Man who collects clippings of ‘toilet stories’, in Limca Book

ROORKEE: Many would say that 58-year-old Ramesh Bhateja’s hobby is quite an odd one to have, that of collecting newspaper clippings on toilets, but the same has bagged him a mention in this year’s Limca Book of Records (LMR), for collecting these pieces for over 20 years. Now, Bhateja, who is a septic tank contractor, wishes to help the state government in spreading awareness on sanitation and hygiene.

“The first time I collected a clipping was in Satara, Maharashtra, where a man had died inside a toilet. The story was very intriguing and I decided to keep the clipping. This happened in the late 1980s and ever since I have collected thousands of such pieces, mostly from Hindi newspapers,” said a visibly excited Bhateja.

The LBR edition has published Bhateja’s story with the title of ‘national record’. It mentions that he has a collection of 982 interesting newspaper clippings from 1996 to 2016. However, the collector says he has more than 2000 clippings, but all of them were not considered for the entry.

Some of these stories include that of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had proposed to his wife, Cherie Booth in a toilet in 1976; Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams talking about using toilets in space and the famed gold-plated bathroom of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and PhD researches on toilets.

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