Limca Book of Records ('LBR') as a record-keeping publication, has been compiling records since 1987 and has seen over 30 editions. It is India's first and longest continuously published book of records.
It is, however, a private book, run and managed by a private organization with no public funding whatsoever. The retail price is also subsidized by the owner Coca-Cola India Private Limited (‘CCIPL'). The LBR also accepts absolutely no funding or payment or any other charges from record applicants or record holders for entries or for processing or for publication acceptance.
Consequently, it is important to understand that all decisions are taken by applying a set of standards that are specific and stringent, but equally are subjective, and based on what the editors and staff of LBR and Consultants ('LBR Team') think are most suitable for the book. And that decision is solely LBR's and not answerable to or affected by any other individual, entity or by what another entity may do or accept.
LBR is a catalogue of achievements made by Indians. It catalogues unique milestones and landmarks including, but not limited to, firsts, bests, mosts, inventions, discoveries, and honours and awards received, by Indians at home or abroad in all fields – both human and natural – that can be qualified in superlatives and that conform to the prevailing editorial policy in force during any year.
While this is primarily a catalogue of superlatives and achievements, it is also a book of records, and a work of reference, and therefore in the spirit of empirical record-keeping, will record other milestones that may be negative or not celebratory or laudatory but are notable, such as 'longest trial in a court of law' or records pertaining to disasters or crime. Any such record is a statement of fact on record, and is not meant to downplay any entity nor encourage anyone to attempt to beat such records.
LBR encompasses an extensive range of information and is thus divided into several chapters and record categories. Prospective entries under these chapters and categories may include, but are not limited to, any of the following headings – a record, a quantifiable skill, a superlative or historical landmark/phenomenon/man-made or natural event/process/structure considered as remarkable as a record by the LBR Team.
Anyone with a reasonable claim for a record may write to LBR for possible inclusion (subject to acceptance by LBR criteria).
Entry into LBR and attempt of any record are subject to compliance with the general Terms and Conditions (the 'Terms') as well as the specific rules and guidelines applicable to each type of record attempt or claim (the 'Attempt'). Where pre-existing terms do not exist to cover a particular record or Claim, a relevant policy shall be decided by the LBR Team and that shall be binding. Earlier policies and parameters go under continuous review and modifications, and the LBR Team is not bound to any previously existing parameters.
Individuals or groups interested in attempting to set or break a record must understand and accept general policy and study the Terms and the specific rules and guidelines applicable to the Attempt, and sign the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form (available before the commencement of any Attempt) in order to be considered for inclusion in LBR. Records already set and sent for inclusion post-facto are also bound by all the rules and guidelines; and acceptance of all Terms and Conditions is a necessary qualifier to any record being accepted.
All Terms, rules and guidelines apply to a person/persons making a record Attempt ('Applicant'/'Applicants') who sends an Application to LBR as well as any and every person/persons ('Participant'/'Participants') part of such an Attempt (for example, in an Attempt by a group or organization).
LBR is owned by CCIPL, which reserves the right to modify these Terms and any other rules and guidelines established in relation to an Attempt or general policy. CCIPL does not implement or involve itself in editorial policy and does not process submissions. LBR is collated and published by publishers Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt Ltd/Hachette India who will process the entries, make all decisions on acceptance and inclusion, and publish the book autonomously as is required for an independent book of records. Publication dates and content design are decided and implemented in conjunction with CCIPL.
All such modificationsof Terms and Conditions and policy will be updated on the website: https://www.coca-colaindia.com/limca-book-of-records and anyone attempting to enter their record in LBR must review the Terms and the corresponding rules for each Attempt regularly to remain informed of any changes or modifications therein.
LBR and its representatives do NOT charge any fee or accept any money for the application, review, processing or acceptance of records [please see clauses 111(17) and 111(18) of 'General Guidelines' pertaining to certificates and discount on sale of copies to Applicants].
II. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
To be eligible for consideration by the LBR Team for a successful Attempt, 'Applicant' must fulfil the following conditions:
- The Applicant should be a resident Indian or NRI/OCI, and must submit ID and residence proofs and other documents as required by law to establish this.
- The Applicant must have read and consented to the Terms, the specific rules and guidelines applicable to the Attempt, and must have signed and submitted the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form before undertaking the Attempt.
- LBR does not accept applications of children below 13 years except in certain memory-related categories, select skill and art-based categories, and those under certain national and international Sports categories as decided by the LBR Team, and as per certification by relevant national and international sports organizations and authorities. The Applicant must fall in one of the two age groups, as specified below, and must adhere to the eligibility criteria of that age group.
The Attempt must be corroborated by a valid proof of age:
- Age Group I – Between 13 years and up to 18 years
- Age Group II – Above 18 years
Age Group I:
- An Applicant undertaking an Attempt under this age group must be older than thirteen (13) years and younger than or up to eighteen (18) years at the time of the Attempt.
- Consent from a parent or legal guardian must be submitted, after such parent or legal guardian has read the Terms as provided and consented to the same. The parent or legal guardian is also required to have read and consented to the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form, and provided a Certificate of Medical Fitness, signed and stamped by a certified doctor, in certain Attempts as decided and indicated by the LBR Team, and any other rules specified in relation to the category of the Attempt, before undertaking the Attempt.
- Certain categories of records may not be permitted for Applicants from this age group, as may be notified by CCIPL and/or LBR from time to time. Any record in this age group must be cleared with LBR before it occurs to see if it will be considered suitable as a record entry and LBR's decision shall be final regarding its own criteria for inclusion and safety.
- Attempts that are detrimental to the health of such persons, or that are potentially dangerous, or that are in violation of any law in force, will not be accepted for entry in LBR.
- Any Attempt by minors beyond 15 minutes will be considered as endurance and would lead to the rejection of the claim. Any record attempt below that time duration (or even if the activity is strenuous within that time frame) that the LBR Team deems as stressful or strenuous for a minor, or as dangerous, harmful or injurious in any other way, may also be rejected at the discretion of the LBR Team.
- Guardians/parents must sign a Disclaimer and Indemnity Form assuring against any exertion, stress or harm caused to the minor record applicant and indemnifying LBR and CCIPL against any such occurrence.
Memory records are available to this age group and subject to the decision of the LBR Team and representatives of LBR.
- Certain records, such as the lightest/heaviest baby born or a medical feat performed on a child below 13 years may be accepted at the discretion of the LBR Team under the Medical Sciences chapter, wherein the child/baby itself is not an active actor in the record.
Age Group II:
- The Applicant must be above eighteen (18) years of age.
- The Applicant must have carefully read and consented to the Terms, and the specific rules and guidelines set down for the Attempt, and submitted the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form before engaging in the Attempt as well as a Certificate of Medical Fitness (with the medical practitioner's registration number mentioned on it) to attempt any physical feat or one involving mental exertion, or one deemed so by the LBR Team.
