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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Meet The India's Tallest Family

Mr and Mrs Kulkarni were crowned India 's tallest couple by their country's 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 4ins. Mr Kulkarni said: '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.' Growing up, Mr and Mrs Kulkarni faced years of teasing and ridicule.  When Mr Kulkarni hit 7ft as a teenager he ploughed his energies into sports and ended up playing basketball for his country. But Mrs Kulkarni struggled to go unrecognised and fit in 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. Mrs Kulkarni said: 'It's hard for a woman to be taller than a man in India . The man is the more authoritative role so I would never want to marry a smaller man and then him be ridiculed about his wife. 'It was a big possibility that I'd never marry really.'

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