What is Limca Book Of Records :-
Limca Book of Records is an annual reference book published in India documenting human and natural world records. The world records achieved by humans are further categorised in education, agriculture, medical science, business, sports, nature, adventure, radio, and cinema.
The Limca Book of Records is published annually in three languages; English, Hindi and Malayalam.
Limca Book of Records was first published in 1990, when the Limca soft drink brand was owned by Parle Group. It was initially created as for the Limca line of soft drinks which has been purchased by the Coca Cola company. The book continued to be published by Coca-Cola. The Limca Book of Records annual world record reference book is now published with the patronage of Coca-Cola India which manufactures the soft drink called Limca.
It was started originally by Ramesh Chauhan, who sold it to Coca Cola in 1993.The current editor is Vijaya Ghose.
Green record finds place in Limca
What is it apart from a green thumb that has Vasumathi Raghunath bagging the first prize 27 times in a row for her garden in the competition organised by Mysore Horticultural Society, Lalbagh? She has held the top slot for 14 consecutive years at the Republic and Independence Day flower show competitions in the ‘Small Ornamental Garden – Home Garden’ category. This year, she received an official confirmation from the Limca Book of Records 2016 edition for holding on to the first position for so many years.
For the 65 year old, it goes beyond a love for vegetables, fruits and flowers. “It’s a feel for green,” said Ms. Raghunath. “Decades ago, when I travelled by train from Nashik to Bengaluru carrying several varieties of plants, my only concern was that they wouldn’t survive the blistering heat of the two-day journey. I fed them with all the water I had. Now, see the returns,” said Ms. Raghunath, showing the sapota and guava trees standing tall in her garden.
The garden in her 100-year-old home in Basavanagudi is a magical place, with nearly 600 varieties of flowering plants, creepers, shrubs, ornamentals, herbs and cacti. There are 25 types of roses, 30 varieties of Hibiscus, 15 kinds of jasmine, 10 of Oleander (Kanigale) and 15 varieties of flowering creepers.
It’s little wonder then that Ms. Vasumathi has been winning the top spot. Every year, 50 to 60 participants from Bengaluru vie for the top slot in Lalbagh’s home garden competition. “Her penchant to have an aesthetic spread in the 1,600 sq. ft garden area is where she scores,” said Kodandaramaiah, vice-president, Mysore Horticulture Society, who is also one of the judges.
“Except envy, green should be associated with everything positive,” said Ms. Raghunath, who spends four hours with her plants every day. “Try singing for them and you will actually see them responding.” She is a trained Carnatic singer who runs the Raga Vaibhava School of Music.
She recalls her ‘estate living’ in Salem where vegetables and flowers were grown in her garden. “Decades of living in Bengaluru seem equally gratifying, as it gives me ample space to pursue my passion,” she said. Under her care, shrubs like the Plumeria have grown 30 feet tall. And the 70-year-old Magnolia (Malnad Sampige) and 80-year-old Oleander (Kanigale) are awe-inspiring.