Karam Chand and his wife Kartari are preparing to celebrate their 90th wedding anniversary in Decemb

Karam Chand and his wife Kartari are preparing to celebrate their 90th wedding anniversary in December. (Photo: Metro.co.uk)

109 year old Karam Chand comes into the kitchen for breakfast. He walks with the help of his son and other family members.

He can’t walk far without assistant. He tells me the secret of his long life.

“I used to eat simple natural food like wheat bread, milk, yogurt and homemade Ghee,” he said.

Karam Chand and his wife Kartari are preparing to celebrate their 90th wedding anniversary in December. The couple have eight children and 29 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Kartari says she doesn’t remember her wedding day on the 11 of December in 1925 when they were both teenagers.

“But I remember the celebration we had when our first child was born. We cooked large amount of food. We distributed sweets in entire village. My village name is Kartari. I miss my village so much,” she said.

The couple moved from India to England in 1965 and now live with their youngest son Satpal Singh in Bradford.  

His wife Rani says they would dream of putting them into an old people’s home or hospital.

“They should not be sent to nursing homes. They raised their children so it’s now our turn to serve them. Our parents recognize all the children and feel happy seeing them around, and so do the children,” she said.

One of their sons Sodi Ram Singh is visiting from India.  He says they are widely respected in their hometown.

He said they used to visit India every year.

“My parents used to go to India every year until 2013. After that we did not let them go because of their falling health. When people ask us about their ages, we feel proud. People always feel happy to know their age and same time they Thank God that our parents have had such a long life,” he said.

Two years ago they were invited by the Queen of England to join her at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Kartari says that was lovely.

“We were very happy to meet the Queen. When we went there, we met the Queen, her husband and her son. Our kids accompanied us. I didn’t understand what she had said in English. I saw her very closely, i shook hands with her. I liked the Queen very very much,” she said.
 

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