50-year-old and 29-inches tall: Meet India’s new celebrity
An Indian man is hogging limelight like a celebrity for his unusual physical trait – 50 years of age and 29-inch height.
Basori Lal belongs to Madhya Pradesh in India, where he has become a hero in his village and is regularly visited by curious travellers from the surrounding area.
His brother, Gopi Lal, 55, who is of regular height and lives with Basori, explained that they feel blessed to have him in their family.
He said: ‘People from different villages come to our house to see my brother. That’s a blessing for us. We feel proud that people love and care for Basori.’
Basori said: ‘I don’t have a problem with my height. I work, live and sleep like other people. I also eat like normal people. Whatever I am is okay. I don’t face any problems because of my height.’
But Basori has faced prejudice over his height earlier on in life.
As a toddler Basori was of average height, and it was only later that his family started to notice he was no longer growing.
Brother Gopi explained: ‘Basori was born like a normal kid. He was born a normal height. Then, when he was five, we noticed that his height was not increasing.’
But the family’s economic situation meant that Basori was never given a thorough medical diagnosis.
Gopi said: ‘Nobody was able to take him to a doctor. We are poor people, I am a labourer. Where would I take him?’
As Basori grew older, he encountered some tough times and experienced some bullying in his village, but thankfully those days are past.
He said: ‘People used to bully me a lot. They used to call me an alien. But that time is gone now. I am the only one who is being loved by the villagers.’
Basori says he is so happy with his height that he drinks a special toast to it each evening before bed.
He said: ‘I need a glass of whiskey before I go to sleep,” he says calling it a must-dose before he drifts off.