Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that although hygiene, eating the right food, exercising regularly, boosting immunity, social distancing, beating depression, spiritual solace and living connected
were gaining popularity and attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but all these were part of everyday life in the olden days.
In his Facebook post, Vice President reminisced his growing up days and mentioned how it benefitted him and can benefit the current generation. Vice President also drew contrasts between the lifestyle that is followed now and the one which was followed a few decades ago.
While sharing a part of his routine in his early years, the Vice President said “Waking up before sunrise was the golden law those days. The first thing used to be to pick up a neem twig and keep on biting it and rubbing against the teeth for a good period. Twigs of some other trees were the precursors of the modern toothpaste.” He further said that dental issues were very rare then.
Vice President mentioned that the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the backyards and fields was the secret behind good health those days.
“Every meal was cooked fresh as there were no refrigerators. Tamarind, turmeric, ginger, clove, cumin and other spices were a part of the daily cuisine. The same are now being prescribed as medicines for boosting immunity to fight the virus,” he added.
Vice President said that the food those days was not of lavish diversity but was complete within the limited range with a judicious mix of energy-giving carbohydrates required for hard work and muscle making proteins. He said that life was about living with nature then.
“Life then was all about contended living marked by limited ambitions, while unfettered materialism drives the life now. Consequently, while the people lived hale and hearty then, life now is marred by disruptions, disorder and depression. Remedy lies in finding the missing flavour of the life,” he added.
Vice President shared how the commonality of purpose was the chief driver of social mobilisation then. He added, “Villagers used to take up collective works like to repairs to bunds, desilting and breaches to irrigation and water tanks and irrigation canals, laying of internal roads etc. For other works that needed funds, villagers used to contribute in proportion to their land holdings for the benefit of all.”
He observed that modern life, on the other hand, is marked by isolation, aloofness, alienation and the resultant depression. “It is a clear case of the flavor of the life those days missing now. While the life then was a part of extended living, there was no cause for celebration of birthdays which is a fashion in the modern order of alienation and isolation,” he added.
Vice President stressed on the need to reflect on the life then and adopt its core principles to make life today more secure, manageable and meaningful. “Progress is all about building the present on the foundations of the past with due improvisation and not abandoning it in totality in the so-called quest for modernity,” he added.
Highlighting the need to live in harmony with nature, he said, “Excesses of all kind shall be avoided for a better tomorrow. Prudence in eating, physical activity, sleeping, thought processes, controlling the mind, work-life balance besides defining the meaning and purpose of life shows the way forward.”
“Indian way of living is founded on peace, non-violence, kindness, sharing and caring and universal brotherhood. Let’s live that way by finding that missing flavour,” he added.