Master Nau stakes claim of shortest person in the world

Master Nau, a 73-year-old Nepali, who claims to be the world’s shortest man in the Guinness World Records’ immovable category, poses for a photo next to a ruler in Kathmandu. Photo: AFP

KATHAMNDU, Nepal-An elderly Nepali man, who measures just 41 centimetres tall is stepping up his campaign to be recognised as the world’s shortest person under the ‘movable’ category.

Master Nau, 73, who is confined to a wheelchair, recently arrived in the Capital Kathmandu from his home in Bhairahawa village, 350 kilometres (217 miles) southwest of Kathmandu  to press his plea to be distinguished in the Guinness World Records.

Wearing sunglasses and clutching his citizenship card, Nau was greeted at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) amidst photographers and  the media.

Nau is staking his claim as the shortest person in an ‘immovable’ category, which according to the Guinness World Records recognises a person who cannot move without the help of others. Currently, his rival, a Taiwanese man, who is limited to  68 centimetres holds the title in the category.

According to the officials of Guinness World Records, Nau could qualify for the record.

Nau’s niece Seema Sheikh said he leads an active life despite his old age. “He is fond of travelling and likes to meet people and talk about life,” Sheikh told AFP. He also likes hot and luscious food and loves to listen both Hindi and Nepali music  most of the time.

‘We often hire a rickshaw to take him to the market because he loves it,” Sheikh described his hobbies.

Nau is such a tiny person that whenever he goes out, passers-by stop to look at him. Soon a small crowd would gather, which makes it uneasy, according to Sheikh.

He lives with his youngest brother’s family  home in Bhairahawa village in Rupendhi district in western region. Life has returned to normal for Nau. “I am very happy,”  Nau said.

A fellow Nepali man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 74, holds the current record for the world’s shortest man in the ‘movable’ category. He is confined to 54.6 centimetres tall.

Other photos of Master Nau by AFP:

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