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.