By Haziq Qadri @haziq_qadri
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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.
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."
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.”