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man knocks guiness doors with underwear
Mohit Dubey | 30 Mar 2007

A 31-year-old man from Ghaziabad is on the verge of entering the guiness book of world record, based on his 22,000 strong collection of undergarments!

GHAZIABAD: Chasing his dreams of making it big and that too with a difference, a 31-year-old man from Ghaziabad is on the threshold of entering the fabled Guinness book of World Records. All because he has the biggest collection of undergarments anywhere in the world.
 
With a whopping 22,300 undergarments including women, menswear and kidswear, a private businessman Rajnish Bansal has already found a place of honour in the Indian Limca Book of World Records for the last two successive years and is now close to gaining an entry into the Guinness. His claim (Claim ID: 9538) is being scrutinized by the Guinness records researcher Kelly Hopkins who while admitting of no such existing
record in this category has sent in certain queries to Bansal earlier this week on whether the collection included only underpants or any other items as well.
 
And as you ask him more about his weird fascination for undergarments the chirpy man informs that he took to it way back in 1990 when he was merely 14 years old. “I did it for the sake of being different while I was working with a relative in his hosiery shop,” he adds. Since then his love for the undergarments has taken him to several parts of India including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, from where he has collected different brands and types of under garments.
 
His `hobby’ has already burnt a deep hole in his pocket and he has spent as much as Rs 6.2 lakh on his collection. Ranging from big international brands like Allen Solley, Haynes, Orchids to Jockey and the desi Shweta, Sagar and VIP, his collection has a wide range of undergarments like underwear, panties, brassiere, of all shapes and sizes, he boasts. He has added over 30 brands and 2000 pieces to his last years collection of 20,215 which took him to the Limca Book of World Records 2004, 2005 editions (Section Human’;s story-Pg 46).
 
With rising expenses he has tried to pump in the collection into his business but to no avail as not many people are interested in buying unknown brands he says while adding that he has “bad stocks which are accumulating at his home.” The zeal to make it to the book of world records though has made him poorer by some lakhs he has won a fan following in this industrial city.