A globe-trotting grandfather recently celebrated his 103rd birthday at a Sanctuary Care home in Leicester.
Born in Sarbhon Vadoli, in the Indian state of Gujarat, Jagabhai spent his early years training to be a carpenter.
After marrying late wife Rewaben and having sons Khandu, Bhana and Ishwer, the couple moved to Tanzania, where they lived for 25 years and had children Damyanti and Bipin.
Jagabhai had a terrible carpentry accident, losing three fingers, so taught himself to use his tools and write with his left hand.
He struggled to find work and in 1971 the couple and son Bipin moved thousands of miles to Leicester.
Jagabhai found work fitting windows and when their children had grown up he and his wife continued to travel all over the world.
Their only surviving children, sons Bipin and Bhana, joined their father to celebrate his birthday at the home, where he has lived for five years.
Bipin said: “My father is a very quiet person – nothing really troubles him. He has a one-hour siesta after lunch which could be the reason for his long life.”
Jagabhai said: “I have been lucky enough to see many wonderful sights from across the globe in my life and I think staying as active as possible has kept me going over the years - and of course, having my wonderful family around me.”
The home’s deputy manager Krishna Patel- Mohan said: “Mr Lala is an absolutely wonderful man and when he smiles you can see he has a real appreciation for life."