Guwahati: Ritamoni Borah, a resident of North Lakhimpur, brought laurels to the state after her book was recognised as the ‘Smallest Book Published’ by the India Book of Records.
In 2020, her book had got the same recognition from the Assam Book of Records and the International Book of Records.
The book, entitled Sparsha (touch), measures just 3 centimetres long and 2 centimetres wide with 49 pages. “My book has three stories- Makoi Besa Lorajon (The Boy Who Sold Corn), Fota Jutar Kahini (The Story of Torn Shoes), and Nisthur Niyoti (Cruel Fate),” said Borah in a conversation with EastMojo.
Borah is pursuing her Bachelors of Arts degree from North Lakhimpur College. She already has two poetry books published under her name. According to the young author, currently in her fifth semester, the first story, Makoi Besa Lorajon, is based on a true story of a 9-year-old boy who, to make ends meet, sells corn on the roadside day in and out. “The boy, who lost his father, would sell corn every day,” she added.
“My goal was not to make a book that would be considered to be one of the smallest published books,” she said adding, “I aimed to create an uproar with the small book so that the newer generations who have lost the taste of reading books will be attracted to this.” It was her friend who coaxed her to apply for the title.
She achieved the recognition from the International Book of Records on October 30, 2020. On January 19, 2021, her effort was recognised by the India Book of Records.
“I was actually writing another book which measured just 2 centimetres. I completed it in just 24 hours, but sadly I lost it the next day,” said Borah.