From time immemorial, headgear has been an important part of dressing in all parts of the world. The original function of caps was to protect the head from rough weather conditions. Gradually though, headgear started playing an important role in differentiating people on the basis of their caste and class. Today, caps have become more hip and happening. Moreover, you don’t need a reason to wear one, as it looks cool anyway.
For some people though, caps are more than all of the above. Meet Anant Joshi, a 32-year-old Maharshtrian staying in an extreme suburb of Mumbai. What makes him special? He is probably the only one in this country who has an amazing collection of caps! In the past 12 years, he has collected over 500 caps from around the world.
His collection includes a wide range of headgear. From Rajasthani caps to Tibetan ones, English hats, pagdis that the Marathas wore, a World Cup'99 cap with a radio and ear-phones attached to it, cowboy hats, a folding cap, a cap made of cow dung, paper caps. The list is almost unending. No wonder Anant has earned his place in the Limca Book of records. "When I was young I use to watch a lot of western films and was very interested in the hats they wore. My parents got me my first cap from the US when I was 12 years old. However, I got seriously interested in collecting caps only after I had 25 of them" says Anant.
His dedication and interest in his hobby is praiseworthy. He has made it a habit to read history books that give him historical significance of the caps he possesses. He is also in the process of compiling a book on his remarkable collection. A tete-a-tete with Anant gave us loads of information on his unusual hobby.
DO NOT let people wear your caps.