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THE IN­TER­VIEW WITH AMITABH BACHCHAN was very im­pres­sive. (‘There’s noth­ing I’d like to have changed in my life’, Oc­to­ber 16). For an ac­tor to be at the top of his game for such a long time is incredible, but what is even more re­mark­able is that he does not take his fame and achieve­ments for granted and con­tin­ues to work with the same ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm that he dis­played when he started out al­most five decades ago. Hats off to him.

Alok Ku­mar, via email

BIG B IS A SU­PER­STAR who does not need any in­tro­duc­tion. He truly is an iconic per­son­al­ity and one of the great­est ac­tors Bol­ly­wood has pro­duced. More than four-and-a-half decades and 180 films later, he’s still in high de­mand, carv­ing a niche in the glam­orous world of Hindi cin­ema not just with his com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and con­vic­tion, but his tal­ent too.

He has mes­merised cin­ema-go­ers with his towering per­sona, rich bari­tone, charisma, histri­on­ics and amaz­ing screen pres­ence. At 73, he is an in­spi­ra­tion to the thou­sands of ac­tors try­ing to es­tab­lish a name for them­selves.

Jayashree Kulka­rni, Abu Dhabi

THIS WEEK’S IS­SUE ON var­i­ous as­pects of healthy eat­ing and diet was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I was par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nated by the first-per­son ac­count of Jenni Rus­sell (‘Hunger Games’, Oc­to­ber 16) on how fast­ing has cured her of sev­eral health-re­lated prob­lems and helped her deal with the af­ter­math of can­cer.

I’ve al­ways known that fast­ing is a great way to detox but never knew that it works as a cure. Med­i­cal sci­ence needs to fo­cus on its heal­ing prop­er­ties so that life­style dis­eases that have reached epi­demic pro­por­tions can be bet­ter man­aged, if not cured al­to­gether.

Claire T, via email

I SUF­FER FROM A SLUG­GISH ME­TAB­O­LISM, be­cause of which my en­ergy lev­els are gen­er­ally quite low. Re­cently, a friend rec­om­mended that I give fast­ing a try. I ate only raw fruits, veg­eta­bles and nuts the whole day, with­out any car­bo­hy­drates and dairy prod­ucts. And the next day, I felt to­tally trans­formed.

I was not only in a good mood the whole day, my en­ergy lev­els were amaz­ing too – I felt I had the vigour of a teenager. I plan on check­ing with my doc­tor if I can do it more of­ten.

So when I read the ar­ti­cle on fast­ing or eat­ing just 300 calo­ries a day un­der a doc­tor’s su­per­vi­sion, I was con­vinced of its ben­e­fits. Could you sug­gest an in­dica­tive diet chart in the fu­ture as well?

Thank you, Fri­day, for high­light­ing such a rel­e­vant trend.

Ra­jesh Venkat, via email

Fast­ing – a med­i­cal mir­a­cle that has largely been ig­nored?

Our read­ers ad­mire the Big B’s re­luc­tance to slow down de­spite turn­ing 73

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