Saturday, October 29, 2011

“Paagal Means Passionate” – Interview of Dinesh Upadhyaya in Sunday Times of India

Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai; Date: Aug 21, 2011; Section: Times City; Page: 6
Sharmila Ganesan Ram TNN


‘Paagal means PASSIONATE’

Dinesh Upadhyay has been in the record books 70 times for sending the smallest sms, cashing the smallest cheque, inserting the longest nail up his nose and other such bizarre feats

Despite being a man of few words, Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyay is known to have a big mouth. In many parts of the world, especially in the US, he is even called ‘Maximouth’. A recent Youtube video of him offers clues. It shows the Goregaon resident tying a pack of 92 Natraj pencils with a rubberband, picking the bundle up with both hands and stuffing it inside his mouth. Following this, a newspaper in the US nicknamed him ‘Maximouth’ and a local radio station even gave him an award for being the ‘most pagal Mumbaikar’, which Upadhyay accepted not just because it came from Aamir Khan. “Pagal means passionate,” clarifies the chemistry teacher, who seems to have now made breaking and making new records a way of life.
Upadhyay’s collective record count so far—including mentions in The Limca Book of Records, USA’s The Record Setter, India Book of Records, Miami’s World Records Academyand London’sRecord Holder Republic—is 70. Seated outside his modest home, the

bespectacled coaching class teacher urgently sifts through his many spiral-bound record certificates, eyes bloodshot. “I hardly sleep,” he says, which explains how he must have accomplished such feats as ‘most finger snaps in one minute’, ‘shortest wildlife video’, ‘longest fictional monologue using movie titles’ (a book that now bears Aamir Khan's autograph), most chemical element names in a single tweet and, hold your breath, longest nail inserted inside the nose (“I did it only because a record-holder challenged me to it”).

Though his cheeks hurt every time he tries the pencil stunt and the risk of injury is constant, this multiple-record holder is undeterred in his pursuit. “I want to create as many varied records as I can,” says the stubborn Upadhyay, who idolises New York’s 130-record strong Asrhita Furman. Reason: “He is very versatile.” Upadhyay seems to be getting there soon. Besides 11 Twitter records (which by itself is one of his records), this teacher also holds a certificate for the smallest money transfer ever done by cheque. “During the recession, when my brother refused to accept any money from me for his startup company, I decided to pay him a token amount of one paise by cheque.” He didn’t expect it to be cleared but when it was, Upadhyay instantly knew that he might have unintentionally pocketed a world record.

It was a similar impulse in 2007 that his record addiction can be traced back to. He had chanced upon a “misprinted” envelope then. The stamp and the text on this envelope were all printed in reverse. He immediately filed an RTI seeking information on its place of origin, which revealed that the slip had happened in the Nashik Press. The Limca Book of Records deemed the possession of this unique envelope record-worthy in its 2009 and soon, his hunger pangs for more records became frequent and incurable. “It takes my mind off problems and gave me a sense of personal identity,” he says.

Among his most treasured records is the one he got for possessing a handwritten letter from Gopal Godse (brother of assassin Nathuram Godse). Curiosity saw Upadhyay pen a letter to the conspirator in 1999, seeking his motive for conspiring in Mahatma Gandhi’s murder. “I received a reply that said, ‘Read my biography’,” recalls Upadhyay. “In the letter, he also informed me that he was going to undergo a cataract operation and since I’d mentioned my specialisation in physical chemistry, even asked for my help with creating an electric device using ancient Vedic Hindu sage Agatsya’s mantras.”

Upadhay now has a diary full of over a hundred potential record ideas and is preoccupied with finishing an 11-year-long attempt—the largest Hindi crossword puzzle. His “pagalpan”, however, is lost on his family members. “Except my 15-year-old niece and my pet cat, no one appreciates this. They want me to concentrate on my career, as I don’t earn anything from my records,” he says.

Strangely enough, his trivial pursuits have not got him even local fame. “None of my neighbours know of my records.” Even his students are unaware of their teacher's quaint, famous alter-ego. “I seem to be popular everywhere except in Mumbai,” he smiles, the tinge of regret in his voice unmissable. Perhaps he needs a bigger mouth.

