”

CONFIDENCE SPEAKS
“So far, all my records were in English. My next feat would be to write in Tamil, and I am currently practising for it. While writing in both hands itself is a task, writing mirror images needs good amount of practice. However, once I am confident enough, I will apply for Guinness World Record.”

When asked about his motivating factors, Loga Hari says, “It is my self-confidence and my family’s endless love that helped me get to where I am now. I will keep trying innovative methods using my skill.”

Loga Hari can be reached at 96554 50042.

Article by P T Usha

NT Bureau