Bangalore, Aug 14, 2013:Bountiful lemons that shaped up into India map and the joy of the birth of his daughter. These seemed a perfect concoction for Parashuram B Entaman, popularly known as ‘Lemon’ Parashuram, to drive home a message against female foeticide and the discrimination against girls.
The venue was the Freedom Park on Wednesday, the eve of the 67th Independence Day.
His wife Gangothri had given birth to a girl three months ago, whom the couple named Pavithra (purity) at the Freedom Park in front of the public.
It took him 5,555 lemons and five hours to make the 25-foot-long map and figures of the girl child on the green lawn. Placards with messages against female foeticide accompanied Parashuram’s creations that attracted curious onlookers.
While eating lemons beyond a certain point may be repulsive for most, it is not so for Parashuram, a native of Kembhavi in Yadgir district. He entered the Limca Book of Records in 2008 for eating 25 lemons in five minutes 55 seconds. Last year, he celebrated Independence Day by wearing a dress and turban made of 1,055 lemons, in keeping with his habit of conveying a social message through his favourite fruit.
Parashuram, now 33, started eating lemons when he was nine. “I like the sour taste of lemon. Back home, I like eating it along with raw vegetables for dinner or lunch,” Parashuram told Deccan Herald.
Gynaecologist Padmini Prasad, who was present on the occasion, expressed happiness that Parashuram and his wife now have a daughter.
He has been celebrating Independence Day in a unique way since 2008. Parashuram promises to be back next year with a new surprise, having to do with lemons, of course.