Swami Sivananda was born in India and a passport holder mentioning his date of birth on August 8, 1896.
The 123 year old man earned new fans as he arrives for three-day visit in the UAE.
However, this has come to debate if the man is really the oldest person alive. Social media users reacted in curiousness, “a mistake”, “not more than 70”, “looks like only 90 years”, and “maximum within 100.”
Sivananda flew from his native city of Kolkata to London. The staff were surprisingly amazed by the passenger’s date of birth and he was walking around unassisted.
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi airport, the airline welcomed Sivananda as he arrived in the country. “As long as you’re fit to fly, there really is no age limit to air travel. Etihad flies people of all ages every day, from the youngest infants to centenarians, and we are committed to ensuring that all our guests are well-looked after,” the airline spokesperson stated.
Sivananda could be the oldest person alive if his passport’s data is true. Meanwhile, the Guinness World Records shows that the verified oldest living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, living for 116 years and 278 days as of October 7.
Furthermore, Sivananda’s close aide, Sanjoy Sarvajana shared a glimpse of 123 year old daily life, “He sticks to a diet that a poor man can afford and Sivananda is a regular yoga practitioner, eats very less and never takes milk or fruits.”