III. GENERAL GUIDELINES:
- Standard norms and rules should be adhered to while setting national and world records. In some cases there may be additional event-specific norms that need to be observed.
- The onus of proving a record claim rests on the Applicant. The claim, signed by the Applicant, should be backed by adequate and satisfactory documents without which it will not be accepted. Materials submitted as supporting evidence, like press clippings, audio/videotapes, flash/pen drives, CDs and photographs, become the property of the publisher Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt Ltd/ Hachette India and the Copyright Owner, but only copies should be submitted with the originals kept safe by the claimant for Life after the claim has been accepted [see also Section V (Evidence)]. Forms such as the Application Form duly signed by the Applicant and validating/witnessing authorities as indicated by the representatives of LBR and/or the rules and guidelines need to be submitted in the original (hard copy) and a copy retained by the applicant/applicants for Life after the claim has been accepted. LBR does not take any responsibility for lost material/s if the record is questioned or objected to by any person. In case of a query or objection raised, the responsibility of providing the evidence again for reverification [see also Reverification of Evidence clause V(15)] and all expenditures therein lies with the Applicant.
- It is not necessary or binding for someone from LBR to be present at the record-making event, but proper authentication of the same must be ensured. Authentication should be by someone who is competent and in a responsible position, such as a Gazetted Officer, District Magistrate or Principal of a school/college, unless specified otherwise.
- Update yourself with the latest record before any Attempt to break it. Potential record-breakers should inform LBR at least 30 days in advance about the record Attempt details and procedure in order to avoid disqualification on technicalities.
- Confirmation from consultants are not to be treated as final. The final confirmations are only issued by the LBR Editorial Team.You are advised to check the existing record with the LBR Team just prior your attempt as well, so that you may be intimated of any updates.
- While breaking an existing record, follow the rules, technical specifications and set precedents. For example, the needle-threading record specifies a no. 13 needle. Do not use any other needle.
- Records should be absolute and not technical offshoots. For example, if one is setting a typing record, it is assumed that it is normal typing. One-finger or two-finger typing will not be registered asseparate records. Records have to be quantifiable and comparable, and overly specific variables may not be considered.
- While LBR does accept new categories, these will have to be of high interest value and have definable and comparable parameters, and these are entirely subject to the LBR Team's decision. For example, even if no record exists, a two-hour marathon for guitar playing will not be accepted.
- Not every record set by women is eligible for entry as the subcategory 'First woman to...'
- Collections should have a basic 'standard'. Limited numbers of obscure articles may not be accepted unless of exceptional interest value, and that shall be decided upon by the LBR Team.
- For distance records, only basic types of vehicles are recognized: four-wheelers and plus, two-wheelers, geared bicycles, gearless bicycles, tandem bicycles and electric vehicles. We make no differentiation between engine capacities of one kind of vehicles in speed or 'fastest' records. In terms of endurance, for instance, if the category is Four Corners of India by a two-wheeler, then motorcycles of any cc and scooters are considered under the same category. To ensure measurability, distance against time will be the criterion. Cross country or intra-country motoring/cycling or other vehicular records must get prior clearance from us for inclusion. In non-speed records, vehicles may be categorized according to engine capacity: below 60cc; 61–100cc; 101–350cc; 350–500cc and above 500cc.
- Before attempting any driving record, Applicants have to submit a copy of the following document/documents, as applicable, attested by a Gazetted Officer, Notary Public: their valid driving licence/earlier experience certificate in case of motor sport or bicycling record; pilot's licence/aero sports course certificate/earlier experience certificate in case of aero sports record; mountaineering/mountain sports course certificate/earlier experience certificate in case of a mountain sports record; and water sports course certificate/earlier experience certificate in case of a water sports record to the LBR office for prior approval.
- The LBR Team would like all claimants to send in supporting photographs. In physical evidence with documents or photographs, do not staple them to your entry. Use detachable clips. In cases where applicable and as indicated by the LBR Team, time- and date-stamped video recordings of the Attempt must be provided.
- Attempts that may result in physical harm, such as 'hitting head against a wall' or mental/emotional duress for the applicant, such as 'isolating oneself for 100 days' will not be considered and are entirely the decision of the LBR Team.
- Any record in the book may be reconsidered or dropped without prior intimation.
- Certificates issued are valid only for the date or period specified and will be considered ended if surpassed by a new record, and/or change in criteria, measuring methods, or if disputed and found to be erroneous on reverification [see clause V(15)].
- For reasons of space or any other reasons, a confirmed entry may be dropped at the time of going to press. The LBR Team may inform the Applicant of the change in status but is not bound to do so.
- Record holders within India are entitled to ONE complimentary copy of their certificate and its postage, if eligible, and further copies need to be ordered by writing to the LBR Team and on payment (including GST) as indicated. Record holders outside India are entitled to ONE complimentary copy of their certificate but will need to pay courier and/or postal charges (including applicable taxes/surcharges). Requests for the reissue of older certificates issued in previous years are considered on a case-by-case basis and such certificates reissued on payment within reasonable time as per printing schedules provided the record is accessible in our archived editions.
- Record holders are not entitled to any remuneration or free copies of Limca Book of Records. They may, however, avail a 30% discount on the cover price of the book by writing to the LBR Team and following the payment process.
- If new record holders do not receive their certificate by two months after the release of the book, please contact the LBR office.
- The LBR Team reserves the sole right to decide on the suitability of all records for inclusion in the book. The Team's decision on all such matters is final. Any attempt to browbeat or threaten the LBR Team or representatives shall result in instant disqualification.
ATTEMPTS BY MINORS: Records by minors below 13 years are not accepted, except under certain memory-related categories, select skill and art-based categories, and certain recognized national and international tournament categories as decided by the respective Consultants for specific sports.
- Records that are against the law (e.g., driving at an age not qualified for licence) or those that require excessive physical exertion (like a marathon) detrimental to a minor's health will not be accepted.
- Any typographical error or inaccuracy in the statement of a record or certificate should be pointed out by the record holder immediately.
- Objections raised by any person regarding any published entry shall be entertained only within a period of three (3) years from the date of publication or acceptance/certification of a record/entry. However, discrepancies identified by the LBR Team syo moto shall be addressed regardless of passage of time. Applicants must note that, in accordance with the prevailing laws, there is no limitation in respect of criminal liability should it arise.
CHAPTERS AND CATEGORIES:
LBR reserves the right to include or exclude any chapter or category, or section or record category as otherwise listed below and is under no obligation to publish all or any of the listed chapters or categories in LBR or any of its publications.
The list provided here is only for illustrative and explanatory reasons, and for the clarity of persons seeking to engage in an Attempt. Further, the following list only consists of chapters and categories that have been published in previous editions and is non-exhaustive. LBR may, at its sole discretion, include additional chapters or categories, delete a chapter or category, or even merge two or more chapters or categories as the LBR Team deems appropriate. Any such addition, deletion or merging of chapters or categories creates no obligation on the LBR Team's and/or CCIPL's part to inform any person making an Attempt of such addition, deletion or merger. Records after acceptance may also be changed or deleted if suitable circumstances warrant it, and this also shall be the sole decision of the LBR Team.
