By Haziq Qadri @haziq_qadri

An Indian man has become a local celebrity – because he’s 50 years old and only 29 inches tall

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Basori Lal, from Madhya Pradesh in India, is 50 years old but only 29 inches tall

Basori Lal, from Madhya Pradesh in India, 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 the family feel blessed to have him in their family.

Basori was average height at birth but his growth slowed from the age of five

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 has become a celebrity in his village and is visited by curious people from neighbouring villages

And Basori himself is quite happy with his unusually diminutive stature.

He 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.”

Basori's condition has never been officially diagnosed by a doctor

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.

Basori says that he is happy with his height
He lives with brother Gopi and his wife Satia

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.

They are happy to look after Basori

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.

Both Gopi and Satia pay tribute to Basori's positive attitude

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.”

Now, at the age of 50, Basori lives happily with his brother Gopi and Gopi’s wife Satia. 

Gopi, seen measuring Basori, says that his tiny brother is loved by all the villagers

He also works with his sister-in-law in a local factory, and she is keen to pay tribute to her tiny brother-in-law.

Satia, aged 50, said: “Basori is a man with positive thinking. He doesn’t have any regret of being too short. It doesn’t bother him.”

Basori is smaller than many of the local children
Basori has no wish to ever get married

“All he needs is happiness, good people around him, and a good whiskey!”

Now, Basori is content to spend his life living with his brother and working in the factory to earn more money for the family.

The tiny chap is popular with all the children in the village

He said: “I don’t want to get married. I want to work like I am doing right now. I always want to live with my brother.”

Indeed, Basori 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. That’s my way of celebration.”