Shastivel is just seven years old. A resident of Sowripalayam, he entered the India Book of Records on June 16 by reciting the names of countries in alphabetical order in 34 seconds. On June 21, he also entered the Worldwide Book of Records by naming 195 national flags in a record time of three minutes and 21 seconds.
Born to B Prabhu-S Indhumathi couple, Shastivel is a Class I student of a private school in the city. Prabhu said they hadn’t trained their son in identifying the national flags or naming the countries in alphabetical order.
“He became interested in studying about the national flags when he saw his brother preparing for exams. He started it as a fun activity. Now, it has helped him find a place in the India Book of Records and the Worldwide Book of Records. This was unexpected,” Shastivel’s father told.
Prabhu said he, along with his wife, had helped Shastivel download a mobile application called ‘Historical Flags’ after they spotted him searching for countries and zooming in on them on Google Map. “He prepared a list and started reciting the names of countries in alphabetical order.
We saw him do that in 34 seconds and as per the India Book of Records it was a record that no one had ever done before. We subsequently registered on the official website of the India Book of Records.” He said Shastivel was awarded a medal and certificate for setting the new records.
Coimbatore collector Kranthi Kumar Pati had called on Shastivel and his parents and felicitated him at the district collectorate.
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