Health is wealth

Introduction

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

  Success Story :  Example of a transformation

Busy hours at the bus station, in the rush hour I happen to meet Sunil.  A nearly immobile huge body, Sunil Kumar didn’t slow his activities. He came out of the Manipal Medical Center and was looking for a bus. He had a handful of X Ray reports and Scan Results with a heap of prescriptions  in his Bag. “Do you know the bus to Peenya industrial estate?”

“No sir. I don’t . In fact I am two days old to this place”, I said with a blank expression on my face.

“Oh. That’s Ok. I am here for over a month, but I am still not clear with the places. You see”, he smiled as he  tried  to  clean the dust on the seat to keep his heap of documents.

“Huh, You are older to me in this place.  But still we both don’t know the place at all”
“No issues.  We can ask the guy sitting there for your bus address. He might help us.”, I said pointing to an old person sitting beneath a banyan tree next  to the bus stop.

In a few moments things worked and he got the exact bus numbers to his destination.  We were happier and friendly.

“Are these for your grandparent(s)”, I asked the young man looking at the bunch of X Ray reports.

“Not  at all. These are mine.  I have back pain”, said the man in his twenties.

“Oh, I see?”
“By the way I am Arun, I work as a Business Analyst for a Software Firm In Cochin.  How about you?
“I work as a developer for an IT firm in Mysore for the past few years.  I am having an active life though my back hurts sometimes.”

He told me about the active days of his college life.  “I always thought good about being massive, it meant health to me and my family.”

Despite his denials, Sunil had a major problem, primarily his unhealthy relationship with food and the sedentary lifestyle. By the time he left college, he already had high cholesterol.

Sooner his careless attitude towards health resulted in a stroke one day. Till then he never realized the importance of healthy diet and food habits.

It was then that his body simply left him.

“I went into anaphylactic shock,”
“For several days I was a vegetable”
“My body just couldn’t take it anymore. I was putting in things as if it were a dust bin though. So I decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery.”

It was a turning point in his life.

“I started to realize the importance of my body.  I realized that I am not a machine.  I wanted to spend more time for myself.”

Years later Sunil is a fairly active guy today. Though he stopped playing games and quit the Job.  But he enjoyed his new role as a Fitness expert and Diet Counselor.   
What made this change around in his Life?

“I believe I am active and live a healthy life today. I face no problems”, Sunil says.  At 35, Sunil has also made a serious commitment to exercise and good health.

“Why are we facing health related issues despite the fact that we have achieved so much in science?”, he knew the answer to it.

Though initially he set modest goals like walking or jogging a few kms daily morning, he soon began weight training and improved his passion for fitness into a serious part of his life. He became friends with athletes and trainers.  He decided to make nutritional counseling a serious career.

There was content in my mind having met this man.  I now know that well being has to start with in our self.

It left me with answers I was seeking for long.  

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A look at the modern day practical issues gives us the hint, Our life style generates stress, psychological and emotional insecurities.

How do we then achieve fitness or well being?   Today as we become more and more sophisticated, we tend to move away from nature.  We need to learn it’s not the years in our count it’s the life, it’s the life in your years.

The solution may lie in having a balanced nutrition, stress management, lifestyle changes and meditation.  It all sounds easy but to reach a goal like what sunil has achieved is commendable.

The rewards for making these changes are endless, but it’s beginning that’s so difficult.

 

Lifestyle and change

What you will wish, “I will start dieting from next week and do exercises, see the results.”

But how does one come to know that one needs a lifestyle change.  Have a look at what you do currently and see for yourselves how you spend your time.  Living healthy means spending  more time and energy on your body.

If you  like

* Eating out at restaurants

* Drinking alcohol

* Eating fast food or junk foods

* Sitting in front of a computer

* Staying up late/not getting enough sleep

Or do you spend your time

* Cooking for yourselves, eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains

* Dealing with stress in a healthy way

* Checking your weight and calories in the food

* Being active in general (taking the stairs, walking instead of driving, gardening, cleaning, etc.)

* Doing exercises and talking about health

* Strength training for all muscle groups with challenging weights

It’s time to reevaluate your priorities and decide what you really want for yourself.

Momos in August.

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When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

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@ Mumbai :  

 Mr Krishna  More lost his Passprt two months back.  After making ten rounds of the government departments, they finally are ready to issue him another passport.  A constable comes to his Home address at noon time.  Loudspeakers were blasting out support for Anna Hazare in the Locality.   “Is it Krishna Kumar?”
“Your passport is ready for issue, verified and corrected”
“Okay thank you  sir, When shall i collect it?”, asks Krishna Kumar.
“You can get it now if you generously give me something for ‘Chai-Paani’  (…typical Indian term for bribe ..).
“Why are you standing out,  Please come in and have a cup of tea with us. I will ask them to make a cup of tea for you”, Krishna invites the constable into his home.
“nako baba, i dont need your tea, chai- pani meant give me 500 Indian rupees
“hey raja yeh to corruption he yaar, I will not give you even a single rupee extra”
“then now come to passport office, i will see you there”, angrily reverted the constable and left.

His parents were frigthened by the attitude of  a  public servant, public arrogant.