GAG ORDER For the chemistry teacher breaking records is a way of life

The Times of India (TOI) founded on 3 November 1838 is an English-language daily newspaper in India. It has the largest circulation among all English-language newspapers in the world, across all formats.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya is a teacher, writer & also multiple world record holder from Mumbai. Dinesh believes in creative writing, so he always involve in experiments in writings. His ‘Puran Katha’ - First Twitter Book is one of best example of it.
‘Puran Katha’ (Ancient Story) is a collection of micro stories on ancient Hindu mythology. Dinesh believe that ‘Puran Katha’ is World’s first ever book with most (250) micro stories (in the form of tweets) published on Twitter. [!/PuranKatha]

Dinesh Upadhyaya started writing micro stories (in the form of tweets) from 4th July, 2010 on Twitter under the title ‘Puran Katha’ & till 5th August, 2010 it contain 101 micro stories [!/PuranKatha]

New York (USA) based world record organization ‘Record Setter’ (URDB) recognized his writing work as world record of “Most Micro-Stories Published On Twitter” on starting of 2011.

On 22nd May 2011, after 5 months of more research & writing, Dinesh Upadhyaya added 149 more Micro – Stories in it so now, there are total 250 Micro- Stories in his collection “Puran Katha”. On the same time ‘Record Setter’ (URDB) upgraded his world record status.

In ‘Puran Katha’ (Puran - Ancient / Katha - Story) all 250 Micro - Stories based on ancient Hindu mythological events, epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita, Vedas, Upanishads, Purans & other authentic sources.

To make use of all 140 characters in a single tweet, Dinesh avoid use of space between two words by capitalization of first letter of each word. Under the limitation of 140 characters, he confirm that his each story is complete itself & each story is different from other stories. Each micro-story is in Hindi but typed in English. Each story is serialized by respective number.

'India Book of Records' also consider Dinesh's claim as record of 'First Twitter Book' for their upcoming 2012 edition.
Dinesh Upadhyaya expecting same positive result from 'Limca Book of Records'

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dinesh Upadhyaya’s 800 Straws Fitted in Mouth World Record in Greek Blog ‘KATHISTERIMENOS ‘

On 29th August, 2011, a Greek Blog ‘KATHISTERIMENOS' made a video story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.


O kathisterimenos έβαλε 800 καλαμάκια στο στόμα του...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Should All Be So Lucky As To Find Something In This World That Makes Us Happy: Man Fits 800 Straws In His Mouth

Videogum is a daily Internet publication devoted to coverage of popular culture with a focus on movies, television, and trampoline accidents. Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine founded Videogum as a sister site to Stereogum in 2008, and enlisted editors Gabe Delahaye and Lindsay Robertson, who quickly gained a cult following for their humorous commentary on pop culture and the Internet. Videogum has spawned an online community known as the Monsters who continue to perpetuate a variety of internet memes through the site's commentary system, chat, and via Twitter. The site has subsequently garnered several nominations and accolades, including a win at the 2010 ECNY Awards for "Best Website." Videogum has received kudos from Details, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for its unique take on entertainment. Videogum was named one of TIME‘s Best Blogs Of 2011.

We Should All Be So Lucky As To Find Something In This World That Makes Us Happy:
Man Fits 800 Straws In His Mouth
Posted on 2nd August, 2011 by Senior Editor: Gabe Delahaye

This morning, on the fourth hour of the Today Show, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were discussing the 11th-hour vote held yesterday to approve a budget agreement that would, at least temporarily, end these exhausting and disquieting debt ceiling debates. (The Senate is set to vote today but it doesn’t seem like there’s any question that it will pass.) More importantly, they were talking about representative Gabrielle Giffords triumphant return to the House floor after being shot by that lunatic this past spring. She was met with a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle. (Incidentally, for what it is worth, I already knew about both the budget deal’s passage and Gabrielle Gifford’s standing ovation before hearing these dumb dumbs talk about it on the Today Show but I am getting to that part, OK?) With the return of Gabrielle Giffords, the political intensity of the past few weeks was temporarily defused. Everyone’s posturing and aggressive elbows were rendered silence by a powerful reminder that life is fleeting, that we all need to carry on with our business as best we can, and that there are far more important things than being assholes to each other about macro-economic policies that very few of us understand. At which point, Kathie Lee Gifford launched into what has to be one of the most ridiculous discussions of modern politics that I have heard since Senator Bulworth debated Hugh Waldron. Firstly she defended members of the Tea Party, which is fine, I guess, except no one was talking about the Tea Party? Then she pointed out that we have “a constitution that says you can have your beliefs.” Good point. Run for president.
What I’m trying to say is that we will always live in a world governed by massive systems of power and control that are far beyond our means to control and sometimes even beyond our capacity to comprehend them, and there are ACTUAL madmen hiding in the bushes, so you need to take what pleasure you can from this world while you can. If you want to set a new world record by fitting 800 straws in your mouth, please go for it. Although this guy already did, so it will have to be 801.

