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Panacea For Healthy Living

Updated on December 22, 2016

The cab man

Meeting the Poor Yet Healthy Man

I was looking for a taxi to take my wife to the family physician. After a long wait I could trace a vacant cab but there was no driver in it. I searched frantically as we needed an urgent consultation with the physician. I briskly walked up to the nearby shops to enquire about the cabman who I thought was in search of a restaurant. A strongly built young man in his forties with a clean shaven face and smartly attired waved at me. As the man was found to be busy I inched forward and when I was confirmed that he was the driver I asked him to take us to the chamber immediately when he said “Look I am now taking my breakfast. Wait a jiffy and I shall go soon”. Finding no other alternative I decided to wait and watch how the man was so busy then. He was eating handmade bread with vegetables and fruit neatly kept in a lunch box. The only thing he took from the shop was tea and that too specially made.

Walk For A Fuller Life

A Healthy Life Style

As he occupied his seat in the car he switched on the stereo to listen to the ever green songs and began his journey again. I felt enticed to ask him “Why don’t you take your food easily from the shops instead of making such special elaborate arrangements”. His face lit up and he replied “Look I may be a driver working for not less than 15-16 hours daily but I have learnt how to maintain my health and keep fit. So I make my own food in my house, neatly pack them and eat during the trips. I also keep enough water so that I do not have to drink outside. Further I keep sufficient stock of biscuits. I do deep breathing exercise regularly and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol" I was totally stunned by his pragmatic choice to take only healthy food and discard fast food and impure water by all means.

Inclination to Learn But Family Members Defy

As my wife was listening to such conversation with rapt attention she chipped in “So your wife must be very busy preparing your special food before you set out for work”. “Not at all, Madam. My wife and daughter are very much against my choice. They insist that I should take food available in the shops without having any qualms about them. They all love fast food and want me to join their brigade as the practice though expensive means a lot of saving in terms of time and physical labour. When I return home at night and wish to take rest and eat homemade food they like me instead to visit the nearby market and fetch readymade foodstuff, very crispy and mouthwatering for them but very injurious to health.”. When my wife asked him again “Why don’t you teach them the good habits and how to live healthily:” he grimaced clearly when he said “I have spoken to them in details but they are not interested in such lectures. Actually they are learning these bad habits from their association with like minded house wives and girls who will only repent when they will contract diseases.” At this I again inquired without hinting at his academic qualifications ''How have you learnt such good lifestyle and practices when you don’t appear to have much time to read books or periodicals . But he took that seriously and replied “Do you think only books and degrees make one a very educated and learned person? I have dropped out before entering college but have gathered a lot by mixing with educated persons like you. I carry large number of commuters daily of which many are well versed in different subjects. My job is to silently listen to their wise words. When two physicians discuss how we indulge in unhealthy practices I actually benefit from such educative discourse after all. Further when they argue over any subject I can have an idea of different opinions on the matter and I am enriched without having to unnecessarily join in such arguments. But time has come when I am now confident to debate on any subject. Only yesterday I heard two teachers discussing how to teach English at home. I tried to bring home the idea to my daughter who vehemently opposed telling me to mind my own business as I am not fit to give them such advice. But what they missed in the process of such stern refusal is the idea I had wished to convey and the subject which I think is very useful. While knowing full well that cigarette smoking is injurious to health why should I indulge in such a bad habit?

Avoid Junk Food

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Pranayama For Health

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Need for Minimum Good Habits

While giving compliments to the poor driver I began to think over the social menace that is affecting every part of the globe as men and women are in general not very conscious about their health and want to defy salutary advices from their elders. The sad result is poor health and untimely death after being affected by a number of ailments. The sooner they are prepared to take such good advice the better for them and the society. Without dwelling much on the rift among the family members over the choice of food I have tried to pin point the main areas where the attention of us is lacking:

  1. Regular medical check up to ensure that there’s is no major health problem. Even if there remains any possibility its early detection might help in arresting aggravation and cure.

  2. Intake of healthy food in time and avoiding junk food as far as possible. Leaning too much on spicy tasty fast food might prove fatal in the long run.

  3. Getting rid of smoking habit http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-NOT-TO-SMOKE-MY-EXPERIENCE

  4. Avoiding too much of wine, red meat

  5. Regular physical exercise like walking, yoga. Pranayama etc

  6. Sufficient sleep

  7. Hobbies to enjoy life fully http://arunkanti.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-TO-ENJOY-LIFE-FULLY

Although there are other good habits to follow for a very healthy regime it may not be possible for some people to go through all these regularly. But one should try to adhere to the beneficial habits as far as feasible to keep fit and lead precious life in a healthy way and fight off diseases easily.

