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Nov 10, 2006 at 09:48pm IST

What drives kids to dizzying heights?

New Delhi: Thirteen-year-old Akanksha wasn’t attempting at winning a singing contest when she started singing two days ago.

In fact that is one competition where it doesn’t matter even if she gets out of tune. What does matter is that she sang for 61 hours a feat that got her into the Guinness Book of World records.

“My regard for them has gone up even though they do odd things. Because it really takes a lot of persistence and a lot of belief in yourself to be able to do something like that,” says editor, Limca Book of Records, Vijaya Ghosh.

There are all kinds of achievers in the Limca Book of Records, the Indian counterpart of the Guinness Book of Records. From a child who put good use to clothesline clips to another who can solve the Rubik’s cube blindfolded.

Amongst them is a shy 11-year-old boy who's become a sort of a celebrity for being the youngest concert piano player in the country. When asked what drives him to excel, he lets his music do the talking.

But off camera he did tell us that his mother is his driving force. But isn't there a lot of pressure on Abhay?

His mother Anjali says, “I try and balance his studies, his music and his playing so that there is no pressure on him.”