He admitted there were also perks to having the world's longest nails that he will miss. He was flown from Pune to NY for this ceremony by Ripley's Believe It or Not museum - where his nails will be immortalized.
Eighty-two-year-old Shridhar Chillal will finally be cutting the fingernails on his left hand after 66 years, as reported by Hindustan Times today, July 11.
The world's most anticipated manicure has finally taken place.
It's the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand. Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimeters.
He stopped cutting his left-hand fingernails in 1952, after a teacher scolded him for roughhousing with a friend and accidentally breaking off the teacher's fingernail.
"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision", he said.
"When I had my nails I took special care of them because they're a very delicate part of our body, I took care of them for a lifetime", he said. "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 told Guinness World Records.
Chillal carved out a living for himself as a photographer, using a custom camera that allowed him to shoot one-handed.
The weight of the long nails left Mr Chillal's hand in a permanently fixed position, unable to separate his fingers.
I am in pain.
The teacher said Mr Chillal would never understand what it took to take care of long fingernails and the student set out to prove his teacher wrong, going on to dedicate his life to taking care of his claws. "With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always".