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I am a reg­u­lar reader and no Fri­day is com­plete with­out set­tling down with an is­sue. It’s like not hav­ing a cup of tea or cof­fee in the morn­ing.

My hearti­est thanks to you for pub­lish­ing the ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle ‘Liv­ing longer by the rules’ (July 4). It re­minded me of my grand­fa­ther Mulji­mal Narain­das Ra­goowan­shi, who died in 2008 at the age of 98, and who lived by many of the rules men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle.

He was a strict veg­e­tar­ian and one of the health­i­est people in our fam­ily.

Al­though he never played any sport, he was very fit and could walk faster than me. As a young lad I re­mem­ber be­ing ashamed that I could not keep up with him.

But he would rarely laugh and I don’t think he ever had a cof­fee in his life­time, al­though he oc­ca­sion­ally did have Ara­bic tea.

He was very par­tic­u­lar about hy­giene and en­sured that all the fam­ily mem­bers fol­lowed suit.

He had 13 chil­dren, who now live in the UAE. He loved an­i­mals and used to feed around 10 stray dogs ev­ery day. The bond be­tween him and those dogs was amaz­ing. In fact, from the day he died the dogs stopped com­ing around for food.

He was also a very gen­er­ous and help­ful per­son and did a lot of char­ity work.

One of the great­est lessons I learnt from him is that by keep­ing life sim­ple, we can live a hap­pier, longer life. Thank you so much for bring­ing old mem­o­ries of my late grand­fa­ther – my idol in life.


Thank you, Girish, for your let­ter. We are happy the ar­ti­cle helped rekin­dle fond mem­o­ries. Karen, edi­tor

T he heart-wrench­ing ar­ti­cle about Lily Tur­ley los­ing her 13-year-old son Daryl was very touch­ing (I lost my son, but gained a daugh­ter, July 4).

What was most in­spir­ing was the fact that, in spite of fac­ing such a ter­ri­ble loss, Daryl’s par­ents de­cided to do­nate his or­gans so they could save the lives of five people. Los­ing a child can be dev­as­tat­ing for a par­ent and Lily might have con­tin­ued to grieve with­out think­ing about oth­ers. It is praise­wor­thy that she took this brave step. Also touch­ing is the ges­ture by Cara, the woman who re­ceived Daryl’s liver, to stay in touch with Lily and at­tempt to fill the vac­uum cre­ated by Daryl’s loss.

I think what this ar­ti­cle shows is that the lives of many people can be saved if we are gen­er­ous and self­less enough to take the right de­ci­sions at the right time, no mat­ter how tough the sit­u­a­tion is.

Af­ter read­ing this ar­ti­cle I’ve de­cided to do­nate my eyes. ANUSHA SHARMA, GRADE 7, DELHI PRI­VATE SCHOOL, SHAR­JAH

Giv­ing a per­son the power to see is an amaz­ing gift, Anusha.

T he fea­ture ‘Do you have “grass is greener” syn­drome’ (July 4) made for an en­gag­ing read. Hu­man be­ings are never sat­is­fied with what they have. Their crav­ings are lim­it­less and as­pi­ra­tions bound­less.

People be­lieve they would be hap­pier in a dif­fer­ent set of cir­cum­stances and long to be in other people’s shoes. Even when they have a rock-solid re­la­tion­ship, lu­cra­tive ca­reer, lux­u­ri­ous home and enough wealth, what some­one else has ap­pears bet­ter and rosier.

But greener grass is noth­ing but an il­lu­sion. No­body and noth­ing is per­fect. Learn­ing to be happy with what one has is the mantra of ac­com­plish­ing in­ner sat­is­fac­tion. It is about time that we re­alise that “the grass is greener where it is wa­tered and tended”.


I agree, Jayashree. That last line says it all.

Dr Davis Agus’s rules for longevity re­mind a reader of his gran­dad, who lived to 98

Lily Turler’s (left) de­ci­sion to do­nate her late son’s (Daryl, be­low) or­gans to save oth­ers, in­spires a reader

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