The victories brought Manohar Aich fame but no money. Aich set up a physical fitness club — Studio de Physique — in Kolkata. Later he dismantled it and re-established it at his residence in 1959. “It takes time for a physical fitness club to become popular in Baguihati (then a remote suburb not connected with Kolkata), even if it is run by Manohar Aich,” his daughter says.
With no steady income in place, Aich returned to ‘showbiz’, performing in circuses — International Circus and Oriental Circus among others — and earning anywhere between Rs 1,500 and Rs 3,000 (then a princely sum). He even set up his own Biswasree Circus, but without much luck.
Though he tried his hand as an instructor at the newly set up Sports Association of India, he returned to where his heart lay — training youngsters at his fitness studio, now renamed Aich Vyayam Mandir.
Aich and wife Jyuthika had two sons and two daughters, and the family responsibilities grew. “Finances were tough. But we never felt the constraints, perhaps because our mother was an expert in managing household finances,” Bani says.
Today, Aich’s elder son runs a gym from his residence (in the same area), while daughter Bani is married to Aich’s one-time ‘prodigy’ Rajdulal Banerjee.
Despite opposition from his family, Aich decided to enter politics and contested as a BJP candidate during the 1991-92 Lok Sabha elections. He lost the election, but the family took it in its stride.
The death of his wife in 2002, however, proved a big blow. “But gradually he recovered from the loss,” In life he always follow rule : Do exercise and remain happy