Akhil Joy, 20, is an international record holder for making the largest political map of India using bottle caps. The map is 146 inches long and 114 inches wide (12.17 feet by 9.5 feet). Akhil used 4,885 discarded bottle caps picked up from shops to make this record-setting map. In his attempt to make it, his friends tried to dissuade him, some ridiculed him, and others even called him mad. But he succeeded with great determination to set three world records at the age of 19.
JINI JOY, Akhil’s sister, speaks to him about this astounding feat.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Akhil Joy Kochuparambil from Payyavoor, Kannur, Kerala. I did my schooling from Sacred Heart High School, Payyavoor. Currently, I am pursuing B.Com. at Devamatha Arts and Science College, Paisakkiry, Kannur. I belong to a nuclear family and my parents are farmers. We are six members in the family — grandmother, father, mother and two elder sisters.
Tell us about the recognitions you have received so far.
I am a record holder in the India Book of Records, Asia Book of Records and International Book of Records in 2021. I feel happy and content with my achievements. At the same time, I feel that I can do more in life. Now I have the courage to venture into the unknown territories of life.