Dinesh Upadhyaya’s World Record of Most 800 Straws Fitted in Mouth in ‘India Book Of Records’

On 16th August, 2011, ‘India Book Of Records’ accepted Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth under ‘Endurance’ category.

Most Straws Fitted In Mouth
Category - Endurance

Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra had fitted 800 drinking straws inside his mouth for 10 seconds without any external support on July 4, 2011 at Siddharth Nagar, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

केवल फिल्म शीर्षको से निर्मित ’लिम्का बुक आफ़ रिकार्डस’ से सम्मनित मोनोलोग "हेलो सिस्टर"

आपने फिल्मों में कहानी (भले ही सार्थक/ अनर्थक) देखी-सुनी है पर क्या आपने कभी केवल और केवल फिल्म के तूके-बेतूके शीर्षको के उपयोग से किसी अर्थपूर्ण रचना की कल्पना की है? शायद नही की होगी. मुम्बई के दिनेश शिवनाथ उपाध्याय ने इस कल्पना को अपनी इच्छाशक्ति से साकार कर दिखाया है.

अभिनेता आमिर खान द्वारा आटोग्राफ़ की गई पुस्तक "हेलो सिस्टर"

ह्ज़ारो फिल्म शीर्षको से माथापच्ची करने के उपरान्त मुम्बई के इस शिक्षक और लेखक ने ४० विभिन्न देशी-विदेशी भाषाओं मे बनी ६२१ फ़िल्म के शीर्षको का उपयोग कर मौलिक सार्थक मोनोलोग (एकालाप) "हेलो सिस्टर" की रचना की है जिसे हाल ही मे विश्वरिकॉर्ड की मान्यता मिली है.

दिनेश उपाध्याय मुंबई विश्वविद्यालय से भौतिकरसायन विज्ञान मे स्नातकोत्तर (एमएससी) हैं. विज्ञान पृष्ठभूमि उनके लेखन के जुनून में बाधक नहीं है. वह रचनात्मक लेखन में विश्वास करते हैं, साथ ही लेखन मे नये-नये प्रयोग मे लगे रह्ते है. उनके लेखन प्रयोग का बेहतरीन उदाहरण मोनोलोग "हेलो सिस्टर" है.

"हेलो सिस्टर" नाटकीय एकालाप का एक अच्छा उदाहरण है जो एकतरफा टेलीफोन वार्तालाप के रूप में है. इस एकालाप में अल्लादीन अपनी बडी बहन राजनन्दिनी को एक देर रात टेलीफोन कर उसे उसके जीवन से जुडी महत्वपूर्ण सूचना से अवगत कराता है. अल्लादीन के इस भावनात्मक एकतरफा टेलीफोन वार्ता मे हमे मानव प्रकृति के विभिन्न भावनाओं के दर्शन होते है. इस एकालाप की पार्श्वभूमि १९८० के दशक के किसी छोटे - से भारतीय कस्बे / शहर पर आधरित है.

"हेलो सिस्टर" की रचना इतनी बारिकी से की गयी है कि एकबारगी पता ही नही चलता है कि इसे केवल फिल्म के शीर्षको का उपयोग कर बनाया गया है.

