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મૃત્યુનું મનોમંથન

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ભારત માં જન્મને શુભ અને મૃત્યુ ને અશુભ કહ્યું છે. હકીકતમાં જ્ન્મ-મૃત્યુ બન્ને એક સિક્કાની બે બાજુઓ છે જે બન્ને પરસ્પર જોડાયેલા છે. મૃત્યુની શરૂઆત જન્મથી થાય છે અને તેથી જ તો અનેક અનિશ્ચિત ચિતતાઓને કારણે વ્યક્તિ કોઈપણ ઉંમરે મૃત્યુ પામે છે. ભારતમાં આઝાદી સમયે ૧૯૪૭માં જીવનની અપેક્ષા જન્મ સમયે ૩૭ વર્ષ હતી, તે આજે ૨૦૨૨ માં લગભગ ૭૦ વર્ષ છે (life expectancy at birth). તેમાંય પુરુષનું જીવનકાળ ૬૭.૪ વર્ષ અને સ્ત્રીનો જીવનકાળ ૭૦.૩ વર્ષ એટલેકે લગભગ ૩ વર્ષ ઓછો હોય છે. મરણના મુખ્ય દસ કારણોમાં હ્રદયરોગ ૨૫%, શ્વસનતંત્ર રોગ ૧૦%, ટી.બી. ૧૦%, કેન્સર ૧૦% છે. તો અનિર્ણિત માંદગી, પાચનતંત્રના રોગ, ઝાડા અને અકસ્માત દરેક પાંચ-પાંચ ટકા છે. અને આપઘાત અને મેલેરિયા ત્રણ-ત્રણ ટકા છે. એટલે કે ભારતમાં લગભગ સિત્તેર વર્ષના જીવન પછી હ્રદયરોગથી મરણ ની શક્યતા સૌથી વધુ છે. હા, અમારા દક્ષિણ ગુજરાત નાં અનાવિલ બ્રહ્માણ સમાજમાં મૃત્યુની ઉંમર ૮૪ વર્ષની આસપાસ છે! કરુણતા પૂર્વક સ્વીકારવું રહ્યું કે વર્તમાન મેડિકલ વિજ્ઞાન ને કારણે પહેલાંની જેમ મૃત્યુની ઘડી જલ્દી આવતી નથી અને વૃદ્ધ માણસ બીમાર પડીને તરત મૃત્યુ પામતો નથી, પણ હોસ્પીટ

Pains And Pleasures Of Ageing

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At the age of 71, I am looking back and see my thoughts recorded in the article Life at 60  years back and find out whether all I said then continues to be true even today. I am happy to say my conclusions proved to be true. In one of them, I wrote 'I can proudly tell myself I can rely on my offspring for whatever I need - a great satisfaction any parent can have.' In the other sentence, I wrote 'my pillars of living are my wife Dr Bhavna, daughter Vaishali and son Rahul .' Yes, the same truth prevails. I concluded the article stating 'I am happy. I have no regrets. I am ready to face whatever situation arises and do what I think right at that moment.' Well, certainly 'all is well!'  I said at 60 and continue to believe the same at 70+ that, 'I am sure I have no expectation whatsoever before, during and after my death.' Once this mental attitude is reached, I think all the spirituality one needs is at the maximum. One needs not be a 'Sanyaas

Why Elderly People Don't Spend

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This is the story of senior citizens, say, old-aged people, above the age of 60 and their habit of minimum spending or not spending at all. They want to save a big amount of money till the last day of their lives and make a big heap of money to be left behind. Before I discuss the details, let me give you certain real-life examples without their names. Yes, all of these are true stories of senior citizens.

Why Do I Live?

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When stress and anxiety level go high, one feels low and asks oneself - Why do I live? Or, why do I not leave? Answer to this question is not easy. A clear-cut and simple explanation is needed. “Ikigai” - a Japanese word - gives us the answer, explaining the reason for living. Let's find out more. 

