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Two India-origin people among happiest in UK

india Updated: May 05, 2008 03:01 IST

After NRIs Mittals' and Hindujas' hogging the headlines for being among the richest in the UK, two India-origin persons have been figured in a list of 100 most happiest in Britain.

British daily The Independent's list, which includes author of Harry Potter series JK Rowling as well, features at least two Indian origin individuals -- Ram Gidoomal and Lalita Patel.

According to the 'Independent on Sunday Happy List - the 100', the chosen people excel in the areas of mental well- being, physical health, philanthropy, charity, pleasure, environment, innovation, volunteers/time givers, community service and entertainment.

Interestingly, the daily has also named the country's oldest man Henry Allingham among the happiest for his excelling in community service.

"The dignity of this 111-year-old serviceman has made the nation very proud. One of the few surviving fighters of the First World War, he fought in the Battle of Jutland and at Ypres. In 2003, he was awarded France's highest military honour, the Legion D'Honneur. He has outlived his wife by more than 35 years," the report pointed out.

About Lalita Patel of Bromley Asian Cultural Association, the daily said that this "devoted wife" while caring for her husband after he had a brain haemorrhage, founded an organisation to bring the Asian community members together.

"It has grown from having just 10 members to more than 120 and from being a social meeting place to offering a range of activities, including IT, yoga and swimming lessons," it noted.