Attempt to create 8,000 page book on Tamil

Coimbatore: Two city youths today started writing a Tamil book with 8,000 pages with aim to enter into the Guinness Book of World Record.

The book after completion was scheduled to presented to President Pratibha Patil during her visit to the city for inaugurating World Tamil Classical Conference beginning on
June 23.

The book would have contents from various Tamil epics, arts and cultural pieces and also poems by eminent writers, Shaktivel, the brain behind the attempt, told reporters.

It would also contain 20 collection of poems written by him and his friend Babu Charles and would provide relevant drawings, with pencil and colour paintings, 32-year old Shaktivel said.

Shaktivel, an industrialist, has already entered into the Record Book, by creating a miniscule `Thirukkural,` collection
of Tamil verses written by Saint Poet, Thiruvalluvar and one-inch football during the World Footall Cup.

Stating they would write and draw continuously for four to five hours a day, Shaktivel said that he wanted to finish the book in 40 days.

The book would be 210 mm long, 145 mm wide, weighing 30 KGs, he said adding that though there was no entry in the Guinness in this category, there was one Urdu book having 2,800 pages somewhere in Afghanisthan, he said.

Shaktivel has already written to the Guinness authorities, who in turn had asked him to complete the task and send it to them with documentary proof.