Meet the man who quit his job to break the world selfie record
Talk about selfie-absorbed.
One man in India is practicing to break the Guinness World Record world for taking most selfies in an hour. Hyderabadi Bhanu Prakash Racha takes selfies so seriously that he just quit his job in order to practice more.
Bhanu told the Times of India that he first got interested in competitive selfie records when he overheard girls talking about Dwayne Johnson record of clicking 105 selfies in a three minutes:
Bhanu said he took 120 selfies with his coworkers the very next day. He soon became curious of other record holders in the category. He found out about Patrick Peterson's record of most selfies taken in an hour and believed he could beat it so he sent in his application to the Guinness World Records challenging Patrick's record.
It immediately struck me that it's a guy who did this. I mean people keep saying selfie is a very girly thing, but here Dwayne Johnson was doing it. And I knew I was up for it now.
In fact, Bhanu is so serious about this competition that when his application was accepted, he quit his job as a research assistant at a city hospital so he could have more time to practice. He explained his reasoning:
He went on to tell the newspaper that his day begins and ends with a selfie. Bhanu said his love for the photo phenomenon began when his brother gave him a smartphone with a forward-facing camera for his birthday three years ago:
I wanted to focus on breaking the record. I worked there for five months. But when my application got accepted, I decided to quit. My work hours were 10 am to 6 pm and that wouldn't leave me much time for practice.
Almost the first thing I did when I got the phone in my hands is click a picture. The word 'selfie' wasn't known much then. As soon as I wake up, I click a selfie.
And Bhanu knows practice makes perfect. The former research assistant has been working hard, doing hand and wrist exercises. He has also recently purchased a tripod and selfie stick to practice finding the right angles. He said he frequents nearby schools taking selfies to match Peterson's record of taking 1,449 selfies in an hour with high school students. Bhanu said he has already managed to take 1,700 in an hour but he wants to get it up to 1,800.
Best of luck to you, Bhanu. May the selfie be with you.
It seems like the selfie culture is not going anywhere soon. Watch below to learn how some colleges are offering classes on the subject. Bhanu would have passed this class with flying colors:
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