Assam (officially Axom), located south of the eastern Himalayas, is a northeastern state of India and is famous for its lustrous greenery, beautiful tea gardens and culture. Blessed with dense flora and fauna, this part of India is also the birthplace of legendary writers, political leaders and singers. But this time, it is not the tea gardens or the beauty of Assam that has made it to enter the record books, but something else of this cultural city had attracted the focus of the media and the excitement of the India Book of Records team. The attraction was the scheduled feat of endurance to be performed by Abhijit Baruah,an India Book of Records holder and a Martial Arts practitioner from Assam.
Performing continuous feats of endurance is never an easy task. To perform enduring stunts one after the other, it takes out a lot of energy and stamina away from the body of the person attempting them. But, it proves the mental stability and courage of an individual who sustains everything.
Despite being aware of all these harms attached in performing many feats in one go, an Assamese lad Abhijit Baruah, a cop and a kickboxing belt holder from the small town of Jorhat (Assam), was all set to perform the most number of enduring feats and that too in a single day, on October 14, 2012.
An excited India Book of Records adjudicator Rinki Tomar, reached the Rowriah Airport (Jorhat) at the early afternoon of October 12, 2012, amidst the eye soothing greenery, just to have a glimpse of the unbelievable feats of bravery that were to be attempted by an already confident claimant Abhijit.
At 7:45 am on October 14, 2012, in the presence of the supporters screaming ‘Joi Aai Axom” and the India Book of Records adjudicator, Abhijit started his first feat ‘non-stop running’ from the Jorhat Stadium with great motivation and a breath of confidence, passion and a smile reflecting his sincere efforts that he had put on for months. He was cheered by people who were waiting to greet him on the highway connecting Jorhat and Sivasagar. Many of the people who were going on their daily chores joined him in his running feat. Abhijit reached his destination Gaurisagar (in Sivasagar) at 11:45 am and from there he took on his next feat ‘cycling’ at 11:57 am. Despite of the heated and uncomforting weather, Abhijit kept on cycling with his supporters following with the similar kind of aura. The cycling feat ended at the Jorhat Stadium at 2:57 pm. The total distance covered in the 7 hours (cycling+running) was 99kms. From there, he took on the next feats ‘push ups’, ‘sit ups’, ‘5 minutes boxing’, ‘running for 200 meters while carrying a load of 40kg on his shoulders’ and at lat he completed his feat of bravery with his tagline feat ‘barefoot running’. He performed 27 full push-ups in 21 seconds starting at 3:00 pm and then performed 20 sit ups in 16 seconds at 3:01 pm. After that, he did boxing for 5 minutes on a punch pad from 3: 04 pm till 3:09 pm. The punch pad was being held by Jayanta Tamuly. Then at 3:14 pm, he ran for a distance of 200m by carrying a weight of 40kg and from there he returned back on barefoot (covering 200m). Thus he ended his day by covering 7 skills of endurance one after the other in 7 hours and 37 minutes. Abhijit had created a new record in the history of India Book of Records.
This attempt was the bookmark to an inaugural category as it had never been done in India Book of Records before. Delivering such a lot of enduring skills naturally require a lot of strength, courage, technique and most importantly proper support. It is never an easy task and is not a cake walk for a normal man who does not practice at all. If not done using proper skills, then it might cause some severe emergency in case of the person attempting it and the person holding the punching pads.
India Book of Records took the greatest pride in adding another shining record to its record book. Abhijit chipped in with a new category for us and India Book of Records salutes his efforts. Congratulations to him for having successfully completed what he aimed at. But, it should be specially mentioned that the event would not have been as successful as it was, without the supporting hands of the sponsors, the supporters, the dietician and the physiotherapist who were present day in and day out to make the event a memorable one. Congratulations to them as well!
There is a special mention (note or we want to specially mention that these feats)from our side that these feats should never be tried by anyone without being under the watchful eye of a trainer and is a downright no-no for the kids and the teenagers under 18.