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Ananya Padhihary

Right or left, lines flow free and easy for this Odisha girl who has earned a place in the prestigious ‘India Book of Records’ for her extraordinary ability of writing in two hands simultaneously, normal text with one hand and its mirror-image with the other.

Meet Mushkan Tehsin, the ambidextrous girl from Khordha's Taraboi Village who has mastered mirror-writing and normal-writing in at least five languages, including Odia, Hindi, English, Sanskrit, and Urdu, with her two hands.

Mushkan, a final-year science student from Prananath Autonomous College, Khordha, said, “I am able to do mirror-writing with both the hands. But I can simultaneously write standard texts with my right hand and its mirror-image with my left hand too."

Though Mushkan started writing mirror-script with her left hand from childhood, her parents asked her to change the habit and she then started writing normally with the right hand. However, her extraordinary talent was discovered during the Covid19 lockdown when her mother encouraged her to write using both the hands.

Mushkan then practiced writing conventional text with her right hand and mirroring it with her left. Thereafter, she recorded a video of herself penning the National Anthem in many languages in her own unique style and submitted it to the India Book of Records. With her unique skills she entered her name into the records books to no one's surprise.

Overjoyed with her daughter’s achievement, Sanjita Bano, Mushkan's mother said, “On January 2, when we received the medal from the India Book of Records, all our dreams came true."

"Her perseverance, hard work, and determination have enabled her to achieve success.” stated Sk. Samser, Mushkan’s father.

Furthermore, Mushkan’s ambition is to find her name in the Guinness Book of Records by harnessing her in-born talent.

“Any assistance from the State government will be really helpful for Mushkan to achieve her dreams. Her talent will be limited not only in pen and paper, but she will set her name in the Guinness Book of Records.” said Sakira Abrar, Sarpanch of Taraboi.

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