Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life.
On 17 November 2014, he set the Guinness World Record for having the longest fingernails on a single hand.
"I don't know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here", Chillal told Reuters.
Ripley's said it was privileged to display the "unique and one-of-a-kind" exhibit.
Growing his nails didn't keep Chillal from getting married, having two children or becoming a government press photographer.
The nails, however, eventually became a burden for the 88-year-old man, whose left hand is permanently handicapped. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he can not open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers.
There were other reasons why Chillal was willing to cut away an important part of his life: The collective weight of the nails has made it impossible for Chillal to open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers. Odditorium in Times Square. "He approached us when he was ready to cut his nails", Ripley's spokesperson Suzanne Smagala-Potts told Gizmodo.
Ripley's flew him to the United States for a special crew to use an electric dremel tool to slice off each nail. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.
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