મારી આત્મકથા - ડો. ભાવના દેસાઈ

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આત્મકથા લખવી મતલબ આપણને આપણા જન્મથી અત્યાર સુધીની દરેક હકીકતો તથા પ્રસંગો, અનુભવોની ખબર હોવી જોઈએ. મારી (સંક્ષિપ્ત) આત્મકથા જરાક જુદી લખાશે એવું મને જણાય છે. શરૂઆત મારા જન્મથી કરીશ. મારો જન્મ ૨૧/૧૧/૧૯૫૦ દિને વલસાડ કસ્તુરબા હોસ્પિટલમાં થયો. મારી માતા ૨૪ વર્ષના હતા. મારા મોટાભાઈ મારાથી ૬ વર્ષ મોટા અને મારી મોટીબેન ત્યારે ૩ વર્ષના. મને ધરાઈને રમાડે અને જોઈને ખુશ થવાના સમયે જ મારા પિતાનું અવસાન થયું. હાર્ટ અટૈક થી. મારી માતા સ્ટ્રોંગ - હિંમતવાળા - સમજી ગયા હતા કે કઈક ગડબડ છે. કારણ હોસ્પીટલમાં લિમિટેડ સગાઓની આવનજાવન અને દીકરીના પપ્પા કેમ આવ્યા નથી એનો અણસાર આવી ગયો હતો. સમાચાર સાંભળી દુ:ખી થયા. રડાય એટલું રડી લીધું. પછી મારા પિતાના વાક્યને સાર્થક કરવા કમર કસી. મારુ મોસાળ વલસાડમાં નાની મહેતવાડ ફળિયામાં. મારા આજાબાપા ડોક્ટર. મારા દાદાનું ઘર સુરત - કાળામાતાની શેરી. મારા દાદી, મારા નાનાકાકા તથા કાકી બધા જ ઘણા સારા અને પ્રેમાળ, છતાં અમે ત્રણેય બાળકો મોસાળમાં મોટા થયા. કારણ જણાવું - મારા મામા મારી માતાથી ૧૦ વર્ષ નાના. તેઓ મેટ્રીક પાસ થયા બાદ ડોક્ટરી કરવા ઇચ્છતા હતા. એમણે જ

My Daily Activity Report Card

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Last year I wrote an article describing my year-round activities . It covered gross points of major activities and events in the year 2018. Then I thought why not write something about my day-to-day activities once in a while and the result is this article! I am a practising ophthalmologist for 40+ years. Activities other than eye disease treatment is at the cost of professional practice. But I do not mind losing practice nowadays because that is my concept of stepwise, gradual retirement.

મારું વસિયતનામું

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માંદગીમાં સારવાર અને મરણ વખતની ક્રિયાઓને લાગતું વસિયતનામું  મારી સાંઠ વર્ષની ઉંમરે મે મારી આત્મકથા લખેલી તેમાં મારી માંદગીની સારવાર અને મૃત્યુ પછીની વિધિઓ મારા પત્ની અને બાળકો જેમ કરશે તે મને મંજુર રહેશે-એવું વિધાન મે કર્યું હતું. હા, તે વાત હું હજીપણ એમની એમ જ સ્વીકારું જ છું પરંતુ, હવે દસ વર્ષ પછીના મારા વિચારોનો ખ્યાલ આવે એટલા પૂરતું આ પત્ર લખું છું.  મારી શારીરિક તકલીફોનો ઈલાજ કઈ રીતે કરાવવું તે બાબતે કમસેકમ મારા પોતાને લગતા કેટલાક ખ્યાલો મે નક્કી કર્યા છે, તેનું વિગતવાર વર્ણન હું કરીશ. જો બેભાન ન હોઉ અથવા કહો કે માનસિક રીતે નિર્ણયશક્તિ ગુમાવી ન ચુક્યો હોઉ તો, મારી ઉંમરને લગતી કોઈપણ માંદગીની કેવી-કેટલી અને ક્યાં સારવાર કરાવવી તેનો નિર્ણય હું લઈશ. પણ હું બોલીને કે બીજીરીતે કહી ન શકું એમ બને તો માર્ગદર્શક બને એ રીતે સારવારની વાતો કહીશ. 

My 2018 Accounts (On Life)

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Over time, I have learnt and practised being accountable and better-organised in day to day life. That makes me disciplined and presentable with honour – any time and every time. I maintain day to day diary for the last seven years recording all the events and emotions. Reading the contents of the 2018 year diary inspired me to write the statement of account presenting activities of 365 days of the year. Daily Routine I consider my day starting at night, 9.30 PM, when I go to bed. I get up around 2:00 to 3:00 AM. That’s when I do my reading and writing work until I fall asleep again. That gives me more than 2 to 3 hours of study every night. I do clinical practice as an ophthalmologist between 9.30 AM to 1:00 PM in the morning and 4.30 to 7:00 PM in the evening. Yes, after lunch, between 1.30 to 4:00 PM there is a compulsory sleep, the classic after siesta, for about two hours. Morning hours, between 7:00 to 9.30 AM are “no work” time, spent in getting ready, reading newspapers

How To Manage Your Thoughts?

