London- Basori Lal, from Indian province Madhya Pradesh, has become a local celebrity. Standing 29 inches tall at 50 years old, Basori is considered the shortest man in the world.
It was only around age five that his family started to notice he wasn’t growing.
Basori was bullied as a young man, but has since earned the respect of his village.
Basori says he was not always celebrated for his short stature – and “had to overcome bullying in his younger years – but has now been dubbed a ‘hero’ by his proud family,” reported The Daily Mail.
His brother, Gopi Lal, 55, who is of average height and lives with Basori, explained that the family feel blessed to have him .
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 unusual 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 had faced prejudice over his height earlier on in life.
The family’s economic situation meant that Basori was never given a medical diagnosis, and to this day his relatives have no idea what caused him to be so short.
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.
Now, at the age of 50, Basori lives with his brother Gopi and Gopi’s wife Satia.