Kollam: A young mother's phenomenal memory has helped her enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Santhi Sathyan, 28, of Paravila Puthen Veedu, Pulluvana, Kadakkal here, has bagged the world record for memorising the longest sequence of 45 objects in one minute and has become the first Keralite to win the title. She achieved the feat at a performance in the auditorium of the Kadakkal panchayat on May 25, 2017 and broke the record of Arpan Sharma from Nepal who had memorised 42 objects in 2015. It was her husband, R.S. Anith Zoorya, an IT professional and a psychology counsellor here, who gave her memory training.
Santhi Sathyan had been practising to create the record for the last two-and-a-half years. "I started practising the technique of memorising things seven years back. My husband identified my capability and taught me how to retrieve the objects I memorised," Ms. Santhi told DC.
Santhi Sathyan visualises the objects given to her for memorising. "I took a different approach by converting all objects to visuals which is the fastest method to recollect, rather than connecting and arranging objects which is usually practised," she said.
Initially she memorised dots on paper. "The visual technique is applied for any given object," she said and added, "I would like to receive the certificate from my favourite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar." The couple has a three-year-old daughter, Yiaamee Anith Zoorya. Santhi, a sociology graduate, is a second-year psychology student and preparing to bag more memory championships. "Memorising is not an inborn talent, but practise makes it happen," she said.
The Guinness Book authorities have sent her a mail about her winning the title and her name is uploaded on the site too. The performance was conducted as per the rules set by the Guinness Book in the presence of law officers.