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Not just punching data: JNU computer operator holds nine Guinness records for typing skills

NEW DELHI: Vinod Kumar Chaudhary spends his days punching numbers at Jawaharlal Nehru University but not many know that this unassuming, albeit talented, man has nine Guinness World Records to his credit.

Punching numbers or data at Jawaharlal Nehru University is not what defines the talent of computer operator Vinod Kumar Chaudhary, but the nine Guinness World Records to his credit.

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Chaudhary, 41, who works as a computer operator at JNU’s School of Environmental Sciences (SES), set his latest record during the lockdown last year that was imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

From a record for fastest typing with his nose in 2014 to fastest typing blindfolded and fastest typing with a mouth stick, the records made by Chaudhary adore the walls of a computer centre which he runs at home for poor and disabled children.

“I was always fascinated by speed. As a child I was very enthusiastic about sports but as I grew up I could not pursue sports due to some health issues. I, then, developed a similar passion for speed on computer. I made my first record in 2014 when I typed 103 characters in 46.30 seconds with my nose. This is the shortest time taken so far to do this kind of typing,” Chaudhary told PTI.

“Once, I got my certificate for the record, it gave me a different kind of motivation and I started practising for more such records. I spent next one year practising and in 2016 I made two records,” he said.

His second record was for fastest typing of all alphabets blindfolded in 6.71 seconds in 2016 followed by a record for fastest typing in 6.09 seconds.

Chaudhary, who has a masters degree in Sociology, in 2017 made a record of typing all alphabets within 18.65 seconds holding a stick in his mouth.

He broke his own record in 2018 by achieving the same feat in 17.69 seconds and then in 2019 in 17.01 seconds.

In 2019, Chaudhary made another entry in the Guinness book for fastest typing with one finger where he punched all alphabets in 29.53 seconds.

“My aim is to make over 19 entries in the Guinness book, a record held by veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. I keep looking for new ideas and practising for them,” he added.

The Nangloi resident says he wants want to run a full-fledged computer institute which does not have any infrastructure limitations and can provide free training to the needy.

“Right now I run it at home. I have few computers where students can practice but I have my own limitations financially. I plan to expand the centre some day,” he said.

Chaudhary said his latest record was not for typing as he wanted to try something new.

“My last record is for maximum touching of hand by a tennis ball within one minute. I could do it 205 times. This is the first such record in the Guinness book. When I proposed, they gave me a target of 180,” he added.




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