THRISSUR: Kunjannam, a 112-year-old spinster from the district has been recognised by the Limca Book of Records as the oldest living person in the country.
Kunjannam, who lives with her brother Jose at Parannoor in Thrissur, was born on May 5 in 1903 as per the baptism certificate issued by the vicar of Our Lady of Rosary Church at Eranelloor.
Peter, a representative of Limca Book of Records, presented the honour to her at a function held at Amala Hospital in Thrissur on Friday.
Kunjannam had received recognition for her astonishing longevity and a congratulatory letter from the officials of the Social Welfare Department and the district administration on the World Elders Day.
Asked about the secret of her longevity, Kunjannam said she used to walk a lot barefooted since childhood. She has limited quantity of food and prefers vegetarian cuisine. Kunjannam said she eats non-vegetarian meals only under unavoidable circumstances.
According to Jose, Kunjannam had to work as a maid servant in a nearby Brahmin household during her childhood, which made her a vegetarian. Jose also attributed her longevity to a ‘totally tension-free’ life since her childhood.
“Kunjannam never married as both our parents died in a gap of 41 days orphaning us,” said Jose. Kunjannam used to work as a maid-servant till five years ago.