Birthday milestones for residents at care home
Two care home residents who came to the city from India celebrated important birthdays as well as the start of 2013 on New Year's Day.
Amrutben Karia celebrated her 100th birthday at Herrick Lodge care home in Belgrave, Leicester, alongside Ramaben Hindocha, who turned 101.
Keen to keep up with the times, Mrs Karia received a smart phone for her birthday.
Daughter Geeta Chandarana, 67, of Belgrave, said: "When I asked my mum what she would like for her birthday, she said she wanted a smart phone so she could have an app called the Talking Tom Cat on it.
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"She was first shown it by one of the carers at the home and was amazed at how much technology had moved on, and after using the app, she was hooked."
Mrs Karia was born in India, but moved to the Ugandan capital of Kampala after she married husband, Ramjibhai.
She moved to the UK with her family in 1972, and lived in Belgrave before moving to the care home in Orchardson Avenue in 1999. Mr Karia passed away in 1981.
With the help of her daughter and staff at the home, she has begun to learn English.
The 100-year-old said she put her ripe old age down to her doctor's care and the support of staff at the home.
She said: "I would like to thank God for giving me such a kind and caring daughter in Geeta.
"I truly believe I am still here today because God has blessed me with these caring people in my life.
"I still don't believe I am 100 though, I feel like I am 80 at most – but, of course, a lady never reveals her true age."
Fellow resident Ramaben Hindocha shared the celebrations, turning 101 on Tuesday.
Staff at the home said Mrs Hindocha was born in India, but they did not know much about her life before she moved into the home nine years ago.
Carer Niru Singh said: "She is a bubbly person and what I do know is she used to do a lot of charity work. She is Hindu and used to go to the temple a lot to cook food for others, and would invite people to her home for dinner – she liked to look after people."