Pint-sized former Mr. Universe turns 100 in India

Updated: Mar 18, 2012, 12:28 PM IST

Kolkata: A former Mr. Universe has turned 100 in India and says happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity.

Manohar Aich, who is only 4 foot 11 inches (150 centimeters) tall, won the Mr Universe title in London way back in 1952.

His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered Sunday in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata to celebrate his birthday.

Hindu priests chanted prayers while a feast was laid out to honor a man who overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory.

Aich`s career began in a British colonial prison where he spent long hours exercising to build his muscles.