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Meet the Kerala woman who can’t forget shapes and sequences

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Shanthi Sathyan

Memorizing is Shanti Sathyan’s forte. Take a whole lot of objects and arrange them in any order. Now, get Shanti to have a good look at them and then reshuffle the objects. And watch the young lady in action. She gets them all back and rearranges them the way they were placed when she saw them first, all in the blink of a few minutes.

It’s been quite a feat that she not only stepped into the Guinness Book of Records for her photographic memory but also broke the existing record. All that the Kollam native needed was just a minute to “click” the 43 objects into her inner vision. In two minutes and 57 seconds, she was back with all of them, neatly arranged in order.

The previous record was held by Nepal native Arpan Sharma in 2015. He took one minute to memorize all 43 objects set before him. It was this record that Shanti broke with ease. The Guinness test titled, the “Longest Sequence of Objects Memorized in One Minute”, involves arranging in a sequence, all the objects to be memorized. The contestant who re-arranges them in the same order in the shortest possible time is declared the winner.

The program was arranged at the panchayat conference hall in Kadakkal. The competitor had to memorize or take in all the items arranged in front of him/her. The items would then be jumbled and the contestant would be given 15 minutes to rearrange them in the way they were originally laid out. Shanti asked for just one minute to visually take them in. And in two minutes and 57 seconds, she had them all back… hook, line and sinker… as accurately as they were arranged earlier. A record was made.

The contest was held right in front of a panel comprising Vigilance and Inspection Tehsildar N. Rajendran, Chadayamangalam Block Panchayat president Aruna Devi, Kadakkal Grama Panchayat president R.S. Biju and Health Department officer B. Sunil Kumar.

A postgraduate in psychology, Shanti’s “memory-trainer” is husband Anith Surya. She is into extensive training in other domains of memory testing. At the moment. she’s into five different categories of memory tests, including the one for which she just set a record. It’s a score of 60 that she’s aiming at. She has not received any other form of training, nor has she been offered any scholarship. She has already set her eyes on the World Memory Championship. The Guinness Record won, Shanti is looking forward to getting into the India Book of Records. She has a two-year-old daughter, Yami.  

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