THE HUMAN STORY
This chapter contains records, talents and information, and includes, but is not limited to, unique achievements, uncommon talents, collections, community development initiatives and other human feats. Applicants under this category are required to not break any laws, and must sign and submit the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form, Self-Declaration of Medical Fitness and Certificate of Medical Fitness, as applicable, at least one month prior to the Attempt. LBR prohibits and will not accept any Attempt that is likely to cause harm or be of nuisance to the general public, or is likely to cause unnecessary waste of essential goods or resources such as food items, or is likely to harm the environment; and of course possible physical, mental or emotional harm to oneself.
- Records involving alcohol consumption as an event or performance measure will not be considered.
- Yoga or endurance, or speed or strength records are only for Age Group II unless specifically permitted otherwise in writing.
- Applicants from Age Group I can perform for a maximum of 15 minutes in mass participation records involving strength, speed or performance. Any Attempt longer than that is be considered endurance on the part of minors and rejected. In such records attempting mosts in terms of numbers, minors will not be counted, such as in a two-hour-long dance performance. The allowance may depend upon the nature of the Attempt. For example – minor Applicants/Participants might participate in an Attempt involving reading for more than 15 minutes but will not be allowed at any mass physical feat claim for more than that time period - such as most Participants performing the plank together. Such applications, if accepted by the LBR Team, will need a Medical Fitness Certificate confirming that no harm will be caused to the Applicant/Participant by such an Attempt.
- A new section for virtual records has been added from this edition onwards. The current categories are for single sessions conducted on a single platform.
- We do not have categories related to religious traditions and ceremonies, unless they form general records.
- Records indicating or involving harm to physical or mental health will not be considered, such as 'most blood donated in a day'.
This chapter contains records related to general, modern, residential, religious, mechanical and historical structures, bridges, dams and flyovers, and various other specialized structures.
- There are no set parameters of the claim regarding fastest construction as each construction would have multiple aspects of difference and the LBR Team does not wish to encourage the fastest construction of public services or private buildings.
This chapter contains records and information related to literacy, schools, higher education, archives, libraries, museums and quizzes. LBR has discontinued the 'youngest' category as a record claim. Record claims with qualifications beyond postgraduation are considered. Record claims pertaining to online courses or UGC NET based qualifications or publication of research papers will not be considered.
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
This chapter contains records and information related to the broad fields of (a) media and (b) communications, and may be divided into six sections – (i) print, (ii) radio, (iii) television, (iv) post and philately, (v) telecom, and (vi) Internet, social media and apps (applications). Applicants wishing to undertake an Attempt under this chapter must ensure compliance with the specific guidelines provided by the LBR Team.
This chapter contains records and information, and the chapter may include, but shall not be limited to, topics such as agricultural crops, farm machinery, milk and milk products, poultry, animal sciences, fisheries, agricultural research and awards. Specific rules are to be complied with for Attempts under this chapter.
This chapter contains records and information pertaining to all the branches of the armed or para-military forces and related military records. This chapter does not accept entries unless routed through the appropriate defence authority/organization with the understanding that no official secrets, or confidential information, are being revealed in the process. An independent entry by current or former defence personnel should be accompanied with a self-declaration that no official secrets or confidential information is being revealed. The chapter is otherwise compiled by the LBR Team from news sources originating with governmental ministries and information sources such as the official websites of the Indian Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard as well as the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
This chapter contains records and information, and the sections under this chapter include road, rail, water and air transport. Applicants who claim records under any of these sections shall provide evidence of the same, including authentication documents as required by the LBR Team.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This chapter contains absolute records like oldest planetarium and first nuclear reactor along with discoveries and records in, but not limited to, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental sciences, computers, information technology and space technology. All Attempts under this chapter are required to follow the specific rules for both types of events as provided by the LBR Team. For a new invention to be considered as a record, it must be patented witha recognized national/international body. This chapter also includes records and relevant information compiled by the LBR Team.
This chapter contains records and information related to cinema, photography, painting and some categories of drawing and cartooning. The records related to national and regional commercial and art cinema is based on information collected from the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), public domain, magazines and national newspapers. The records about box-office collection are obtained from the website www.boxofficeindia.com, the standard source in India for collecting such details, or similar sources.
Individual record claims may be submitted for consideration under this chapter, subject to compliance with the basic criteria laid down:
- The film should have been cleared by the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) and given a censor certificate.
- Certification requirements for OTT content/films/drama series will be decided on a case-by-case basis and as per the laws of the land and relevant authorities/organizations.
- The film should be screened at film festivals or at public theatres/auditoriums.
Information related to painting and photography is collected from newspapers, magazines, the Internet and any other verified source. Individual record claims may be submitted for consideration under this chapter, subject to compliance with the basic criteria laid down:
- No miniature paintings in any medium are considered in this chapter currently. They may be eligible for entry in the Human Story chapter depending on parameters.
- All rangoli, alpana and kolam records have been categorized under one category of 'Traditional floor art'.
- Considering that art is a subjective concept, the LBR Team reserves the final decision regarding the artwork so produced. Random repetition of patterns, block colour patches, strokes of paint, or smearing paint randomly on the canvas would lead to the rejection of the claim. Similarly, geometric shapes, haphazard lines and arbitrary usage of colour would also lead to rejection. The artwork so produced should have a coherent sense of pattern, colour and tone. It should depict a certain level of skill and creation of aesthetics. For photography claims, repetitive, fragmented and haphazard images would not be considered. The images should have a coherent sense of posture, alignment and lighting.
- The largest art competition would be a single-day category following the rules of continuous events and being a maximum of 12 hours.
- Portrait categories: A portrait should have only a single person in the painting/mosaic. A portrait is considered to be a drawing/painting of the head and shoulder of a person for the purposes of record claims.
Origami claims have been sorted into the following categories:
- Largest origami mosaic - solo/ group
- Single-item origami (single sheet, single item)> A)Tallest/Longest; B) Widest
- Multiple-item origami (multiple sheets, multiple items)> A) Tallest - solo/group; B) Widest - solo/ group
- Marathon origami (single day, single venue) - solo
- Most towel origami made - solo/group - in 1 hour
Claims regarding pencil carvings (graphite) have been sorted into the following categories:
- Largest collection of carved pencils
- Most pencil carvings done – single day
- Most pencil carvings done – 1 hour
- Smallest pencil carving
This chapter contains records related to talent and information in the fields of dance, music and theatre (including but not limited to puppetry and other local theatre types depending on parameters), and dance-drama and dance-martial arts crossovers. The records are further divided into marathon events or group events. All Attempts under this chapter are required to follow the specific rules for both types of events as provided by the LBR Team. Record claims pertaining to fastest performances will not be considered.
