Royally yours: Kings & queens leave mark on Sambalpur man’s LIMCA record

Sambalpur: Fascinated by royalty since his childhood, Ajay Agarwala of Kuchinda in Sambalpur district has earned a rare distinction of possessing autographed pictures of nearly 130 kings and queens of India and abroad.

Ajay, who works in a multinational company in New Delhi, has now entered LIMCA book of records for his prized collection that is certainly a collectors’ delight.

“I am elated over the fact that my hobby has brought laurels not only for my family but also for my home town,” said Ajay.

It was in 2011 when he started to collect photographs of royal families and started with Bonai king. Gradually, Ajay’s hobby turned into a passion and he moved places to collect photographs along with signatures of the kings and other members of the royal families across India and abroad.

Be it the royal families of Iran, Malaysia, Nepal or even Pakistan, Ajay has a vast collection of 130 pictures autographed by the kings collected all by himself personally.

According to Ajay, he never approached the royals through e-mails rather visited them and collected rare pictures along with their signatures.

“We are confident that Ajay will soon enter the Guinness World Records as it is one of its kind passion which only a few can think of,” said Ajay’s friend Sandip Mishra.