The legendary marathon runner Fauja Singh was in the city for a biography signing ceremony titled ‘Turbaned Tornado’ written by renowned writer Khushwant Singh.
The book written on the legend’s life spanning 102 years portrays the journey of Fauja Singh quite vividly.
Giving message to youths of the city, Singh said, “Abstain from drugs can put you high on a pedestal.”
Fauja Singh, who had decided to retire from professional training in February 2013, said he still walks four hours a day.
“Education and health are the only aspects which cannot be distributed but you have got to earn it,”he said. Singh said, “I have not specifically followed any diet plan but I believe that we should eat whatever suits our body.”
“I eat a chapatti with a single serving of pulse. I have abstained from alcohol, smoking, drugs and no-vegetarian food throughout my life,”he added.
Never bowed down to early age physical deformities, Fauja Singh, who was an amateur runner, pursued his heart felt passion gravely after the demise of his son, daughter and wife in 1995. In some weeks, Fauja would turn 103.
Asked about any desire in life he felt left unfulfilled, Singh smilingly said, “I would like to answer that question through a very popular song by singer Gurdas Mann, ‘ Dil hona chahida jawan, ni umaran ch ki rakheya.”