Constable Name : Mr . Jogesh Pal .  Let us call him, Jog Pal or Joke Pal.  Who will fight for Krishna More against this Joke Pal.  

@ Hosur : “Hey Anna, gaana bajaare.” told Ramkri to the hotelwaala.   Anna is an old man, who has been running the hotel from time before India’s Independence

“Why is anna hazardous cracker kept on the table,  why they put  rubbish news”,  Ramkri threw away the newspaper into the corner.  “Same old news everyday, Angry young man rapes a silly young girl,  MMS of Jhansi Girl Ragini is released in town.   Old pensioner died at the pension head quarters, waiting for the third year.  Poor farmer hanged himself after a Loan from State bank(s),   Opposition party is sitting on a dharna.   University is passing a rich man’s son. ”

“Cheap publicity, otherwise no one will read their paper”, said Nautanki Lal.  “Hey Anna, who is Robert Vadawaala”
“Is he Sonia Gandhi’s son in law,  Why she marry her beautiful daugther to this rag picker yaar?”

“Fate man , its pure fate.  I told my son to start a Metal business so many years back, but he didnt do. ”

The waiter cleaned the table, put a glass of clean water and put the radio on,  Old  JVC  radio cassette recorder.   No FM Radio works only the AM (short wave),  so its like serious dry old radio programs from AIR.    More news always. 

Anna Hazare is released from detention,  this is the main headline in the country today.  To our listeners,  coming up next is the request from Souparnika,  her song dedicated for her lover Sudheesh.”

“sudheesh is so lucky that his girl friend dedicates him such lovely songs”,

“what songs, in our times we had still better songs, vande mataram was my favorite ,  it used to pump up energy”
“Now also pumps up,  but some other things are pumped up when you see new cinemas, ”

“hahaha ….”
To improve India(n) what to do?
@ work  place :  An american adult is not bothered about sluts(also guys & gays) walking nude in streets(even sitting next to him(her))  because (s)he might have had enough of it.  During working hours,  (S)he works as an adult and finishes the assigned task in work time.
  A  Indian will spend half or even more of his/ Her time dreaming about a Non existent slut near him(her).  He will be obsessed with sex most of the time.  
“If i were born in america, i could have had sex with few girls,  there it is so openly available,  why not in India. I am not finiding it anywhere.  Why are indians not open”

Rakshak Singh is a driver who stays away from his wife for long intervals.  He knows the desparation.

“It takes years to hang Kasab, months to arrest Kalmadi but minutes to arrest Anna. What democratic country India is. “,  Rakshak Singh shouted from his truck after asking anna for a Strong Tea.  He is a driver on the National Hiighway. 

A famous song started playing in the speakers.  

“angrez ne hamaari BAND bajaayi,   WHITE DHOTHI ne unki band bajaayi… ..KHAKI UNDERWEAR me nikale kuch …kuch ne PINK CHADDI dikhaayi  .  sab ne public ko to ghanta dikhaaya…  ab  hey Anna tu gaana bajaare.  ”

Anna was a freedom fighter, he remembers seeing Gandhi as a kid.  “Yes, Gandhi had the guts.  He was staunch.  He put no special clothes on”

“He said India is a KarmaBhumi, India is not a BhogaBhumi,  unlike our politicians who divided  india into Banga Bhumi, Dravida Bhumi and Kashmira Bhumi etc ..”
 “Every where you have regionalism,   a  Kannadiga will not entertain Malayalee at his place, a Marathi will think of regionalism,  A gujarathi will think its better to hire only gujarathis at his work place etc..”

Rakshak Singh knows that his Ashok Leyland Truck needs some rest.    For that Anna’s Old Motel is the best rest place.

Anna’s grandchildren all study in Bangalore, away from his village.  “They are “modern indians”.”, says Anna.

What are the modern Indians doing today? Infact they do the same thing every day.

“Are you free today, I thought if you are free, we can go for a momo in the evening”.  Thats the sms , good morning comes to Manju first in her mobile phone.  Modern Indians cannot live without mobile phones.  

“Come I will treat you Momos today”  next sms.  
“No yaar, I am going to attend the Slutwalk today. We can have momos next week. okie” , reply.

Sampath was in the ayurvedic treatment center for 14 days.  He has changed a lot, he felt relaxed after a long time.  He loves chicken fried.   During the ayurveda treatment he was refrained from using a laptops and mobile phone.    “Whats this slutwalk”
I heard new Skywalk is coming here, but what is this Slutwalk.  Let me google it today.

“I prefer chicken momos,  Oh but let me take permission from Abhishek.  By the way, where is Abhishek now a days.”

An sms to Bhavana,  “Get scared! Get really, really scared! And then tell us: What’s your favorite paranormal movie of all time?”  from Arun.

Indian Parliament in INOX Digital” , She replies to him.

Manju’s inbox also gets the next unread sms from Sampath.  Last year this time she remembers going with shovana to shivaji nagar to eat momos for the first time in her life.  That was an experiment and they ordered for Veg momos.  She never liked the taste thereafter,  but wanted to taste Chicken momos.

Abhishek is her husband.   He goes out for business on long trips.  This time he has gone to cochin.  Theirs was a love marriage.

Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool

She feels all alone even after the marriage.   “what should i do, i feel depressed all the time “.
To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.