Reverting again to the taxi driver if he can manage to avoid junk food and lead a normal healthy life enjoying undisturbed sleep without any tension why cannot we give a thought to our personal health matters and take a few essential measures so that we can enjoy life fully and do not fall prey to diseases easily?



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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Ardhendu-The office goers generally tend to spend a lot of time sitting down and not moving. They become increasingly sedentary in later life. But I have seen people doing desk jobs, their feet twitching. We may do some physical exercise during the recess period like the Japanese. In fact one should go for minimum good habits as a routine practice. Thank you very much for your excellent comment which is a powerful spur to action! Wish you all the best.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Ann1Az2 -We hear a lot about the need for healthy life style and food habit. But how many of us follow such practices as a part of daily routine? Actually what we lack is perseverance. In stead of giving any advice I have tried to drive home the message though a conversational style, for a change. Thank you very much and I am glad that you have liked the hub.

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      Ardhendu Dey 3 years ago from Jamshedpur

      Today's desk bound lifestyle has hardly left any time for carrying out all these activities. But it is absolutely essential that all these activities given by you are followed on a regular basis, if we want to remain healthy and fit. Wonderfully written.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      More of us should write about healthy eating habits, Arun. This is a job well done. Not only do you say volumes about healthy eating, but you also drive home the point that it would do us all good to pay attention to our elders. Well done and voted up.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Sunil-Thank you very much my friend for stopping by, commenting so nicely and sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      This is a wonderful article and needs to be read and appreciated by all people, who are health conscious. Your tips are fine and helping. Voted up and Shared. Thanks for the post.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      FlourishAnyway -It is deeply ingrained in my nature to bring home any point to others by setting examples and story telling. I was very successful to teach a village boy rudiments of English and Arithmetic by taking him along on long walks conversing with him while teaching easily (My hub-The Parting Gift). Thank you very much for your nice comments which are stimulating.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You have a very conversational style that I enjoy reading. I like how you have chosen to convey your point through storytelling and agree with an art that charming is a good way to describe it. Voted up and more.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      midget38-Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving such comments which are encouraging.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Chitrangada- I always appreciate your visit and comments which only give me the necessary impetus to write again.

      Thank you very much and I look forward to reading your hubs..

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful, useful tips, Arun!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a clever way to send an important message to the readers!

      The usefulness of this hub is this that your story is so engrossing that the message has to be conveyed very effectively.

      Well done and voted up!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      teaches12345-Thank you for your visit and positive comments, God bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I believe keeping one in tune with peaceful choices, eathing right, and exercise are what makes life better. Great read and suggestions for this type of living. God bless you.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Devika - With your positive frame of mind and inclination for natural products it is no surprise for me that you have liked the message of the hub. Thank you and wish you all the best.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The natural outlook on life means more to me and you have showed that here

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      manatita44- In your quest for true spiritual enlightenment as you are very much into the process of uplifting or inspiring the light in others it is no surprise that you will be with me when I have tried to instil a few ideal lifestyle practices among the people who are lured by ads and wrong advices. Hailing from East Pakistan now Bangladesh perhaps I am indirectly blessed by the the great Spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy and you may like to read my hubs particularly on Sona uncle, an ascetic person. to know the message I wish to convey. Thank you very much. God bless.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      I do agree! I was taught this by Sri Chinmoy himself, my Guru. So bring it on, my Friend. No problem here, I like it. Thanks for the sentiments.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      manatita44-You are a gifted writer with great hubs. But you will agree that while presenting a real life incident one has to make the story more interesting to reach the readers and bring home to them the necessary information and advice. Thank you very much for reading and making such positive comments. God bless.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      annart-I am completely overwhelmed by your kind words. Thank you very much. God bless.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Well-written article and a nice way of teaching. I suspect that you either made it up or embellished it a little. So what? All good stuff. I commend you here. Great healthy video.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I would add 'charming' to the votes if I could; your writing begs to be read, it is so graceful.

      What is Pranayama? I presume it is a specific approach to exercise or breathing or something similar - am I right?

      The secondary message in this hub seems to be the importance of listening; the taxi driver listening to his clients and the daughters not listening to him! He wins.

      This is a delightful hub with an important message. Voted up, interesting and sharing.

      Ann