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He doesn't drink or smoke, and centenarian Manohar Aich credits his longevity to a healthy lifestyle in which he minimizes stress and focuses on happiness.

Aich won the Mr. Universe international bodybuilding championship in 1952. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Kolkata, an eastern city in India.

Standing just 4 feet, 11 inches tall, Aich earned the nickname "Pocket Hercules," the Associated Press said in a report.

AP Photo/Bikas DasHis lifestyle and a simple diet of milk, fruits and vegetables along with rice, lentils and fish have kept him healthy, the bodybuilding trainer told the AP.

Aich turned to bodybuilding while he was imprisoned in the 1940s for opposing Britain's continued colonial rule of India. When he was released, he went on to compete as a bodybuilder, earning success in international competition that culminated with his taking the Mr. Universe title.

While his wife took care of their children, Aich traveled, competed and made a living. On his return to India, he trained future bodybuilding champions.

"I didn't become rich. There is not much money in bodybuilding," he told the Indian Express newspaper. "But there is respect. And for that, I wouldn't mind being a bodybuilder in my next life as well."

He has led a fulfilled life, but Aich regrets never having met his fellow Mr. Universe, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's seen many of the Governator's films, though.

"I like the incredible stunts he does in the movies," Aich told the AP.


Clarke, Suzan. "Mr. Universe 1952 Turns 100, Credits Healthy Lifestyle, Happiness" ABC News. 19, March 2012. Web.

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The actress revealed her secret in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar

Gwyneth Paltrow, a Hollywood anomaly who’s managed to maintain a happy, scandal-free marriage for eight years and counting, has advice to share on achieving domestic harmony. “It may not be feminist,” she warns.


The 39-year-old told Harper’s Bazaar that, for now, she’s scaled back on her career.


“I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home.”


Her husband Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, is currently planning a world tour while Gwenyth holds down the home and pursues less daunting projects (compared to her more rigorous 90s acting career, that is). 


At the top of the list is goop, her lifestyle website that advises subscribers on where to go and what to do and what to eat and get. She has two cookbooks out, ate and talked her way through Spain with Mario Batali for a PBS show, and squeezes in time each day to hone her flexibility, strength and digestive perfection. (You can see the result of this physical regiment in the March issue of Harper's, which features the all-legs actress in a series on ab and leg and thigh-revealing poses.)


But the main focus, she said, is on Martin and her two children: Apple, 7, and Moses, 5. She cooks them dinner, she bathes them, she shuttles them to school.


In the interview, she recounts advice she gave an unnamed Hollywood friend who’s married to some other mystery man with an also huge career.


“You have to compromise,” she said. “It’s been all about you and you’re a big deal. And if you want what you’re saying you want —a family—you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what worlds for me and my family.”


To be fair, Martin’s compromising too. He’ll have 10-day family breaks scheduled into his world tour. And she notes that no relationship—not even hers—is perfect.


“I think you do fall in and out of love and you just keep going, and every time you go through a really difficult phase, you rediscover something new and it just gets better,” she added. “We’ve been married for more than eight years now, and we’re still into it.”


Before Martin, Paltrow dated other stars like Brad Pitt (to whom she was briefly engaged) and Ben Affleck. She notes that she has been cheated on (doesn’t mention by whom) and explains that back then she was naïve.


“The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get.  Life is long,” she said. “I have friends who have had an affair. When I was younger I would have said he’s a terrible person or she’s a terrible person. But who made these laws?”


A marriage, she believes, can be reworked and renewed.



Feldman, Emily. "Gwyneth Paltrow's (Not-So-Feminist) Advice for a Happy Marriage" 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 


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By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press – Feb 26, 2012Katalin Eszter Varga, 26-year old perfume sales woman, smiles after winning the Miss Colour Hungary, the country's first beauty contest for wheelchair women in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)Katalin Eszter Varga, 26-year old perfume sales woman, smiles after winning the Miss Colour Hungary, the country's first beauty contest for wheelchair women in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Many beauty queens may wish for world peace, but Hungary's loveliest wheelchair user has a more achievable goal in mind.

In an event unusual for Eastern Europe, the winner of a Hungarian beauty pageant for wheelchair users said Saturday she will be an advocate for improving access conditions for the disabled in the country.

Miss Colours organizer Tibor Kazany said the pageant is the first such event in Europe and will be repeated annually. In the U.S., the first Ms. Wheelchair America pageant was held in 1973.

Katalin Eszter Varga was chosen by a jury from among the eight finalists who rolled on stage in choreographed moves set to music by Maroon 5 and Rihanna and wore dresses from leading Hungarian designer Katti Zoob.

Varga, a 26-year-old perfume saleswoman who has been using a wheelchair for four years, said there is a lot of work to be done in Hungary to improve wheelchair access.

"It's hard to access many buildings, bathrooms for the disabled are badly designed and there are few domestic hotels offering wheelchair access," Varga said after the pageant. "I have many hopes that all this will change."

The finalists, chosen from more than 50 entrants, received personalized services from hair stylists, makeup artists and photographers.

"It was great to be surrounded by professionals and it was wonderful to see us becoming more and more beautiful," said second runner-up Marietta Molnar, who competes in wheelchair fencing and basketball and co-founded Hungary's first competitive rugby team on wheelchairs. "It is important for me to be seen everywhere as a woman, not as just someone in a wheelchair."

Kazany, the event organizer and a wheelchair user himself since a road accident several years ago, said he got the idea for the pageant from his American business partners.

"Our main goal was to show that women in wheelchairs are just as healthy and beautiful as those walking around on two legs," said Kazany, who runs a wheelchair distributor. "You don't have to be sorry for women in wheelchairs because they can be just as healthy and attractive as other women."

Erika Bogan, Ms. Wheelchair America 2010, was expected to be in the Miss Colours jury, but organizers said she was forced to cancel her trip at the last moment for personal reasons. Bogan has been invited back for next year's event.

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