Fauja Singh wants to run with PM

101-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh on Monday said he wishes to run with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He said this while he was honoured at a local school here.

Fauja Singh, who does not just run for himself, said that one of his goals, is to promote understanding of Sikh culture. "My beard and my turban has enhanced my respect in the world and I believe in God... that's the reason I was able to accomplish my goals in life," he said.

While giving message to the young generation, he said that it should divert its attention toward games and serve the nation. The world's seniormost marathon runner, fondly referred to as the 'Turbaned Tornado', said: "It is my determination that helps me run miles together. I have been running marathons in various parts of the world due to the grace of God."

He said walking and running keeps him going. "Waking up early was one of the reasons for his good health," he said, adding that he started running to survive and to pass time. While he did not take any medicines and felt prevention was always better than cure, Singh said one must keep oneself free from mental stress.

Singh's diet includes grains, green vegetables, yogurt, tea and ginger. He avoids fried foods, including Punjabi delicacies like samosas and pakoras.

"I may be an illiterate and do not know how to read or write anything, but now I have a book written on me. Is it not great?" he said, adding that he is a simple man but was filled with pride when he was invited by Queen Elizabeth II for tea.

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