This chapter may be divided into various sections, including but not limited to, aero sports, mountaineering, road expeditions, water sports, marathons (those not classified internationally as athletics track and field events) and other adventure activities. A person undertaking an Attempt under this category may seek the LBR Team's guidance for specific guidelines. Potential Applicants are advised to note that such guidelines or safety advice provided by the LBR Team shall merely be explanatory, non-exhaustive and will not create any responsibilities or liabilities on behalf of the LBR Team and/or CCIPL, whatsoever.
- For all Ironman triathlon related claims, we refer to the International Triathlon Union and the Indian Triathlon Federation.
- For swimming records, only solo as well as up to 3-person relay crossings (each covering at least 10 km) are considered. For marathon swimming – with permitted breaks, breaks of only 1.5 minutes will be allowed for each completed hour. Exceptions may be made for para swimmers or extremely remarkable records, subject to the discretion and decision of the LBR Team and Consultants.
- A minimum altitude of 6,000 m is required to review any mountaineering claim. Claims regarding Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) will not be considered in accordance with the same. All mountaineering claims must be verified by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation or a similar credible international body.
- For road expeditions, there are separate categories for women in solo attempts and group attempts where Applicants and, if present, Participants are women.
Adventure/Marathon and Endurance Claims
- A detailed logbook must be maintained with entries in chronological order. All entries in this logbook must be witnessed and authenticated by reputed individuals/competent authorities (a Gazetted Officer, District Magistrate or Principal of a school/college, unless specified otherwise). A sample sheet will be given by the LBR Team on request. Emphasis will be on events that highlight special skills.
- In cases where applicable and as indicated by the LBR Team, time- and date-stamped videos of the Attempt must be provided.
All adventure/endurance events come under five categories. Special instructions on rest breaks for each of them follow:
- Marathon (non-stop): A five-minute break for rest after every completed hour is allowed as per prevailing international norms. These breaks may be accumulated (e.g., a 15-minute break may be taken after 3 hours of non-stop action) but not added to the tally. The logbook must clearly indicate the rest breaks.
- Virtually non-stop: Minimal breaks permitted for medical/toilet purposes but no rest breaks. Breaks are to be indicated in the logbook.
- Continuous: Performed on a rotating or relay basis.
- Normal: Breaks permitted as and when necessary.
- Absolute non-stop: No breaks at all.
- Attempts jeopardizing individual or public safety and public property are not encouraged.
- All adventure feats/stunts/sports, etc. require prior written approval from concerned authorities.
This chapter contains information and records. This category may include, but shall not be limited to, such subjects as nationhood, parties, elections, the Parliament, states, administration, government officials, civics, judiciary, and law and order.
This chapter contains records and information from the field of medical sciences such as medical breakthroughs, medical camps, firsts and mosts in selective medical procedures, mass participations, medical tests, medical devices and equipment. Claims are acceptable only from registered medical practitioners and related to government approved medical practices and institutions, such as those affiliated to the Indian Medical Association, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and any others as deemed eligible by the LBR Team.
The LBR Team will reject any Attempts that may potentially orotherwise harm or endanger persons/patients, e.g., 'speed' related records such as 'most kidneys transplanted in a day' or 'most LASIK surgeries performed in a day' whether at a medical centre or in camps, charitable or otherwise.
LBR may accept camp-related statistics that turn out to be records, but may not process or encourage any camps set up to create records, especially speed-related medical science Attempts because such attempts may jeopardize patient safety.
THE NATURAL WORLD
This chapter contains information and records, and the entries are compiled from multiple and deemed verified reports in magazines, newspapers and Internet resources available to LBR on topics including, but not limited to, geographical features, flora, fauna, environment and conservation. Information related to flora and fauna is verified with nature conservation authorities, well-known wildlife institutions, government websites and relevant international websites. All claims related to rainwater harvesting and pollution control are counterchecked with government sources and/or authoritative expert bodies. Gardening records relate to non-agricultural production and claims, such as largest pumpkin, will require scale-comparative photographs as well as other indicated documentation.
This chapter contains records and information from the field of literature. Applicants willing to undertake an Attempt under this chapter must ensure compliance with the basic criteria laid down.
- Only published works will be considered unless the work created is an art installation, or superlative or artefact.
- No long ghazals/poems, rewriting of religious texts, or anthologies will be considered.
- A work infringing copyright or violative of any other prevailing laws will not be considered.
- General category claims –book(s) self-published or published by a publishing house, should be available for purchase online or at bookshops. Sales records must be certified by publishers who have audited accounts or Nielsen BookScan.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
This chapter contains records and information, and the sections under this chapter may include, but shall not be limited to, the economy, financial institutions, financial instruments, banking, industries and companies, workforce, housing and real estate, and advertising.
Applicants who claim records under any of these sections shall provide proof of the same, including authentication letters from independent observers including at least one expert in the field. Industry company data must be from authentic authorized bodies such as the Registrar of Companies and SEBI, or in the case of own company figures, audited figures must be submitted.
The Sports chapter of the LBR primarily, contains records, sports related statistics and information. It is prepared by independent Consultants, who are well-established journalists and/or authorities in particular sports. The Consultants in conjunction with the LBR
Team are the final authority on all records under this chapter. In cases where an uncommon sport is involved, the decisions will be made in consultation with an expert in the field.
IV. PROCEDURE FOR ATTEMPT:
LBR recognizes two types of Attempts –
- an Attempt to break a previously existing record; and
- an Attempt to set a new record.
The following procedure must be followed by any person willing to undertake an Attempt to be considered for entry in LBR: An application by the person attempting the record should be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or couriered/mailed by registered post [see clause IV(3.): Application Procedure]:
- Such application should contain details regarding the unique achievement, or proposal to set a record, for the consideration of the LBR Team, along with the complete address and contact number of the person attempting the same, at least one (1) month before the Attempt inorder to avoid disqualification on technicalities. For specific requirements in the procedure for an Attempt please refer to Section Ill of these Terms.
- The person undertaking the Attempt must approach the LBR Team regarding the proper procedure and information or documents required for consideration of a successful Attempt.
- On completion of an Attempt, the Applicant must provide the LBR Team detailed and accurate documentation, as required by the LBR Team, and these then be scrutinized by the LBR Team.
- All entries to an edition are confirmed only after the deadline, i.e., the last date for submission of entries. Any Application made after such a date may be considered for a subsequent edition of LBR.
- On confirmation of an entry, a certificate shall be mailed to the Applicant who carried out the successful Attempt. Such certificates shall be sent after the particular edition for which the Attempt has been considered, is printed or released.
- For all Attempts to be undertaken, the person undertaking such an Attempt must sign and submit the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form and Certificate of Medical Fitness (in hard copy) as and when required to the LBR Team, prior to the Attempt. The acceptance of any application for entry in LBR shall be conditional on the signing of and adherence to the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form, the Terms, and any other specific rules and guidelines established by LBR in relation to a particular category of Attempt.
