Shridhar Chillal, 78, has made it to the the Guinness Book of World Records 2016 as the man with ‘Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever’. He hasn’t cut his nails since 1952 and after 63 years his nails are at a cumulative length of 909.9cm — with the longest being his coiled thumb nail at 197.8cm.
Chillal decided to grow his nails when he was beaten up by their school teacher as a result of breaking the teacher’s long nail. The teacher said that they would never understand the importance of it because they don’t have one. “I took it as a challenge,” said Chillal and then there was no looking back.
In this video uploaded by Guinness World Records a few days ago, he narrates his story sharing all the problems he has had to face because of his long nails — from family censure to the difficulty in finding a job and even a bride. “If the girl agreed, her parents would say I would strangle their daughter’s neck,” he laughed.
But his decision today has got him the recognition he aspired for ever since he started growing his nails. “I wish to preserve them in a museum,” he says.