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105 and still strong

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, May 31, 2014

HIS memory and eyesight are good despite him crossing the one century mark.

And although he does not eat meat or fish, he loves to have few nips of Gordon's Gin every evening.

Durga Prasad turned 105 years old on Thursday last week.

Like every year, his surviving children and extended family members gave him a treat at the family home at Vunisamaloa in Ba.

Mr Prasad was born at Nailaga in Ba on May 22, 1909. His father Harkay Singh and mother Bhagwani came from India as indentured labourers.

"I'm their eldest child and we were nine brothers and sisters in the family. But only my two sisters and I are still alive now," he said.

Born in a vegetarian family, Mr Prasad has not eaten meat or fish in his entire life, saying he loves to eat only vegetables.

The centurion has been involved in sugarcane farming since a child, but not now, and he also participated in horse racing in Ba during his young days.

"I don't smoke or drink grog. But I take few nips of Gordon's Gin every night. I didn't drink before but the doctor advised me to because I got a bit sick a few years ago," he said.

Mr Prasad says his eyesight is good and he also reads Hindi books whenever he feels like.

He said apart from high blood pressure, he did not have any other sickness.

The centurion had six children but only two are alive now, adding while he is alive and fit, he had lost his four children.

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