Last time, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, was caught sipping coffee in public was in September 2009, he was 112 years old. Now, in January 2011, which makes him a neat 113 years and nine months, the vedic scholar (born 20 April 1897) puts his lips to his magic potion at the world youth day celebrations, at the Sri Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.
Despite the advertised ill-effects of caffeine, Pandit Chaturvedi has lived through the invention of the aeroplane and the motor car, television, countless skirmishes including the two World Wars, the independence movement of a few dozen countries, satellite television, Yana Gupta‘s wardrobe malfunction, and is all set to welcome Starbucks.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News
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