All applications must be sent to the following addresses: Limca Book of Records (Editorial)
Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd
4th/5th Floors, Corporate Centre, Plot No. 94,
Sector 44, Gurugram 122003, Haryana, India
Phone: +91 22 35305621
Fax:+91 124 4148900
Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd is a company incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1956,
with CIN U22222DL2007PTC164081
- LBR’s primary mode of communication is email (and only via its formal email IDs), which is both retrievable and transparent as well as formal record. No Attempt should be made based on phone or other verbal conversations, or communication on social media/messaging platforms.
- There is no need for personal visits to the LBR office to hand over record-related applications, documentation or evidence, and in case the Applicant does visit personally, then the application and requisite documents may be handed over at the Reception. Since all claim formats devised are such that they need written submission, everything should be clear from written communication.
Submissions must be in English since LBR is currently published in the English language (submissions in other languages shall be accepted, but they should be accompanied with an English translation).
The primary application shall consist of the following:
- Name of the Applicant;
- Complete postal address of the Applicant;
- Contact details of the Applicant;
- Description of the record the Applicant wishes to apply for; and event plan.
- Confirmation of acceptance of LBR procedures, Terms and Guidelines via a formal statement on email or signed hard copy.
These applications shall be perused by the LBR Team, and further correspondence shall take place between the Applicant and the LBR Team member concerned, from the assigned chapter/section.
On acceptance of the initial application, the general guidelines and record-specific guidelines shall be emailed or couriered to the Applicant by the LBR Team along with the procedure and documentation required.
On receipt of the correspondence from a member of the LBR Team, the Applicant shall send the following documents (in both soft and hard copy) to the postal address mentioned in clause III3.(a) above:
- A covering letter stating the Attempt details;
- A signed copy of the Disclaimer and Indemnity Form sent to the Applicant;
- A self-attested copy of the Applicant's government approved identity proof (such as passport, voter ID card, PAN card, Aadhaar, etc.);
- A self-attested copy of the Applicant's government approved age proof (such as passport, birth certificate, ration card, etc.) together with the 'Required Documents'.
- On authentication and verification of the Required Documents, the Applicant shall obtain a confirmation from the LBR Team to proceed with the Attempt.
After completing the Attempt in accordance with the provisions of Sections III and IV, and collecting evidence of the Attempt in accordance with the provisions of Section V, the Applicant shall send the following to claim a record (the 'Claim'):
Details of the supposed record, duly authenticated by Gazetted Officers, or relevant public authorities, or relevant authorities in charge or other competent
authorities. Such authentication must be on the basis of personal verification of every detail of the Claim.
- Material evidence of the event, consisting of all the evidence collected by the Applicant during theAttempt. All CDs/DVDs, flash/pen drives and other data storage media/devices sent to the LBR Team, as part of the application process, should have the Applicant's name and the record category written legibly on it.
- A Claim that is successfully submitted shall be considered for entry in the LBR.
- The application procedure should be completed within the last date of submission. Entries submitted after the deadline may not be considered for the subsequent edition unless extension was granted in writing or on email for extenuating circumstances.
- In addition to the afore mentioned rules, specific requirements provided under the relevant categories must be fulfilled.
- The onus of proving a record is on the Applicant. The Claim, signed by the Applicant, should be backed by adequate and satisfactory documentation without which it will not be accepted by the LBR Team.
- The Applicant must, as part of the verification process, submit all supporting documents including at least two authentication letters (originals) on stamp paper, photographs (or CD/DVD/flash drive containing still photos), personal details of the Applicant, including residential address and contact details, along with a covering letter, without which the Claim will not be considered for entry.
- Outside of moral and creative ownership rights, which will vest with the creator/artist/author, etc., the assigned copyright/publishing rights and any other intellectual property rights in and to any such material evidence shall, to the extent permitted by law, be waived unconditionally by the Applicant and transferred to LBR and CCIPL by the submission.
- The evidence must only be sent after the Required Documents have been verified and the primary application has been duly confirmed and evidence asked for.
Only the Claim may be supplemented by evidence of the record with the following to be submitted on the currently prevailing and commonly available and accessible data storage media from where it is easily retrievable, such as a flash/pen drive or hard drive, with the onus of providing a back-up copy/original being on the applicant:
- Press clippings of local, national or international newspapers, or press cuttings, or news reports in an electronic form, furnishing direct evidence of the record; or
- Audio recordings from radio, or any such fact of record which could be heard, furnishing direct evidence of the record; or
- Direct evidence/audio-visual recording of the record; or
- Any other fact of record that may be in audio, visual or audio visual format, furnishing direct evidence of the record; or
- Photographs of any such fact of record documented by photographs furnishing direct evidence of the record. (It is advisable to submit high-resolution photographs only that are pictures 1,500 pixels wide for horizontal images and 1,500 pixels high for vertical images, of 1 MB or more.)
- If any of the above-mentioned evidence is in a local language, it must be sent along with an attested copy of an English translation of the said document.
- The evidence must be clear, distinct and unambiguous.
- LBR reserves the right to refuse the Claim if evidence sufficient to prove the record act beyond reasonable doubt is not furnished, or for any other reason whatsoever at LBR’s discretion.
- For categories where specific evidence is required, a reference is invited to the respective category, mentioned in this Rules and Regulations document, for the requirements.
- The material evidence provided by the Applicant shall not be returned. The Applicant is advised to keep all original evidence along with copies.
- Wherever possible, a person from the LBR Team may also visit for verification. In such cases also, the evidence shall be sent along with the Claim.
- In case of records where giant structures are put in place or supersize objects are involved, the measurements shall be taken in the presence of appropriate observers and authenticators, such as Gazetted Officers, Principal of a school/college, an engineering expert, or others as approved by the LBR Team.
- Originals must not be sent, unless specifically requested by LBR for scrutiny. LBR will not keep copies longer than twelve (12) months after acceptance of the Claim, but record holders should keep their evidence to be produced for disputes for Life [see below–Reverification of Evidence clause V(15)]. Evidence and documents of rejected records will be destroyed immediately after informing the Applicant of the decision.
- All records and evidence are accepted in good faith and normal deep scrutiny. Any submission of fake evidence shall be met with a charge of cheating and other offences as mentioned in the Indian Penal Code and other applicable laws.
REVERIFICATION OF EVIDENCE:
- In case a discrepancy in the record comes to light, as pointed out by any person or independently detected by the LBR Team, the onus of providing the evidence again for reverification of the record entry lies entirely with the record holder. If, in the opinion of the LBR Team, the discrepancy for whatsoever reason that has come to light is genuine, the same shall be communicated to the record holder and evidence sought for reverification; in the meantime, the record will be frozen/suspended and the certificate considered withdrawn until the evidence is reverified by a panel consisting of an LBR Team member and a legal consultant. Announcement of such a suspended/frozen record will appear only on the LBR website publicly and nowhere else. Subsequent to reverification, the record may either be restored, or amended or struck off completely.