दिनेश उपाध्याय को इस रिकॉर्ड की प्रेरणा डा. महेन्द्र मित्तल के शोध प्रबन्ध ग्रन्थ "भारतीय चलचित्र" (१९६८) का अध्ययन करते समय ’उसने कहा था’ और ’देख कबीरा रोया’ इन दो फिल्म शीर्षको को देख कर मिली. दिनेश उपाध्याय ने २००९ के शुरुआती महीने में इस रचना पर काम शुरू किया और इसके लिये उसे ह्ज़ारो फिल्म शीर्षको को खगालना पडा. "हेलो सिस्टर" का वर्तमान स्वरूप विभिन्न भारतीय, एशियाई, यूरोपीय और अमेरिकी फिल्मों के ६२१ शीर्षको से बना है. मूल रूप से इस एकालाप की भाषा हिंदी और अंग्रेजी का मिश्रण है, लेकिन इसमें इस्तेमाल ६२१ फिल्म शीर्षक ४० विभिन्न देशी-विदेशी भाषाओं जैसे अरबी, असमिया, ऑस्ट्रिया, ऑस्ट्रेलियाई, बंगाली, कैंटोनीज़, छत्तीसगढ़ी, क्रोएशियाई, डेनिश, डच, मिस्र, अंग्रेजी, फ्रेंच, जर्मन, हरियाणवी , हिब्रू, हिंदी, हंगरी, इन्डोनेशियाई, आयरिश, इतालवी, जापानी, कन्नड़, कोरियाई, अकर्मण्य, मलयालम, फ़ारसी, पोलिश, पुर्तगाली, रोमानियाई, रूसी, स्पेनी, सर्बियाई, मौन, स्वीडिश, ताइवानी, तमिल, तेलुगु, तुर्की, उर्दू की फिल्मो से है. इन सभी फिल्म शीर्षको को

IMDB ( ) और अन्य प्रसिद्ध फिल्म वेबसाइटों से सत्यापित किया गया है. इन फिल्म शीर्षको के पूर्ण ब्योरे हेतु सूची- पत्र भी बनाया गया है जिसमे फिल्मो के वर्ष, भाषा, निर्माता, निदेशक के साथ उनकी उचित वेब लिन्क भी दर्ज है.
मोनोलोग (एकालाप) "हेलो सिस्टर" केवल फिल्म शीर्षको के उपयोग से लिखी गई विश्व की सबसे लंबी अर्थपूर्ण रचना है. लिम्का बुक आफ़ रिकार्ड (भारत) ने २०११ के नवीनतम संस्करण के साहित्य श्रेणी मे इसे स्थान दिया है. गौरतलब है कि लिम्का बुक आफ़ रिकार्ड के २०११ के नवीनतम संस्करण में दिनेश उपाध्याय ४ नवीन रिकॉर्ड को ४ विभिन्न श्रेणियो (व्यापार, सन्चार, मानव कहानी और साहित्य) मे मान्यता मिली है जो एक रिकॉर्ड ही है. न्यूयॉर्क स्थित विश्व रिकार्ड सन्स्था "रिकार्ड सैटर” (URDB) ने भी मोनोलोग "हेलो सिस्टर" को विश्व रिकॉर्ड की मान्यता दी है.

अपने रिकॉर्ड बनाने के पागलपन के कारण हाल ही मे रेडियो सिटी ९१.१ एफ़एम ने उन्हे 'सबसे पागल मुंबईकर' पुरस्कार के लिये नामान्कित किया था. २३ जून २०११ को रेडियो सिटी मुंबई के स्टूडियो मे अभिनेता आमिर खान ने दिनेश उपाध्याय को ’सबसे पागल मुंबईकर' का पुरस्कार दिया. आमिर खान ने दिनेश उपाध्याय के मोनोलोग "हेलो सिस्टर" को पढ़ा और सराहा. साथ ही आमिर ने उसके इस काम से प्रभावित हो पुस्तक के मुखपृष्ठ पर कामयाबी का अच्छा संदेश लिख हस्ताक्षर किये. गिनिज़ बुक आफ़ वर्ल्ड रिकार्ड से मान्यता मिलने के बाद दिनेश की योजना "हेलो सिस्टर" पर ८-१० मिनट की एक लघु फिल्म निर्माण करने की है.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


WXTB (97.9 FM) — branded 98 Rock — is a commercial radio station in the Tampa, Florida area. However the station can be heard as far north as Ocala and Williston due to its strong signal. The station plays a Album Oriented Rock/Active rock format that mixes music from the Modern Rock and Heavy metal genres and bands such as Linkin Park, Korn, Disturbed, System Of A Down and others

On 1st August, 2011, 98 ROCK (WXTB) RADIO broadcast story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.


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WHXR 106.3 ("The Bone") is a FM Radio station with studios in Portland, Maine (USA).
106.3 WHXR signed on the air in 1974 as WJBQ. Former call signs are WJBQ (1974-1981), WDCS (1981-?), WPKM (?-1998), WBQW (1998-2008),WHXQ (2008-2010). On August 3, 2010 WHXQ changed their call letters to WHXR.

