Anandita Dutta Tamuly and Emil Knudsen

Anandita Dutta Tamuly (Assamese: আনন্দিতা দত্ত তামুলী), maiden name Anandita Dutta, is an Assamese woman from Titabor Town in Jorhat district of Assam. She is married to Pankaj Tamuly and is mother of a son. She is known for eating and rubbing Bhut Jolokia peppers on her bare eyes. The chilli, native to Assam, is the world's second hottest chilli pepper.

Contents 1 Childhood effect 2 Making records 3 In reality shows 4 Towards Guinness Records 5 References 6 External links

Childhood effect

When Anandita was five, she had a sore tongue and her mother applied a chilli paste to cure the infection. Since then she developed a penchant for chillies. While children of her age roamed the village looking for berries, she used to look for Bhut Jolokia pepper which she ate with salt. Making records

In 2006, Anandita had entered the Limca Book of Records by eating 60 ghost chillies in two minutes and smearing 12 chillies in her eyes in one minute flat. Since then she has practised this in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by beating South Africa’s Anita Crafford, who created a record by eating eight jalapenos in a minute in 2002. In reality shows

Anandita's chilli eating was aired on Zee TV's reality show Shabaash India on August 29, 2006. Towards Guinness Records

"I felt so terrible I could eat only 51. In 2006, I had eaten 60 of them in two minutes for a local record event. But I am sure I shall make it to the Guinness World Records." Anandita to The Associated Press.

On Thursday night, April 9, 2009, Anandita performed her feat at the district library auditorium, Jorhat before hundreds of people for a Channel 4 programme on global food being anchored by celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay. She ate 51 red-hot-chillies in two minutes and smeared seeds of 25 chillies in her eyes without shedding a tear. According to Diganta Saikia, one of the event coordinators, the Guinness authorities had earlier asked them to authenticate this with a supervised recording of the feat. The coordinators accordingly asked Ramsay to be the adjudicator for Guinness and he agreed to pursue Anandita’s claim as the world’s ‘hottest woman’ by submitting video clippings.

Emil Knudsen and Anandita Dutta Tamuly

Emil Knudsen (1872–1956) was born and raised in Steinkjer, Norway. Psychic premonitions befell Emil Knudsen during his early childhood. In 1877, at the age of five, he foresaw the burning of the nearby town of Levanger. His ability to “see” continued to develop through his youth, and he became respected as a kind of hero throughout Nord-Trøndelag county. Knudssen is known as a European talented mind-reader of the early 20th century.

In 1905, Knudsen moved to Trondheim, where he was hired by a large textile manufacturer to preside over his first official séance. Soon after, he went on tour throughout the world, demonstrating his abilities as a mind-reader. Using his psychic abilities, he helped solve serious crimes and find missing people and things.

However, Knudsen was most known for his mind-reading capabilities, especially during the times when he traveled abroad. He was able to impress with his ability to read people’s thoughts, and he came to be considered the best psychic in Europe. But Knudsen did not just use his abilities for show; he was very much engaged as a psychic, and many sought out his advice, visiting him privately or sending letters, or using the telephone.

An elderly woman once wrote Knudsen to ask which numbers she should play in the lottery. Knudsen replied, “If I knew that, I would personally buy the number, instead of living as a poor man.”

Just after WWII, at the age of 73, Knudsen was stricken with a weakness that left him bedridden for many years. But he still practiced his psychic abilities from his sickbed. A steady flow of customers came to him, and the mail kept on growing on his table. Time and distance meant nothing to him in terms of his ability to do his work.

The last big triumph that he had was when he was 83 years old. As an adviser at Trondheim’s Tyholt Hospital he “saw” a child who had disappeared in the United States and was being sought by a huge search party, including helicopters. Knudsen contacted the search party, and the child was found where Knudsen “saw” him.

Knudsen’s great-nephew is American artist Jeffrey Vallance.
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