By Bhupesh Chandra Karmakar
A Healthy Lifestyle
A retired man, who wants to hit the old age milestone, wants to keep it all as long as he wants. He realised as hard work and discipline are essential in life, but diet is important to improve. He, who is proud to have survived so long, was never ashamed of being old in his environment. Though old age is accompanied by aches and pains, but at 81 he actually feels very happy. After retirement, he always remained healthy with a sound mind which is the secret of his long life. Good nutrition is an important part to lead a healthy lifestyle, because body requires brain. Eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help to maintain weight. People who exercise regularly can live few years longer than those who are really inactive. Physical activity and good food can reduce risk of chronic diseases and promote our health. A healthy lifestyle, which has a lifelong effect, helps to improve and keep our health most active. The retired man, who was struggling in his childhood, is far happier than he was in his young life. Every time, he found that in difficult moments one can understand meaning of family. He, who is a lucky person always remains happy to travel to foreign countries with his family. He, who travelled to foreign countries had experience in his life meeting new people every day. He is fortunate to have a habit to write because his mental faculties remain in working order. Though he never fears death, but he regrets that lingering illness may be a burden on his family!
A Childhood Remembrance
I was born more than eighty years ago in a remote village of an Island to proud goldsmith parents. It was a nice and lovely village, because the sound of fluttering leaves filled the mind with aliveness. My mother died at a very young age due to infected virus like cholera, leaving her three children. My mother who was the most loving, kind, and pure hearted woman was the most hard-working lady. I had a habit to walk in paddy field with my grandfather, who used to take me near the bank of the river. Somedays I used to mingle with the cowboys, who used go to the meadows and used to play in the field. I used to spend time listening to conversations of my elderly relatives, who used to sit near the kitchen during winter. My grandma would tell me various stories including Mahabharata when I used to go to bed at night. After hearing the stories from my grandmother, I used to sleep comfortably with my other brother at night. I was blessed with hardworking parents who looked after domestic work and looked after our welfare. Life is not going to be according to individual’s likes and dislikes but hard work is essential in life. My father who left our island and reached to a new country, used to work hard in a shop to survive. I met few people in village who taught me to work hard. From that, I could learn definition of positive life. With all the support and upbringing, I could learn how to achieve good and what is the real life. Now, I am far happier than I was in fifty years, as timely diet was important to improve the health and mind. I’ve had a blessed and happy life and I thoroughly enjoyed my retired life, but my leg pain was a burden. I continuously penned my thoughts and evolved as an avid reader with compassion to write articles in leisure time. My traveling to countries like Singapore, Dubai, UK and America has also inculcated the habit of writing more. I believe that man influences the environment through the moral and immoral qualities of his actions.
Barley Is a Versatile Grain
Barley is commonly found in bread, beverages, and various cuisines of every culture. It is a wonderfully versatile grain that is prized for its nutty flavor and chewy, pasta-like texture. Barley is a source of fiber, which helps lower the cholesterol in blood and reducing risk of heart disease. The whole grains of barley reduce the risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The barley must be soaked overnight to reduce the cooking time and achieve flavor and texture. After soaking the barley in twice its amount of water, it should be drained and rinsed before cooking.
I Reduce My Loneliness
I love to begin my day with prayer and 5am thankful for receiving blessings from God every day. I pray to God every day, but I don’t chant any mantra or pray in a specific manner. I tell Almighty about my day who has been good to me and thank Him for everything He has given me. I pray to Radha-Krishna and I feel blissful when I see a statue of Krishna who is garlanded with lotuses. I feel that the sound of chants calms the mind, dissolves worries, and purifies the heart. I believe whatever has happened in life, and seek the fullness to see happiness in an enlightened state.
Consumption of Healthy Food
Almond is rich in proteins, which plays a vital role in healthy food consumption. A plateful of sprouts and a glass of juice are requirements of a healthy lifestyle. Walnuts have been claimed to improve sleep quality and Nuts are the source of health. Spicy foods can promote good circulation by opening up the blood vessels. Peppers are high in vitamin A and C which help strengthen arteries and blood vessels. Ginger tea and green tea help in relaxing the body and mind and help for good sleep. Leafy green vegetables are rich with iron and ‘Kiwi is one of the best to eat before bed. Drinking plenty of water helps digestion and warm milk makes you sleepy. Bhupesh Chandra Karmakar is a retiree from the Indian Air Force. Having spent his tenure with IAF, Karmakar has traveled vastly in India and has picked up the habit of writing by interacting with people, sharing their experiences and reading articles. Over the years he has written a few romantic novels and poems in English.