The plight of cigarette and liquor addicts is well known. What is not as well known is the plight of coffee lovers. Depending on the headline of the “health brief” in the newspapers, it is their fate to get their daily lecture from mothers, wives, girlfriends, friends, flames, etc, on limiting their coffee intake.
To them all, we present Sudhakar Chaturvedi.
Born on 20 April 1897—which makes him an eye-popping 112 years old—the vedic scholar has lived through the invention of the aeroplane and the motor car, countless skirmishes including the two World Wars, the independence movement, etc, and is still doing splendidly well in the era of reality television.
A lot can happen over coffee? Try telling this dude.
On Saturday—his 41,025th day on this planet—the Jayanagar resident took a sip from the cup that cheers at a felicitation ceremony organised by the Shri Kashi Seshadri charitable trust in Bangalore.
Khushwant Singh, “the dirty old man of Indian journalism”, who is 94, writes reveals the eight clues to happiness (which presumably is the secret of a long life), in The Telegraph:
1) Good health
2) A healthy bank balance
3) A home of your own
4) An understanding companion, be it a spouse or a friend
5) Lack of envy towards those who have done better
6) Shut the gup-shup
7) A fulfilling hobby
8) 15 minutes of daily introspection
As if to bolster the debate, the world’s oldest known living person, Gertrude Baines, who passed away a few days ago, revealed the secret of her longevity: a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice-cream.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News