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My year in health and wellness

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In the area of health and wellness, 2018 has been a good year. I avoided it almost entirely. My heart is still in the right place. I value health, and I’m conscious of the need for wellness. There is plenty of evidence to support my views.

For example, The Hindu publishes an entire supplement on these subjects, which still seems to be running after several years. Our heroines radiate health and wellness, as does Tiger Shroff, although some of the older heroes look like they may be using artificial preservatives. These things are obviously very important, and I do my bit to inspire the youth, whenever the opportunity arises. But circumstances have prevented me from doing too much myself. I was too tired on weekdays and on weekends I was relaxing.

A big part of health is eating. Healthy eating is good in theory, but difficult to practise, especially if you live a stone’s throw away from Evergreen Sweets. Not to mention Swiggy. We had a fight with Zomato, but Swiggy still delivers. Thanks to this wonder of technology, hot chocolate fudge is always just 30 minutes away. My only concern is the delivery boy. Put yourself in his position. You’re tired and hungry. You’ve been delivering all day. You are not being paid enough to afford proper meals. You know that the person you’re delivering to is almost certainly not going to tip you. What is more natural than to stop your bike in a quiet corner of the local park, beneath the shade of a tree, and help yourself to the goodies? If it’s noodles, you can eat a fistful. If it’s ice cream you can take a few licks. The only problem is with things where the number is specified, like kebabs. Personally, I never order shami kebabs, because the delivery boy could simply take a bite out of each and mould them, with his fingers, into slightly smaller shami kebabs. This is something to consider before ordering. You should be looking more closely when he delivers. Is he still munching? Is there a dab of gravy on his chin? These things could give you a clue.

When it comes to wellness, I largely think of my mental condition. This has improved. People are not as terrified of me as they used to be. Sometimes they look nervous, but no one tries to run away. This is definite progress. I think it’s the whisky. I have maintained a steady but modest rate of consumption, although the quality may vary, depending on income. The key to success is following a routine, which I have been doing very consistently. Armed with this sense of discipline, I am quite optimistic about my health and wellness in 2019. I wish the same to you. If your habits are regular, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

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