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For this NRI granny, 'sarson da saag' is secret of long life

Appetite for 'sarson da saag' at least once a week is the secret of long life for Leicester-based Nami Kaur, who celebrated her 105th birthday this week.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2008 10:13 IST

Appetite for 'sarson da saag' at least once a week is the secret of long life for Leicester-based Nami Kaur, who celebrated her 105th birthday this week.

Kaur, who was in her 60s when she arrived in the UK from India in 1967, has received a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth.

Parneet Kaur, her grand-daughter-in-law, told the local media: "She swears by a cup of tea first thing in the morning and a cup of tea with toast before she goes to bed".

"She has a spinach curry (saag) at least once a week. It's her favourite dish and she always asks for it. She used to make it for everyone. She has a very good diet and a routine," she said.

Kaur arrived in the UK with her youngest son, Surjit Singh. They lived in Coventry, before moving to Newcastle, and settled in Leicester in 2001. She helped out in her son's shop in Newcastle.

In all, she has three children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

"Looking after all her grandchildren kept her fit and active. Even at her age, she'll ask me if she can make me a cup of tea - she's fantastic," Parneet said.

Her grandson, Pardip Shoker, said: "At family gatherings she is the centre of attention, whether it be for her special style of humour or mesmerising stories.

"We all feel extremely privileged and fortunate to have been blessed with our gran's love, kindness, care and advice for all these years. The wealth of knowledge she has passed on to us has been invaluable.

"When I think about the changes and experiences that Nami has witnessed over the past 105 years, it amazes me," Shoker said.