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Our mind is nothing but a flow of thoughts, just like a river with flowing water. One’s personality is shaped by one’s thoughts. If our thoughts are good, we feel happy and radiate confidence and charm around us. Paying attention to managing one’s thoughts is a must. But, how to do that?

Life Without Money (24 Hours x 29 Days x 60 Months)

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I know the title create some ambiguity around its meaning. Here’s the story: the author was a medical student studying at Surat during 1969-1974. Being an offspring of a middle-class family, all his parents could send him every month was Rs. 100 (One hundred). No doubt, this was more than 25% of his father’s salary and the rest 75% was to be spent by remaining nine members of the family. So, I used to receive Rs. 100 by MT (money transfer) at Bank of Baroda, Vanita Vishram (Surat) branch. Now this amount was exhausted in total on day one itself – so the remaining 29 days of the month had to be spent without any money – ‘zero balance’ stage, for all five years of the under graduation. This makes the story titled "Life without money - 24 hours x 29 days x 60 months"!

When A Friendship/Relationship Breaks

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Present day thinking leads to breaking a relation on many occasions. It is undesirable but still natural. Don't get panicked about it; relax and think over the following:

Comparison – A Dreadful Habit

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A self-destroying compulsion, what really is Comparison ? We mean it as an evaluation of the similarities and differences of one or more persons/entities to some other persons/entities. So, it is an account of resemblances and contrasts as superior or inferior. We humans have an inherited habit of comparing ourselves with near ones, friends and relatives, usually after considering them to be superior in our imaginary belief.

Out Of The Box Thinking

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Creative genius Swami Vivekananda gave guidance to the youth of the world and showed the light to all. Mr A R K Sharma, a Gold medalist in Science and Electronics and Telecom Engineering, wrote this book – Out Of The Box Thinking – telling about how to become a successful person, businessman or monk by Swami Vivekananda's way. Out-of-Box thinking is the way of solving problems by looking at them from an unexpected perspective. It implies that we think differently, unconventionally. It involves discarding the past experience, leaving behind traditional modes of thought and discarding the preconceived notions.

Way Out Formula for Unsolvable Problems

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In a lifetime, we often face a situation called PROBLEM. And facing this makes us tense and stressful. I am trying, in this article, to come out with a formula for this state of mind. I will try to be precise, but I shall expect you to be with me all the while – your full attention and total concentration is a must.

Happiness

One has to earn enough to realise that money cannot buy happiness. First you have to reach the stage of needful money earning - that is a must. So, the poor cannot realise this fact!

Are You Eligible To Demand Death?

Before demanding death, have you received the "No Objection Certificate" from your children? At a certain age, a person gets tired of one's life and starts waiting for death. During the lifetime he has passed, it is quite possible he/she had a great career, so-called success and enough earning. But a sense of frustration, unhappiness and dissatisfaction prevails leading to depression demanding the end of the life - death.

Acknowledging Those Who Matter

Thank the key people who made you what you are. Prepare a list of first five persons who you think made you what you are, inform them and thank them. I am sure, you will not only have great pleasure and relaxation, but also a feeling you never experienced. Now you know where to go for your problems.

Before Saying "Yes" For Marriage - II

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Expectations from everything have gone high, be it any relation or life. And in that, marriage is no exception. So one has to be alert before saying "YES" for marriage or marriage may end suddenly without any chance of compromise. Though issues I am going to put forward may sound small and petty, they actually are of great importance.

Balancing Relations

Balancing two sides of relations: A son/daughter: Parents and offsprings A married woman: Parents and parents-in-laws A married son: Wife and parents When you are any of the above, you are an in-between person. You have to be tricky, cautious and careful person in handling either side maintaining your own views or you will be in trouble. You need not be judging any, but you have to be neutral and caring both.

Void After My Father's Departure

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One year back, I was writing about myself in an article Death at 60 . I wrote there I was ready to die at any time, but given a choice, I would like to wait until my father was alive. My purpose for this demand of concession was my desire to support my father morally and physically in his old age. Well, he did not agree to this and went away forever on his own. So, I can loudly pronounce now “I am ready to die!” However, I have yet to learn how to react to someone when I disagree with and/or my ideas differ in total from the concerned person. At present, in such situations, I keep myself away and withdraw myself. It can be labelled as escapism . But coming to consensus or agreement is not always easy. Due to the generation gap or a conservative approach of parents, the difference of opinion is bound to be there. Here, both parties should take care of maintaining the dignity of the other. The ideal option is to ignore the nature of the parents and forgive them immediately.