Dear Readers,

Welcome to a new decade of excellence with the Limca Book of Records.

In a remarkable way, this celebratory edition of 30 completed years of the book coincides with the brand commemorating 50 years since its inception in 1971. Once again, in this iconic book of Indian milestones, we are thrilled to witness the achievements of Indians from all walks of life and all parts of the country. With its small but stellar beginnings in 1990, the Limca Book of Records has grown each year, and this edition too shares with you a superb selection of outstanding records.

We are living in exceptional times, experiencing the most surreal situations and fighting for survival amidst a global pandemic. Unthinkable and unprecedented as it may be, it is deeply inspiring to see that people have achieved so much even in these testing times. It truly marks the resilience and strength of humankind in the face of challenges.

This special edition also reflects the many dimensions of India’s battle against the virus, and respectfully applauds Covid-19 warriors and frontline workers as well as innovators and altruists in a special section.

A few of the highlights are the Vande Bharat mission that became world’s largest repatriation exercise, while Noccarc Robotics, a start-up by Nikhil Kurele and Harshit Rathore developed low-cost portable ventilators; Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research developed Covaxin while the Serum Institute of India developed Covishield, both approved vaccines that join the gallery of accomplishments on display in the Limca Book of Records.

What makes this year’s cover page truly special is that we celebrate people who looked beyond themselves and their immediate surroundings, to focus on our unique blue planet. They steered sustainability campaigns, focused on waste management, and undertook recycling and other environment-friendly missions. From the most massive plog run in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where 6,518 participants collected 6.5 tonnes of plastic waste, to Sasmita Lenka who won the United Nations’ Asia Environmental Enforcement Award 2020, and from a plastic-free B.Y.O.C.

(Bring Your Own Container) store to inaugurating the country’s first wilderness park, these green warriors have set records in one of the most relevant fields today.

We have much more to be proud of in every area, with an incredible range of records that stand testimony to the spirit of human endeavour and perseverance against all odds. A few record holders who shine brilliantly among the brightest are Ngangom Bala Devi, who not only became the first Indian woman footballer to pen a professional contract overseas but also the first to actually score in a professional European football league match, and Praveen Kumar, a battle casualty of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, who became the first differently-abled triathlon athlete to win the Ironman title. Many more such fascinating feats and incredible triumphs are waiting to be discovered on the ever-continuing journey of the Limca Book of Records.

In fulfilling its mandate to bring the best of India to you, the Limca Book of Records 2020–22 has added on befitting photographs, friendly infographics and easy-to-scan charts to present to you a comprehensive chronicle of our country’s many remarkable facets and successes. We are always inspired by our record holders and welcome our readers to share with us their views and, of course, their records.

Stay well, stay healthy, and stay with us.

LBR Marketing Team

Coca-Cola India