The Kulkarnis, stand out wherever they go, as they are the country's tallest family. They are now hoping to set a new world record with their combined height. Sharad Kulkarni, 52, stands at 7ft 1.5-inch tall and his wife Sanjot, 46, is 6ft 2.6-inches tall. Their daughters, 22-year-old Mruga and 16-year-old Sanya, are 6ft 1inch and 6ft 4inches respectively. The four-member family's combined height is a staggering 26ft.
The couple was crowned India's tallest couple by Limca Book of Records after they married in 1989. They had hoped to be named the world's tallest couple by the Guinness Book of Records, until it emerged that Wayne and Laurie Hallquist, from Stockton, California, stand a combined inch taller at 13ft 4 inches.
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"We were a little disheartened. It's nice to have recognition when you live your life being so different. It ends up meaning something. But we're excited about new prospects," Sharad said. Growing up, Kulkarnis faced years of teasing and ridicule. When Kulkarni hit 7ft as a teenager, he ploughed his energies into sports and ended up playing basketball for his country, but Sanjot struggled to go unrecognised and fit in the remote Indian village where she lived.
The pair began to accept early on in their teens that marriage one day might be difficult. "It's hard for a woman to be taller than a man in India. The man has the more authoritative role so I would never want to marry a smaller man and then be ridiculed about his wife," Sanjot said.
"It was a big possibility that I'd never marry really," she said. But Sanjot's grandmother spotted Kulkarni walking down a street in Mumbai one evening and approached him. A few weeks later Kulkarni's parents called the number and a meeting was arranged for the potential couple. The couple married in December 1988. Now, along with their two grown-up daughters Mruga and Sanya, they hope to have the chance to be the world's tallest family.
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