Thiruvananthapuram: In a rare feat, two friends have bagged the Asian record for writing and publishing the most number of books together. Dr. TR Jayakumari and R Vinodkumar, both natives of Thiruvananthapuram, have been prolifically writing about a variety of subjects including environment and ecology. This amazing male – female writer duo has published around 29 books together and this indeed is a record not just in India but also in Asia. Jayakumari and Vinodkumar have entered the India Book of Records and the Asia Book of Records. They have also been honored by the Universal Records Forum.
It was in 2012 that Jayakumari and Vinodkumar, who had been active in the literary field individually, collaborated for the book titled ‘Janmanakshatrangalum Vrikshangalum’. 29 more books followed in the last seven years.
Dr. TR Jayakumari, who holds an MPhil and Phd in botany, was the head of the department of botany and the principal of the Thiruvanathapuram Government Women’s College. She retired in 2016. Meanwhile, Vinodkumar, who is a resident of the Kalady Harisree Residents Association, has entered the India Book of Records for publishing the most number of books under the title ‘Keralam’. Both of them have published countless books individually before collaborating in writing.
The certificates of the records were presented to Jayakumari and Vinodkumar on Saturday by the Sahyadri Natural History Society at the Professor N Krishna Pillai Foundation Hall near Palayam. The book titled ’40 Eco Tourism Yathrakal’ written by the duo was published by Manorama Books.