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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 October, 2003, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
In pictures: Ancient Indian's Mecca dream
Jaipur street
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Habib Miyan lives in one of Jaipur's poorest neighbourhoods - he's drawn a pension for 65 years and says he's 132.
Storytelling
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His tales of ancient times draw many listeners.
Receiving pension
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Watched by relatives, he receives his monthly pension of 1,900 rupees ($40).
Haj form
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Habib Miyan is booked to make the journey to Mecca in December - paid for by a BBC News Online reader.
Examining prayer cap
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Examining his new prayer cap - part of many purchases for the pilgrimage of a lifetime.
With great-great grandson
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Habib Miyan with his great-great grandson - the old man has lived through five generations.
Praying
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Praying to repay a stranger's kindness, thousands of miles away.
Lying down
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Habib Miyan enjoys a breather before embarking on his dream of a lifetime.





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