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Manohar Aich

Manohar Aich (pocket Hercules) finally surrendered to time.  He was hundred and four years old.  He was born in Tipperah District (now in Bangladesh) in a remote village named Dhamti.  He was the second Indian to win Mr. Universe title and the first Indian to win the title post-independence.

I remember T V channels broadcasting him frequently mostly during local bodybuilding competitions where he used to be the guest.  He not only had an impressive physique but also was proficient in physical prowess.  I read that he performed bodyweight/calisthenics exercises with up to 100 repetitions per set.  By the time I had seen him in T V he was a ripe old man.  Nevertheless, he had an impressive physique.  Moreover, he used to perform Nauli kriya, stomach lifting, and perform several repetitions of the abdomen roller on a wheel.  The ab roller had impressed me to a great extent, and in fact I idolized him.

As a testament to his physical prowess I just read that he performed feats like bending steel with his teeth, bending spears with his neck and resting his belly on swords.   Also, in a recent interview I heard him say that a simple diet of milk, fruits and vegetables along with rice, lentils and fish was his secret to good health and longevity.

May his soul rest in peace.manohar-aich

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