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Krishnanagar, Feb. 24: The love of Ludo has won Jally Mandal a place in the Guinness World Records.

She has not made a record of playing the board game the highest number of times. The 30-year-old resident of Krishnagar is in the record book for making the biggest board.

Jally has made a plastic-and-flex Ludo board almost 10 times the size of a normal board in three weeks.

Jally plays Ludo everyday with her brother and his friends. But like the size of her Ludo board, the arts graduate from Ranaghat College has a big idea for the game that she wants to suggest to chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Jally said the board game could be used to promote peace in Jungle Mahal. “If the state government can use football to promote bonhomie and friendship (in Jungle Mahal), Ludo can also play the same role.”

She said: “I am happy to be recognised by the Guinness World Records. I would appeal to Mamata Banerjee to give me a chance to show how Ludo can be an outdoor game.”

“Ludo is my favourite game. But it is not that popular now because of television. I believe that if the government takes the initiative, Ludo can be promoted as an outdoor game with giant boards,” Jally said.

Jally was helped by her brother Manoj in making the giant board. “I covered the plastic boards with flex sheets and then painted the boxes and made the tracks. I made the chhakka using soft rubber and used a plastic bucket as the cup for rolling the dice.”

“I first displayed the board at a programme at my brother’s office when some of his colleagues advised me to send it to the Guinness World Records,” Jally said. “So I wrote to the Guinness World Records, who advised me to send proof. I then sent them a video-recording of a game and the measurement of the board in November last year,” she said.

“I demonstrated the board game in public and in the presence of some prominent persons such the additional district magistrate and lawyers and engineers from the PWD and the zilla parishad. Four women played the game,” Jally said.

Guinness World Records accepted my Ludo board as the largest board game and issued a certificate on January 28, 2013. It was forwarded by Kristian Teufel on behalf of the Guinness authority,” Jally said.