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    No.125 Alwarpet Street in Chennai south India is a busy place where India’s miniature book printer lives and thinks day night, one book after another. Meet K. Eswar Kumar who owns a screen printing unit for commercial printing Eswara Screen engaged in designing and screen printing.

    The videos and photographs here shows his master pieces of MINIATURE BOOKS, screen printed based on contents of historical data collected from Library sources.


    His maiden book was THIRUKKURAL - collection of 1330 verses of famous Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar in English and Tamil languages.

    1.ENGLISH version

    Dimension: 18 mm width, 14mm height, 15 mm thickness

    No. of pages          : 271.

    Weight                  : 3.5 gms.

    2.Tamil version

    Dimesion: 19 mm width, 15mm height, 15 mm thickness

    No. of pages    : 271.

    Weight        : 3.9 gms.

    He says these books took 14 months to complete in 2001, printed with 2 pt font on 18.6 gsm maplitho paper. It Secured a place in Limca Book of Records in 2002 itself.

    3.His smallest 16-page book printed on 18.6 gsm paper, was on animals and birds produced in 2005 which compared to a RICE GRAIN. (Dimension: width 1 mm; height 1 mm and thickness 1 mm). He took 3 months to complete this book which has 0.8 mm size animals and birds visuals and he secured a place in 2006 Limca Book of Records.

    4)  LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book 1 (2002) which secured place in Limca Book of Records in 2003.

    Dimension            : 10 mm width, 10 mm height, 5 mm thickness

    No. of pages          : 85.

    Weight                  : 0.85 gms.

    5)  LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book no.2 (2002)

    No. of pages          : 144.

    Dimension                      : 5 mm width, 5 mm height, 9 mm thickness

    Weight                  : 0.25 gms.

    (He took 9 months to complete these two books).

    6.  The book of Adolf Hitler life history has taken 2 months of period to complete. The 182 pages book with golden lining on edge of paper has the dimension of 9mm width, 11 mm height, 12 mm thickness.

    7. Last year he had produced one more 124-page book on Mahatma Gandhi with a dimension of 9 mm width, 11 mm height 10 mm thickness.

    Eswara received a “CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION” from Madras Coin Society for exhibiting Miniature Book on Mahatma Gandhi, during the Society’s “Spirit of Gandhi” exposition conducted from 30-01-2003 to 02-02-2003 by V Kalyanam (Former Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi) and Mr. D.H.Rao (President of Madras Coin Society)

    In the past he had also exhibited the Miniature Books of Mahatma Gandhi & Thirukurral at Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

    In interview with this superstar iReporter/CNN (shripada bhat), Eswara says: “I have been recognised and secured place in Limca Book of Records 2002, 2003, 2004 (INDIA) for 3 years for these Smallest Screen Printed books”

    “I got greatly inspired after seeing the documentary on father of printing.... and I wanted to be in screen printing for ever but intended to produce unique work. Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) was a German goldsmith, printer and publisher who introduced modern book printing.

    He was inspired to produce book on Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler because both were leaders of their time but Gandhi was known for his peaceful leadership where as Hitler was known for his leadership with aggressive traits.

    What are the Challenges?

    “It is a big challenge to make a tiny achievement. Layout those tiny pages and fitting the text systematically in 2 fonts is most difficult and next comes the cutting the visiting card size paper on which I print the text through screen printing process using 120 threat mesh. Then book is bound and glued in a normal procedure. But I do it single handed which takes long time including some sleepless nights since I have to run my regular screen printing business to make a living as a businessman.”

    Tell us something more about your family:

    “My parents encourage (My father: K Poorna Chander Rao) me a lot. They never said I am wasting my time. We hail from Tenali, a historical town in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. (The place is known after Tenali Rama a court-poet of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th century.) But we settled in Chennai in Tamil Nadu state since my childhood. I could not do higher education due to personal reasons and and got into screen printing as a business in 1992 after working for 2 years in a printing unit in Chennai. My parents say with me. But I am not fully supporting my better half Jyothi to complete her MBA since I could not go for higher education.”

    “Apart from routine commercial screen printing and miniature book printing, I also collect old antiques which are very rare to find out now; I also have few collections with me like cameras, telescopes, palm scripts, very old books. I also collect old coins and currency notes of various countries including India. I am also fond of philately which is study of postal stamps and other related items.”

    “It is my passion. Screen printing is a process which can be done by hand (although automatic machines are available).” So he wanted to spend some time in high level of creativity. His set his big eyes on Guinness Book of World Records by improving his works further and beat the world recorder in his area of creativity.


    “I am already working on my next project. This would be a set of 12 Miniature books of 12 great personalities from different walks of life. The size of these would be so small that I intended to fit them in normal match box sized shelf,” reveals Eswara by giving the list of books to be screen printed in the days to come.

    Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948): Father of Indian Nation, the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement;

    Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945): most remembered for his central leadership role in the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II and the Holocaust;

    Mother Theresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997),: a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship,[4] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931), an American inventor, scientist, who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

    Johannes Gutenberg :(c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) Father of Modern Printing, Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type printing, in around 1439, and the global inventor of the printing press.

    Wright Brothers: Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.

    Sir Don Brodman: 27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as The Don, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.

    Charlie Chaplin: (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), was an English comic actor, film director and composer of the silent film era.

    Bruce Lee: (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor,[4] philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement.

    Emperor Ashoka: ca. 304–232 BC), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from ca. 269 BC to 232 BC. His name "aśoka" means "painless, without sorrow" in Sanskrit. The emblem of the modern Republic of India is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka.

    William Shakespeare: (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616), was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist

    12th BOOK undecided (to be finalised soon).

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