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A nail-biting feat by karate expert

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CHENNAI, FEB. 21. Banumathi in her smart ponytail, neatly draped saree and shining toe-rings looked as if she just stepped out of the house for shopping.

She actually got up from a bed of 1,575 nails after three motorcycles went over a plank placed on her for nearly 10 minutes.

Nails are nothing new to this 45-year-old karate black belt holder. "I have been practising karate for the past 13 years. Last year, I performed the same feat at Anna University," said Ms. Banumathi before lying down on the bed of nails.

At the Baynes Baptist Church School auditorium at Vepery on Monday, she had more nails to reckon with. Ms. Banumathi lay sandwiched between two beds of nails and a chunky slab of granite hauled in by two assistants.

When the slab broke into pieces in one hammer blow, Banumathi remained calm. Later, she rolled on a bed of nails spread over the school compound.

The crowd included cheering children and a slack-jawed old man gripping his walking stick. A class XI student, R. Sandhya, clicking her tongue, said: "Will power."

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