On 4th August, 2011, 106.3 ‘The Bone’ Radio broadcast news story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.

'This Guy Can Fit 800 Straws Into His Mouth'

What's your strange talent?

106.3 The Bone Radio
477 Congress Street
3rd Floor Annex
Portland, ME 04101


eBaum's World is a website based in Rochester, New York featuring entertainment media such as videos, Flash cartoons and web games.The site was owned by Eric "eBaum" Bauman.

'eBaum's World' is listed as notable viral video sites on Wikipedia.

On 5th August, 2011, eBaum's World make a video story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.


Description: THAT'S AMAZING

DINESH UPADHYAYA’S 800 STRAWS FIT IN MOUTH WORLD RECORD IN JOKEROO.COM founded in year 2000 is one of the pioneers in online video and the host to the worlds first patent pending video fade out.

The property is ranked within the top 25 in multimedia and top 5 in humor, according to comScore Media Metrix. It currently hosts over 8 million unique visitors, 150,000+ community members, and has over 1 million active email subscriptions

On 3rd August, 2011, make a video story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth under Extreme category.

Man Fits 800 Straws in His Mouth
Extreme Category

Mumbai teacher pushes 92 pencils in mouth - Mother Nature Network

The Mother Nature Network,, is a website that provides environmental and social responsibility news and information. Founded in 2008 by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and former marketing executive Joel Babbit, MNN officially launched on Jan. 6, 2009.

On February 3, 2011 Mother Nature Network under Arts & Culture section, published news story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 92 pencils fitted in mouth.

Mumbai teacher pushes 92 pencils in mouth

A teacher from Mumbai is trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records and makes a YouTube video to prove he can put 92 pencils in his mouth.


WUBB is a country music formatted radio station targeted towards Savannah and Hilton Head known as “BOB 106.9”.

On August 2, 2011 BOB 106.9 RADIO broadcast news story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’sworld record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.

What an accomplishment!

Thsi guy can fit 800 straws into his mouth. How does anyone even think of doing that?

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To create the site we only use the tools made available to us by the original publishers of the videos. All of this is freely available from the sites involved. We don't copy anything to our server and everything is linked back to the original website

On 3rd August, 2011, Phat DV make a video story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth under Extreme category.
World Record
Dude Fits 800 Straws In His Mouth
This dude had a dream to suck more than anyone else in the world. 800 straws later, his dream has come true.


Época is a Brazilian weekly news and analysis magazine. Since its inception in 1998, it has become one of the country's most widely read magazines.

According to Brazil's ANER (National Association of Magazine Publishers), Época has an average circulation of about 420,000.

On 1st August, 2011, Época magzine featured a story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.

Homem põe 800 canudos na boca
e quebra recorde mundial
(Man puts 800 straws in his mouth
and break world record)
18:39, 1/08/2011
Redação Época
Geral, Vídeo Tags: recorde mundial, wtf

O indiano Dinesh Upadhyaya estabeleceu o novo recorde mundial de acomodar mais canudos na boca simultaneamente. Foram 800. Alguém aí se dispõe a superar a marca?

(The Indian Dinesh Upadhyaya set a new world record of accommodating more straws in the mouth. Is it possible for anyone to break this 800 straw record?)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


On 2nd August, 2011, myVidster make a video story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth under Favorites category.

World Record: Man Fits 800 Straws In His Mouth!


ShortList is the title of a free weekly magazine published in the United Kingdom which launched on 20 September 2007. The magazine is the biggest-circulation men's lifestyle magazine in Britain with Mike Soutar, former editor-in-chief of FHM in Britain and Maxim in the U.S., as its CEO.


On August 2, 2011 Shortlist magazine published  news story on Mumbai based teacher Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’s world record of most 800 drinking straws fitted in mouth.


Where we went to school there was a kid who could fit a 50p piece all the way up his nose. He was like a god to us.

The older we have got the less impressed we have become with feats of large or numerous objects crammed into bodily orifices.

Then we stumbled upon this record breaking video (we're guessing it's a record although Guinness don't appear to be present) and we were transported back to the playground chanting that youngsters name as the silver sovereign disappeared up his honker.