“Kiara always wants to know what happens next"
US Indian girl Kiara Kaur has broken a reading world record, reading 36 books in one hour and 45 minutes.
The five-year-old lives in the United Arab Emirates but made the record at the age of four years, 11 months and 27 days.
The Asia Book of Records stated that she read the maximum number of books nonstop.
Kiara also entered the World Book of Records in London, certifying her as a “child prodigy”.
Despite the unique record, Kiara’s love for reading was prevalent at a very young age.
It was reported that her nursery teacher recognised Kiara’s passion for reading when she spotted the US Indian girl reading diligently in the library.
The teacher told her mother. Since then, Kiara has read more than 200 books.
Her mother, Dr Mahendra, said that Kiara’s passion for reading is fuelled by her sense of curiosity.
She added: “Kiara always wants to know what happens next, what happens to the character in the book.
“Kiara is a very talkative, inquisitive girl. She wants to know everything; she keeps asking me questions.
“She is also a sporty kind of girl; she likes swimming and hiking.”
Kiara enjoys reading all kinds of books but for her record, many of her books were traditionally meant for children older than her.
Kiara said: “Reading from books is extremely enjoyable. You can carry a book anywhere you like.
“The problem in reading on phones or watching a video is that I can’t read if there is no internet is available.”
Some of her favourite books include Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
On why she reads books meant for older children, the US Indian girl added:
“Sometimes there are no new books and I read the same story again and again.”
Dr Mahendra explained that Kiara’s grandfather was the one who nurtured her interest in reading.
She said: “He used to listen to her stories on WhatsApp calls for hours together.
“He has had a great impact on Kiara’s upbringing.”
Her parents revealed that Kiara spends most of her free time reading.
Dr Mahendra said: “She used to read all the time, while in the car, even in the restroom and before going to bed.
“She is such an inquisitive child, we had to get her books every time we went go shopping.”
Her father, Dr Ravindranath, added: “We feel proud that she has achieved a lot at this young age. Wish her reading habit continues.”
When she grows up, Kiara hopes to become a doctor.