Mangalore: The Secret to Centenarian Clementina's Longevity

Aug 6, 2008
Pics: Prajwal Ukkuda

Mulki : Celebrating your 100th birthday in the company of one's children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren is but a distant dream for many of us given the times we live in. 

However, Clementina Aimen of Mulky is living her dream, so to say. Clementina will complete a 100 years on Wednesday, August 6. Her family, consisting of six children, 34 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. is now spread all over the globe from New Zealand to Bahrainto Dubai to Goa, Bangalore, and Mumbai.   

The key to her long life is natural food, daily work, and an unpolluted environment. Her daughter Manorama says that rice and fish or some vegetable curry is their regular food. Clementina likes to have oats at 10 am, rice and curry at 1 pm, as well as biscuits and horlicks at 4 pm.   The elderly lady is  also known for her country medicines which she learnt from her father in her birthplace of  Malpe in Udupi.  She has treated many people with local herbs.

This centenarian has also been a midwife, delivering more than a hundred babies. She also delivered her granddaughter Sheba Samuel in Bangalore in 1969 to the surprise of  neighbours there who couldn't imagine a delivery without a hospital in the city.

Yet another fact about Clementina is that she was  fond of eating the buds of many local plants and aloe vera.  Manorama reveals that her mother is a social worker too and has distributed medicines free of cost and made house visits for midwifery. She never bothered about the caste or creed of those who sought her help, adds Manorama.

Once, nearly eight years ago, Clementina, had to spend three days in the forest near her house without food or water. Her family was shocked to find her missing and even more astonished when they discovered that she had survived the ordeal well, despite lack of nourishment. 

They found that  she had made a bed of hay for herself in the paddy fields by cutting the grass neatly with a sickle. This incident is just another testament to the good health and physical strength Clementina enjoys to this day. 

Her husband Dharmapal, whom she married in 1925, was a weaver and also a sexton at the local CSI church for 20 years. He died at age 68, in the year 1964. Clementina recently participated in two grand celebrations— the  50th wedding anniversary of Manorama and Henry which was celebrated last November and the 60th wedding anniversary of her other daughter Jasmine Soans, held two months ago. 

When  told that she would be completing a century on Wednesday, Clementina remarked, 'andaa?' ('really') in Tulu. She even sang a Tulu hymn when requested for a song and concluded by invoking the Lord's blessings on all. Such is 100-year-old Clementina!

by Melka Miyak - Daijiworld Media Network
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Comment on this article

  • Suraj Lobo, Mlore/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 09 2008

    Congratulations to the Centenarian !! Happy Birthday and Many Many Happy Returns of the Day !! May you have many many more !! I also take this oppurtunity to wish her daughter, Aunty Iris a long and healthy life. She is very much a reflection of her mother's qualities, loving and caring, which i personally experienced during my stay as a PG at her residence in Blore.

  • violet Mohan, Pakshikere

    Sat, Aug 09 2008

    Congratulations to Mrs. Clementina and the family. Wish many more happy years.

  • Bernie & Edwin, Perth, Australia

    Fri, Aug 08 2008

    To Iris & Jonnah, Congratulations on this special celebration of your Mom's 100th birthday. Truly reflects the abundant life she has lead to reach this milestone. May the Lord bless her and give her good health to live many more years amongst her children, grand-children and great grand-children. Regards, Edwin, Bernie, Cookie & Nicki

  • Lona, Dubai

    Thu, Aug 07 2008

    Noorane Hootu Habbada shubashayagalu.

  • Gilbert D'Souza, Pakshikere/ U.S.A.CA.

    Thu, Aug 07 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS I wish good luck to clementina's family, specialy her daughter wellknown social worker Manakka,Henry &Ruby

  • Gilbert D'Souza, Pakshikere/ U.S.A.CA.

    Thu, Aug 07 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS I wish good luck to clementina's family, specialy her daughter wellknown social worker Manakka,Henry & Ruby

  • Jane Tauro, Mangalaore

    Thu, Aug 07 2008

    Happy 100th Birthday respected Clementine! Wish you good health & cheer forever! I consider myself to be fortunate to be able to wish a wonderful lady on her 100th Birthday. Thanks to Daijiworld for the extremely rare opportunity! We are all God's children & hence related! :)

  • Naveen d costa ( CHINA ), Kirem/Aikala

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Congratulations dear amma, many many happy returns of the day, may you have many more b 'days

  • Neil Maben, Mulki/Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Congratulations Ajjamma. We still remember the herbal medicines ajjamma used to give,and the medicinal plants she used to describe, Great!

  • Roshan Dsouza, Sacheripete/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Good to see you, many people say good people pass way soon, but it is not true, May the Great GOD, whom we all belongs, add strength, heath, happiness and peace.

  • Domnic Savio Viegas, Cortalim, Goa/Bahrain

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    I am a total stranger to this family but after reading the article I couldn't keep myself from writing. I wish this great lady a happy birthday and pray that the alimighty keep her in good health. Centenarian keep smiling God really loves you alot. Wishes to all your family members and have a wonderful day. God Bless You

  • Richard Kotian, Malpe/dubai

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Praise to God, What a blessed family.Happy birthday Ajjamma.

  • Amos ( Baby), Udupi

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Dear Great Ajjamma, Wish you happy B'day, LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS you.

  • shalet pinto, kinnigoli

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Congratulations dear amma, many many happy returns of the day, may you have many more b 'days

  • Wilma Farias, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Happy b'day,May God showers His more blessings upon u.Have a great day!

  • Jerry Moras, Kuppepadauv / Canada

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Long live Clementina and we wish you another 100 years to...

  • Jessie Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Dear Dear Great Clementina Aimen, Hearty Congratulations! What a great celebration!! God has been really kind & merciful to you, granting 100 years of happy living itself is a concrete living evidence. May the Lord bless you & keep you under His care. May He continue to bless you to be a blessing to your dear family & all those around you. You have done wonderful social work, what more than to help in delivering the babies who needed help.

    May God bless you. Dear Iris/Jonah, Sheba, Toby & all family members, kindly accept our congrats on this great celebration of your dear Mom. Undoubtedly, all of you have contributed for her success life someway or the other. Enjoy the celebration, Have a Bash!! With all the best wishes Philip & Jessie Rodrigues

  • Stanley Karkada, Mangalore/ U.S.A

    Wed, Aug 06 2008

    Happy B'day, God Bless you.

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