99 and Still Running…

…One lesson that I have learned in India is that the human body is much more durable than we often give it credit. It’s amazing enough to see people defecating on piles of burning trash next to grazing cattle. But to live like this for 99 years is truly remarkable. Today, I came across a man who has done just that.

This afternoon in front of the slum school this 99 year old man was sitting, talking to himself, and smoking hookah. His grandson, whom I have met before, was passing by and told me more about him. Even at 99, he can still run a kilometer in under 10 minutes!

Earlier this week, the other volunteers saw a dead human body floating face down in the canal. To survive 99 years in this environment is incredible and serves as a testament to just how robust we really are.