“I have managed to complete my B.tech in Lovely Professional University along with a few backlogs and best friends, nothing less nothing more. (laughs)
However, the days after the college left me in chaos. I was puzzled with the career choices in the next stage of my life and that’s when I have started tutoring primary kids for a year. And, guess what… this pandemic phase opened the door to a whole new world.
With a thought to learn Rubik’s cube for the sake of tutoring, I drove home during the lockdown. I started watching a few random cubing videos and all of a sudden, Ilayaram Shekar’s Guinness video has popped out. Having been inspired by his record of solving 6 Rubik’s cubes underwater, I applied for the Guinness world record which stated the challenge of solving 7 cubes underwater. Ofcourse, I had to train hard for it.
I practiced holding my breath and I learnt almost all the CFOP algorithms which consist of more than 80 in number. After getting into my Post-Graduation in 2021, I solved 4 easy scrambled Rubik’s cubes underwater in 1 min 40 seconds with the support of my friends.
Reaching home, I was happy with my efforts and thought of solving 7 cubes with the practice of around 3 months. Surprisingly, no sooner did I open the Guinness website, I realized that the new record has been set up to 10 and it seemed impossible to break the record. I was a little disheartened but picked up my spirits and thought of creating other records. With a bit of struggle, I learnt OH (one hand) method and loved practicing it everyday.
I tried filming under the pool, a couple of times. On Oct 5, 2021, I captured three videos of solving 5 cubes underwater by using two hands. But it got rejected in the Indian Book of Records. Nevertheless, being inspired by the Krishnam Raju’s Guinness world record (solving 2 cubes simultaneously in 53.86 seconds), I made an effort towards solving two cubes simultaneously underwater. Atlast, it took me 1 minute 25 seconds. The video has been verified in the Indian Book of Records. I am glad that they have acknowledged my strenuous efforts and delivered a memorandum.
The third video that I filmed on the same day is in process with Noble World Records. I discerned the noble world record because of Allu Arha (The youngest chess trainer in World’s noble record) and I totally loved it.
During this cubic journey, I realized that I should follow my passion. I practice cubing and play some bullet chess on daily basis.
The reason I started cubing is to teach kids and make their summer holidays much more productive. However, due to the pandemic, I left for home and couldn’t tutor. But I decided to train them in the upcoming days.
Firstly, I would like to thank my dearest students Duggu, Saanvi, Samanyu, Kushagra, Vishruth.
I’m extremely grateful to have my friends and family who supported me, filmed the video and uplifted my spirits in high time. I also owe my deepest gratitude to my good old friend Sumanth Borra, who encouraged me throughout the journey.
The things on my bucket list? Well, there are many but these are the few -Noble world record, Guinness world record and also Advanced cubing. My life would be tasteless without cubing. It is my passion and it will always remain as a part of my life till doomsday.”
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