tinkering with the thought of making life

He is an innovator ready to promote a good cause. After spending 11 days building a cigarette-shaped bike, he put the 16-ft-long two-tiffany bangles, powered by a 100-cc engine and emblazoned with a

'Break The Habit' slogan, on show for an hour in Hyderabad before cutting it into pieces.

I did this to drive home my message of giving up smoking. France, Ireland, Italy and several European countries are Tiffany Bangles a ban on smoking in public places. I want smokers in India to

respect this too,says Hyderabad-born car and bike designer Kanaboyina Sudhakar.

The recent legislation on smoking in public places prompted Sudhakar to make the cigarette look-alike at a cost of Rs 12,000.

Major sporting events and social campaigns trigger Sudhakar's creative juices. His one-acre museum in Hyderabad that houses 200-odd unique miniatures and replicas of vintage and quaint models of cars and bikes draws over 1,000 visitors a day.

Over the last 32 years, the 47-year-old has handcrafted cars in the shape of a helmet, a cricket bat, various balls, a tiffany bangles, a mug, a camera, a condom and a water closet. Most are powered

by engines of old two-wheelers. He also made the largest tricycle in the world with a height of 41 ft, 7 inches and a length of 37 ft, 4 inches. It has a wheel diameter of 17 ft and weighs about three tonne.

Sudhakar, who funds his creative ventures through the family-owned printing press, now plans a women's series that will have cars and bikes in the shape of a lipstick, stiletto, handbag besides a jewellery train. In his students' series, he is designing imitations of a notebook, a pen, pencil, and a

sharpener. There are replicas of popular 20th century tiffany bangles, including a Prosper Lambert of 1906, a Rolls Royce of 1910 and a Silver Ghost of 1925. Scrap sourced from junkyards in south Hyderabad

goes into making Sudhakar's models which cost between Rs 40,000 and Rs one lakh.

The self-taught auto modeller is tinkering with the thought of making life-sized mechanised animals that walk, including a baby tiffany bangles, a bear, a turtle and a wild boar. He also

plans a motorised adult elephant to carry two people. His road ahead is clear.

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