- LBR will not keep any data or records longer than one year [12 months] from acceptance in writing, In the event of any objection or discrepancy needing reverification [see clause V(15) above], the record holder must keep all supporting evidence safe and readily accessible.
- In all matters pertaining to reverification of records/evidence, the LBR’s decision shall be final.
VI. ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
- Each Attempt must be categorized within one of the chapters or categories listed under Section II and IIIA. However, LBR reserves the right, to be exercised at its sole and absolute discretion, to accept applications for Attempts.
- Records must be absolute and not technical offshoots and they must be quantifiable, comparable and measurable.
- No Claim shall be considered valid unless it is sent, along with the required evidence, in the manner prescribed in Sections IV and V.
- LBR reserves the right to publish or delete any chapter, section, category or record in the present or any future edition of LBR, without any notice to the Applicants. LBR is under no obligation to inform record holders when a record may be dropped. Such decisions shall be the sole prerogative of the LBR Team in the larger continuing interests of the book.
- Records shall be considered for publishing only on the grounds of their interest value and general public acceptance.
- LBR will not consider potentially dangerous Attempts by Applicants, particularly those belonging to Age Group I, being up to thirteen (13) years of age.
- Further, no entries in violation of any law, rule, regulation, guideline or any other statutory instrument shall be accepted.
- Entries for the new edition of LBR will be confirmed only after the annual deadline, which is usually 31 May.
- In all matters pertaining to the Limca Book of Records, the LBR Team and/or CCIPL's decision shall be final and binding.
- Record claims are accepted in good faith and may be considered records and published in the book as such unless disproved with appropriate evidence.
- It should be borne in mind, that LBR by its rejecting a Claim is not stating that the Claim may not be a record, or that the achievement, if any, is belittled. It is merely stating that for its purposes and within the framework of the book as run by its editorial policy it does not think the Claim suitable to feature.
- Harassment of staff, including overt or covert threats, including threats of legal process, for rejecting a Claim, or for any other reason whatsoever, or defaming LBR or the LBR Team on public platforms will not be acceptable and will be met with all the measures under law. Any such behaviour will also result in automatic disqualification of the Claim.
VII. STATUTORY COMPLIANCE:
- It is mandatory for Applicants to abide by all local, state and national laws, rules and regulations applicable in relation to the Attempt. LBR expressly prohibits any Attempt that involves violation of any local, state or national laws, rules or regulations. Applicants are under an obligation to ensure that all activities related to the Attempt are neither unlawful, nor against public decency and morality. Applicants must note that LBR strongly discourages Attempts that are likely to offend the sentiments of any community. LBR also discourages Attempts that may cause harm to the public or animals, or cause any damage to the environment, and are requested to refrain from such Attempts. Applicants shall bear sole responsibility for any consequences arising out of any non-compliance with any applicable laws, rules or regulations in so far as they relate to the Attempt. LBR shall not be liable for any harm caused to the public or the environment in the course of the Attempt, and LBR shall not be responsible for any noncompliance with any applicable local, state or national or international laws, rules and regulations insofar as they relate to the Attempt.
- With the submission of any Claim a record holder agrees to abide with Terms and conditions in full and is thereby covenanting that the submission is true with no falsifying of evidence or no mala fide intent of any sort whatsoever.
VIII. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
- The Applicant is requested to take all reasonable safety precautions prior to the Attempt including, but not limited to, the testing of all equipment used for the Attempt, the utilization of prescribed safety equipment in relation to the Attempt, the presence of requisite medical personnel and treatment facilities, and any applicable safety permits required under local, state or national laws, rules and regulations.
- The Applicant understands that the Attempt may be dangerous to them, other Participants and spectators, and that they must identify such risks, with the help of professional advice, such as the risk of accident, illness, paralysis, injury, loss or death that may be caused by negligence, forces of nature, or other agencies, known and unknown. The Applicant knowingly and freely assumes all such risks, both known and unknown, and assumes full personal responsibility for the Attempt and its consequences.
- The Applicant shall bear sole responsibility for taking all such safety precautions and acknowledge that CCIPL, the LBR Team and/or their respective directors, publishers, editors, officers, appointed representatives, Consultants, or agents shall not, in any manner whatsoever, be responsible for making any safety arrangements for the Attempt.
- The Applicants undertake and irrevocably and unconditionally permit CCIPL and LBR to cover any Attempt through various media including newspapers, radio, television (news and other channels), Internet, mobile apps, social media, etc., and shall not raise any objection, protest or demur whatsoever to such coverage or in this regard. Whilst LBR shall make all reasonable efforts, there is no obligation on the part of LBR to air or otherwise engage in publicizing any Attempt. The Applicants must, at the request of CCIPL/LBR, participate in all promotional activity (such as publicity and photography) in relation to a successful Attempt, free of charge, and consent to CCIPL and LBR using their name and image in all promotional materials, free of charge, should CCIPL/LBR Team wish to do so as mentioned under Clause X below.
- In the case of publicity-related interview and other opportunities and/or events where the participation or presence of the Applicant may be required, the LBR/CCIPL Team will contact Applicant in writing/on email the Applicant for their consent and willingness for such an interview and/or event.
X. LICENCE TO USE NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS, RECORD:
Applicants hereby grant in perpetuity to CCIPL and LBR, its authorized agents, successors and assigns, the worldwide licence to use the name, image, likeness, pictures, video recordings, audio recordings, etc., of the Applicants in relation to any Attempts undertaken by the Applicants (the 'Licensed Property'). Applicants agree and grant to CCIPL and Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd/Hachette India a waiver of their privacy and personality rights, and grant the right to use any element of the Licensed Property for any purpose in connect ion with LBR including, but not limited to, the publication and distribution of LBR, the promotion of LBR, CCIPL, and any of its divisions or products, and the filing of copyright, trademark and other similar registrations in relation to LBR that involve the Licensed Property. All material submitted in connection with a potential entry in LBR (whether in written, audio, electronic or visual form, or a combination of those) or any photographs, video and/or film footage and/or audio recording taken of Applicants are assigned to LBR and CCIPL upon submission and become the property of LBR and CCIPL exclusively. LBR and CCIPL may use the material in any medium in any reasonable manner it deems fit. Copyright in any such material remains the sole property of LBR and CCIPL.
XI. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:
The name 'Limca' and the 'Limca' logo are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company, USA, and should not be used for any publicity in relation to an Attempt, or after a Claim has been accepted, without the expressed permission of CCIPL. All right, title and interest including, but not limited to, the Intellectual Property Rights, in LBR and in any and all entries received shall vest solely and exclusively with CCIPL at all times. CCIPL or any person or entity permitted by CCIPL in this regard shall be entitled to use any information in connection with the entry in any media for future promotional, marketing, publicity and any other purpose, without any permission and/or payment to the Applicant.
