Yesterday (31st March) marked 110 years of life for Annamah Abukutty. Yet, her seemingly old age and disability does not stop her from contributing to society. Born and raised in Thachambadi, India, Annamah brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in Indian traditional herbs when she migrated to the then, Malaya, prior to World War II. Annamah now lives in Batu Gajah, Perak with her family of four children, 17 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Annamah is currently wheelchair-bound and blind in her left eye. Yet, she can converse smoothly in Tamil and Malay, and her memory still serves her well. Her son M. Subramanian, 73, said that despite her age and disability, villagers around her residence and patients have been paying her visits to seek health advice and wisdom in longevity. “She is famously known by people here as ‘Patti Annamah’,” he told BERNAMA. ‘Patti’ in Tamil means ‘grandmother’, a term used to refer to, in this case, Annamah, as she is beloved and respected by those in her community. Besides traditional herbal medicine, people would also seek her services in midwifery, reflexology, and tattooing.
If you’re wondering how she got to live past 100, wait till you hear her secret to longevity! Subramanian shares that her secret was fasting, meditation, and her own homegrown herbs. He mentions that his mother had been very consistent with her routine so that she could rid herself of toxins in her body and maintain her health. “She also used to fast every Monday to remove toxins from her body, but she stopped that practice around 15 years ago,” he added.
Her longevity and achieving the age of 110 captured the attention of the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) recognising her as the oldest woman in Malaysia, thus awarding her an official MBR certificate. MBR CEO Christopher Wong stated that this was in conjunction with Annamah’s 110th birthday this year, confirming that she was also awarded the same title by MBR last year at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. “I have been informed that she is also currently the oldest Malaysian alive,” he added.
Patti Annamah continues to impact society today by having her traditional herbs and medicines repackaged into health products to be sold in the market, according to Annamah’s grandson S. Ezhilan, 41. “The ingredients of all these products are made from traditional herbs by my grandmother and the family has been manually collecting the herbs,” he said.
Now isn’t that amazing! What a strong powerhouse of a lady to be still serving and impacting society at an old age. Congratulations on the award and happy belated birthday to Annamah Abukkutty for turning 110! Her example will be an inspiration to many.