Saraswati went on to raise a to­tal of five chil­dren, and also worked in the fields along­side her hus­band. De­spite her un­usual diet, Saraswati says that she has al­ways had plenty of en­ergy, and even to­day, at the age of 75, she still spends up to five hour

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she used to have a nor­mal diet un­til she got a ty­phoid in­fec­tion, right af­ter her first son was born, 60 years ago. She couldn’t keep any­thing down and suf­fered se­vere stom­ach aches, so she gave up eat­ing com­pletely. As her con­di­tion im­proved, she started tak­ing small sips of tea, but her ap­petite never re­turned. Con­cerned about both her well­be­ing and that of their son, her hus­band Dwarka Prasad Patikar, tried con­vinc­ing her to start eat­ing, but she just couldn’t do it. She felt fine liv­ing on wa­ter and tea alone, and con­tin­ues to do so to­day.

For a while, the woman’s hus­band kept try­ing to get her to eat solid food, and even took her to sev­eral treat­ment cen­ters, but noth­ing worked, and see­ing that she seemed to be in good health, he even­tu­ally gave up. Saraswati went on to raise a to­tal of five chil­dren, and also worked in the fields along­side her hus­band. De­spite her un­usual diet, Saraswati says that she has al­ways had plenty of en­ergy, and even to­day, at the age of 75, she still spends up to five hours a day tend­ing to her fam­ily’s land.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, af­ter read­ing Saraswati’s story in the pa­pers, a lot of peo­ple found it hard to be­lieve that she could sur­vive on just wa­ter and tea for over 60 years, but both her fam­ily and her neigh­bours in the vil­lage of Sundrail, In­dia’s Mad­hya Pradesh state, backed up her claims.

Ma­hen­dra Pati­dar, one of the woman’s sons, told Wahgazab that they have all got­ten used to her eat­ing habits, but re­mem­ber their fa­ther’s at­tempts to get her to eat solid food. Ramesh Chan­dra, one of Saraswati’s neigh­bors, added that every­one was sur­prised and con­cerned when they first learned about her diet, but af­ter see­ing her in such good shape for her age, their feel­ings turned to ad­mi­ra­tion.

Saraswati Bai oc­ca­sion­ally craves ba­nanas, but never eats more than one per week. Culled from odd­i­ty­cen­tral.com

She oc­ca­sion­ally craves for ba­nanas, but never eats more than one per week

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