XII. RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL ASSOCIATED COSTS AND INSURANCE:
The Applicant understands and acknowledges that all expenses incurred in relation to the Attempt shall be borne solely by the Applicant. CCIPL and/or LBR Team shall in no manner be responsible for reimbursing any expenses incurred in the course of the Attempt, or even in the event that the Applicant is successful at the Attempt.CCIPL/LBR shall not be responsible for providing any kind of insurance in relation to any Attempt, and shall not be responsible for any emergency medical expenses or any subsequent medical expenses in the event of any incident/accident, illness or incapacity arising out of the Attempt.
XIII. WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY:
- Applicants acknowledge and consent on behalf of themselves, their heirs, successors, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, to WAIVE ALL CLAIMS AND RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS the LBR Team, Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd/Hachette India and all its employees, directors, parent or affiliate organizations, Consultants, representatives, partners, CCIPL, its directors, publishers, editors, officers, employees and representatives, and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their respective directors, officers, employees and representatives (the 'Released Parties'), with respect to any and all injury, disability, paralysis, death, or loss or damage to person, property or reputations, arising out of the Attempt, to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Applicants agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses (including but not limited to reasonable legal fees and other litigation costs and expenses) incurred by any of the Released Parties as a result of any claims or suits that the Applicant (or anyone claiming by, under or through the Applicant) may bring against any of the Released Parties to recover any losses, liabilities, costs, damages or expenses that arise during or result from the Attempt.
- LBR retains an indemnity for human error or typographical error, and the right to revise a record because of that; and the right to withdraw or modify a certificate because of such error lies with the LBR Team.
- The right to suspend records/certification on receipt of disputes or objections lies with the LBR Editorial Team. In such cases the record verification will be revisited, and the claimant must provide reverification [see clause V(15)] and if necessary further detailing to answer such objections. If the Applicant is not able to furnish a copy of the evidence as per the original claim, then the record and certification may be cancelled.
- The principle of acceptance is basic verification and acceptance in good faith, so records should be clear and detailed. LBR reserves the right to do forensic examination or reopen a record case later if found to be suspect.
Faking of records and evidence is a criminal offence and shall be dealt with strictly under the prevailing laws. The application/Claim/ record shall be cancelled and the
Applicant/record holder shall be immediately blacklisted and no further applications/claims from them shall be entertained; and the rights to legal prosecution shall be reserved.
- For records involving mass participation/huge numbers, for example, 'most people at a concert' or 'most vehicles in a rally', the simple principle of sequentially numbered badges should be there with a logbook of a unique identifier (licence/registration number, individual ID card or any similar clearly visible device).
- LBR is a private body and its editorial criteria solely belong to it alone and its decisions shall be the ones solely binding on any record.
Each of the provisions contained in these Terms is considered to be reasonable by CCIPL, LBR and the Applicants, and each clause, subclause, paragraph and sub-paragraph shall be construed as independent of any other provision. If any provision of these Terms proves to be invalid, void or illegal it shall not in any way affect, impair or invalidate any other provision and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
The courts of competent jurisdiction at Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine any and all disputes arising out of, or in connection with, any Attempt undertaken or entry made for the purpose of LBR. Further, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms, or the rights and obligations of the Applicants and/or CCIPL and/or partners of LBR, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of India.
Note: For specific guidelines all Applicants are requested to contact the LBR Team by email at email@example.com.
The clauses below are subject to ongoing review and modifications, and applicants may check this section from time to time to update themselves on categories that may have been discontinued, modified or changed.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR PROSPECTIVE ATTEMPTS
For young children: No marathon records or dangerous records will be considered for children. They can attempt records in mental maths, collections and Rubik's cube. The pre-approved categories are as follows:
Mental Maths (without using pen and paper)
Calculation (using pen and paper)
Spoken or visual or flashing numbers (for calculation purposes) will be considered as mental maths. Both the major categories have the following subcategories for attempting records:
- Five-minute event: The Applicant will be given 5 minutes to attempt the event. The time will be the major benchmark for making and breaking records.
- Marathon event: The Applicants set the quantum of calculations for attempting the record. The time will not be considered for attempting a new record. However, for breaking the record in this category both time and the quantum will be considered as parameters.
- Sprint event: The Applicant will be given one (1) minute to attempt a record. Time cut-off will be the major benchmark for breaking records. The Attempt must be made in the approved categories only. The age criteria are U-18 and above 18 only. The documents submitted/record attempted will not be considered on their face value and will be only considered for review after the LBR Team approves it. Calculations with or without decimals will be considered as the same.
The following events will not be considered for records:
- Multiplication and division by a single digit.
- Writing/speaking of multiplication tables.
- Squaring of 1-, 2- and 3-digit numbers.
- Multiplication of 2-digit numbers.
- Any record Attempt with even a single error.
- Multiple claims under the same category.
- There are categories in the book, marked with a double asterisks, indicating that they are one-time categories. These categories will not be carried forward into our subsequent editions and are not contestable.
- Certain categories in the book are marked with a single asterisk, to indicate that the age group/s of Participants in the record have been modified. These entries too shall not be carried into subsequent editions and are not contestable. Applicants may, on a case to case basis, undertake an Attempt in the category under the modified specific rules and guidelines as informed by the LBR Team.
Additional pointers to remember before sending the documentation or claims:
- Do not send any documents unless requested by the LBR Team, post-approval.
- Do not send any documentation if your event has not been approved for consideration by the LBR Team.
- Documents received by LBR for events that are not pre approved through email will not be reviewed by the LBR Team.
A NOTE FOR PAST, PRESENT AND POTENTIAL RECORD HOLDERS
- The name Limca and the Limca logo are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company, USA, and should not be used for publicity when a record is being attempted or after the Claim has been accepted, without written permission of the publisher.
- When records are being attempted, it is not obligatory for the LBR Team to provide invigilators. However, where possible they may do so.
- All Attempts at breaking old records and setting new ones are undertaken entirely at the risk of the Applicant. Neither the LBR Team nor CCIPL can be held responsible by the Applicant/person undertaking an Attempt or third party for any liability that may arise out of such an Attempt.
Applicants may use the name 'Limca Book of Records' while attempting the record as long as
- they do not use the logo of the Limca Book of Records or Limca brand or any Licensed Property of CCIPL;
- they do not receive or give money in the execution of such an Attempt using LBR as a party or implied party or endorser; and
- they do not offer Participants/partners any kind of inducement using LBR as a party. This is strictly prohibited and will result in the Applicant's name being blacklisted and rejected for any future application/attempts.
- The LBR Team reserves the complete and incontestable right to decide which chapters, sections, photographs, categories and records to publish or delete in future editions. LBR will not consider potentially dangerous record Attempts by minors or any Attempt that violates a law.
