A fully grown man has been left stuck at just 29 inches tall after he stopped growing up at the mere age of five.
As a toddler he was a normal height, but at the age of five Basori Lal stopped growing. Now at the age of 50 he measures just 29 inches tall. Unable to afford to see specialists, Basori has never been thoroughly examined by doctors.
And as a result, the cause of his stunted growth remains a mystery. But, the 50-year-old refuses to let his small stature get him down.
He’s become a local celebrity in his village, in the Madhya Pradesh region, and is regularly visited by curious travellers.
His brother, Gopi Lal, 55, who is of regular height and lives with Basori, explained that the family feel blessed to have him in their family.
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 unusually diminutive 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 when he was younger, cruel strangers taunted Basori for being short. As a toddler Basori was an average height.
It was only later that his family started to notice he was no longer growing.
Brother Gopi explained: “Basori was born like a normal kid. He was born a normal height. Then, when he was five, we noticed that his height was not increasing.”
But the family’s financial situation meant that Basori was never given a thorough medical diagnosis.
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.
He said: “People used to bully me a lot. They used to call me an alien. But that time is gone now. I am the only one who is being loved by the villagers.”
Now, at the age of 50, Basori lives happily with his brother Gopi and Gopi’s wife Satia.
He also works with his sister-in-law in a local factory, and she is keen to pay tribute to her tiny brother-in-law.
Satia, aged 50, said: “Basori is a man with positive thinking. He doesn’t have any regret of being too short. It doesn’t bother him.
“All he needs is happiness, good people around him, and a good whiskey!”
Now, Basori is content to spend his life living with his brother and working in the factory to earn more money for the family.
He said: “I don’t want to get married. I want to work like I am doing right now. I always want to live with my brother.”
Indeed, Basori is so happy with his height that he drinks a special toast to it each evening before bed.
He said: “I need a glass of whiskey before I go to sleep. That’s my way of celebration.”