Kolkata: A fixation with long nails has left an old man's hand paralysed.
Long back in 1982, 72-year-old Murari Aditya had created a Guinness Book record for the world's longest nail (180 inches in total) but later he had to cut it down.
Knowing well that he cannot create another record with his nails, he started growing it once again from 1986.
“Nails have given me so much in my life, how can I cut it now? I feel incomplete without my nails. I am very sentimental about it,” Mr. Aditya said.
Under the weight of his 120-inch-long nails (including all fingers), his left hand has become skinny and paralysed.
As he walks, sleeps or even moves his body, he has to take extra precautions not to hurt or damage his precious assets, estimated to weigh around half a kg.
His neighbours in Jadavpur know him as nokh kaku (nail uncle) who takes pride in displaying his assets.
“But I can't stand on the roadside with these nails and seek money. I am unable to use it for earning money now. The government is also not coming forward to help me with funds to survive as I cannot do any work,” says Mr. Aditya, who had left a government job in the eighties to pursue his passion.