- LBR strives to be completely authentic. However, it sometimes happens that an earlier record may come to light or be applied for after the book is released. In such cases corrections/updates will be carried out in the next edition or as deemed fit by the LBR Team.
Records that are 'firsts' are not entitled to perpetuity and can be dropped from the book without any prior intimation.
For reasons of space or any other reasons whatsoever, a confirmed Claim may also be dropped. LBR Team members may inform the Applicant of the change in status but are not bound to do so. Such decisions are the sole prerogative of the LBR Team in the larger continuing interest of the book.
The record holders are not entitled to any prize money, gift(s) or free copies of LBR.
In all matters pertaining to Limca Book of Records, the LBR Team's decision is final.
- A few categories have been discontinued and will not be featured in any subsequent editions. The website is updated regularly regarding such categories.
- Youngest category: The youngest category has been dropped. The only exceptional cases are sports, art and creative skills and any other reputed competitions where there is a quantifiable group. The age categories are specified only to ensure that no records are created against the law (for example, driving at an age not legally permissible) and to ensure that minors do not try to attempt records that require excessive physical exertion (like marathons eventsor climbing high mountains) and/or those that may be detrimental to their physical, mental or emotional well-being.
- Most surgeries/medical procedures within a time duration: The category for most surgeries/medical procedures has been discontinued as the quality of the procedure may be compromised during such claims.
- Tractor service camps: The category for most tractors serviced has been discontinued as such claims are difficult to monitor and make it an industry-specific claim.
- Largest blood/organ donation drives
- Wrist cracking/wrist rotation
- Most couplets written
- Holding most burning candles in the mouth
- Fastest construction of structures
- Fastest yoga asanas
- Collection of error coins
- Longest interview
- Limbo skating
- Most one-hand claps/one-hand claps
- Most postcards sent in a day – solo/group – single/multiple venues
- Largest packers and movers of household goods
- Most people screened/ diagnosed – single/multiple venues
- Most postcards sent in a day – individual/group – single/multiple venues
- Largest anthology
- Collections for ‘786’ notes.
WHY WAS YOUR RECORD REJECTED?
Unfortunately, many applications are rejected. The following are the general reasons that lead to the rejection of applications:
Not accepted Terms and conditions and/or incomplete form
Insufficient documentation – The details provided do not suffice for verification purposes.
Not met criteria – For record purposes, we have certain criteria and set categories. For instance, in physical feats we only have categories for 1 minute or 1 hour claims. Any claim that does not follow the format (e.g., most push-ups in 40 seconds instead of 30 seconds) is not accepted.
Specific titles: Generally, we measure our record titles by one single parameter so that anybody can attempt and break/surpass that record. If the record claim is too specific orhas multiple variables, we would not be considering such claims. For example, 'most push-ups in one minute' would be considered whereas 'most push-ups done in 1 minute by a teacher', would not be accepted.
Inappropriate/Offensive – LBR does not accept or encourage inappropriate or offensive claims.
Claims involving alcohol/smoking/substance usage – LBR does not encourage or accept claims involving alcohol, smoking or substance use.
Animal welfare – Any claim that is not in accordance with animal rights laws or involves any mistreatment of animals is neither encouraged nor accepted in LBR.
Personality related claims – Claims related to famous personalities, such as 'most people dressed as' or 'most times performing as' will only be considered for internationally recognized, iconic and universally acknowledged personalities. The LBR Team reserves the right of discretion in any such claim. Record claims involving wastage of food/medical supplies, e.g., artworks made with fresh food materials would not be considered.
Environmentally harmful claims – LBR does not support any claim that may have any sort of adverse effect on the environment.
Fastest musicians –LBR does not consider claims such as fastest guitarist, fastest piano player, etc. as it is not possible to judge the quality of music produced in such claims.
Firsts – The firsts in a field are generally not accepted unless they mark change in trend, beginning of a new era or change the traditional way for the matter. The LBR Team reserves the right to accept or reject any such claim.
Poetry –LBR does not accept claims pertaining to poetry due to its subjective nature.
Originality/Uniqueness based claims – Uniqueness/ originality cannot be a parameter of competence for a record. The LBR Team reserves the right of discretion in any such claim.
Sports achievements – For records directly involving performance in sports, LBR only accepts those which occur at a top-level professional, international, or pre-eminent amateur levels, or as per the decision of the relevant Consultant in specific cases.
LBR does not have categories for – Largest anthology and longest preservation of food items/articles.
- Claims relating to number of research papers written or published will not be accepted.
NEW CATEGORIES OPEN FOR APPLICATION
LBR welcomes participation in setting fresh records in the new categories being introduced:
- VIRTUAL SESSIONS: We will review applications for single sessions conducted online on a single platform. The parameters would be based on the number of Participants and the duration of the attempt.
TEDX TALKS (parameter – number of TEDx Talks)
- Most TEDx Talks delivered in a year by an individual
- Most TEDx Talks delivered in a day
- The event should be a proper licensed event. The organizer should hold a valid TEDx licence and a copy of the same is to be shared for verification.
- The talk may include talks, demonstrations and performances.
- The talk cannot exceed 18 minutes as per TEDx rules.
- Ideally, there should be a different talk for each event.
- Videos of the talks given should be uploaded on the official TEDx YouTube channel to be considered for the category.
- The claim so submitted should be in accordance with all TEDx rules.
FLASH MOBS: (parameter – number of Participants in the attempt)
- The gathering for the performance of the flash mob should be sudden, as is the general understanding of a flash mob.
- Only single-venue claims will be considered.
- The flash mob has to be performed for a minimum of 10 minutes in order to be considered.
- All Participants and the Applicant need to be a part of the performance for the entire duration of the Attempt.
- All Participants must perform simultaneously. The Participants cannot be divided into separate groups that perform at different times.
Note: Such records involving crowds and people in proximity maybe attempted only after the full official relaxation of the pandemic related advisory and regulations.
INSTAGRAM: (parameter – number of likes on a single post)
- Most liked image/post – lifetime (for both verified and non-verified accounts)
- The claim so submitted should be in accordance with all lnstagram rules.
- Likes from 'fake accounts' or Applicant's second account will not be considered.
Limca Book of Records UPCOMING EDITION: 2023
Assuming no disruptions, the next edition of LBR is planned for publication in end-2022.
The last date for new entries and applications (complete with relevant documentation) for the Limca Book of Records 2023 edition was:
31 May 2022
Limca Book of Records NEXT EDITION: 2024
The last date for new entries and applications (complete with relevant documentation) for the Limca Book of Records 2024 edition: 31 May 2023
Please address all correspondence to:
Limca Book of Records (Editorial)
Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd
4th/5th Floors, Corporate Centre
Plot No. 94, Sector 44
Gurugram 122003, Haryana, India
Phone: (Board) +91 22 35305621
Note: In order to have an accessible, credible and reproducible record of interactions, email (and where it is unavailable, postal mail – registered or courier) is the preferred form of communication and correspondence.