Mahashta Mûrasi is retired cobbler from northern India. He claims that he was born in January 1835 and that makes him the oldest man on earth. In the same time, according to the Guiness World Records he is the oldest to have ever lived.
According to Indian officials, the man was born at home in the city of Bangalore on January 6th 1835, and is recorded to have lived in Vârânasî since 1903. He worked as a cobbler in the city until 1957, when he retired at the already venerable age of 122.
Mr Mûrasi says “I have been alive so long, that my great grand-children have been dead for years. Somehow death forgot about me… And now there’s hardly any hope left. Look at the statistics, nobody dies past 150, even less at 170. At that point, I guess I’m immortal or something. I might as well enjoy it!”
The birth certificate and identity cards of Mahashta Mûrasi seem to confirm his version, but there is no medical examination that can confirm this for now. The last doctor Mister Mûrasi visited died in 1971, so there is little information available about his previous medical files.
In the Guinness World Book of Records he has been entered as the oldest man in Indian history.