I don’t know about you, but I hate it when my fingernails get a little too long and begin snagging on things. Well spare a thought for Shridhar Chillal, from Pune, India. He has had to live with fingernails that have not been cut for over six decades.
His fascination for long nails began while he was still in school. That is when he decided to start growing his own.
Now 60 years on, he currently holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever’. Shridhar’s super-long talons on his left hand, have a cumulative length of 909.6 cm.
It has all come at a cost however. Growing his nails to such an ungainly length have sabotaged every aspect of his life, including of course, work and love.
I can’t move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed,” he admitted.
The nails first grew beyond an acceptable length when he was in his teens. Those that cared for him, tried to persuade him to cut them.
First our family members opposed, then teachers were opposed but I decided from that point on that I would never cut my nails again.”
Finding a job was difficult for Chillal, as no one was ready to employ him. Likewise, finding a woman to marry was fraught with problems.
I saw nearly 10 to 12 girls. 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.”
Finally Chillal married his brother’s sister-in-law at age 29. To make life easier, he decided to cut off the nails on his right hand.
I have been growing my nails since 1952 so it is now 62 years since I first started to let my nails grow,” Chillal said.
Chillal is now 80 years old, and finally wants to cut his nails to preserve them in a museum.
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,” 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.”
(Image Credits: Guinness World Records)