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Girl with a STEEL frame



A motorcycle going over the belly of Harini.

You are lying straight in between two supports with most part of the body in the air. Then two or three persons stand on your abdomen and still you have to remain horizontal. Then a few bricks are placed on your abdomen and broken with force. You lie on the floor and about 10 persons have a walk, pressing their feet on your abdomen. They keep walking one after another for 30 to 45 minutes. Then they start jogging. You lie still on the ground and allow motorcycles make 2,000 trips ride on you (over a plank placed on your abdomen). Later, you stand still and people smash tiles against several parts of your body.

Sounds crazy?

Vuggina Harini has borne all this torture without wincing a bit. What is astonishing is that she is just 13, and she wants to do better.

"To achieve these feats (rather to bear the physical torture or strain) one has to undergo a lot of physical training and Harini has gone through it without a whimper. You ask her to do something and she will do it. No pleas or lame excuses. It is really astonishing to watch her single-minded determination to achieve a tough target,'' says her coach, S. Satyanarayana.

Harini, a Std. VIII pupil of Timpany Secondary School, is a black belt in martial arts and has recorded several feats: had 1,300 persons walked over her stomach, followed by 35 bikes ridden over her stomach, a trial run which was followed by 1,000 bikes on two occasions in 2001 which earned her an entry into the Limca Book of Records. This was repeated in 2002 and she stunned everybody by doubling the figure in June 2002.

In April this year, Harini had 100 tiles and 50 planks broken on her body at a function of `The New Indian Express' and two months later, at the valedictory function of the Sai Taekwon-Do summer camp at Murali Nagar, had 200 tiles smashed against her hands, ribs and thighs in the space of four minutes. "Now we are training her to record 1,000 tiles (smashed against her body) in five minutes. This will happen in a few months," her coach said.

Harini is the elder daughter of Harinatha Rao, who runs a business with his four brothers, and Indira Rani, who live in Railway New Colony. He has understood her interest in martial arts when some camp was held near her house. But he had to try four or five coaches before he settled for Satyanarayana, whom he says is the most dedicated coach he has come across. Satyanarayana saw Harini at a camp one of his former students was conducting and found a great prospect in her. Satyanarayana himself approached Harini's parents and wanted them to send her to his coaching school.



V. Harini

Then started a great association between the two. The coach heaps a lot of appreciation on Harini's parents for her achievements. The coaching centre is located far away from his residence but Harinatha Rao takes the trouble of taking her there every day. He lives in a joint family with his three brothers and they also help Harini a lot. His wife procures whatever foodstuff the coach wants and prepares the food with meticulous care. Both the coach and parents pity that Harini has to eat a completely different food and in different combinations to suit her training schedule.

Whatever the coach says is a `mantra' to her. "I asked her to keep herself away from ice creams, chocolates and fast foods, and not to eat outside. She simply followed my instructions and is not tempted even if I asked her to have a little bit of ice cream. For a child of that age, it is really amazing,'' says he about his proud disciple.

Her parents and the coach say Harini is a quiet girl. She is learning to play on the veena. Her younger sister, Harshita, is in Std.II. She is learning classical music.

Harini's performance in Taekwon-Do is excellent. For her age she is a sub-junior but she won gold medals at sub-junior, junior and even at senior levels. She achieved the three-gold medal feat at the district level and also at the State level to earn selection to participate in the national championships. However, senior coaches advised her to take part only in the sub-junior level in the nationals since age is on her side.

G. NARASIMHA RAO

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