AT just 14-years-old he already stands a whopping 6ft 7in. But India’s tallest teen now fears his great height will one day leave him struggling to find a wife.
Incredibly Yashwant Raut, from Solapur, is the only person in his family with such extraordinary height. In fact his parents are actually well below average height – with his dad measuring 5ft 5in and his mum just 4ft 5in.
But despite coming from a notably small family, doctors are predicting Yashwant will reach a staggering 8ft by the time he stops growing.
“I feel my height is a huge strength in my life,” Yashwant said.
“There have been times when I feel really special, like a celebrity, when people stop me to click pictures and ask for my autograph. I always wanted to be tall but I never imagined I would grow this tall.”
But Yashwant, who is still at school and dreams of becoming a basketball player, admits his height is causing difficulties.
“I don’t fit on my bed so I can’t sleep properly at night. We need a customized bed but we haven’t got round to it yet. I always hit my head when I’m walking around the house and in school, and I can’t fit in our car or sit properly at my school desk. Everything is a problem for me.” he said.
But the biggest issue worrying Yashwant is whether he’ll one day find a wife who’ll match his height.
“I want a girl who will be tall enough. She has to suit my height. If I don’t find a girl who can match my height or get close even, I probably will not marry at all,” he said.
Yashwant’s father Brahmadev, 40, feels proud as a parent that his son stands out in the crowd.
The 5ft 5ins teacher said: “People stop and look as he steps out of our home, sometimes they say good comments and sometimes bad. But we teach him to take every word as inspiration and motivation and just move on with his life.”
His sister Triveni, 18, stands at just 5ft tall and only comes to her little brother’s waist.
Meanwhile his mum Suman, 36, also a teacher stands at just 4ft 5ins and wants her son to be recognized across the globe for his height.
“He is blessed with this remarkable height and I am hopeful he’ll be able to do something fruitful with this blessing,’ she said. ‘People ask me what I did during my pregnancy but I can’t answer them, I have no idea. He was like any other baby but just a bit bigger. His hands and legs used to always stick out of the cot or pram, always too big to fit into anything.”
People still tease Yashwant, who wears a size 15 shoe, but he doesn’t let them get him down.
“Some people call him “lambu” (tall man) and others tag him “Amitabh Bachchan” (a tall Bollywood actor),” his mum said.
“Some even accuse him of being abnormal and I obviously feel bad for him. However, I choose to ignore them and tell my son to ignore them. Most people are kind so we just remember the kind people,” she added.
Yashwant now aims to become a world famous basketball player. “My height will make me a great basketball player. I want to play for my country one day.’
He’s applied to Guinness World Records but they have told him he has to wait until he’s 18 to be considered for one of their records. “‘I can only hope I keep growing. I’d love to be in the book of Guinness World Records,” he added.
Culled from The Sun