‘I have not cut my fin­ger­nails on my left HAND since 1952’ ...Plans to cut and do­nate them to a mu­seum

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Aman who has the world's long­est fin­ger­nails says he plans to cut them off and pre­serve them in a mu­seum.

The 78-year-old

Shrid­har Chillal, from In­dia, has been grow­ing the nails on his left hand since he was at school. He has con­tin­ued with the im­pres­sive feat de­spite ad­mit­ting his su­per-long talons have made it dif­fi­cult for him to find work and love.

Shrid­har has now been of­fi­cially recog­nised by Guin­ness World Records as the per­son with the 'Long­est Fin­ger­nails on a Sin­gle Hand Ever' and fea­tures in their 2016 edi­tion.

Re­veal­ing why he de­cided to let his nails grow and grow, Shrid­har said: 'When I was a school­boy, we were once beaten badly by our teacher, be­cause my friend broke his nail. The teacher had grown a very long nail.

'We asked him why he had beaten us so much for just break­ing his nail. He said that we would not un­der­stand as we had never grown long nails.

'Un­less we grew long nails we would never un­der­stand the kind of care re­quired not to break them.'

Af­ter that, Shrid­har 'took it as a chal­lenge' and started grow­ing his talons. His in­cred­i­ble nails now have a cu­mu­la­tive length of 909.6cm.

His thumb nail is the long­est at two me­tres fol­lowed by his mid­dle fin­ger at 186.6cm, ring fin­ger at 181.6cm, lit­tle fin­ger at 179.1cm and in­dex fin­ger at 164.5cm.

But once his fin­ger­nails started grow­ing be­yond stan­dard length, Shrid­har's prob­lems be­gan.

'First our fam­ily mem­bers op­posed, then teach­ers were op­posed but I de­cided from that point on that I would never cut my nails again,' he said.

'Ini­tially, dif­fi­cul­ties ap­peared ev­ery­where in my daily life. My fam­ily re­ally didn't like it, no one would wash my clothes and I had to wash them by hand. Find­ing a job was also dif­fi­cult, as no one was ready to em­ploy me.'

He ex­plained how try­ing to date women was also an is­sue.

'When I was to get mar­ried, no one was ready to marry me, I saw nearly 10 to 12 girls,' he said.

'If the girl agreed to marry, her par­ents would say I would stran­gle their daugh­ter's neck and refuse. If the par­ents agreed, the girl would say she would not marry such a dirty per­son.'

He did, how­ever, get mar­ried at the age 29 to his brother's sis­ter-in-law.

Shrid­har de­cided to grow the nails on his left hand only so he could con­tinue with some of his hob­bies. He en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy and pur­sued it as a ca­reer for some time.

Now he plans to have his nails cut and have them pre­served in a mu­seum - but he's keep­ing the date of when this will hap­pen a se­cret.

'I have been grow­ing my nails since 1952 so it is now 63 years since I first started to let my nails grow,' he said.

'Now that I am 78 years old, my nails have be­come much more del­i­cate due to my age, so my wish is to pre­serve these nails in a mu­seum.'

On mak­ing it into the new Guin­ness World Records 2016 Edi­tion, Shrid­har said he felt like 'I had achieved the big­gest goal in my life'.

He added: 'I can tell ev­ery­one now with pride about my record. When I am on my trav­els, peo­ple will recog­nise me as a Guin­ness World Records ti­tle holder.'

Shrid­har started grow­ing his nails as a ‘chal­lenge’.

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