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Health is wealth. Who said it?

I am looking for the name of the person (read genius) who said, “Health is wealth”. For me, he/she is more important than Marx, Aristotle and Tagore. Everything pales, looks insignificant if you don’t have health. A succulent mutton biryani will taste insipid if you are not in good health.  My mother-in-law says her mother (my grand mother-in-law whom I have never met) used to always say “The best way to leave this world is while you are enjoying a meal, wearing your favourite clothes and talking to your loved ones.” I completely agree with Kalumutti’s (that’s how she’s being referred to) wise words.

I have spent a lot of time in hospitals — running around depressing corridors. I have  waited for hours in front of the doctor’s chambers holding my loved ones’ medical reports in my hand. I have walked into hospitals with tears in my eyes. I have walked out of the  the hospital’s elevator with my mother’s lifeless body on a stretcher. I dread visiting hospitals.

I feel very strongly about India’s pathetic health-care. I feel very angry about the super-expensive private hospitals that look like luxurious hotels. I feel angry about the way we are dealing with health-care making the best available only for the super rich. At the same times,  I feel super rich when I am healthy and when my loved ones are healthy. There’s no greater joy than this.

And here’s to the genius who said health is wealth.


About Deepika Sahu

I earn my living through writing stories, editing what other people write (in simple terms I am a journalist). I dream of opening a cafeteria in the mountains, owning a beach home on the shores of Bay of Bengal... but right now, they all seem like wild dreams.. A gypsy at heart --- am passionate about life, music, words, cooking for people I love, soaking in the lashing rain and just looking at the changing colours of the sky.... And I am a great fan of the Indian Railways and I long to travel in First Class AC coupe across India.....with my man

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