More than three thousand parents came together in Pune on December 14 to set a world record, breaking the previous one held by China. On behalf of the National Book Trust, the Pune Book Festival is being held on the grounds of Fergusson College from December 16 to 24 in Pune. Coinciding with this event, the Pune Municipal Corporation organised an activity, ‘Parents tell their children stories’, on December 14 morning on the S P College Ground in which 3066 parents participated and narrated stories to their children for four minutes continuously.
As soon as the story session ended, the parents broke the Chinese record for telling stories to their children and set a new world record. A jubilant celebration to the sound of drums and patriotic songs followed this.
Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Additional Commissioner Vikas Dhakne, Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh Gosavi, Adv S K Jain, Actress Prajakta Mali, organiser Rajesh Pandey, former mayor Muralidhar Mohol and other dignitaries were present.
Around 10 am, more than 3,200 parents and their children participated in this event. These participating parents read to their children a lesson from the book “Nishgaru Nash Karu Naka” by Kshipra Shahane for three minutes consecutively. On this occasion, the officials of the Guinness Book of Records announced that the new world record of ‘Parents telling their children’ has been established in the name of India, and after that, there was jubilation on the field.
After this world record, parents and children celebrated with slogans like Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai. The officers and employees of PMC planned the whole program. On this occasion, Chaitanya Kulkarni organised a musical program of Marathi songs.
Thus, China’s record was broken.
China previously held the world record for parents telling their children. In China, about eight years ago, 2,479 parents told stories to their children simultaneously. Today, 3066 parents gathered on the SP College grounds, read the lesson to their children, “Don’t destroy nature,” and beat the world record.