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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.
GIRISH RAGOOWANSHI, DUBAI
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”.
JAYASHREE KULKARNI, ABU DHABI
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