Living proof that you shouldn’t :
‘Don’t take life too seriously’
Rippling his muscles and flashing a toothless grin a former Mr Universe known as the ‘Pocket Hercules’ celebrates his 100th birthday.
And what has been the key to long life for the super-fit centenarian who has battled poverty, a stint in prison and a minor stroke – not taking life too seriously.
The diminutive Manohar Aich, who is 4ft 11ins tall, overcame many hurdles to achieve his body building glory.
Born in the small town of Comilla in Bengal, he was attracted to exercising and building his muscles when as a schoolboy he saw a group of wrestlers in action.
After leaving school in 1942, he joined the Royal air force under India’s British colonial rulers and it was there that he began his relentless pursuit of body building.
Some years later, however, he was thrown into prison when he protested against colonial oppression.
He said: ‘It was in that jail that I began weight training seriously. This helped me prepare myself for the world championship.
‘In jail I used to practice on my own, without any equipment, sometimes for 12 hours in a day.’ Continue reading