Bangalore: Never took your spelling classes seriously in school? Well, you should have because it could have catapulted you to fame may be. That is how a Bangalore man booked his name in Guinness Book, by spelling the word 'Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia'. As if this wasn’t enough to startle people, he pronounced the same word in reverse order as well without batting an eyelid. And with this, Shishir Hathwar, 25, has made his entry possible in Guinness Book record.

It is not just this word (which means fear of long words) he can rattle off, but a number of others including 'grotesqueness'.

Hatwar, a  Bangalore based Electronics Engineer in BHEL, clinched the world record this week for the "fastest backwards spelling of 50 words" in one minute 22.53 seconds, beating the record of Job Pottas from Kerala who clocked one minute 40.14 seconds in March 2010.

The earlier record was held by Deborah Prebble from UK (2 min 21 seconds).

Shishir won by a comfortable margin of over 17 seconds when he spelt 50 randomly chosen words, including 20 six letter word, 15-seven letter words and 15-eight letter words.

"I took just 1.6 seconds per word including the time taken to read out the word", said Shishir, who was asked to spell out words chosen from a variety of fields, including literature, arts and science.

The words he spelt out backwards during the event included 'desolate', 'lavish', 'pharynx', 'excavate' and 'fragrant.'

A voracious reader, Shishir took to the habit from age 2. "I started reading story books when I was just 2, when many children my age were still struggling with spellings".

"It is a God given gift", he says. He also gives credit for his success to the environment provided by his parents, his reading habit and out of the box thinking.

Asked how he felt about the record, he said "Exultant, considering that English is not my mother tongue". Shishir can also read and write Kannada, Hindi and Sanskrit and speak Tulu.

He disapproves over the current SMS lingo and short spellings, saying "It is mutilating the sublime beauty of language", he said. When he was asked about the most miss-spelt words, he says "it is words where 'i' is contiguous with 'e' like shriek, receive".

Not content with the laurels won, the spelling champion is now out to conquer new records like speaking the three syllable words backward and being able to spell the maximum number of words backward in a minute.

The son of Dr Ramamurthy, a senior scientist of Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, DRDO, he says spellings have never flummoxed him and there are none (spellings) he believes which can leave him tongue tied.

He spells words incredibly and rattles off the 45 lettered longest word 'Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisin' in the English dictionary in a jiffy.

"Words like Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (35) and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (34) are those I am capable of spelling or pronouncing either in the forward or backward direction," he said.

His amazing ability comes to the fore when he says "Where are you from?" - pronounced backwards as "Morf uoy era erehw".

"What is your name?" is again rattled off as “Eman ruoy si tahw".

His plans to break another record backward would be a quite a skill test, he said.

"The record for the most words spoken backwards in one minute is 71 and was achieved by Nada Bojkovic (Sweden) at Nordstan Shopping Mall in Gothenburg, Sweden on Nov 24 2007."

He then proceeded to read the entire above paragraph backwards.