Priyabrat Biswal: Goldmine of Autographs 600 and counting


Hobby is basically an activity which is being accomplish by an individual with full passion during her/his leisure time. It is something that makes the person feel good and for few it is really a stress buster.

When we think of the hobby, immediately few things come into our mind. Gardening, painting, reading books, hearing music, stamp collecting, etc.

Have you ever thought of writing a letter to a public figure? Here is a man whose hobby is very much unique. He keeps on writing letter to public figures asking for their autographs.

Priyabrat Biswal is a person from Odisha who writes a simple but touching letter to celebrities over three decades. He has got a goldmine of autographs which includes that of Lady Diana, Michael Jackson, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Mohammad Ali. He has also got a collection of signed photographs of sporting personalities like Pele, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Michael Jordan, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graff, Richard Hadlee, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, and their Indian counterparts like Ramanathan Krishnan, Ramesh Krishnan, Prakash Padukone, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, P.T. Usha, Vishwanathan Anand.

The list does not end here. His album has got special space for renowned writers like Manoj Das, Vikram Seth, Dominique Lappierre and Nobel laureates like Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary.

“The most prized one in the collection is that of Mother Teresa. It was such a magnanimous gesture from her side to respond,” Biswal said.

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